They say time fly's, it sure does, some weeks just rocket by & you wonder, 'now what did I do this week'? Well last Thursday I went to visit with my aging parents. Mum's not too good, so I think it's best to try & make time to see more of her. I took the bag I had made her, see earlier post here. She loved it! With that done off we went for a long leisurely lunch, followed by afternoon tea at a lovely country cafe.
After an evening at my Brother & sister - in - laws I headed to Julie's place for a couple of days.
Julie & I both love the thrill of Opshopping. "One mans trash is our treasure!" Only problem with Opshopping with someone who likes the same things as you, it is only a matter of time before fights break out! I won some fights & sadly Julie won some!! Haha, seriously though, checkout the loot in Julie's car boot at the end of the day!
Also at Julie's are birds & kittens, I was tempted to bring a kitten or two home with me. Julie's husband reckoned they are a complimentary gift when you stay with them. I'm pleased I didn't crack & the 'MR' didn't get his way!
In the middle of our Opshopping spree we stopped to re-fuel at a lovely garden centre/cafe/gift shop. This gift shop called 'Humble' is awesome! The most wonderful up- cycled furniture & knick knacks. But checkout the colourful welcome of the building!
I loved this window frame on the fence with the tea cups.
To see more on the cats, please see Julie's post over here.
Another highlight of my visit was to the Hamilton Museum to see the Rosemary McCloud vintage linen display. What a total buzz! When I saw Julie's post about the exhibition I did think 'oh that's nice, but not really my cup of tea'........was I wrong! I loved it! I was disappointed we couldn't take photo's. (Julie has got a couple of sneaky photo's on her blog). I hope this travelling display comes north, so I can see it again.
Whenever I visit Julie (who has a wonderful rustic cottage where she sells her beautiful handmade goodies) she says to me' you know you don't have to buy anything'. I tell her I won't when she starts making ugly things!! I couldn't resist buying this lovely pin keep.
I did actually do some work while I was away, I hand stitched the binding down on this customer quilt.
Jacki made this last year at a speedy scrap class at The Country Yard. A fun class, where the ladies had to sew as many of each block in a given time frame. Jacki chose Kiwiana fabric. She asked for 'organic' cross hatching through the middle, then something to jazz up the black Koru border.
Jacki's backings are never dull or ordinary, she always goes the extra mile & pieces master pieces!
Tada, the back!
Talk about a double sided quilt.
Thanks for hanging in there with the long list of photo's. Also thanks for the wonderful comments & questions you leave. Until next time & there will be a next time very soon, take care.