Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Simpson Desert Crossing.

We have crossed the Simpson Desert and have finally have arrived at Birdsville. Internet access is limited so may not be able to post photos. The desert was lovely and peaceful and unfortunately we have a few more problems with the car so we are looking forward to getting home.
   The group we traveled with was lots of fun and we conquered the largest sand dune, Big Red, which was a highlight of our trip on the desert.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Northern Territory News.

Blogging has been difficult and I haven't been able to load photos so a written report will have to do for now. We took the a Great Central Road from Laverton, WA up to Uluru, calling in at an aboriginal community out near Warburton. Our traveling companions had a relative working there in a health clinic. It was interesting to talk with the two nurses and have a tour of the health facility in a community not usually open to visitors.
     From Uluru, we took the back roads via Kings Canyon and then on to Alice Springs. Our car tray had sustained damage from the extreme road conditions with corrugated roads and our first call was to arrange for a welder to repair the tray which supports our camper. There was also apparent damage done to the CV Joint of the front wheel of the car and we are currently waiting to have it examined to see if we can continue across the Simpson Desert or if we have to return home. They don't have the part required and would have to fly one in here and that would delay us for a week so we will cancel the last part of our trip if the damage is too bad to continue.
    Apart from the last few days we have had a great time and I have managed to finish one crocheted blanket for the homeless and I've started making squares for another.
I'll update with photos etc as soon as the internet allows.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A Great Desert Trek.

 We have arrived at Laverton at the end of the Anne Beadell Highway after a wonderful week traveling on desert roads. The only tough part about the trip has been no internet or phone reception. We're enjoying a hot shower, washing clothes, stocking up on supplies and catching up on the family news. Tomorrow we leave on the Great Central Road to travel the back way to Uluru then the back way to Alice Springs. The weather is warm and we are having a great trip seeing more of our beautiful country. We usually only see one or two cars a day and sometimes none, so we are really in the outback and loving it.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Road Trip.

 We're off on another 4 wheel driving trip across the desert into Western Australia and then back across the Simpson Desert. We've spent a very enjoyable week taking the back roads of South Australia and enjoying the scenery at Arkaroola. From there we came across back roads to Coober Pedy and after a night in the brightish lights of Coober P we are off across the desert on the Annie Beadell Highway for 7 to 10 days, depending on track conditions.
     Planning for this trip took some time, with various permits being required to enter aboriginal communities etc. We mainly bush camp and have hardly seen another car for the first week but have now met up with another couple of friends and we will tackle the desert areas as a group.
  Of course there is very little internet access so there won't be many updates on the blog until we return. We have a house sitter so don't worry if you have posted parcels off as they will be safely collected and await my return.
    Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Just Do It.

There's been lots happening behind the scenes here, deconstructing vintage shredded blocks so I can use the fabric to repair some vintage quilts, and making plans for new projects. I also need to find time to finish some of my UFOs as well as more donation quilts.
    My niece had her baby six months ago and I had made the baby quilt for her sister's baby but was too slow getting this one finished. Finally I decided to just get it done and today was the day. It's such a relief to finally have it finished. Four of my nieces have had babies in the past nine months and I make a baby quilt for each new baby and appliqué the baby's name on it. I think I'm going to have to make some in advance as the babies seem to be coming much more quickly now. Anyway it might be time to get some more finishes now while I'm on a roll.
    That will depend on how much sleep I need as I'm working nights again this week.
 Hugs, Jan Mac

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Archeology Quilt Style.

I was very lucky to find an old quilt comforter for sale and have the opportunity. To observe at first hand that thrifty pioneers really did line their comforters with old worn out quilts. I'm not showing all of it yet as I have plans for future projects but as I started to peel back the layers I found three more quilts hiding. They had all been tied instead of quilted so freeing them was easy and it was so much fun to uncover each part of the layers and then to find even more. No wonder the comforter weighed an absolute ton. It would have immobilized the sleeper under all the layers.
 Am I having fun? You bet!
Hugs, Jan Mac

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Consumed By Quilts.

 Today was such a special day for lovers of antique quilts as Janette MacInnes shared some of the antique quilts from her collection. Her talk was really interesting and the quilts spanned the era of mid 1800s to mid 1960s. It was lovely to see original fabrics which have inspired the reproduction fabrics it's which we are familiar and the hand quilting was wonderful.
     Added to that was the opportunity to catch up with old friends and even a small amount of sewing was done. June of Lily Patches, in Boronia, organized the day with the help of Lisa and Louise, of the Max and Louise Pattern Company, and I enjoyed it so much that I do hope they arrange another one in the not too distant future.
    I hope you enjoy the photos of the lovely quilts we enjoyed seeing. Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs, Jan Mac