Friday, December 31, 2010

2011 - a word

A posting on my friend Joy's blog Sewing by the Sea suggested that instead of making a resolution for 2011, choose a word instead.
My word for 2011 is "Move".
I need to "move" forward physically, emotionally, mentally and creatively.
*Physically - Instead of sitting for several hours hand quilting every day making me unable to walk due to my hip, I need to move more regularly and exercise.
*Emotionally - A past friendship that others have said to me has been a form of bullying towards me emotionally, I need to move it into the past and stop worrying about it.
*Mentally - my dear Mum passed away from dementia, I want to mentally move forward in my way of thinking and exercise my brain. I saw Mum suffer and I wouldn't want my family to go through what I did.
*Creatively - I am stuck in a rut with my quilting and textiles. I would like to move towards different techniques and experiment. If they don't work out the first time, so be it, move to another way of doing it.
To my friends, I wish you a happy and healthy 2011.
Thank you for reading my blog and for all your comments.
Love Jenni

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wildflowers of The Grampians

We spent the day at Halls Gap. I was amazed at the wildflowers that were out. The weather was beautiful and the bush was peaceful.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Wishes

To all,
Merry Christmas.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2011.
Take Care.

Friday, December 17, 2010

It's Jacaranda season.

Called into Poyntons Nursery yesterday looking for a Jacaranda to plant in the front lawn.
Was told it takes between 5 - 10 years for them to flower.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Coffee with William Morris

I have finally laid out all the pieces for my
"Iced Coffee with William Morris."
This is a pattern by Michele Hill from South Australia.
I have been collecting blue and brown fabric over the last 12 months.
The background fabric was bought on the shop hop in Houston.
Stage 1 for my 2011 project. Not sure yet whether to button hole or raw edge stitch it.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tiled floor of the Mansion

The tiled floor of the main entrance to Werribee Mansion

Christmas at the Mansion

Werribee Mansion, the home of the Chirnside family has been doecorated for Christmas.
The Christmas Tree in the main reception room.
Looking from the top of the Grand Staircase
The table is set in the main dining room.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

I love.......

...freshly mown grass.


My Christmas ATC for the December ATC-WDU swap.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas at the Mansion

This morning, the Christmas tree was delivered to Werribee Mansion.
It came by horse and cart.
Over the week it will be decorated by volunteers.
I will visit the tree next week and post a photo of it on my blog.

Another day at the Rose Garden

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Jacaranda is 1.

I started my blog a year ago today.
Many thanks to all those who read and comment on what I have shared with you.
I appreciate it very much. Hope you have enjoyed reading it all.
Over the next 12 months I will have several things on the go.
*A holiday has been booked.
*I have set myself the goal of having my Dear Hannah finished by Australia Day, 26 January 2011.
* My blue/brown "Coffee with William Morris" is nearly ready to be hand blanket stitched.
*Work more hours volunteering at the State Rose Garden.
*Lose some weight and stay healthy and happy.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

It's been about 10 years......

...since we have had enough rain to open the flood gates of the Exford Weir.
The overflow flows into the Werribee River.
The Cottrell Street Ford, which joins one side of our town to the other side, has been closed this weekend and it is a sightseeing experience for the residents of our town.
This afternoon the road was overflowing with people and their cameras.
Our overflowing river ends up in the bay.
The main road and bridge that crosses over the river is thankfully high enough to still allow the trains and cars to cross.
Prior to this, there is usually a very steep bank on either side of the Werribee River.
We have a large population of ducks, but unfortunately they are no-where to be seen.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Bit early for the Easter Bunny.....

Not really sure what this was about.
Noticed him at the NGV as I was coming down the escalator.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

National Gallery of Victoria

At the NGV, an exhibition is on at the moment called Lace in Fashion.
There are some beautiful pieces dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries
from Italy, Chantilly and England.
The workmanship is exquisite and the fineness of the cotton is stunning.
A must see exhibition.
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Rose Garden

Petal A.
Overnight rain will do wonders for the Rose Garden.
The roses are looking magnificent.
Volunteers deadheading the blooms.
First stage of deadheading is to cut to the first leaf consisting of 5 leaves
As time goes on during Summer, we cut further down the stem.
One of the avenues. The garden is designed in the shape of the English Tudor Rose. There are 4 shaped petals with the small rotunda in the centre.
At the top of the garden is the Bud which consists of David Austin Roses and at the side is the leaf shaped rose garden.
If those in Melbourne have an interest in Roses, it is well worth a visit.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


I am a volunteer at the Victorian State Rose Garden at Werribee Mansion.
We have approx 50 volunteers attending each week. Our tasks are to prune, maintain and deadhead the 5,000 roses.
This morning I photographed just a few of the blooms in our garden.
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Houston Class

Class: The Patchwork Quilt Sketchbook
Traci Baurista.
I wasn't really sure what this class was going to be, the description was intriguing.
We were asked to bring 1/2 yard of quilters muslin, rubber brushes, a rubber brayer, scraps of fabric, textas, sheets of paper and imagination.
We spray painted our fabric which was then overlayed with stencils.
Now I get the picture!!!
Plastic kitchen strainers were cut into circles for stencils. Numbers and letters were made.
Rubber stencils of leaves were used.
We spent the morning working on the fabric and also painted and stencilled scraps of paper that we were asked to bring.
The afternoon was spent cutting up our sheets of paper, painted muslin and stitching it altogether to make a cover for a sketchbook.

I enjoyed the class, as you didn't have to think about it. It was very relaxing.
I will finish it, now that I know the principals of making the cover.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Alzheimers Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI)

AAQI at Houston were selling small quilts to raise money for research.
I saw this one and and bought it in memory of my Mum.
It is made by Mary Andrews, Grand Blanc, MI, USA.
"Iguana Spikes"
Quilt No 5802
8" x 11"
Materials/Techniques: Hand dyed fabric and yarn, machine and hand quilted.
Dedication: To all the caretakers.
Seeing it on the wall, I didn't know it's title. What I saw in the quilt was green earth and blue sky with brown, withered and dying leaves growing from the earth.
I felt that this was like Mum, she was such an active woman in her life and she eventually withered and died. Mum also had a passion for gardening.
Mum passed away in October 2009 from Dementia Pre Alzheimers.
I contacted the AAQI hoping to get Mary's email address to write and thank her. Ami Simms contacted me and I found out that Mary was her close friend. Mary and I have since contacted each other.
I told her my theory of the quilt before I had realised what she had called it, and she is happy to go with that.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Heading Home
Foyer light at the Hilton Americas Hotel, Houston

Tree house at the George Ranch. Would be nice to sit and sew here on a hot summers day.
Wacky sign I happened to see.

Halloween display at quilt shop
Class with Lynda MH Faires.
(Cecile Whattman from Unique Stitching in the grey jumper)

Tray and letters of apology from Matt Stoddard, Services Manager of the Hilton
(We handed him back the wine when we checked out, he was very impressed with us, scored brownie points. Have already received an email asking me for my booking of a room for 2011.)
Looking at a small part of the booth floor from one of the 2nd floor portholes.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Back - Julie Robinson and Jan McFadyn

Front - me, Lisa Walton and Rachelle Denneny

Back - Marselle, Julie, Jan and Susan

Front - Sue and me.

Make it University Trading ATC Wall

Make It University Class with the Graffiti Wall where I signed my name with the gum leaves and blossom.
The Tunnel from the Houston centre
Welcome to the Festival
At the George Ranch
Log Cabin at the Ranch