Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

Yesterday our annual State Rose Garden bus trip took us back to the gardens. I have been there several times and each time have noticed the difference in the growth of the trees and plant life.

 (Waratah) Proteaceae "Braidwood Brilliant"
 "Bridal Gown"

 Love these rusted panels.

A great day with wonderful company.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

NGV Exhibition

Yesterday visited the National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square to see the exhibition.
 "Spanish Encounter" 1960
Painted in 5 hours at Kings Cross showing Olsen's experiences of living in Spain.

 "Summer in the you beaut country".
Olsen was commissioned to paint the ceiling of art dealer Frank McDonald's residence ceiling.

 Several of his journals were displayed.
 The "Paella" Tapestry woven by members of the South Melbourne branch of the Australian Tapestry Workshop.
 The Terry Whelan suite tea and coffee dinner service, 
decorated by Olsen and pottery of NZ Robert Mair.
 Paintings of Lake Eyre

 "Popping Bluebottles" 2007

Gadget Prize

Our Willows Quilting Group Inc. set a challenge with their Swiss Sister Quilting Group on "Weather". I made a piece called "Broken Drought".
I was very lucky to win 2nd place and received this prize.
I love gadgets. 

It is made as a flat version of the Swiss Army Knife. At first I thought it was a CD.
A fabulous little piece to keep in my sewing or hand bag.
I have been told that they can also be bought on Amazon if anyone is looking for a Christmas gift with a difference.
Thank you to the Swiss Quilting group for sending me my prize. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

A Day of Weaving

My day yesterday was spent with Prue from Dyeing to Weave.

"Immerse yourself in the beautiful freestyle creativity of Japanese SAORI weaving as you create a gorgeous, unique scarf to take home! In this 5 hour session you will learn a range of SAORI weaving techniques, understand the philosophy and history of SAORI and enjoy a longer time at the loom to experiment with colour, yarns, technique and textured creativity."
 To these beautiful colours we added textures that we had brought along.
Recycled ribbons, wool, threads and threads.
 The looms are portable and after a short time we got into the theme of passing the shuttle through and weaving. It was extremely relaxing.
 My finished scarf.

 Jeann's scarf
....and Melanie's

Monday, October 10, 2016

Windy Weather

 Lunch with friends overlooking Williamstown Beach. The water of the bay was incredibly choppy, surprised to see some people were in the water swimming. As we walked in for lunch a gentleman on his push bike was thrown sideways by the wind. We helped him and fortunately more embarrassed than sore. As our friends parked their car and enormous branch toppled, missing them, they found another car park. 

 Came home to my sweet peas bent over..... geraniums broken
...managed to save a few sweet pea stems.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

3 Weeks of Sewing

I haven't blogged for a while as I have had a lot of hand sewing on the go.
Our Gondwana Textile group have a 16 postcard challenge to be posted by the end of October to the members throughout NZ and Australia.
I chose the "Seasons of Asia" using:
- paper from Japan and Korea
- tea bags, serviettes, paper bags and paper hand towel
- fabric, organza and sheers
-stitched with french knots and straight stitching
-background of cream fabric with tea stains and dabbed with gold 
With left over flying geese blocks, put them together for a quilt top to be sent to my cousin in Queensland, who is involved with the Aussie Hero Quilts. All that has to be added is a border then Vicki will quilt it.

Willows Quilting Group Exhibition, Melton

Willows Quilting Group: Quilt Exhibition 
When: Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th October 2016. 
Time: 10am to 4pm 
Where: St Catherine of Sienna School Hall, Bulmans Rd, Melton West. 
Admission: $7. 
Enquiries: Maureen 9743 3962 or Anne 9743 5192