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Are you ready for Easter?

Yesterday I managed to cut and prepare the binding for my new easter tablerunner...oh, its going to look so pretty and dirty all at the same time!

Easter binding

Why dirty you ask? Well if you remember I used this dirty brown fabric as a contrast to the pretties and for me anyway I just love it, heres a peek...
Easter tablerunner
The pattern is written and is off to the printers on monday so there will be a pattern giveaway sometime soon.
We have a party tonight to celebrate Toms 16th birthday, hopefully we will survive 30 x 16 yo's! 
PS. Also tonight my DL Shona is getting her head shaved to raise funds for Leukemia so tune in tomorrow for the pictures, she has almost reached her target of $5000 thanks to the generosity of family, friends and all of you wonderful quilting ladies. 

Sad day and roses..

After a long sad day, as I sit and drink a much needed cuppa from my favourite mug I am taking time to remember a good family friend with whom we have had so much fun over the years and whom we farewelled today. 

Favourite mug

My Dad bought some beautiful roses from the local rose farm yesterday for us to take today, each rose is so perfectly formed and the colours are so delicate. Mum mixed some rosemary from her garden in with the roses for remembrance and the combination of smells is wonderful.
Margarets Roses
Safe onward journey dear Margaret.

Arks and Ponds...

This week I have had some more gorgeous photos of completed Noahs Ark quilts, there are too many to show them all so I have chosen just a couple. This redwork version, which looks great is from Satu.
Noahs Ark
This one is from Elin.
Needless to say I have done nothing to my Ark...tut, tut I hear you all say....well I promise I will try to get to it soon.

For an update on some Pond House quilts that are being made in Europe have a peek here.


Vince snapped this picture of us as we were getting ready to leave for the airport, Dad managed to have his eyes closed!
 Mum, Dad and Me
Here are Mum and Dad waiting at the airport, they were both so excited.
At the airport
The flight went smoothly and was on time!! After checking into our hotel we caught the ferry to Manly where we planned to have a late lunch.
Ferry To Manly
I forgot to take a photo of the delicious food we ate but heres a picture of the wine.
Lunchtime Wine
After lunch we headed back on the ferry to our hotel where we had a quick afternoon nap. After showering and getting our glad rags ( I must take a picture of my dress for you all to see as it was very pretty) on we went to our eagerly awaited visit to Tetsuyas Restaurant, we were shown into a very pretty section of the restaurant which looked out over a very pretty Japanese garden.
The food was amazing, I was worried that I would not manage the 13 courses but none of the helpings were huge and it was such fun. My favourite...hmm, I loved the scampi three ways, the Queensland spanner crab with avocado and, and, and..... it was all so beautifully arranged on the gorgeous plates.
Everything was perfect....
PS. Thanks to everyone who sent Mum and email for her birthday, her inbox was overflowing and she was so thrilled.

H&F and carrots...

Felix is having an emergency..... he has just realised he is the same colour as carrots....

Carrots and felix

and as you all know Hugo loves to eat his daily carrot....
Daily carrot
So, Felix is wondering if to avoid being eaten by mistake he should get himself dyed black??? He wants to know if any other fur friends out there can recommend a good cat fur dye?
 Meanwhile we are trying to reassure Felix that orange is a great colour for a cat and to get Hugo to sign a form agreeing not to eat Felix by mistake! 

Happy 70th Birthday Mum...

Its my beautiful Mums very special birthday today....

Mum, nice teeth

As you read this we are heading off for a very special weekend, rather than having a party we have decided to go to Tetsuyas Resturant in Sydney. Mum and Dad, Vince and I are all so excited and I will try to remember to take my camera but with a 13 course degustation menu to enjoy I cannot promise to take photos as well!
Want to send Mum (Ruth) some birthday wishes?? Email her she will be thrilled.

Head Shave for Leukemia..

I took this quick picture of my DL, Shona shaking her long locks......

Shonas hair

Its just 10 days until she gets these locks shaved off..... Shona is hoping to raise $5000 for Leukemia and thanks to family, friends and many of you very generous ladies in blogland she has so far got to $3848.38. If you havent sponsored Shona yet but have been meaning to please do so now by visiting the Leukemia website
Just to make you all smile here is a picture of me with Mum (back in 2001) about 6 weeks after I had my head shaved for Leukemia. 
Head Shave 2001
Before you all ask the quilt we are standing in front of is called 'Angels Are Stars' and is from my book An Angels Wish.
Just remember $2 from each of you will blow Shona's target to pieces, so come on lets show some girl power and give Shona $2 instead of eating that bar of chocolate!
thank you

Quilters Haven newsletter..

Imagine my excitement today when this brochure arrived from Karin at Quilters Haven in the UK. I met up with Karin at Fall Market in Houston last year and we discussed the possibility of putting some of my products into her gorgeous colour newsletter. 

Quilters haven cat

Great job Karin, thank you. So for those of you who are in the Uk and are after my products it may be worth a visit to Quilters Haven either in person or online.
bye for now

Dogs, fabrics and sewing...

Hugo had a friend for a sleepover on the weekend, Baxter and Hugo had a great time, chewing bones, playing tag and panting alot! 

Hugo and Baxter

Next weekend Hugo is going to Baxters house for a sleepover as we are off to Sydney for a very special event. Tell you more later in the week!
Hoping not to bore you all with my Hedgerow fabric but I just could not resist trying to start a little something with my little sample pieces some of which are only 4" square but hey we girls can be very inventive when we have to.
So, the designing starts....just playing at the moment but I think this could be going to be Butterfly Cottage, where the residents are growing their own veggies etc. I am very happy with the way the fabrics feel as I am stitching them and the colours are just the way I wanted them.
Playing with Hedgerow
Did you spy Felix keeping watch in the garden?
Hope you are having a great day today,