Sunday, May 16, 2010

My Poor Neglected Blog

Dear Blog,
I am so sorry for neglecting you.  Life has been pretty darned boring around here.  All work and no 'play'.
When I do have some spare time I have been two-timing you over on Stitchin Fingers.  It is so inspiring over there and I have made some lovely SF friends too.  From now on, I will try and give you a little more of my time.

Last Tuesday a group of us went down the mountain range to Gatton and enjoyed the Queensland Quilters picnic with around 400 other quilters from all over South East Queensland.

The picnic was held in the grounds of the Gatton Historical Village and these are just a couple of the buildings we were able to explore.

Look at this dandy chair.  It had hidden secrets.
It was made out of old wooden crates.  The perfect place to store your chamber pot!
This chair was inside an old slab hut.  Our early settlers built these types of houses and one can only imagine how cold they were in winter with all their cracks in the floor and walls.

This hexagon quilt on an old iron bed would have kept a little of the cold out. (See that big opening between the wall slats?  Brrrrrr)

And look at this for ingenuity.  A chest of drawers made out of old kerosene tins.  Three cheers for recycling.

One of the highlights of the day was seeing this attempt at the World's Largest Hexagon quilt.  It was quite something.  I did a couple of flowerettes, but alas did not have all day and night to look for them......

I  am not one for statistics.  My brain likes to just sketch over things and move on to the next thing, but Judie Bellingham over at has all the stats on this amazing quilt. Here  is the link.

You can also see a little about the construction of the quilt etc. on the Sew Creative Gatton website.

A very nice social day out and a break away from the office work.


shirley said...

Hi, have just seen your new picture your roses are beautiful. So you even prettied up your blog to make up for the neglect.

Looks like you all had an interesting day at the historical village.

shirley said...

this time tomorrow I will Be getting the bus to go home. I think Frank is missing me... but cant cook rice...I told him 1/3 cup makes 1 cup but he put 1 cup of uncooked rice in the pot. Believe we are having one of the meals i prepared before i left for dinner when I get home..Tuscan meatballs probably to go with the leftover rice.

Linda said...

Dianne, your blog is just beautiful. This is the first time I've commented. Lovely to see the 'Gatton' photos, as I grew up there, went to school, married, you know the drill............

Love the header photo, just delightful. All of your photos are inspiring Dianne, and the day must have been a wonderful experience. At least it wasn't far from home.

Anneliese said...

Dianne, it is so interesting for me to see pictures of your surroundings, huts, barns and so on. There must be a travel bug on our skin especially for English speaking coutries. On Tuesday 25th May we will start for Croatia to stay there for over a month. I did not pack yet my stuff for sewing. It is difficult to decide days in advance what I will feel like doing when the sea is in front of me but still too cold to swim.