Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Just chilling....

It's school holidays here and so far we haven't done much which is quite nice really. I realised on the weekend how relaxed I was feeling for a change which just goes to show how stressed out I have been. The weather is also cooler and a little wet which is just lovely. Perfect for pulling out those knitting and quilting projects.

Today was my dear friend Christina's Birthday so we had an afternoon tea to celebrate. A little champagne and cake is very nice on a Wednesday afternoon!

Christina's Birthday afternoon tea

Especially if it's one of Helen's gorgeous passionfruit sponges!

A classic Passionfruit sponge from Helen

Happy Birthday Christina - thanks for being a couple of weeks younger than me!!

Christina's daughter also celebrated a Birthday last week and we popped in for a bit of cake and a dance after school.

Sophia's present from her Mum and Dad this year was a bedroom makeover and the theme was red and white and a bit of High School Musical. So I made her a cushion and bought her a matching fleecy blanket for her bed.

Sophia's Birthday Cushion

Sophia's Birthday Cushion

Sophia's Birthday Cushion

I enjoyed wrapping the present - check out the ribbon!!

Sophia's Birthday present

Chloe also made Sophia a 'Mixtape' full of their favourite songs so the kids had a ball in Sophia's room and gave us a few hilarious dance performances!!

Sophia's 9th Birthday Party

You definitely needed long hair!


I also have some sneaky peeks of my latest creation for the Four Seasons Quilt Swap which is hopefully not far away from its new home.

4SQS Monocromatic Challenge

This was a monochromatic challenge and one of my partner's choices was yellow. I had an idea floating around my mind for several months but was side tracked by the huge volume of work I had to complete in the last couple of months. By the time I got to make the quilt I actually didn't like it any more and even Chloe and her girlfriends told me they didn't get it! They are usually gushing in their opinions and they just looked confused.

4SQS Monocromatic Challenge

So I pulled it all apart and made this one. I like it so very much more and hope that my partner does too. It will be a little later than expected but I have put in a few bits and bobs to soften the blow.

4SQS Monocromatic Challenge

I now have to work on my Doll Quilt Swap 6 quilt and I have a really cool partner whose work I have always loved. I have another great idea for this one - hope it works out this time.


CurlyPops said...

Sheesh, you have been very busy. The little dolls quilt is beautiful. I love the yo yo flowers combined with the embroidery. The monochromatic scheme works really well.

Thimbleanna said...

Boy, no wonder you have been feeling stressed out! You always make the COOLEST stuff -- I LOVE that pillow. And your sneaky peeks look very exciting!

Fancy Elastic said...

loving the yellow quilt. lovely and sunny.

amandajean said...

i'm glad to hear that you are able to do some relaxing! your yellow quilt looks amazing, as always. i can't wait to see the whole thing.

Florence said...

Gosh, that quilt is amazing. I can't quite believe how much work must have gone into it - awesome.

That's so funny to hear that Australian children love High School Musical too - it hadn't occurred to me that it would be holding worldwide appeal! But of course it would, Troy & Gabriella appear to be the sweeter version of Danny & Sandi.

Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog - and how funny to learn that Kellie is a dear friend of yours - it seems such a close-knit lovely community that you have established around the Amitie area...sometimes I even peep at the Amitie shop online because I can't quite imagine having constant local access to all those lovely fabrics in one place. x

roseylittlethings said...

Love the sneak peaks of the yellow quilt, it looks amazing!

Beth said...

I actually gasped out loud when I saw that star pillow. LOVELY!

And I can't wait to see more of the yellow quilt!

sue said...

What a wonderful gift. Girls always love cushions. Mine has about 4 different ones now, all handmade too by different people. I think it must be the trend to have your little friends over and dance in the bedroom as I know that is what happens at our house too. Love the ribbon, very cute. The yellow quilt looks gorgeous.

Philigry said...

i can't wait to see more of the quilt~!

Cathy said...

I am loving that passionfruit sponge! Yummo! Love the star cushion too - too much fun - not much HSM happening here! More like The Fast and the Furious!!!! That's boys for you!
Have a great holiday - you deserve it!

Andi said...

Looks like lots of fun.
Love the cushion and the sneak peek looks delicious.

Corrie said...

oh wow love everythig including your tweens!!!! seems so far away that my guys will be doing that

ohhhh that sponge!!!

Kellie said...

Did we miss your birthday? Mmmmmmm.....

The pillow is lovely Louise as is the yellow!

Looking forward to catching up next week!

SewHum said...

oooh - I love the babushka ribbon - ? from where. And the quilt - fab.

Simone de Klerk said...

I just love your 4 season quilt! Great way of quilting too!

h&b said...

ooh - that red & white cushion ?
Mine please !

I know you don't have the time, but my goodness, if you had an etsy store ( or similar ), I can see you just making a mint as stock would fly out the door.

If you do, and you stock the cushion, let me know ( but give me time, as I just bought an Aunty Cookie cushion cover when the Mister said I couldn't .. ahem! ):)

Cascade Lily said...

Wow Louise! Where to start? The cake! The cushion! And that four seasons quilt. Fantastic. Your creativity is inspiring!

(BTW, something happened to your blog name in Bloglines...?)