Friday, March 29, 2013

The Letter S - Scatterdays

 Supporting role by a female - SCQUILTERS
Since I have joined the online group, Southern Cross Quilters, I have made some dear and true friends.
Some of them have helped and supported me during our daughter's medical hiccup last year.
I will always treasure their friendship.

 Ice-cream - SO MANY FLAVOURS TO CHOOSE FROM
eeny, meeny, miny, mo..... rum and raisin or coffee or choc peppermint or passionfruit......the list goes on.

 Empty- SUITCASE
I have enrolled in the Winter School at Ballarat in July, a 5 day class.
Waiting on the new requirements list to be sent to us, so I can start getting it organised.
P.S. the new list has arrived, thankfully majority of the things I had bought from the wrong list, can be used. 

Stash - CIVIL WAR FABRICS
One of two containers of my Civil War and Repoduction fabrics. 
I am onto my 3rd quilt using them, the first quilt "Dear Hannah", didn't even make a dint in the containers.
Having "Longbourne" by Katrina Hadjimichael, basted at the moment.
Started hand piecing this month "Medallion Melody: A Medallion Quilt" by Lori Smith
Even buying a fat 1/8th, you use very little of it.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Notebook

 Our daughter fell in love with Africa on her 2011 5 week camping holiday, she is currently planning another trip back there for next year. Emma picked up a notebook whilst over there for planning.
She bought me home the blue circle fabric, 3m of fabric that the women wrap around their heads.
The gold fabric, I bought at an African stall in Paducah last year.

I have made a cover for her notebook, still have to finish off the binding of it.
The fabric giraffe was from a handmade card that was sent to us by a friend on her holiday in Zambia.
Put the whole lot together with some giraffe fabric.
Hope she likes it. 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Strip Experimenting

"After the Rain"
15cm x 15cm
I have been trying out strip piecing, 3/4 inch cut strips and sewing them with a 1/4 inch seam.
Made up this piece using the postcard method.
The green squares are cut from a paper serviette and I used hand dyed wool.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Embroidery Exhibition, Castlemaine

"Alchemy of Stitich"
 This morning I drove up to Castlemaine to have a look at an Embroiders Exhibition.
"an Exhibition of work by members of the Castlemaine Branch of the Embroiderers Guild of Victoria"
It finishes tomorrow, Wednesday 20 March, 2013
Mt Alexander Golf Club
Wimble Street, Castlemaine Entry $5
10am - 4pm
The works by the members were stunning. Intricate designs and beautiful stitchery.
Well worth the visit. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Letter D - Scatterdays

 Something Humorous - DOG
I spotted this poster in Philadelphia last year. 
Our daughter's wish is to have an English or Australian Bulldog.

Feet - ON DUTY
We were standing outside Clarence House (the late Queen Mother's residence) in London, 2011, when this soldier came out with the broom to sweep the path.
The Guard on duty, never moved a muscle, apart from a slight smirk on his face, as he was having his feet swept.

Quilt Display - AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP QUILT
The Department of Citizenship & Multicultural Affairs called for 6 1/2" squares for the "Crafting of an Australian Citizenship Quilt".
 Even though I am a citizen of Australia I wanted to contribute.
My square is in the 3rd row, 8 from the left. We were asked to submit a written piece with our square.
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"Regretfully I never knew my paternal grandparents, as they passed away before I was born and therefore I dedicate my square to 
Peter (Peta) Atanasov (1885-1949) and Lukria Zanki (1893-1937).
My square is of an olive tree and a gum tree growing peacefully together under the Southern Cross. Olive trees are in abundance in Eastern Europe and I feel that even though they would have kept their European traditions, like our beautiful flowering gums, they would have also lived as Australians. They became Australian Citizens (Naturalised) in 1924". 
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My Grandfather was born in Lozingrad, Constantinople (Turkey) and my Grandmother on the Island of Vis (in the Adriatic Sea) off Croatia.
When my grandfather came to Sydney, Atanasov was anglised to "Thomas", it was never changed back and I grew up with that surname.
I was present at Parliament House in Canberra, 17 September 2005 for the unveiling of the quilt, which is hanging there today.


Furniture - DINING TABLE
We stayed at a 600 year old villa in Toscano in Tuscany on our "Tastes of Italy" tour, 2011.
Each morning we would eat breakfast out on the balcony and watch the hot air balloons float over the vineyards. We met some amazing people on the tour.

Ready for Basting

 The mitre corners were sewn on the final border at 7am this morning, just to get it over with.
It is so big and heavy that it has stretched. Fingers crossed Lisa can baste it ok.
Only way I could make sure I had enough of the one piece backing fabric, was to lay it out on the concrete paving out the back.
I am really pleased with it, aim was to have it finished by the 2013 AQC where I did the class.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

I Really Didn't Think He Noticed What I Do!!!!


I have been cutting out the pieces for a border for my next project.

Some of the off cut pieces were too small, so I threw them into my bin.
Dear husband came up to me and said "what a waste, you could use them for inchies".
Now that's scary!!!! 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Scquilters CBD Challenge

Last Thursday at our monthly GTG, a new challenge was announced by Jeanette.
A panel was bought at the last retreat in Townesville featuring different artists eg Monet etc.
(Jeanette has kept a few for those who couldn't make it last week)
Chosen by lucky dip, I received Degas.
We are to make something interpreting the piece or using the fabric.
At Christmas, they will be revealed and if someone likes another persons they can ask for it and swap.
A bit of a coincidence, the colours of the fat 1/4's I bought in Paris, 2011, match my piece!!!!
I won a bag pattern at the Fabric Frolic!!!
I think they are all made for each other.
....but who knows, might change my mind....

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Scatterdays

It is 4pm ish and I have just got home from a day at my daughter's.
Left home at 8am and have been itching to see what everyone has done for the Letter I.
So will sit down before dinner and read then all.
"D", now that's going to be a challenge - something humorous - my husband kindly mentioned the word "dumb"!!!!

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Letter I - Scatterdays

Money - INTERNATIONAL CURRENCY
After each holiday, I always seem to come home with change.
I have a box of coins.
Metal - IRON
I love wrought iron gates and fences. 
These gates are at the entrance of Werribee Mansion, here in Melbourne.
Tools - ICE CUBE TRAYS
This was a hard one!!!!
I looked up tools in the Macquarie Dictionary, there were several interpretations.
One stated - "anything used like a tool to do some work or effect a result".
To get an ice cube, you need the tool of a tray.
Sewing Room - INCHIES
I belong to the internet group, Aus-NZ art group, over a couple of years we have had an inchie challenge.
The top photo - "beige" inchies
the lower - "metal" inchies.
We have also had a challenge of "recycled" and "blue" inchies.

The House - Longbourne

Katrina Hadjimichael's "Longbourne" quilt is the third in a series of quilts named after houses featured 
in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice".
This morning I bought the final border fabric, came home at lunchtime and noticed that the movie starring Keira Knightly was on at 12 noon. What a coincidence!!!
I watched it for the first time after not being able to get into the book and enjoyed it more than I thought I would.