Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Dusting off the blog cogs...



Oh my poor neglected blog!! I feel as though it's a house that has been locked up for too long and now is covered in silvery cobwebs and a coating of dust. As I wander through the rooms I remember happy times and hear the echoes of laughter.

Well, those merry times are calling me back so I'm going to get my peacock feather duster out, polish up the blog cogs, and get all my recent stories ready to tell.


For now I'll let some fresh air in with this random selection of photos that I've taken over the past few weeks...

Frangipanis are such a favourite flower! The way they fall from the tree is as though Mother Nature is saying "Here- take them home, put them in your hair, give one to a friend.. whatever you do enjoy them!"

Most awesome collection of fabrics ever! 
A generous gift from the heart of a beautiful friend with a beautiful heart!!

I have a 'thing' for colourful pegs. Is that weird?

A big love flower for a dear friend.

 I found a heart of gold!

A 7 year old top, still waiting to be quilted...

 I didn't style this next photo, a few raspberries sprinkled on yoghurt and it turned out as pretty as a picture. Eaten on our deck in the autumn sun.

I love how croton leaves look like leaves of fire!

 So is that enough for now?  I'll have a cup of tea or two and return with lots of colourful photos from my Whizz Bang classes.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

First Class Fun!


I had my first class at Material Obsession on Tuesday, 14th February - Valentines Day!
Most of you know I was a florist for many years and so Valentines was the always the biggest day on the calendar. How perfect that classes should begin on such an ominous day.

We had Sooo much fun!!! What a pleasure to spend time with such a lovely group of women. You know what quilters are like... friendly, happy and enthusiastic about playing with fabric.

I didn't take many photos,  Time flies when you're having fun and I really kept moving around the room helping everyone with their blocks.

Some chose to make their blocks by hand, others by machine, there is even one person making miniature blocks. It was fun adapting the design to accommodate the impossibly small pieces.

Heather, whose instagram account is bessie_souch, finished her block at home and it's a beauty!! I love all of those rich colours with a sunny center. 

I know I've said this before but just being at Material Obsession is inspiring. I know many of you live further afield and haven't been to the shop so I'll try to take a few photos each time I'm there to share with you. I've fallen in love with this Sue Spargo wool. So many gorgeous colours and it has such a dreamy soft feel to it. It's certainly got my creative cogs turning.

And this wall of quilts!! These are some of Kathy Doughty's quilts from her various books. Such wonderful fabric choices and beautifully hand quilted.  

Talking of quilts, I realised I haven't shared the Springwood Community Quilt Show's 2017 raffle quilt with you. Let me introduce Cherry Time...


It was made by the members of the quilt show committee. Each of us making a couple of blocks, then getting together for sewing days to complete the top. The quilt was finished off with custom quilting by Susie Anderson of Leura Quilting. 
The 2017 show's featured quilter Anne Sommerlad created the pattern especially for the show. It pays homage to another raffle quilt she designed for the show in 2009 called Hanzano which also had applique hexagons. 
Anne's pattern is called Cheritaimu but we chose to use the English translation Cherry Time. A perfect name seeing the quilt was made with Japanese fabrics and many of the hexagons have fussy cut cherry blossoms. 

Our quilt show book marks can now be found in quilt shops throughout the Blue Mountains region and Sydney.  They have everything you need to know about the show in a handy size  I know some people collect them from each year.

For Valentine's I couldn't resist a heart. You know I like to play :)

Entries for quilts are now open to quilters of the Blue Mountains region for our 2017 show. Even if you don't enter a quilt you're welcome to sign up as a volunteer to help out over the show, or why not start telling your friends and organise a fun day out to Springwood on the last weekend of April, 28-30th. 




Some of you may have noticed I'm a bit quieter in blogland these days. It's just a matter of not having enough hours in a day. I've got finished quilts to share and stories to tell but I can only sit in front of a computer for so long so they'll have to wait until another time.
Towards the end of last year I discovered Instagram and how wonderfully quick and easy it is to post a photo. I aim to share a photo every day so if you want a daily dose of Blue Mountain Daisy colour you can follow me there @bluemountaindaisy. 

I'll leave with you with some snaps taken over the last few weeks, and I wish you all a happy time until my next post. 








Monday, February 6, 2017

Fan-tastic


It's the height of summer here in Australia and boy oh boy have we been having some very hot weather!! In the Blue Mountains temperatures have been reaching 40C/104F and over. Ughh!! This post was inspired when wishing for cool breezes on those hot days.


As you probably know by now I'm a fan of collections, but you may not know I'm also a collector of fans - or more accurately - hand held folding fans. 

I love how something so simple can be so useful and also decorative. 


I only have a few fans, just enough to fit in this vase that sits in the lounge room. It's good to have them handy for those warm evenings.  


You would also know by now that along with collecting I like having fun with photos so I guess it was only a matter of time before I took photos of my fans.

So one super hot afternoon when it was too hot to sew I did just that. I teamed my fans up with quilts.

I began with the most obvious partnership - the Zebra fan with Wild Thing, my quilt celebrating the colourful zebra prints from Jennifer Paganellis Super Fly range. What an electric combo!!


A blue daisy fan meets the sunny melons on Ric Rac Razzamatazz.


Dragon fan goes walking through a colourful garden on Gypsy Carnival.


A pretty red fan got a modern makeover in this play of geometry on my Conversation quilt. 


Cool cat lurking under a ricrac arch on Clamshell Carousel.


Pretty curves on Fair and Square


Frilly edges everywhere on my Charming Smiles quilt.


This bamboo fan looks as though to belongs on Dollop of Cream.



Wonderful textures abound from the folds in the fan and the quilting on my Bubbles quilt.


There's just one more fan in my collection. A big whopper!

Thank you for indulging me and my whimsical fan-cies.

Wishing you all a fantastic week.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Summer days...


I seem to have lots of random fun photos to share, probably enough for a few posts but I'm going throw them all in together and see how it goes.

The next few photos are from our trip to visit family over Christmas.

Yes it's chocolate!! A big yummy scrummy chocolate pizza. As much as I was tempted I didn't eat it. We got it as a gift for my brother's family. I thought it was great that my niece's comment when she saw it was " I want to make one!". Yay! she's a maker!

This is where we found it. The Corowa Chocolate Factory. Corowa is a pretty town near the NSW/VIC border. 



I didn't take many photos over Christmas. There was a point where I brushed Mr Daisy off because I was checking my phone but then I realised that I wasn't being present in the moment. I mean really, it was Christmas and our first family Christmas in 10 years! I put my phone away and didn't bring it out very often. 

I did have to take a photo of this rice and salmon slice that Mr D and his mum made. It was just so Christmassy! 

We found this cute dog at the Botanical Gardens in Ballarat.

Across the road we visited the black swans at Lake Wendouree. These birds were such a big part of my childhood. I always think of them when I would hear the fairytale of The Ugly Duckling.

And I strongly believed fairies would paint their beaks red at night time.


From one lake to another. 
On our trip home we did a detour to Canberra,  What a great city! For a big capital city of Australia it's amazingly green and full of parks with Lake Burley Griffin in the center. 

We had a wonderful day visiting the National Gallery of Australia where we saw an exhibition of treasures from Versailles and lots of wonderful art of all types. 
This photo is of one of the tapestries from Versailles. 

By now you can see I take photos of very random things.  Like this cow spotted in on a wall Gundagai.

and a luscious green tree near by.

Back at home...
One morning I was drinking my tea and noticed my cup matched my table cloth. I guess I like blue daisies.

Another food photo. A delicious dish prepared by Mr Daisy. I'm so lucky that he's an amazing cook. He says he cooks me yummy things to lure me out of my sewing room. It works!

A pretty parrot came to visit us in our mountains home one day. We never feed the birds because we live on the edge of the bush which is like a giant supermarket for birds. But still, they like to visit and chatter at us as though they're telling us their news. 

Another homey photo... I have quite a collection of vases from my florist days. I've run out of shelves and cupboards to store them so one day I put the glass ones on a window sill. I love the way the light shines through them like a 3D stained glass window. 

Now for some photos by someone else - Thank you to Jennifer Wood for taking these wonderful photos of me when I was doing my trunk show of quilts for the Illawarra Quilters, last November.

I know I've said it before but I love the Illawarra Quilters. They are just the most wonderful group of friendly and enthusiastic quilters.





And now to my sewing...


I've been making more folded point block quilts. I've got a few on the go. I think it'll be great to show people who take my classes different styles and different settings for the blocks. Plus they're fun to make. 
If you're interested in joining in the classes at Material Obsession I think there are a couple of spots left. The days are every second Tuesday of the month or every fourth Friday, 10am - 1pm . Call Material Obsession on 9819 6455 or visit their website here or email me for more information.

I made this block for the Quilt NSW hoop display. I kick myself a bit when I look at this photo because this block has a mistake that I didn't notice until it was finished. Arrgghh!! Don't you hate it when that happens!! In my defence I made it on a day that reached 47/117 degrees so I'll blame it on heat stroke. Can you see it? 

I always like to leave you with a smile... so until I'm back with more random photos here's a lovely summery happy mango smile.

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