About Me- Bird on the Border

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BIRD ON THE BORDER I am so blessed to be a wife,mum and a grandma of two. Our wonderful son and his lovely wife have two beautiful children. A beautiful little girl and a handsome little boy. My little family complete. My husband and I both work. He is full time and I work 3 days per week. We enjoy travelling, going in our caravan, dining out and spending time with friends and visiting our children whenever we can. Nothing like grand kids and cuddles. I love anything country and Shabby Chic and I love patchwork and stitching and getting together with like minded ladies who love to do the same. Just wish I had time to do more. I love catching up with friends over a cup of coffee , and the smell of biscuits cooking in the oven on a rainy day. I enjoy keeping in touch with the many friends I have met through blogging and sharing our sewing and our lives on our blogs. I love going off on stitching retreats and quilting weekends with my quilting buddy and friends. And of course I love the birds in my garden and none of them in a cage.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

My place at Christmas

Fire place decorating is done.  Fake snow to help me dream of the real stuff Friday through to Monday when our forecast ranges from 41-43 degrees Celsius for 4 days in a row... eek

Left   Lucy (2 years)  great niece                         Evelyn (3 Years) granddaughter
 I will leave you with this ......The look on this  little girls face when the decoration box is opened and the Christmas tree is taken out of storage and its time to decorate.......priceless.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Secret Santa Swap

A little peek 
Stitching my SSCS swap

All wrapped up and is on the sleigh
My beautiful grandchildren - no tears in this Santa Photo

Monday, 21 November 2016

A beautiful Weekend

Visiting these two makes my weekend

Whenever I visit this little one, cooking is a big thing for us. This time we made gingerbread men.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Nundle 2016 November

If you want a weekend of beautiful roses and patchwork fun go to "Cottage on the Hill" at Nundle and stay at Fossickers Tourist Park and you will love it.
A fox quilt for my grandson- a very simple one but fun 

Same for baby Lucy - but in pretty Pinks 

Di's beautiful baby quilt and close up below
Can't resist a snow tiger face 

Friday, 28 October 2016

From the Beginning

The last week has been  very busy one .  I don't seem to have been able to get to my sewing room. Well really its been like that for a while. I don't know the time ,the mojo , the family commitments or what??  But anyway I hope to get there today...

 My mum and my dad have needed a bit of care and support this past week both suffering a very bad chest infection .  Dad ended up in hospital for a week. 

Dad has been becoming more confused lately and has now been diagnosed with Alzheimer Disease.  So I guess this means they will need more support now and into the future. I love them dearly and hate to see my dad going from a tough hard working, very proud man to this.   Life just sux sometimes.  I know there are many people who suffer this shocking disease and I feel for everyone of them and their families. 
Well enough of that...just feeling sad about it.

Every time I go to my laundry I see this wall hanging. This was what inspired me to get into patchwork and quilting in about 2003. How things have changed since then. I love this craft and  I especially love shopping and looking (ha ha) and like many of you have got a lot in my stash to finish. BUT I will get there, I am yet to retire.

Looking back 

My first applique quilt... terrible really.. I tried machine applique for the first time. I look at it now and think how did I think that was Ok ,but I hung it on the wall.  I cannot get rid of it though so it now lives in my laundry.

Then a few years later.  "The wonder of spring"  By Natalie Bird
Hand blanket stitched this time  much more improved don't you think? I love this quilt. 

Then the leap to needle turn applique . My first needle turn " Leanne's House is waiting for quilting.
But this quilt below is  "Nature's Journey" by Anni Downs.  I love it too my taste is changing. I love Anni's work.


Thursday, 13 October 2016

Tuesday Night Sewing

I had a lovely night sewing with my friends on Tuesday. Jo had been to Ireland and bought us back a beautiful thimble.

In our group we are working on Foxly Village by Natalie bird. She used Tilda fabrics and I think its just beautiful. Mine will have some Tilda and some others.

Gail bought me these beautiful roses. The red ones have the most beautiful scent.

Take a Walk through my Garden

Spring time is always the best in my garden so lets go for a walk ...