Tuesday, 20 February 2018

11 years on.....................

Wow too busy yesterday I missed my blog birthday............
Monday 19th Feb..........
11 years ago it was also Monday 19th Feb 2007...........
It has been one of joy, connection, friendship................
I have met some amazing lovely special people virtually and some eventually in real life........
I dream of a world trip to meet some of my friends overseas...........
I've been inspired to try different things, different techniques, colours, 
its been the fun of swaps, Stitch-a-longs, blog meets, virtual retreats, 
But the most important thing is you out there reading...............while this is a record for me of my life on here..........
If you didn't stop read and comment I would probably not be here..............
I love the connections I have made with like minded people...........
something I didn't have here where I live and still don't really...........
So I thank you my readers..........
my wonderful virtual friends........
Catch you later............
Chookyblue.............

Remember to keep the love of blogging alive................

Monday, 19 February 2018

So nice to so feral.....

the day started off just gorgeous.............
from this to this in 2 mins......
my screen was not big enough to capture it for you it was so big and so amazing I was in awe..........so pleased I had turned around to shut the gate..............
then when the sun was about to rise about 10 mins later the clouds behind the mountains were just outlined at the top with the bright light............
the the power had already gone off for ages at work so we finally left and a dust storm was hitting town as I left...................

early on my road home it was down to 50m visibility due to the dust.......it then improved..........i had some rain...........then dust again and at times both together..............
The verendahs are beyond disgusting..........off to start vacumning now.............
the temps dropped from 37 in town to 23 in the car when I got home..............
How could a day start so pretty and end so feral............
Catch you later..............
Chookyblue........

Sunday, 18 February 2018

The good and the bad.......

I'm glad the emailing pics to your blog posts has helped some of you girls...........
Also I know we are all busy so I thank those who take the time to visit and comment on my blog.........
bad - the sheep chasing me for food............need to start feeding...AGAIN.....
good - the churn dash rows are coming together..........
Have a great week........its going to be a little cooler here low 30's will be glorious.......
Catch you later...
Chookyblue.......

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Fancy stitching......

Before we start I did not make this.......
 I just got to see it....... and doesn't it look beautiful in the chair..............



I know both the lady who made it and the lucky one who now owns it.........
Simple beauty.............attention to detail...............Just look at all the gorgeous stitched flowers........

Catch you later.....
Chookyblue.....

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Start and end....

Sunrise was stunning..........
so quickly it changes
10 mins later............
I headed off walking and the light was still creating amazing things 15mins later................real life is even better.............
And not to be outdone by the sunrise here is the  sunset............
And really I never take for granted these amazing sights even though I get them all the time.............Another hot one today.........When I walked this afternoon it was 38 deg........we only walked in the shade..............
Enjoy what is around you............
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue.....

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Finally........

After harassing the post man for weeks I emailed the blog book people to say my parcel is lost....... Apparently they get delivered by TNT now in Australia...... Very annoying since they never deliver to my house....... And it had been sitting in a depot for weeks....no one told me it was there....... Lucky they had not returned it.....

So sitting flicking thru with a coffee........in my comfy adirondack chair thanks to Sonia @Forever Always........ I love my books and love looking back thru my blog..... Much easier then the computer screen.......oh the memories....... 
Catch you later......
Chookyblue......

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Changes......

We had so much trouble with the windmill the last year and with no rain we had massive water issues...........
when you live where we live no ground water = no sheep and cows = no farm income.........
We bit the bullet so to speak and pulled up the windmill pipes and installed solar panels and new pump..........we always have sun and it will pump anytime during the day water levels start to drop in the tanks..........wind at times is unreliable here......we can get by when we have water in the dams but when that  is gone and we need to water many more paddocks on the farm then we could not get enough water...........and the bonus is I a have a little extra water for my garden..........the windmill stand will stay there absolutely useless but I love seeing a windmill...........
I snapped this photo on my walk this morning........
out with the old in with the new..........
today I did my 10 mins on the machine and then cut some more "Edwardsia" blocks.........then it was far to hot in the Chookshed even with the air con on so we moved back inside to continue and the much better air con...........
And my friend Kylie @ Indigo and Quince was visiting for the night and she remembered this trip to bring her EPP........she had it packed last time and left it all on the bench at home..........
BUT this is a girl who was NOT i repeat NOT going to get into EPP..............but she keeps visiting and slowly I have turned her into a fan..........and she has started a second EPP quilt.......she found this one in the USA I think and I just can't remember the name at the minute but it is lovely.........and she is very addicted........she was never going to make an EPP quilt let alone in browns...........HHHEEEE guess I won............
She has to make 12 blocks and I saw two and i'm loving it also.........
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it's a stinker here today so nice to be hanging out inside in the air con watching the winter olympics..........go Aussies...........
Enjoy your weekend......
Catch you later......
Chookyblue......

Friday, 9 February 2018

The big smoke.....

A quick trip to the city for a concert .......

As we were coming down from the mountains into the city the moon was rising..........see just there to the left near the tree.....sorry about the pic but we were driving in on the freeway so its a quick snap but OMG it was huge and stunning..........
As we were going down I brought a coupe of old sewing machines on ebay............the pick up was Annandale...............I have the best friend and she drives me everywhere in the city..........especially if we find some nice little cafe to have breakfast too........but she reminded me we had been to that suburb before to go to a quilt shop............OMG she is the best friend...........I had forgotten about Quiltsmith.............

Liked this fabric pack.........it was a starter kit for a quilt...........was so tempted to buy it............

I was inquiring about octagon papers and the lady at the shop brought out this quilt she has been making..................its different to what I am doing but I love it..........

This is a quilt they had in summer school..........really liked it too...............
So much choice of fabric at Quiltsmith
I was so overwhelmed with choice I just got some shirtings..............
I've had my eye on this book for a little while.............
So then since we were so close I asked my girlfriend if we could go home via Material Obsessions.............
the shops are very different which is great..........

I spied Kathys new range "Horizons"
I had seen a few quilts made with this fabric online.............
this one was hanging behind the counter.............

I had seen Racheldaisy's quilt on her blog.............but it was great to see it in person.................

So I just had to buy a little bit of fabric to bring home with me................
windmills, magpies, barb wire, gum leaves and blossoms, emus............
so great to see an Aussie range grasping our bush..........
Well done Kathy...........

I have a few ideas in my head but I think I need a little solid fabric to match...........

As for the concert..................it was great.......Red Hot Summer tour at Bella Vista Farm............Lots of good old bands...........Suzi Quatro was a head line act and OMG she was great.............If I have her energy when i am 67 i'll be so happy............she was fantastic and did not stop the whole time she was on stage............
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue......

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

emailing photos to your blog................

the last few months I see there are a few people having issues uploading photos to their blogs...............
I posted this help thingy way back in 2009..............
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This is how I have blogged for about 10 years.............quick easy and it works well for me..........email the pics......edit the draft post and publish.............so easy for me...........
Catch you later................
Chookyblue...........

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Edwardsia early progress......

Joining as I go...... I'll have to mix up my colours as I make them..... 
Did a big 5km walk and my 7minute workout app this morning...... Including a steep hill..... 
Lots of gorgeous frangipanis in flower....... 
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue......

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Stitching time.....

Epp is going well once again..... Into Edwardsia....... It's growing...... As opposed to Lucy I am not making the blocks then thinking about the joining....... It's all happening at once......
It's been a great day but I have to tell you about it later......
Catch you later......
Chookyblue.......

Friday, 2 February 2018

Progress.....

It's coming together......
Off to walk.........have you exercised today?
Catch you later......
Chookyblue.......

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Why I walk.......

Prepare yourselves girls.................the 2nd 10min challenge I am adding to my life is EXERCISE...........
Most of us  do NOT get enough exercise daily............I am out of my routine walking program so it is high time to get back on track and I can usually do 20 or more but I am doing 10 and my 7 minute workout challenge. (app on my phone) 
I'm on day 2 of my exercises and hooley dooley.............the body knows about it but tomorrow it will be better and by the next day all will be good............it's just starting and I have to stick with it..........
I had done no where near enough steps today so went for a short walk just before dark....................the sun was setting out the front and as I headed off out the back the moon started to rise...............
there was a gentle breeze.............the birds were calling there last calls for the day as they were roosting for the night............
It was magical............I am back to walking............
so no matter what - you do what exercise can you find to do each day this month for 10 mins..........

Who's joining me and Googy Girl????

Susan's keen...........
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue.......
PS don't worry I am still doing my 10 mins sewing on the machine.............
this is extra.........

Leaning tower of churn dash......

Well that's what it looks like on the wall at the moment....... All leaning to the left..... Lol..... Now to add the sashing rows..... So far very happy.......this 10 min thing is great....... New 10 min chalenge starts tomorrow....... Can't wait....... It will be added onto this 10 mins....... An extra challenge....... 
Catch you later.....
Chookyblue......

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Edwardsia.....

I started these back in October I think.......introducing "Edwardsia"...... The first few blocks....... I didn't show you all then when I started it....    
Can you believe I have not done any EPP until this week since mid November when I jammed my finger in the door as it slammed....... I obviously damaged some nerves and the nail went black and there was blood and a few bad words but I was a mess when it happened.....could not bend the finger for weeks........the last of the nail came off a few weeks ago and the new nail is growing slowly and causing a few issues as it does..... But finally on the weekend I had a go and it was OK.....still some issues with finger..... Just bits at a time is OK though.......
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue.....

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Prepping new projects........

Cutting into a new project so I am prepared for my 10 mins a day sewing.......
I've missed a couple of days being away or just to hot and missed the morning time due to other jobs that needed to be done....... 
epp gluing..... 
And great clouds yesterday but no rain....... 
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue.......

Friday, 26 January 2018

Australia Day..........

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Always involves time with friends and a BBQ...........
the heat and flies are always free.............
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I watched the Australia Day awards last night and huge congratulations to the winners............
Its a day to celebrate living in the best country in the world......for which I am so thankful.........
Catch you later..............
Chookybue.........

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Playing and play dates.....

I've been a bit annoyed with the churn dash quilt not enough time to fiddle but not happy to sew so I had started joining some of the sashing.....finally yesterday morning I got it sorted..... I'm much happier with the layout now.......Only 1.5 rows left to join then back to sashing rows and joining the top......

Had a couple of play dates..... No sewing just socialising..... Drinks and bubbles by the pool with Jenny and lunch with Fiona, Kris and Maree........ Great to catch up even if it is only a short time..... I have such lovely friends I am very lucky.......

Worried about family near the massive fire in the Pilliga Scrub which is not even making the news.....it's burnt nearly 120,000acres....massive......still out of control and the weather is very hot..... Not helping....... 
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue.......