Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I have been busy.

Finished the baby quilt.
1 down , 2 to go.
Have also been busy making my quota of "21 of 41 gifts" for the October Retreat.
Can't really show what they are but the colours look good. Reminds me of a row of bathing boxes.
What's next .... 4 "Wind" ATC's, 2 ATC's for the NES swap, sew the last 2 rows of my Dear Hannah onto the main quilt.
Make some more felt.
No doubt there will be something else that I haven't thought of.
Oh yes... start pruning my 45 roses.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

In the middle of......

....... 3 baby quilts.
At the Bathurst Retreat in May, we received on the table at each setting, a brown paper bag.
In it were 2 fat quarters of fabric. I received the apple green/cream striped and green fabric with ducks on it. How appropriate, as I had 3 quilts to make for babies due in July, August and September.
This quilt is for an unknown baby, I think it will be a boy. But then, it is a 50/50 chance.
The Baby Shower is next weekend so a simple pattern was needed to get it finished in time.
All fabrics were in my stash, the green check was the only piece I had to buy.

Now for the next one, I know it is for a baby girl.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tasmania

We spent 4 nights in Tasmania. Beautiful weather, drove 8o0kms and had a lovely time.
The highlight was the Gourmet Lunch Cruise to Peppermint Bay, Hobart.
Spotted a pod of dolphins who then came cruising on the bow of the catamaran, a couple of sea eagles, playful seals and lots of bird life.
Salamanca Market was very busy, egg and bacon rolls for breakfast, hot coffee and plenty of seafood for dinner. Tasted a new way of doing oysters, dipped in Champagne batter with a wasabi dressing.
Launceston was lovely, walked the gardens and loved the old buildings and architecture.
What would a visit to Tassie be without seeing the Richmond Bridge and a bowl of potatoe and bacon soup for lunch topped off with a visit to the Old Lolly Shop.
Hobart's Constitution Dock
Low Head Lighthouse, north of Launceston

At Georgetown, came across this Travelling Quilt Exhibition by the Quilters' Guild of N.S.W.
Excellent small quilts. Noticed that Helen Goddon's 2 quilts had sold.
I recognised several of the quilt makers names.
Sat by the "Old Pier" at Bridport for some lunch. The sun was lovely with just a light breeze.
In Hobart, we walked the Botanical Gardens and visited the Peter Cundall Vegie Garden from the ABC Gardening Show. Picked up a few ideas for drip system sprinklers.






Tassie Bits n' Pieces

The Angel above the Seafarers Centre in Hobart
Drinking Fountain "Fish Out of Water"

Found this bench in an arcade in Hobart, don't think it would be too comfortable to lounge on.

Loved the models on the street corners above the Street Names.




Tassie Bits n' Pieces

Noticed this on the wall in Hobart, "where's Tony Abbott".
The main street in Deloraine was lined with wonderful statues mounted on gas bottles

SPRING
Visited the "Yarns - Artworks In Silk" exhibition. These were 4 quilts all made in Silk depicting the 4 seasons. Magnificent. Worked by 300 volunteers and took 10,000 hours to makes
Here are 2 of the quilts
WINTER

The Museum at Deloraine, where these 4 sewing machines were in the exhibition.





Tuesday, June 15, 2010

ATC Swap - FIRE

ATC-WDU group in New Zealand are having an Elements Swap this year.
I received 4 ATC's today with the theme of FIRE.

I received ATC's from Les, Diana, Jenny and Karen.
Thank you girls.

I sent off 4 of these ATC's to swap within the group.
So far we have done Water, Earth and Fire.
The next theme is Wind.



Queen's Birthday Holiday

"Lovely long weekend with sunshine".
Apart from slicing off the pad of my finger whilst making minestrone soup on Saturday, it was a relaxing weekend. Luckily it didn't add to the flavour of the soup. Ended up at the hospital on Monday to have it dressed and to try and stop the bleeding. It had better heal, don't want to have a skin graft, as the Dr suggested.
Took my new car for a spin on Saturday afternoon, too many dials and technical buttons. Will eventually get used to it.
Yesterday was spent browsing around the Bulleen Art and Garden centre - a very quirky place and fascinating. DH wants a few chooks, so spent some time their chook house working out the best plan to build one. Bought a big plastic owl, hopefully it will scare away the pigeons that are feasting on our vegie garden.
Headed up to Kyneton for lunch and coffee after Bulleen. The old buildings and gift shops are wonderful. Picked up some Goats Cheese and a cheap whole pumpkin for soup. Came home through Trentham, where DH hit the breaks as we drove past a house that makes chook pens. I am banning a rooster, so it looks like 3 chooks will be the way to go. He would like a white, a chocolate and a black chook.
The only disappointment with the weekend, was "I forgot to take the camera".
"Thank you Elizabeth R. for giving us a day off to spend in the sunshine".

Friday, June 4, 2010

Leesa Chandler's Fabric Launch


Yesterday I was very lucky to attend the launch of Leesa Chandler from Chandlers Cottage, fabric range "Under the Australian Sun" at the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens.
It was a fitting garden location to recognise her range as the gardens are an Australian Flora and Fauna Garden. Well worth a visit despite being covered in a shroud of fog.
It was a lovely morning, surrounded by beautiful fabric and displays of items made up from the fabric. We also heard Leesa speak of her future in fabric design.
I enjoyed looking through her design journal at the different stages of drawings and her designs.
Congratulations Leesa, it is wonderful that we in Australia have beautiful fabric that recognises our diverse range of flora.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Media Challenge

I have finished my piece for the Media Challenge.
The page out of the magazine was a bowl of eggs on a kitchen bench with the title "Eggs All Day".
We are asked to write a small piece on the interpretation of our page.
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"NEW BEGINNINGS"
"What came first, the chicken or the egg?"
"We begin the day with an egg for breakfast".
It was during Easter that I chose the envelope containing the magazine page.
The Easter Egg symbolises "New Life", "Re-Birth" and "Springtime".
My immediate thoughts were of the eggs cracking and new growth emerging with leaves the colour of spring. Springtime is when we have masses of flowers with the glorious colours of pinks, reds and yellows.
Easter is celebrated in the religious season of Lent, which is represented with the colour of Purple, to signify "penance and royal dignity".The decorations on the religious vestments are appropriately simple and I wanted my piece to reflect that simplicity.