Sunday, December 4, 2016

Mystery Quilt - Part 2

The colour magenta, is not an easy colour to identify.
There are several ways of interpreting the colour.
 This is the closest I could find at the quilt shops in my area.
All the fabrics I am using for the mystery are made up of my stash, due to the lack of any pieces, I bought 1.5m of this one fabric.
 A morning spent cutting. As I am making half the size suggested, I only had to cut out 50 sets.
(The colour of magenta looks different from above)
 I enjoy chain piecing.
 Did I not cut enough or cut too many....luckily I cut one triangle too many.
My 50 need point trimming and ready to put away until the next clue comes out.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Santa's Elves Need a Lesson........... wrapping gifts.
 Parcel picked up at post office, had a giggle.....
 ......ordered a new rubber cover for my Fitbit.
LOL, could have come in an envelope.
Woke this morning to the chatter of Parakeets in the tree.
Rarely see them in our garden.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mystery Quilt - Part 1

Step 1 of the Mystery quilt has been released.
I am "home alone" today, good chance to get the first step started.
 Gave the machine a cleaning and extracted enough fluff from the bobbin area to stuff a thin futon.
Filled another 2 bobbins and a new blade in my cutter.
All ready to go...
After breakfast began cutting the strips to be pieced.
A break at lunchtime to watch a movie.....and 3.00pm,
.....I realised I had sewn a group of 10 with NO thread left in the bobbin, enough for today. 
Managed to get 90 blocks done. A long way to go but I think I may only do half of what is required and make it a smaller quilt.
Can always do more and make it bigger later.....
now time for a cup of tea....

Friday, November 25, 2016

Christmas Has Come to Melbourne

In the city yesterday I stopped by the Myer Christmas Window display.
The story portrayed this year is based on the new children's book "One Christmas Eve" by author Corinne Fenton and illustrator Marjorie Crosby-Fairall.
 The book tells the story of Bella on Christmas Eve in 1968 when she visits her Grandparents in St Kilda for a typical Australian BBQ.

 Bella and her grandfather head to Luna Park and she is given the choice of one ride so she chooses the magical carousel. 

 She jumps on the horse and lets her imagination take hold as she daydreams about the ‘Majestic Horse’ taking her high above the clouds over Melbourne and being greeted by Santa’s sleigh and his reindeers.
 Once the ride ends, Bella’s dream fades back to reality and she heads home with her grandfather. When Bella wakes on Christmas Day, she is delighted to unwrap a rocking horse that her Grandfather hand-carved for her to resemble the ‘Majestic Horse’ she rode on the carousel.

 After visiting the windows I sat in 333 Collins Street to listen to the "Hallelujah Chorus", this stunning building is one I visit regularly to look up at the ceiling dome.

Mystery Quilt

Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt starts Friday 25 November (late this evening Australian time).
I have my fabrics ready, all I had to purchase, was the Magenta, all others were from my stash.
I have not done a mystery quilt by Bonnie before, so pleased that I have 2 friends to call on if I get stuck and need help. It will be interesting to see the difference between the 3 of us.
Wish me luck.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A Bit of Gardening on a Weekend

 My Sweet Peas. The more I pick, the more flowers I get.
 At Rose Garden, if you have cuttings of anything, they are brought along for swapping each week, 3 geranium cuttings I picked up are now flowering.

 Technology - our clothes line is under cover, great when it rains, but unfortunately the sparrows love to leave their calling cards. Hung the discs yesterday, didn't have to re wash the sheets, it worked, for how long, I don't know!!
 Salt and Pepper love digging the vegetable garden. We would plant a seedling and they would dig them back up. Sorry girls, you are are now banned. Put a plastic mesh border around it.
 Zucchinnis, capsicum, snow peas on the trellis and left the spinach growing through the mesh for the chooks to nibble on.
 Tomatoes, basil, spring onions, finger eggplant with marigolds to keep the bugs at bay.
 Harvested the garlic.
 Salt and Pepper.
Picked a huge bunch of rhubarb. 
The poor blueberry in the pot was destroyed by Harvey.
Only a stick left, will see if anything emerges from it.
Harvey came yesterday, took him for his first walk along the beach, not fond of water!!
 Apart from the roses and fruit trees in the front, majority of the garden is self seeded.
 Self seeded lavender. 
White Iris, another swap from Rose Garden.

Bearded Iris are so easy to grow. 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Goodbye Seoul, Hello Melbourne

Dashed up to the Nam Market for a quick last minute browse. Bought a couple of things for 2 Kris Kringle's. All the bags were packed, checked out and a short walk to Seoul Station for the Airport Express train.
Thank you for reading my blog over the last week and commenting. 
We hope you enjoyed the week away with us on our return to Seoul.
 Greeted each morning with this smiley face as we came out of our hotel
 One section of the market were stalls of only ties, nice and bright.
I know someone who was given her Father's ties, unpicked them and used the fabric to make a quilt.
 Our hotel had unusual windows, which we could open. Thank goodness!!
Every time we came back the lady had turned the heater back up to 26 degrees.
 Our plane had an outdoor camera on the nose wheel....
just about to touch down at Hong Kong Airport.
Sat by these pots of Singapore Orchids, wish I had a spare bag, they were beautiful. 
Good morning Sunday, over South Australia.