Tuesday, May 28, 2013

ATC's

ATC Swap - May
Theme - Flower Collage
Received these from Les and Marie.

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Letter M - Scatterdays



Sport - MARBLES
I haven't played marbles since I was in primary school.
There are now international competitions of the game.
There is real skill in playing this sport.

Foreign - MONET'S GARDEN
My daughter took me to the Exhibition here in Melbourne for Mothers' Day.
I have been lucky to see the real garden. His paintings were stunning, especially his waterlilies.

Animal - MOMOTREME
A platypus is a monotreme, which is an egg laying mammal.
This statue of "dancing platypus" is in the main street of Werribee.

Modern Quilt
I bought this little A4  size quilt, Iguana Spikes by Mary Andrews at Houston.
The quilts were made for sale for the American Alzheimer Association. 
I bought it in memory of my Mum who passed away with Dementia/Alzheimers.

Monday, May 20, 2013

AQA Biggest Morning Tea

 Today Sue, Joan and myself attended the AQA Biggest Morning Tea at Surrey Hills. 
It was a lovely day despite the sound of the rain on the roof. Great morning and afternoon tea, raffles and generous donations to the Cancer Council and the company of some lovely ladies on our table.
 Show and Tell
The Elizabeth Quilt in various stages.
Sue's Flower Garden Hexagon Quilt


1600 Quilts, must have a go at one of these.
Candy Quilt.
Unfortunately I was a fair way back and the photos do not do justice to the quilts.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Geelong Quilt In

 Our Geelong Patchworkers Guild Quilt In was held yesterday.
It was a lovely day, spent with friends and meeting new ones.
Debra Brearley gave us a talk on the textile journey.
She mentioned doing a dying course in Queenscliffe in the 1990's, I was in that class.
 On display was the Travelling Suitcase Exhibition
 One of the guest speakers was Michelle Hill who had these 3 quilts of hers on display.
She gave a wonderful and humorous talk of the homes and workplaces of William Morris in the UK.

They were stunning!!!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

ATC May Swap

 ATC - WDU May swap is Flower Collage,
"Monet's Waterlillies"

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mothers Day


 For Mothers Day, my daughter bought me 2 tickets to the Monet Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. She took me this morning.
 It was excellent and especially having been to his garden in Giverny, France, made it extra special.
I didn't realise that Claude Monet was nearly blind towards the end of his painting career with cataracts.
As his eyesight deteriorated, he couldn't see blues, pinks and light green, he painted in dark browns and reds until he was given yellow lenses in his glasses and saw the colours again.  
 Overlooking the Yarra to Flinders Street and Fed Square.
After, John and Emma took me to Miyake at Southbank for a Japanese lunch.


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Saturday in the Gardens

 Our girls love to scratch, so John turned over their dirt this morning 
and they went crazy looking for worms.
 We let the girls out to have a roam around our garden each afternoon.
BAD DECISION, my poor plants!!!
They have destroyed the violets in this bed with their scratching and digging,
so we decided to remove 5 very old roses and the violets, kept the Iris'.
We are going to plant 2 miniature fruit trees

 We went for a walk through the Botanical Gardens this afternoon after placing some flowers
 on my Mum in their church Memorial Garden where her and Dad are together.
 Saw several Weddings and it was lovely to see so many children enjoying the outdoors.
Came home so we can watch the footy on the TV, Hawthorn game. 
Not sure where they are playing but the MCG was in sight with Olympic Park in the foreground.

The Letter V - Scatterdays

 Colour - VIOLAS and Pansies
Now is the time to start planting violas and pansies.
They always add colour to everyone's garden and there are some stunning new varieties in stock.
I usually plant apricot, yellows and hot pinks.

 Pointy - V AUSTRALIA AIRLINES
First Class is always referred to as the pointy end of the plane.
One day if and when I win Tattslotto, I just might get up at that end.
But for now, I will travel cattle class and save plenty of money for spending.
(google image)

 Weather - VIOLENT STORMS
I hope that I never get to experience a storm like this one, even though the colour is amazing.
A work colleague of my husband is a storm chaser and anually goes to the USA, chasing tornadoes.
Rain, hail, thunder and lightening don't bother me, but terrified of a very strong wind blowing.
(google image)

Vibrant Quilt
I am not a vibrant colour fabric user in my quilting. This is as close as it gets.
I made this quilt a few years ago to use up all my scraps.
It looks a lot brighter in real life. I seem to use vibrant colours for the backings.
Was never a lover of Kaffe's fabrics.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Longbourne has been started....

I have started machine quilting my Longbourne Quilt.
This will not be an overnight job, that's for sure.
It is so heavy.
I am thinking of putting one of the wardrobe doors we took off across the end of the sewing table
 to carry the weight.
It has taken me nearly an hour just to sew around the centre border to stabilize it. 
I do a few inches then have to get up, move around to the back and ease it through the machine arm gap.
Just wish I could wave a magic wand and .....it's done!!!
Perhaps I need to have a little patience.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sophie's Quilt

Finished Sophie's quilt last night.
Very simple one, used up scraps.
Sophie Emma Parker was born 2 weeks ago.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Aus_NZartquilters Swap

Our internet group had a 20" swap and I received this amazing quilt by Anne D from Canberra.
It is called "I love Autumn".
This stunning piece of work is a printed photo with free falling leaves and a silver spiders web and a silver spider on the tree trunk.
How did Anne know, when she was chosen to send me her piece that I adore the season of Autumn. 
I will treasure this art quilt.
Thank you Anne.
WOW!!!!