Saturday, December 31, 2011
This is a view across the lake. Sadly there is quite a lot of algae growing there at the moment but the notices indicate that this will improve in the coming months. It still looks pretty good to me. What do you think? The black swans didn't seem bothered.
Just look at this! Yesterday was a very pleasant day, warm but not absolutely sizzlingly hot so a walk in the Botanic gardnes was called for. I can not believe how lucky those of us who live in Melbourne are - such beautiful and varied gardens all in one location just a tram ride from Glen Huntly!!
Friday, December 30, 2011
I have completed all but the remaining block from the Barbara Brackman's Civil War Quilt, which Barbara has been posting each week. Now the real fun starts as I have to decide how I will put the quilt together. It has been a great way to do a quilt as each block is different and scrappy so there is no way to get bored. I am hoping by the end of the day the quilt top will be all but finished. I'll keep you posted!!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Somerset Patchwork but the one I have completed previously is in a different colourway and I particularly liked this one on the cover of Quiltmania.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Threadbear. We had a wonderful time and Corliss of Threabear provided wonderful door prizes and kind gifts for attendees as it was the pre Christmas meeting. It is so inspiring to see the fabulous work that everyone does. I was just hand piecing but there is work done by the people who attend that is mind boggling. I didn't take any photos but there was lots of show and tell. Here is my lovely door prize and some of my piecing:
We went up to our place in the country over the weekend and found this:
We were lucky as the house wasn't damaged but there is a very big mess to clean up!! No doubt the local snakes will be lurking in amongst that lot too.............
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I am very pleased with the finished outcome so far, but ofcourse, I have yet to add the binding. This is one of my least favourite tasks and I have not cut the bias so it might have to wait a little longer to finally be complete. I went down to show it to AnnMaree at Primitive Patches as this is where I did the class. They are closing down soon and I will miss visiting there very much. I have known AnnMaree about 17 years now and she has always been the most friendly and kind person anyone could want to know. I will miss the shop but mostly I will miss the friends I have made there.
Monday, November 7, 2011
If you go to Desley's blog you can look at the lovely work Desley has done on my Georgetown in Baltimore quilt!! I am, as always, thrilled with her work. It is always exciting to go and collect my quilts from Desley as she makes them sing! She also quilted the apple core quilt for my daughter's car. Bec was thrilled with the finished quilt and now has it over the backseat of her car.
You can also see how comfortable Clancy, our old Cavalier is at our place in the country. He has pride of place on the couch, and he loves to snuggle up in the cushions near the quilt.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Violet Green!!! Don't you just love them. I plan to knit the beret for my daughter with the aubergine coloured wool and then I'll make myself a pair of socks with the pink. I am going to use the casting on from the toe method which Michelle Yeo told me about. It will be fun, fun, fun!!!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
I am making also making some blocks using a pattern which Michelle Yeo is currently designing. Her blocks and quilt will be very different to mine as her colours are not like these. It is done using freezer paper which allows for very accurate points and I need all the help I can get in that department! What do you think?
Saturday, October 15, 2011
I know I should be focussing but I am just enjoying Barbara Brackman's Civil War Blocks that I can't help myself! I have now completed number 41 and am up to date. I love this as it gives me the chance to do something different every week with some potential for using up my stash (I wish!!) I have done more than these but they are a sample of what I have done to date.
Friday, September 23, 2011
This is my Georgetown in Baltimore quilt. It is finally finished and at the quilters..............I have to say it took a lot of discipline to finally finish it but I am glad to say it is finally with Desley, who will make it look great. This photo does not have the final border added but it gives you a good impression of how it looks now. It isn't quite square so I hope that this won't too noticeable!
Friday, September 16, 2011
Hi, look at this lovely male Tawny Frogmouth sitting on his nest of eggs in a local tree!! Apparently the male sits on the eggs during the day light and the female minds the eggs after dark. It is wonderful to see such fabulous wild life in the suburbs isn't it!
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
This is one of the borders for the 'Georgetown in Baltimore' quilt which is almost finished!! I have finally finished the Apple Core Quilt so that is one off the list and I am hoping to take both of them to Desley the week after next. It will be good to get them finished especially the 'Georgetown in Baltimore' quilt. Sadly the Apple Core quilt was for my daughter's first car, which she wrote off last week. Very fortunately she is not injured, neither was the other driver but is was a nasty shock anyway. It is so good that she is OK.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Look at what the Postie brought me today!! Isn't he just lovely? When I was in Philadelphia I admired the Cardinals in my cousin's garden (together with the chipmunks too) and it would be fair to say I was a bit fixated on them! Anyway, today I got a parcel in the post and here is a picture of my newest and super fantastic Christmas tree decoration - yes, a Cardinal!! I have the best family!!!
Monday, August 29, 2011
This is my Cattleya Orchid and it is the third year in a row that it has flowered. The first year I bought it was in flower and I had no hope of it ever flowering again as I thought they needed a hot house environment. Not so! Last year it had 5 flowers and it looked pretty clogged up in the pot. So I divided it and I thought I had killed it - but no, one is flowering at least and though the other plant doesn't look too flash it hasn't turned up its toes yet.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
I didn't go crazy buying fabric when I was away. These are my additions and I promise you I could have filled a container with fabric but I was a good girl and kept it to a minimum.
These are fabrics from the US and England. I bought the lovely book on Chintz fabric at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Monday, August 15, 2011
My daughter has her first car, this has been a long time coming and she now has a little silver Holden Astra that she calls "Bertie''. The conversation went something like, 'Bertie needs a rug or something for her back seat' of course I then offered to make a smallish quilt for Bertie. I was organised enough to cut out all the pieces for the quilt when we went away but of course I did nothing whislt we were travelling. So I have tried to get a wriggle on over the last weeks since I arrived back. This is my progress so far. It is a bit wild but Bec chose the fabrics herself.
I had never heard of Steampunk before visiting the Kew Steam Pumping station. It is an interesting fusion of art, creativity and machine parts. I can't really say I understand it but it looks great. If you are interested you should google 'Steampunk' there is heaps of information about it on the web.