Friday, August 18, 2017

My Morning of Sewing etc.

The quilting group that I belong to, is celebrating it's up and coming birthday.
We were given a hexi to decorate relating to something of ourselves.
My close friends know I love ginkgo leaves.
If I do any embroidery, french knots are my favourite.
I am an Autumn tone person and the season is my happiest time of the year.
 Knitting a scarf, moss stitch, with the wool I bought in Bendigo.
Not sure if I will have enough for a decent length. May need to be stretched a little.
 Piecing together blocks for a "Reflections" quilt top for Quilts of Valor.
Woke to the sad news of the event in Barcelona.
Was putting off till next week, my registering on Smart Traveler.
20 minutes over breakfast, it is done despite forgetting what my password was from previous trips.
Head off next week, with full intention of having a great time and enjoying my few days visit to Barcelona. I googled and within the city area there are 12 quilt/patchwork shops.

 I have decided to take my laptop to do my blog instead of my new iPad. 
My apologies that it takes too long for the pictures to download on my posts and after being spoken to, have made the decision.
I am not computer savvy, I do my best.
I hope you enjoy coming along on the Textile Tour of Morocco, Spain and France.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Walk Around the Retreat

Beautiful morning for a walk around the area of Lady Nothcote.
 The YMCA area is very large for the school kids to play in.

 The cockatoos were extremely vocal each morning.
 "Anyone for a game of tennis?"
Too busy chatting, eating and sewing.
 I was very good, did not eat one sweet or lolly and when offered said "no thank you".

 The old log in the re-vegetation area is still here. A couple of years ago on one of my morning wanders I noticed that it looked similar to an elephant.
Sadly over the years the weather has worn down the trunk (pardon the pun).
 At the bottom of the property is a recreational lake.

 The vegetable garden has expanded. The camp caters for their guests.
Spring is around the corner, the fruit trees are in blossom.

 Wonder if this soccer ball is a relation of "Wilson" from Casterway.
If Tom Hanks is looking for it, know where to tel him to find it.
 Brings back childhood memories, hours of playing hopscotch.
Looking towards the back of the camp.
Cattle were grazing but didn't see any kangaroos on my morning walk.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday Morning on Retreat

Woke this morning to a drizzle of rain. A good day to sit and sew indoors.
On retreat at Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh.
A quick wander around the grounds.

Yoogali Lodge.

Chatter over breakfast before the start of a quilting day.

My view from where I am sitting.

Grevillea in flower.

Love the bark of the trees.

This is a school camp run by the YMCA. Not sure what these refer to, probably a school activity.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Amitie Patchwork

3 of us took a drive to Torquay (Victoria) last week to visit the relocated quilt shop Amitie.
A very large warehouse has been converted into the shop with a cafe to be set up in the near future.
A large rusted sign out the front is the only hint that it is a shop.
Worth a visit if you are in the area or wish to go on a weekend drive.

Selection of sewing machines on display.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Blue Skies and Fabric

A couple of day drives over the last week.
 Van Loon's Nursery near Queenscliffe.
Always a lovely selection of plants that never fail to strike and grow, with a cafe that make delicious scones and coffee.
 Terracotta means Spring is not far away.

Another drive this week with friends to Amitie Quilt shop, relocated to Torquay.
Bought the tree fabric to add to some out of my stash to make another shopping bag.
Would you believe, there is no black in my stash but have some dark grey. The darker olive green for the lining.
I have been eyeing off these Kenyan baskets in a shop at Barwon Heads since Christmas.
Finally bought one for shopping etc.
The baskets arrive at the shop, packaged flat and need to be soaked in water to reshapen.
The lady told me this one was done in a hurry to get on the shelf, will be soaking it on the weekend.
I have a few of those coloured plastic garden tubs, it sits beautifully in them, so will give it a nice shape then dried in the shade.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Exhibition Eltham

Wandered around the gallery areas of Montsalvat to view the Fabric, Fibre and Thread exhibition.
The artists displaying were:
 Annette Brauneis
 Julie Hudson
 Jan Lowe
 and Lee Robson.
Wonderful work, wish I had the time to view it more slowly, might revisit as it finishes 20 August.

 Entrance is through The Barn Gallery
 The Long Gallery

 The Skipper Gallery.
 The Great Hall Gallery

 Approx 20 artists live within the grounds. Mud brick cottages became the first "residences"

Montsalvat is an artist colony in Eltham, Victoria, Australia, established by Justus Jorgensen in 1934. 
It is home to over a dozen buildings, houses and halls set amongst richly established gardens