Friday, October 20, 2017


My Iris collection are out in bloom.

I also have a brown/burgundy iris, not in bud this season.
Some colour in my garden.
Apple Blossom
 Pear Blossom
Neighbours green blossom tree, unfortunately it sends runners through my garden and 2 houses up from us.

 Sharon S, CBD Geranium
 Sunny Bunny and Pascale
 Pal Joey hiding among the yellow Iris.

White Carpet Rose
Lost the label many years ago of the rose next to it, a lovely rose to cut with long stems.

 My Lavender after a decent prune.
Sadly my Sweet Peas did not grow this year as well as previous.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Op Shop Finds

Winter School next year, my class is with a young man named Jet James.
"Collagraphy" is a form of Lithograph printing.
Our requirements list asks for lace.
A quick call to the local op shop, a lovely time rummaging through their Manchester.

Beautiful hankies $2 for the packet of 7.

Bag of lace pieces for 50 cents.

Damask tea cloth and linen placemat, 50 cents each.
Lovely cloth for embroidery and textiles.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Slow and Steady

Bathroom progress, 2 walls and floor tiled.
Tiling of 3rd wall, inside 2 niches and around window in progress.
Ceiling, hopefully painted Sunday.
Vanity cabinet and bench top fitted.
Plummer to fit basins and fittings next Friday, his earliest free space.
Electrics and fan etc next week by John, his earliest free space.
Waiting on quote for shower screen, original quote not honoured due to tradesman flying the coup.
Grouting hopefully tomorrow.
Approx 10 gym visits to be added to membership card for 5.30am cold-lukewarm shower.
Extreme Patience needed for another 2 weeks.

Hope he remembers to take out the drying support pieces!
Too late to say the shower could have been slightly bigger, standard size made, may look bigger once screens are in, or an incentive to lose weight.

Did I mention Extreme Patience is needed.......

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Challenge Finish

While the tiler was doing his thing in our new bathroom, I watched a midday movie and finished the binding on my Christmas challenge.

Stash Busting Change of Direction

The last few days, not being able to leave the house for long, due to tradesmen coming and going, I have spent it at the kitchen bench. My 6 baskets of fabric are slowly dwindling. I have been cutting 2.5 inch squares to put aside for what may be the last quilt I make....for the time being.
I seem to be heading towards textiles, finding it more exciting using paper, watercolour paints, photography and ink pens with a little bit of hand stitching thrown in..
In Barcelona I bought 2 nib pens, can't wait to use them.
I have enjoyed quilting for 34+ years but at this stage don't seem to get the excitement out of a new piece of fabric like I used to. As in the the past, no doubt, I will head back to quilting, but for the time being, collage is exciting me. I have always loved stationary, journals and notebooks.
Reading a friend's blog re what her next stamp carving was to be, I had missed the textile side of things. Shelley Rhode's class at Winter School was the best class I ever did.
And it excited me. Want to head back down that track, also love the work of Cas Holmes.
Not a lot left in 3 of my fabric baskets.
 From this.... these 2.5 inch squares.
Have 3 more baskets to go through.
Going through my kept magazines, came across this Homespun.....
 ...and found this pattern by Vicki Knight.

 I have 2 quilts on the go, hand pieced and they will be kept for the quilting groups I go to.
I don't want to leave the groups as I treasure their friendship.
Spring is on the way.
 Mum's Bearded Iris
 Spring Onions have gone to seed.
 Dutch Iris

 First vase of roses picked.
 Yellow bearded iris are usually the first to flower in my garden, but not this year.
I also have pale mauve and burgundy with brown.
 Not sure what these are called, I don't mind that they have taken over, adds some colour to the front.
Another Salvia
I am not good with names and the labels are long gone.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Airing of the Quilts

We made a detour on our way out today to see the Airing of the Quilts at the tiny town of Steiglitz, near Anakie. The lady we spoke to, said this event is on every 2 years and next time hope to have more quilts on display. Despite the breeze, the quilts on display were beautiful in the natural surroundings.

 The Court House.

We were taken in to the backyard of the local potter's home to see his vegetable garden.
The house was once the General Store and to the side, the Undertaker's residence.
Noticed this old truck sitting under the tree. I don't think it is going anywhere fast!!