Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Near Miss.....

Heard on the news last night about the Cathay flight from Hong Kong that had a near miss with the Virgin plane over Katherine NT.
DH was on a Cathay flight from HK at that time and date, I wonder if it was his plane.
After getting over a heart attack and a 4 bypass in July I don't want him to use up any more of his "9 lives".

From my Sewing Room Window

We were asked what we can see from our sewing room window.
From one angle I have 11 roses, my favourite "Tequila Sunrise", unfortunately is not in flower at the moment.
From another angle I can see to the end of the garden through the pergola, 2000lt water tank, several blue water barrels to our vegie garden.
At the moment we have, tomatoes, capsicums, cucumbers, gourmet lettuce, baby spinach. eggplant, zucchinis, spring onions, beetroot bok choy, pak choy, carrots, beans, oregano and basil.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Boxing Day and Traditions

Had a happy family day yesterday at our daughter's place, her first Christmas and it went very well. One very long day though, left home at 7.00am and got home at 12.30am this morning after drinks at her Godparent's last night.
Santa was good to me, so I must have been "nice" during the year. Must chill my 2 bottles of Yellowglen Pearle.
Called into Target this morning for another tradition, new undies at the sales.
Watched the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. As a little girl, can remember sitting at the "heads" with my Grandparents watching the yachts sailing through.
My mother's cousin designed/built the yacht "Gretal" so watching the start has always been a tradition for me.
DH is watching the cricket, so I think it's time for a "nana nap".

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Greetings

Christmas Greetings to everyone.
I hope 2010 is year of good health and happiness.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas Mum

Gwendolene May Thomas
4.1.1923 - 3.10.2009
Love you and Miss you Mum
"I hope I do the Christmas Pudding justice"

Monday, December 21, 2009

Journal Quilts 2009

I only managed to get 2 Journal Quilts made for 2009. I don't know where the time went.
I used the A4 size again but instead made a postcard that can be taken off the quilt.

January - Theme "Fire and Heat"
Hi, It is so hot. The wind is very strong and it is blowing embers everywhere. There are fires in the north-east and they are out of control. Houses are starting to go and property is being destroyed. Take Care.
February - Theme - "Love"
Hi, We celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary on Feb 10th. We don't recognise Valentines Day - you don't need a special day to tell someone you love them - it should be everyday.
"He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me..........."
The Challenge for 2010 has been announced.
Keep you posted.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Journal Quilts

As a member of the Internet group Aus-NZartquilts, our monthly challenge for 2008 were A4 size Journal Quilts. We were asked to choose 5 Journal Quilts to be displayed throughout Australia at various Quilt Shows.
Our Journals were returned last week after travelling all over the country.

January - Theme - Seasons
I love this time of year, crisp mornings, blue skies and the leaves changing colour and falling.
St Kilda Road is my favourite place to walk down during Autumn.

February - Theme - Colour & Graffiti
I feel angry when I see trains painted by vandals. The sad thing is, some of these vandals are very clever artists.
There should be a place set aside for them to paint without destroying public property.

March - Theme - Reflections & Memories
I remember as a child picking dandelions and blowing the seed fairies to make a wish. It was a simple game.
Sadly, children don't seem to play as much outside these days.

May - Theme - Recycling
As a child I collected seedpods. I sailed them down our open street drain amongst the tadpoles and I hand fed our 2 wild kookaburras each morning.
I had an amazing childhood in the bush. Simple games kept us occupied for hours on end.

October - Theme - Symbols & Movement
From an organised strip of foundation pieced flying geese to a disorganised piece made up of scraps. From one extreme to the other.
At times I am too organised, I need to break the cycle.
Special thanks to Buffy and Helen for organising the display our Journal Quilts.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

ATC's and Postcard

One of the Internet groups I belong to had a Mixed Media Swap. We had to use media that was not entirely fabric. My 4 consisted of paper, onion bag mesh, paper serviette, postage stamps, tea bag, tyvek, beads, angilina fibre and raffia.

My Christmas ATC for the ATC-WDU swap, sent to Carol in NZ.

Another Internet group I belong to is the Valerie Hearder Landscape group. My Christmas Postcard is very different to the other 6 that I will receive, as they are in the Northern Hemisphere where they will have snow.
I will receive from Canada, Ireland, USA and South Africa

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Not a lot was bought.

The hand embroidered picture reminded me of the yellow Canola fields near where I live.
I visited the Hong Kong Art Gallery, there were 2 exhibitions on, 1 was Chinese porcelain and pottery and the other was Calligraphy and watercolour paintings. They were both amazing. The postcard didn't do the painting justice.
A Christmas decoration, I like to buy one from each place/country I visit and this red ball is another to add to the collection. Plus a few other bits and pieces.
Apart from the usual, Nike runners, clothes etc, perfume etc. I bought some silk brocade from this shop in the Western market on Hong Kong Island. It was a matter of where do I start to look for fabric. The whole 2nd floor was fabric, fabric and more fabric.
I also bought some beautiful cotton, wide enough to make 2 table clothes, a blue (8 seater) and a white (12 seater) one for my daughter's new table. Price of $9AUD a metre.
Now it's a matter of getting the white one hemmed for Christmas Day

Couldn't fit these incense sticks in my bag, so had to give them a miss.
I flew home via Bangkok, they wouldn't let me take more than 100mls of anything on the plane from HK, so they would have been up in arms with the incense.

Hong Kong by day

That's my bike, the one with blue handlebars - how on earth would I find my bike.
They are parked on the pier of Lantau Island and a ferry is caught each morning over to the mainland.
Lantau Island - The Giant Buddha at Po Ling Monastery.

The colours of the night markets were spectacular. This is one big pot of tea, but I wasn't that thirsty. HK is very commercial when it comes to shopping. Great bargains.

I loved the medical and dried produce shops. They were fascinating, smelly, colourful and I never thought to ask for something for my rotten hip..

The old with the new - a sampan on Victoria Harbour - the air was quite smoggy.

Hong Kong

I have returned from a 4 day weekend in Hong Kong where I met up with DH on his way home from Switzerland. He was surprised as there was no sign of Christmas in Zurich. He walked the streets to find me 1 decoration, a beautiful glass Angel. Perhaps they start to decorate on a certain December date,
We were amazed at the Christmas decorations in HK, they go in for it in a very big way. My favourite was the Barbie Doll tree in one of the shopping plazas.
Victoria Harbour was a glow of colour at night, hate to think how many light globes there were.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sewing and Supper

Last night I was given this beautiful bag, made by my friends from Bacchus Marsh.
I don't think they know how special this meant to me, and how touched I was.
My last few months have been not so happy, and life is so short.
Treasure your friends. They make everything worthwhile.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Homemade Lemon Tart for sewing and supper with friends tonight.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Jacaranda by Name.

My friend Pam asked me why I called my blog "Jacaranda".
Where I had part of my growing up in Lilli Pilli, Sydney, there was large property across the road from my Public School with many Jacaranda trees lining the long walkway to the front door. I always loved them when they flowered and the blue carpet when the flowers dropped.
I was browsing through a book and it described the tree as "A haze of Blue Blossom"
As a little girl, my brother called me "Blossom". My name also starts with a "J"
Hence the name JACARANDA.

My Weekend thus far....

This morning went to the Gisborne Market. Picked up a few things. The small blue enamel charm was in a $5 tray. Organic almonds for DH and looking forward to a big fat salad sandwich on the sourdough bread for lunch.
Popped into "The Drapers of Mt Macedon" quilt shop across the road from the market and found 2m of the right blue Moda fabric for my background of blue/brown fat 1/4's.
Found several tomatoes on the bushes in the veggie garden, picked 5 zucchinis, 3 cucumbers, a bunch of basil and some spring onions. The eggplants and capsicums have lots of flowers on them. Have to keep the water up to the new carrots, baby spinach and gourmet lettuces.
The oregano in the little blue pot will need replanting soon, it is being taken over by the tomatoes.

Finished another 2 Dear Hannah blocks yesterday.

Started the last block of the Red Delicious sampler quilt.

And as I was decorating the Christmas tree and watching the V8 car race, DH called to say he had arrived in Zurich, zero degrees, 7am, foggy and very dark. Sunrise is not till approx 8.30am.
Long flight via Bangkok but he slept like a log. Glad he did......

Friday, December 4, 2009

Sewing Room Hibination

I am a sucker when it comes to handmade bags, I love them. I have been trying to work out how to store then. I picked up a hanger at the local storage shop yesterday and can now hang them neatly. Those spare hooks are crying out for more bags to hang on them.

I have a week on my own as DH is away for work. I will be hibinating in my sewing room. The room is looking pretty neat and tidy at the moment, but who knows what it will look like at the end of the week.
The list is not long, but I am determined to get things finished within the week.
*The last block of the Esther Ailu's Red Delicious sampler quilt.
*A little something to go with a Kris Kringle gift.
*Few more blocks of my Dear Hannah quilt.
*A little fabric box I found in a magzine.
The more I sew the less I will nibble.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Night out with Kris Kringle

Last night was spent with my Quilting group at a Chinese Restaurant to celebrate the end of another year. Our Kris Kringle for 2009 was again, a Fat 1/4 swap, where we each chose the colour to be received.
Inside our handmade gift bags were little wrapped bundles of fabric, itching to be opened.

For last year's KK I chose browns as I had found a bundle of blue/browns that I fell in love with.
Yes I know, Mission Brown, it is back in fashion, I love this combination.
The table was covered with bits of Christmas paper and our ooh's and aah's drew the attention of fellow diners as the 11 of us opened our presents.

So.. I chose BLUE
But not just any blue..... I requested dusty blues.
One friend commented "what sort of dusty blues"?
The quick remedy to that was - a visit to Bunnings for a paint strip. It did the trick and these were the fabrics I received.

A great night out with great friends.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Dear Hannah

I have finished another block today - 22 to go out of 143. The Dear Hannah quilt is on the same lines as the Dear Jane, except that every alternate block is Appliqued. I have hand pieced them but am thinking of machine sewing them together. Anything to get the them finished.

I made a resolution at the beginning of the year, I wouldn't start anything without finishing something first - no UFO's. Boy that was dumb....I am itching to get onto something else.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Introducing myself......

I have been asked why I haven't a blog. Please forgive me if it is not set up correctly to start with, I am hopeless when it comes to computers.

A little about myself and my favourite things....
Married, 1 daughter, 26
Family and friends
Quilting, textiles, ATC's and postcards
Flower - Daffodil
Colour - Yellow
Season - Autumn
Drink - Yellowglen Pearle
Book - The Secret Garden
Movie - Love Actually
CD's - Michael Buble and Josh Groban
Passion - Qantas 747-400 series - plane spotting

Just a few of my favourite things.
I hope you enjoy over time what am doing quilting/textile wise. Fingers crossed my blog layout will improve with the advice of my blogging freinds.
Enjoy the rest of the weeekend.