Monday, June 22, 2015

Back Home.

Hello Everyone,
Hope all is well with you.
Since my last blog post I have been on a short holiday just 65 kilometres west of Sydney visiting the World Heritage Blue Mountains and it's breathtaking scenery. I love the mountains fresh air and crisp coolness on your face during winter. It is cold there and can snow sometimes. I love the eucalypt tall gum trees, the cliff top lookouts, walking tracks to waterfalls, misty mornings and nights. The luxury  Hotels and Resorts and the  Resturants and Cafes". Always with a big open fire to keep warm in Winter.
The Dalai Lama was visiting Australia and was in the mountains when we where there. We could hear the voices and music but we couldn't get close to him with all the security. He stayed in the beautiful Fairmont  Resort with it's beautiful panoramic views as far as the eye could see. We couldn't even get in for a coffee!!

 Fairmont Resort. Where the Dalai Lama stayed.

We did go to the Heritage listed Carrington and enjoyed some time there.

Felt like we were going into a bygone era .It was opened in 1833 as a Mountain Retreat.

Luxurious rooms.

Went to the local tourist sites, The three Sisters overlooking the valley and plains to the west stretch to eternity.

Wentworth Falls and The Three Sisters at Echo Point lookout.

 The  Scenic Railway. Very steep to the bottom. The steepest Railway incline in the world.
We often go to the World Heritage Blue Mountains as it is only a 2/ 1/2 hours from us by car.

The Scenic Sky Way video. Blue Mountains Katoomba.
Before I leave this post I must show my friend Lynn's lovely colour matched black and white prints in this amazing quilt. My camera photo doesn't show  how striking it looks . I must try for another photo soon as it is lovely.

 I made a quick mug rug to keep my coffee hot

 The mug rug was as fun to sew. I have finished some UFO's which I am happy about, but still have some more !!!
Stay Happy and Well.
Till next time Jen x

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Winter has arrived.

Hello Everyone,
Winter has arrived and it has been freezing and a great time to be indoors enjoying my  sewing. I have been sewing some blocks together , quilting and binding .With the quilts on my lap they are keeping me cosy and warm. I always seem to have quilting and binding UFO's waiting.

These are 2 quilts I have finished for the Wraps with Love Inc. charity.
 Most volunteers work from home and knit, crochet,  patchwork, weave ,machine sew.  It is a voluntary organisation and the wraps get sent all around the world and Australia as thousand of people die each day from cold and trauma-Hypothermia. They get sent to the bush fire relief and flood victims and refuges also.
I have knitted the squares before  and the other ladies put them together to make a warm wrap.

My friends from the weekly sewing group have been impressive and have finished  some amazing quilts .
Val has finished her embroidered ladies, they are so adorable and pretty and has  made them into the most gorgeous quilt. The fabrics and the scolloped  borders are beautiful.

 Glenda has finished the table runner below. It is amazing so lovely and bright. She is so clever as it looks a hard pattern to me!!

It has a stunning design .
I know you are going to love Sharon's baby quilt it is delightful. So cute !!  Any little baby would just love to have it. Such a special gift.

I will be getting away from the coast for a few days to the Beautiful Blue Mountains area to the lovely tranquil valleys with their white mist and open spaces then up to the mountains to the little villages and gardens with the trees changing colours for winter. It is cool and brisk so have packed plenty of warm woollies so I can be out and about enjoying the scenery.
 Some of the things I will be enjoying. It is one of my favourite places to visit.

Till next time,
Jen x