Monday, July 13, 2009

My garden.

After all the excitment of Saturday, Jamie and I spent Sunday pottering around at home. Jamie re-scaped his display fish tank. He moved some of the rock around and re-arranged his coral. It looks so nice now.

I did some work on our balcony garden. I went to the local garden store and purchased some plants. They had a whole bunch for $1 each that looked ok. I figured I would get a few and see how they go. The garden store also had 5 potted colour plants for $12, so all up we only spent $19 and got a great result.

Sam xox

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Camilla's quilt.

Oh you all have no idea how much I have been busting to show this quilt to you!

It may appear lately like I haven't been doing much quilting - it's a lie! Because Camilla reads this blog I was unable to post ANY of my progress on this quilt.

In February I decided to make a quilt for Camilla to take with her to the US to help make her appartment feel more like home.

I searched through my large collection of Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine to find the perfect pattern. I came across this one, it is called Friendship Star and the quilt example in the book was made from coutry homespun fabrics, and the feature fabric was a mushroom brown. I changed that in my quilt to a bright yellow homespun, and complimented it with a variety of 1930's reproduction fabrics from my stash.

I love these fabrics as Camilla knows, and I also think you can't help but smile when you look at them - perfect when you are away from home!

So many nights were spent in secret making this quilt. I had it machine quilted by a lovely lady called Kay Brown at The Finishing Touch. Kay did an amazing job! It was the first time I have had a quilt machine quilted and I couldn't be happier with the result... I think I will do it again!

I had planned to finish it a week before the party, but the flu hit me bad, and I was still sewing the last bit of binding onto the quilt the night before the party!

It is also a relief to finally give it to Mill and tell her what I had been up to, as over the last few months I have been going to craft night with no evidence of progress on my vintage quilt - now she knows what I have been spending all my quilting time on! :-)

Here are some photos of the quilts journey...

And this is Mill with her quilt and pillow. Michelle knitted this pillow for Mill to take with her. She did such a great job on it! Camilla only taught Michelle to knit in January of this year, so I think this is an amazing job considering she has only been knitting for less than 6 months!
Again, every craft night Mill could not work out why the scarf Michelle was working on was just not growing!

Sam xox

Camilla's party.

We had Camilla's party yesterday and it went off without a hitch!

I stayed at Michelle's place Friday night as we were making all the food for the party. She made the most amazing cake for Camilla to cut at the party. She made the icing yellow roses and designed the purple ribbon to match. It was beautiful!

Camilla's boyfriend kindly gave up his appartment for us to use for the day!

Here are some pictures I took.

Oh, and here is a picture of the bunting!

Before the party began, Camilla gave both Michelle and I a gift to say thank you for organising the party. Inside the wrapped box was a Royal Albert tea cup and saucer for each of us! Michelle got a blue one and I got a pink one (see them in the picture below?). Such a thoughtful present!
That was not all for the gift giving. Michelle and I had a little something up our sleves for Camilla, but that will have to be in the next blog entry!

With my tea cup was a beautiful card with such lovely words inside from Mill. After the party was over and I was home again late Saturday night, I re-read her card. I have to admit, I had a few tears! I know this will be such an exciting time for my best friend, but I am still going to miss her so very much!

Sam xox