Sunday, September 6, 2009

My Head is Spinning

Literally. I came back from my trip to the West and have had the most massive dose of vertigo.

It has been plaguing me for two weeks . I have suffered with this in the past but never has it lasted this long.

I did manage to get a few hexagons together into rosettes , it is always such fun to fussy cut and see what designs can be made from a piece of fabric. In the collage below , the picture in the second row left most , the two hexagon rosettes were cut from the same piece of fabric with very different results. I had a bit of photo fun here , placing my collection so far of fussy cut rosettes under a glass cloche. My intentions are to have a pile that will fill the cloche. I need to make 88 rosettes to go around a border, I will keep you posted on my progress and then reveal the quilt.

Here is a sprinkling without their centres. I have been asked when do I add my centre. I do it last as I tend to collect fabrics that will make great centres (snippets of examples featured in the collage) when the rosette is complete I then decide what to put in the centre.

This weekend we have come up to the Port Stephens region (approx 200 kms north of Sydney) where we have a small holiday cottage that we are renovating. (A project for Mr L & R).

It is a really lovely coastal water land and as we love the beach it is a perfect spot to relax.

Last evening after a hard days work we took ourselves out to the waters edge to watch the sun disappear over the horizon.

Had to take the mandatory glass of medicine. (NZ Sauv Blanc no less )

It was such a peaceful calm evening with loads of photographers out taking advantage of the wonderful sunset.

This morning we woke to another perfect day and decided to walk along the Bridle path into town to have coffee. This beach is part of that track and the water was so clear just begging to be swam in , however there was still a chill in the air, we didn't feel so inclined to accept the invitation at this stage but it won't be too far into the future before we do so.

In a previous post I mentioned to you that I receive a fabric club mailout once a quarter from Patchwork on Stonleigh in Wodonga on the NSW VIC border.
I have been a memeber of this fabric club for probably longer than I care to remember but it really is such great value and especially if you have a love of reproduction fabrics. Patchwork on Stoneligh specialise in Reproductions.
I received this pack last week., isn't the serpentine fabric fab.

It is such great value, I think about $15.oo quarter, you get 10 fabrics approx 10.5 x 10.5. A really newsy newsletter, a pattern and a colour printed sheet showing the new fabrics about to hit the shelves. Once you join you also get 10% discount on all purchases for the year that you join along with other privileges.
I have never met Christine or Susan but I can say I have spoken with Christine many times on the phone and it has always been a pleasant and helpful experience.
It is also a plus to have a package turn up in the mail.

Until next time
Happy sewing


Janet said...

Great post Jean. I love your photos, you have a talent there. What a gorgeous place. I hope your vertigo goes soon, what causes it do you know?
Loving the fussy cut hexagons, they look good under the cloche.

Cathy said...

So sorry to hear you aren't well Jean. I really hope that goes quickly, it's a horrible feeling. I'm amazed at what you do with your hexagons, they look simply stunning. I can't wait to see what you will make with them. Beautiful pics too xo

broderie said...

the beach walk and the sunset look just like a perfect place to be !! one of my great joys in life was walking along a beach, so beautiful, so replenishing, so good for the spirit. your hexagons are enough to make you dizzy, they are lovely. hope you feel better soon.

Cardygirl said...

Hope you are feeling much better soon...lovely post...great the rosettes.

Janet said...

The results of the fussy cut rosettes are fantastic. I like the idea of choosing the centers last. Looks like a wonderful vacation spot. Sorry your journey left you dizzy.

A Quilter Awakens said...

Holy sweet golly! Thanks for those beautiful pictures. If I was not interested in doing hexagons, I sure am now. Karmen

Miriam said...

I hope the vertigo settles quickly.
I looovve your fussy cutting!!!!
Those are beautiful photographs. It looks like the perfect place to relax. I hope you have had a great weekend.

ranette said...

Wonderful photos, wonderful hexagons, wonderful fabric...just wonderful!

Oh vertigo is such a pain...I hope it goes away very, very soon. It is so hard to deal with.

I'd love to see pictures of the holiday cottage as you renovate it.

Feel better!

Miss Nancy said...

Your hexagons are amazing!! What great designs you have made. So sorry about the vertigo. I can empathize. Just love your pictures of Port Stephens and Nelson Bay. To those us in the Midwest USA it looks very soothing, calming and relaxing. Hope to visit there sometime.

Judith Tetley said...

Hi Jean...sorry to hear you've had a bad bout of Vertigo. I also suffer with it, so I know how awful you feel. Hope plenty of rest will stabilise things.
Your patchwork is just lovely.
Kind Regards

Chookyblue...... said...

looks like the perfect spot for a holiday house.............beautiful

Vicki said...

Hi Jean
Sometimes it can be a sinus related infection so you could essential oils of thyme and cinnamon in some steam... works really well

Kathie said...

oh Jean I was thinking about you the other day and hoping you were getting better. What beautiful pictures , a wonderful place for a vacation home.
Looks so peaceful and relaxing.
I love your hexagons, what fun it must be choosing the fabrics for each one.
The fabric club is a great deal, what fun it is to get fabric in the mail and a newsletter :

Julia said...

Hope you are feeling much better soon...I love your hexagons,
The fabric club sounds like it is a great deal...must look that up.
take care.
Julia ♥


I JUST LOVE THOSE HEXAGONS you made--I love doing them in hand piecing--but never really tried to do much with the fussy cutting on them--yours I believe are english paper pieced too???? Love the other pictures too--hope you get well soon--hugs, just, Di

Karen said...

Love the hexagon rings you have made. Especially the two with the repeat designs on each hex.

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Deb said...

Hi Jean I hope you are feeling better. At least you had a beautiful location to recuperate....and some not bad medicine either. Your hexagons are beautiful. I admire you for having the patience to do that. It is certainly worth the extra effort. Take care.

Karen said...

Beautiful rosettes!

Linda in MI said...

Your hexagon rosettes are fabulous; I'm eager to see the finished border. Inspirational I must say!

Sorry you have to deal with vertigo. I do too, so have real sympathy; may this bout come to an end soon.

Kim said...

Gorgeous! Can't wait to see the hexagons all put together! English Paper Piecing is on my 'to do' list for someday. Yours look great under the cloche!! :o) The scenery is fabulous! Looks like a heavenly place.

Meg said...

I hope you are feeling much better. I hadn't realised that Port Stephens had such beautiful beaches. I'm a south coast girl. Jean, would it be rude to ask whose fabric you have used in the bottom of your georgous photos of your hexagons - the one with the blue flowers. I love your photos - they are rather special. By the way, I have now joined the fabric club at Stoneleigh. Yea.
Meg from class.

Sharon P said...

Are you feeling better? Sure hope so. Your hexagons are so lovely! Love Patchwork on Stonleigh; I've been a member for years. And I understand how you feel about Port Stephens, we have a place up there too!

Thimbleanna said...

Oh My Gosh -- I just found your blog -- it's beautiful!!!

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Your hexagons are wonderful.
I have suffered with Vertigo, it can be persistent. One of my causes is from aspartame, commonly called nutro-sweet. It is is diet sodas and other drinks. Best wishes.

PatchworkRose said...

Just love those hexagons Jean and Your photos of the beach. We live by the beach too and I just love the calm and peacefulness no matter what the season. In fact in all the seasons. The sea has such beauty in winter too.. I do hope your Vertigo settles down soon.
Take Care and enjoy those sunsets