Friday, December 17, 2010

Something else to share

Yesterday was the 12th anniversary of my moving to Australia and I think my DH is glad that I did since he sent me these flowers. I'd like to share them with all my readers and friends to say thank you for all the wonderful visits and kind, thoughtful and encouraging comments you leave me. I'm very appreciative and am so glad of the friendships and connections I've made from the community of bloggers that share my love of stitching. You guys often make my day!
I have been trying to be productive in a snail pace kind of way. I'm still making a loaf of sourdough every second day. It's such a soothing and satisfying thing to be making and eating hand made bread. I didn't think Mr Quiltsalott would get so fond of it that he'd let a bought loaf of bread go mouldy.  I'm committed to it now, there's no going back any time soon.
It's been ages since I made any klosje blocks but here's another 19 to add to my pile. I think the total now stands at 168. At this rate, it'll be a slow growing project, not that that matters in the least.
Below is a very piddly little photo but it's really hard to get the whole border in one shot so this will have to do. I just have to join this to the rest of the quilt and then the top is complete. I'll be back to show the whole top soon.

40 comments:

Pinkadot Quilts said...

That Stars and Sprigs border is breathtaking!

ranette said...

Janet...it's good to see you back and sometimes the pace has to slow a bit. Hopefully things are better for you.
Gorgeous flowers and the bread looks so delish I can just taste it...yummy!

You are way, way ahead of me on the Klosjes and you'll probably stay that way. Cannot wait to see the Stars and Sprigs top done! Woot!

Joanne said...

Congratulations! (such pretty flowers.)
I make the bread in a baked enamel pot and it is the only bread we eat now - so easy!
Quilting looks great too.♥

Barb said...

Oh...let me know when the every second day happens and it comes out of the oven....

That border is amazing!!!

Karen said...

Where did you used to live before moving to Australia?

Crispy said...

Hey goin' slow is a good thing. It's not a race after all LOL. The bread looks soooo yummy!!

I can hardly wait to see the whole top completed :0)

Crispy

Barb said...

Not sure which is more beautiful, the flowers or the bread!
Hope things are well
xo

SewWhatsNew said...

Congratulations on everything. I was in Australia for 6 months last year and my part of my heart is still there. Luckily I will be back for a couple of weeks in February. Your last border is wonderful. Enjoy the slow pace and remember to smell the flowers. (NZ is also amazing. Have only been in the north island). Happy Holidays.

Terrie Sandelin said...

The little blocks are so cute. And I can't wait to see the applique quilt put together -- that border is so stunning. Happy Anniversary!

Shari said...

What a lovely post. So many things happening for you. Your bread looks just too delicious and gorgous flowers and sewing happening... life is good! What a great achievement in getting that quilt top nearly finished! All those little buds and leaves... too too pretty...

Lori said...

Happy 12 years in Australia!!
It looks like you are staying busy in a calming peaceful way.

Ann Champion said...

What pretty flowers!

Seeing your bread, I can almost smell it! It looks so good.

You're making great progress with the klosjes. Some projects are fun to do as long term..make a few whenever?

Your final border on S&S is gorgeous! Your quilt is going to be nothing short of spectacular. :)

Oops-Lah said...

Wow, that border is so beautiful and the work!!! I wonder how many hours it took you? I can't wait to see the rest of the quilt. And your bread looks delicious. I agree with you; there's nothing better than handmade bread. Did you make your sourdough starter yourself? That's something I want to try one of these day. Best wishes Vreni x

Donna~~ said...

Can't think of anything better than pretty flowers, warm bread and beautiful quilt blocks. I love the colors you've used in your klosjes, and your border is breathtaking! Can't get over all you accomplish!

Darlene said...

Janet - it's so nice to 'see' you! Beautiful flowers from hubby and delightful quilting eye candy. I hope you're taking good care of yourself and things are getting better.

Meredith said...

There is a lot of work in the border. Enjoy the bread and going slow has its own benefits. The flowers are very pretty.

Nicole said...

Bread making is such a Zen activity! I need to do it more often. It really relaxes me. Staying home while it rises, the delicious smell as it bakes...Lovely.

Piecefully Pam said...

FaBuLoUs, Janet!!! You ARE an inspiration. : ) Oh, and how I long for a piece of that sourdough bread...toasted, with some nice homemade cherry jam...YUM!!!

Bavaria said...

There are few words that can truly express how pleased I am to have found and followed your blog. I just love checking and seeing what wonderful things you are up to lately. Thanks for sharing with all of us!
I too am chugging along on a slow growing project...hexagons. And hopefully I will be able to make this lovely hexagon star at...
http://www.quiltville.com
Toodles!

Sharon said...

Wow, you are almost finished this top, what an accomplishment! whoohoo to you. Did you share your bread recipe on this blog? and where did you move from? Just curious!

Mary said...

Did you get the started recipe from the book you mentioned or can you share the recipe? I love homemade sour dough bread!

Congratulations on the anniversary and on having such a nice husband.

Maree: said...

Thanks for sharing your Gorgeous Flowers..Congratulations So Glad you Came to Live Here too...
Love the Look of your Bread say My Hips!!
Wow you are nearly there with your Quilt Top...OMG you must be so Pleased..that has been one Big Job...Well Done!
cheers

Munaiba said...

Your klosjes are lovely. You have more varied backgrounds than I do. Although, in my defence I'm trying to use scraps.

Your border is gorgeous you must be really happy with it. I'm glad you to decided to come to OZ Janet. Next year in March I will have been here 38 years!

Jeanette said...

Glad to see your post Janet. The flowers are gorgeous. The border is beautiful. Love your klosjes. I still haven't gotten any started. :( Hugs,

Notjustnat said...

Happy 12th. anniversary in Australia Janet. You seemed to be well settled here. I am glad to be connected with you even though I have not met you but I can feel the warmth friendship coming from you, thank you! Will try your sourdough bread one day soon. Love the colour of your klosje. I must get back to mine again. They are fun to stitch - Have a lovely weekend - Hugs Nat

Janet said...

You finished the final border!! I can't wait to see your top all together. Wow you sure stuck at working on this one. You must be so pleased!!
The bread looks beautiful as do the flowers - congratulations!

Julia said...

Lovely to see you back Janet..
That bread looks so good..
Amazing work on your S&S quilt...the border alone is enough to make me wilt let alone doing the whole quilt like you have..your an ispiration..
Julia ♥

Terry said...

What beautiful flowers! Can't wait to see your finished quilt top all together! It's going to be stunning! :0)

Linda said...

Well Happy Anniversary! Your border is beautiful! Oh my, it's simply gorgeous! I can't wait to see it all together.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- the top is done??? That's fantastic -- I can't wait to see it. Your bread looks GORGEOUS!!!

Kayly said...

I agree with Mr Quiltsalott. Who'd eat store bought bread when there is a loaf like yours on offer? It looks a great loaf, good crust.
The craft work also looks wonderful.

Miriam said...

Gorgeous post Janet; beautiful flowers, home made bread and stunning sewing!!!

I look forward to seeing the Stars and Sprigs top together.
Beautiful work, Janet.

Happy Anniversary!

Shirley said...

Janet you are a wonderful person too and you make our days go by beautifully too. You always have something great to share, your knowledge and fabulous quilts and it is a pleasure to know you.
Love Shirley.x

Kaaren said...

How wonderful to see you back at it, Janet.

Simply gorgeous flowers from Mr. QAL to celebrate the milestone. What a lovely and heartfelt tribute to you.

Nedra said...

What a thoughtful husband. I've always dreamed of going to Australia one day.

Rachaeldaisy said...

What beautiful flowers DH sent you!! Congratulations on 12 years in Australia. That bread looks delicious, I can smell that "fresh bread smell" just looking at the photo. Beautiful Klosje blocks, how big are they? How exciting that you're so close to finishing the Stars and Sprigs top.

wishes, true and kind said...

Oh, I used to make homemade bread at least a couple of times a week. So good and homey, and such a nice ritual. I love watching the collection of klosje blocks grow.

joan

Robin said...

It looks to me like you are plenty productive. I know I say it every time, but mmmm.... bread. There really just isn't anything that can compare to freshly baked bread. The border is spectacular. I can't wait to see the entire top! :)

tim said...

you're back!!! how wonderful!! enjoy your passions and the new year. take care. you're an inspiration.

Sujata said...

Love this post! I can smell the fresh bread! I make chapatis, which are India flat bread like tortillas almost five days of week. I know my family loves the smell of fresh bread in the house.. Nothing like your friends walking in and feeling warm the instance they enter the home!