Sunday, June 9, 2013


Yesterday I researched X and then when I wrote the blog I put Z, must have been having a senior moment which I do from time to time.I just tune out and listen to music instead of concentrating  on the job in hand!
Either way I did what Cinzia suggested and went with the acrostic way.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Scatterdays Z

Scatterdays Z

Well Cinzia has put the cat among the pigeons this week and I took the easy way out! I spent some time reading the dictionary and googling and decided I would go with the plan b Cinzia gave us which is to use all the letters of your Christian name so here goes.


My desktop computer, the picture was taken not far from Nashville on the way to visit the Jack Daniels Distillery; all the shortcuts on the right of the screen are quilt related.



                                        Rotary cutters





Siggie quilts

Just four of my Siggie quilts back left is Sydney  and Auckland then Canberra and Noosa retreats.






My favourite way to watch ABC and yesterday I caught up with Would I Lie to you

Notice Board

Very messy but I do know where things are





Saturday, May 25, 2013

Scatterdays M

I missed the last two letters because I had visitors and the computer is in the spare bedroom and I was going to try and catch up but I didn't, however you had fun with the letters that Cinzia chose and there was some good posts.
This week the letter is M and the categories are  Sport,Foreign,Animal and modern quilt.

Sport --  M

I have chosen Motor Sport and because I live in Bathurst it is Mount Panorama

Foreign  -  M

I have chosen Museum not just any Museum but the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky and I have even got a photo of myself taken in August 2010 outside the Museum.


Animal  -  M

This one is very easy because I live with three dogs Macy, Murphy and Millie their photos are on the side of my blog but here's one in my sewing room during the last week when it was very cold in Bathurst.

Modern quilt - M

This is still a quilt top as it belongs on my big pile of unquilted tops but it is modern in that I used bright colours and white although the design is still traditional



Saturday, April 13, 2013

Scatterdays S

I'm late with my Scatterdays today because I didn't have any ideas but I have been thinking (always a bad sign!) and I have come up with creativity and poetic license and not exactly photos of A's.

Scatterdays A

 and the catagories are house;bird;junk;art from /in your sewing room

A house

Blackdown is one of New South Wales most significant properties and one of the finest examples of Australian Heritage Architecture. The residence is an exceptional single storey home surrounded by 17 acres approx. of established and manicured lawns and shrub gardens. The estate was designed as a self-sufficient village complex with farrier, gardeners, groomsmen and domestic servants.
* 139 Acres (56.47ha) approx. of outstanding balanced country with high performance perennial pastures, exceptional Lucerne, flat and beautiful undulating country.
* Excellent location only 2 1/2 hours from Sydney and 4km from Bathurst CBD, the oldest and the first established inland city.
* 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 cottages, drawing room, library, guest accommodation, 2 study's, veranda's open plan kitchen with marble island bench top, stainless steel appliances adjoin large family and dining area. Ducted gas heating under floor and hydronic heating.
* External Groundsman's office
* Magnificent established gardens, some with original plantings.
* Stable complex, stallion boxes with bunk house over
* Underground parking for 8 vehicles
* Extensive outbuildings and work areas
* Recently constructed Art studio with full amenities
* Swimming pool, Tennis court & dressage arena
* Excellent water - 3 licenced bores, 2 wells and large dams
* Olive grove
* Orchard with a variety of species
* Green house, vegie garden and potager
In April 1822, Thomas Fitzherbert Hawkins, Naval officer and pioneer settler, was appointed commissarial store keeper at Bathurst.
With his wife, mother in-law, 7 children and nine convicts, Hawkins travelled from Sydney to Bathurst a journey of 18 days.
On arrival in Bathurst Hawkins selected 2000 acres on the Macquarie River and and named it "Blackdown". He built a fine brick house, cleared and fenced the land, formed gardens, built a Mill and planted crops.
Hawkins went on to be a foundation member of Trinity Church Kelso, a member of the legislative assembly and a founding trustee of All Saints College Bathurst.


  • Swimming Pool
  • External Groundsman's office
  • Magnificent established gardens
  • some with original
  • Stable complex
  • stallion boxes with bunk house over
  • Underground parking for 8 vehicles
  • Extensive outbuildings and work areas
  • Recently constructed Art studio with full amenities
  • Tennis court & Dressage Arena
  • Excellent water - 3 licenced bores
  • 2 wells and lar
  • Olive grove
  • Orchard with a variety of species
  • Green house
  • vegie garden and potager
  • Domestic vineyard  

   Just in case you have lots of money and would like to move to Bathurst there are three historic homes for sales within  the area the other two are Restdown and Blair Athol , just google them to see the homes on Domain.The Vendor of this house is the artist Tim Storrier who won the Archibald Art Prize in 2012.


This is  Ailuroedus Melanotis  or a spotted cat bird a bird from the Bowerbird species from North Queensland (therefore only likes tropical which is why he doesn't live in Bathurst!)

A box of Junk

One man's junk is another's treasure, this box is sitting in my garage waiting for me to drop it over to Vinnies or the Salvos.


This hangs on my sewing room door and has done for well over 20years


Thursday, April 11, 2013

2 quilts finished and another on the way

I have recently finished two quilts from my pile of UFO's , one I pieced at least 15 years ago but sadly there are some that have been there longer.

This quilt is made using a Moda charm pack and a little extra fabric from the same range very simply sewn together with a heart quilted in each square.

This design was in a book I had borrowed from the NSW Quilters Guild library years ago ;I loved the way the log cabins were made then chopped in half diagonally.

I am calling this one William Morris goes to the Blue Gum Pennie and Ruth issued a challenge and I decided I would take it on;mind you I did have some doubts! My challenge to myself was to use my collection of William Morris fabrics that were accumulating in my stash.It is getting rather large so I might have to double up some rounds and put two months into one, I'll decide when the next clue is revealed.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Orca Bay

I started this Bonnie Hunter designed mystery quilt in December 2011 and in January following year I packed it up and put the whole project in cold storage until 25th March this year.Yesterday I finished "IT" except for the borders and I don't think I'll do pieced ones (even though I have all the pieces) as the quilt is already too busy.

I laid it on the lounge room floor to photograph and one by one the dogs walked across it and in the end I had to take a photo with a dog or I would have been standing there all day.So Millie gets to star with this quilt.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Scatterdays S

Today's letter is S and the catagories are empty,stash,female and ice cream-


 For the first time in many years I have not 1 but 2 empty stash storage bins!! I have been trying very hard to use up my stash (a) because I have an obscene amount of fabric and (b) what would my children do with it when I'm gone .


This is some striped fabric in my stash, not sure what I'll use it for but I will use it eventually (he he!)


This one is quite easy for me my mother and when this photo was taken she was in the Army mainly in North Queensland

Sheila Maura Doyle 1923-2001

Ice cream

 I had to be a bit creative for this catagory because I don't eat ice cream  very often, however when I do I go to Annie's Ice Cream Palour in Bathurst and have a Sofala Gold which is home made ice cream with big (read very big) chunks of honerycomb through it.
For those people who don't know Sofala is just out of Bathurst and was a gold mining centre in the mid nineteenth century.

Saturday, March 16, 2013


Todays letter is  D and the catagories are Something humerous,feet,funriture and quilty display.

Something humerous is my Dog Millie, she is a chihuahua and always has her tongue poking out even when she's asleep.I have been told it can be normal for the breed to do this.

Feet is also my dog Millie because she loves to try and catch them to chew them or clean them I'm never sure
Furniture is my Antique Oak desk which I have had for many years.
Quilty display puzzled me for a while until because most rooms have quilts hanging or on beds or chairs etc and then I though Decor. My home decor theme is quilty display.This quilt rack currently holds my completed siggy square quilts.

Ku-ring-gai Quilters

On Wednesday I travelled to Sydney to be one of Pennie's surprise guests at the quilt group that meets at her home.She cooked a beautiful meal of soup and sweets served on her dining table with all the silverware including candleabra.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Scatterdays the letter I

 Scatterdays startig with the letter I and the Catagories are  Money;Tools;Metal; Inches

Cinzia has set the cat amongst the pigeons this week I think this week's words have been the hardest but there is always Google and Wikipaedia!


The Indian rupee, I could not find any money starting with I only three countries whose money starts with their name.


  The iron is one of the most used tools in my sewing room.


A very hard, brittle, silvery-white transition metal of the platinum family, iridium is the second-densest element (after osmium) and is the most corrosion-resistant metal, even at temperatures as high as 2000 °C. Although only certain molten salts and halogens are corrosive to solid iridium, finely divided iridium dust is much more reactive and can be flammable.(wikipaedia)


My quilting rulers contain many inches!


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

One finished and another half done

This is the memory quilt I made for Tom's 60th birthday, he was very pleased with it and told all the guests at his party to go and have a look at it.
The funny thing was I had made Jayne one a few years ago and last Thursday (his birthday) I hung this quilt where Jayne's used to hang and when he came home from work he walked straight past it.

This is a quilt  made but not designed by me, I just love the modern bright fabrics with the white on white print.
I have had a week away in Adelaide to help Jayne prepare for Tom's birthday and spend time with family including my daughter Trish who flew down just for the weekend.It was very nice to catch up with everyone.
Tom and Jayne have two sons one in the Royal Australian Navy and the other in the Royal Australian  Army and between them and their late older brother there is 8 Grandchildren who were all present last Saturday.

Friday, February 15, 2013


Scatterdays   T

This weeks Scatterdays is bought to you by the letter T and the catagories are tasty,tiny,terrifying and threads


Yesterday I had a tabbouleh and ham sandwich  for lunch; it was very tasty!


I have  a large collection of teapots gathered over many years and this tiny pottery one was given to me about 20 years ago by my sister Louise.The lid is removeable and I suppose in theory you could have some tea in it but it hardly be a cuppa would it?


This tapestry was one my mother started and I had a friend finish it for her before she died. Mum loved Sturt Desert Peas because her mother used to grow them under the tank stand when she was a child.


 I refuse to have a photo of my worst nightmare on my blog so courtesy of Wikipaedia I will decribe it ( I have seen many though as they thrive in this area in and out of town).
Tiger Snake a large venonmous snake that has coloured bands (hence it's name) and can be fatal to humans.They don't mind the cool weather and are active on warmer nights ,are frequently around rivers and water. When threatened, they will flatten their bodies and raise their heads above the ground in a classic prestrike stance. The female gives birth to12 to 40 live young ,no wonder there are so many around.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Scatterday Q

Todays Scatterdays is brought to you by the letter Q  and has four catagories


Quercus Robur or English Oak Tree, as a child we had one growing in the back yard in Neutral Bay ; it was grown from an acorn from a special tree in the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney (planted in 1935 on the 21st anniversary of the Battle of Mons).I have searched through old photos and I found this one of me on my third birthday playing under the tree as I did for most of childhood.

Night time

This is my favourite television viewing each night - QI and I assume that the ABC will soon change that frequency now that the non-ratings period is about to end.



Something healthy

I only started using Quinoa this year but I do like salad made with it.


Something that is quilty and quick

I love my accuquit and it's the quickest and most accurate way to cut two and a half inch strips,squares and half square triangles.



Scatterdays R

Blogger and I had an disagreement this morning so I am re-posting the last Scatterday

Today's scatterday is brought to you by the letter R and has four catagories


This is my nephew's rabbit and his name is Pedro


  These remote controls sit on the table beside my chair in the lounge room.




Two RED vehicles at the Visitors Centre in Bathurst aCobb&Co Coach and a Brush Car which is very red and flashy.

Something red from your sewing room

Bernina is written in red three times on my sewing machine but I also have this sign on the wall above me just to remind me.
Unfortunately I had ten comments but they have been deleted , I am having lots of trouble uploading photos to my blog and I don't like Picasa at all.I can't see why I just can't upload from the computer like I have always done!