Monday, December 31, 2012

The Chook Palace

It's slowly getting there. The gate was made yeserday.
First part of the roof went on this morning.
At least it is one way to use up spare space behind the garage and old bricks.
I wonder how many chooks have a paved patio area.!!!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Artichoke colours for 50cm swap

Pottered around in my sewing room yesterday and selected fabrics that I hope will go with the artichoke.
Thinking of doing a square within a square and printing the photos onto fabric, inserting them between the squares. 
Machine embroidery and organza overlay shapes of the leaves etc.
But knowing me, no doubt I will probably change my mind and do something else.

Thursday, December 27, 2012


 We have never planted artichokes before, so thought we should give it a go. Not sure when they were supposed to be harvested, but this one was looking a little beyond it'd due date.
 Picked them, put 2 in a vase and was surprised at the artichoke opening up.
This one is a little slower than the top one, will be interested to see how it looks in a week or so.
I have a 50cm art quilt challenge to make, due in March and also the Winter School in July.
I was thinking of doing doors/gates/entrances for the school class but these artichokes have fascinated me.
Perhaps I should look in the vegetable garden for inspiration.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Seasons Greetings

To all my quilting friends,
wishing you and your families a Merry Christmas.
I hope 2013 is a year of happiness, excitement and especially good health.
Many thanks for reading my blog and please take care over the silly season.
I look forward to next year.


 As our daughter is still unable to drive with a cast on her leg, we dropped her into Hamer Hall for a concert with Human Nature and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The Babushka shop in the Royal Arcade was all dressed for Christmas.
 Royal Arcade through to Myers. Wanted to have a look at the Myer windows but the waiting line was past David Jones and back around.
 A beautiful night in Melbourne from St Kilda Road.
 After dinner we sat on the lawn outside the NGV and watched the walkers and the world go by.
The new Hamer Hall looking it's best at sunset.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Scatterdays Challenge

On our Scquilter's internet group, a challenge has been set by Cinzia, called Scatterdays.
Every Saturday, a letter of the alphabet and 4 different categories will be listed.
Scatterers will have 1 week to photograph one thing relating to each and then upload it to their blog.
The following Saturday, surfers cruise around to check what others have uploaded.
Due to Christmas, the first week has been extended to 5 January.
I have put up the website to the right of my blog where you can view the other blogs and their photos.
The 4 categories for this week are: expensive, musical, exciting and W.I.P. (which is to be quilt related)
Keep and eye out for the letter!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Kris Kringle came to me....

Our Melbourne CBD group celebrated Christmas with a lovely lunch and get-together. Lots of chatter and laughter on a day of 35 C. We ate in a nursery with plants on one side and the large gift shop on the other and  I couldn't resist buying a dark blue Hydrangea. 
 Kris Kringle (Jeanette) gave me this beautiful hand made pin cushion made out of wool with stunning embroidery. To receive it, I must have been "nice" and not "naughty". Thank you Jeanette.

Monday, December 17, 2012

The things people notice...

Dear Daughter noticed the star on the tree in my photo. Not happy, as it is always another tradition that she and her father put the star on together. As a little girl he used to lift her up to place it, when she got older and too heavy to lift, they placed it together hand in hand. I have a photo of every year they have put it on. I put it on and forgot to take it off.
I suppose one never really grows up when it comes to Christmas!!!!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas Tradition

Christmas was a time for family traditions as a child. I remember going to midnight church with Mum, Dad and my brother, then coming home to be allowed to open one present before heading to bed. Mum always put the chocolates, lollies and nuts on the table on Christmas morning. I remember, I used to pick the cashews out of the bowl and then was always sick Boxing Day from eating too many nuts.
We have kept up traditions.
The Woolworths bag of Santa Mix is a must on the table Christmas morning.
Every year the 3 of us, John, Emma and myself have bought one new decoration for the tree. Our tree has many decorations that have been bought internationally on holidays. Wonderful holiday memories.
Christmas Eve is spent with a bottle of champagne watching Carols by Candlelight (Melbourne). My favourite carol is "Oh Come All ye Faithful".
Emma was born 21st December and the tree was never put up until the 22nd, so we could celeberate her birthday first. My Mum placed a handmade stocking on her humidicrib and it was filled with knitted bootees, bibs, rattle and a soft toy. The stocking is always put on the hall door each Christmas and even though she turns 30 next week, Emma will not go to the tree until the door is open.
The Sunday before Christmas, we always go into the city to look at the Myer Window Display and the city filled with decorations.
Boxing Day is my day for a jigsaw puzzle and heaven help anyone who spoke or interrupted me doing that puzzle.
Christmas here is a time to be together, and this year is a special year, Emma is in remission. I miss Mum and Dad, but know they are watching over us.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The cutting of the ribbon....

 I have been a volunteer at the State Rose Garden for several years. Today our new entrance was unveiled with the cutting of the white ribbon followed by a beautiful lunch.
 The rose garden (free admission) is at Werribee Mansion .
 The next project is the design of a viewing platform that will allow visitors to see the garden which is planted in the shape of a Tudor Rose with a bud and leaf at it's side.
After the rain we have had over winter, the roses are at their best. It is worth a visit.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Weekend Away

 We went off for a few days up the coast to Lakes Entrance. Came home via Wilsons Prom and found these amazing boulders on Squeaky Beach.
 90 mile Beach on Bass Strait. The wind was so cold and blustery, was surprised there was any sand left on the beach.
 This little fellow was nibbling on the side of the road at Tidal River. Also saw the biggest goanna run across the road.
 Friday, we drove to Eden over the NSW border for the day. Stood on the cliffs watching a whale heading up the coast towards Sydney.
Squeaky Beach, looking at Mt Oberon at Tidal River at the Prom.

Monday, October 15, 2012


 Yesterday was spent getting the vegie beds ready for planting. Melbourne Cup Day is the designated day for the planting of tomatoes. The onions haven't bulbed as well as last year. Broccoli and spinach doing well, but how much can you eat each night without turning green.
 This year the snow peas have excelled. Can't give enough of them away. A few years ago we visited the ABC Garden at Hobart Botanical Gardens. They were growing Ginger Mint. Found some at my nursery and it has appeared in the pot again. I thought we had lost it.
 My roses are doing beautifully. Yellow seem to be the first to bud and open. The olive tree is bursting with olive buds. Last year it was covered with olives,  John mentioned we must pick them the next day. We woke up the next morning and the tree was stripped bare. We don't have possums and as the area under the tree was clean, we wondered if the "animal was a 2 legged species".

 Last week I picked 3 bunches of different variety roses and the smell as you entered the house was overwhelming.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Blogs and Comments

I caught up with Kate over the weekend and she told me she could not comment on my blog. I am having the same trouble commenting on others that I follow......please don't think that I don't want to comment on all your wonderful postings on what you are doing. But for the life of me, something won't let me.
I would also love to add other blogs to my list and can't do that either. Why is something changed when it isn't broken, I had no trouble with the old format!!!
The joys of the computer world.....

Thursday, September 20, 2012


Another border finished to my Longbourne (Katrina Hadjimichael) quilt. The next one is a border of scallops and appliqued vine. I am running out of space to take a photo of my quilt.  

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sea of Yellow

Surrounding our area, the annual planting of the Canola crops are in full bloom. Paddocks alongside  the Highway to Geelong are a sea of yellow. All of a sudden, you drive past and there they are, then next day they could all be gone, harvested. This annual event is the welcome to Spring.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Wyndham Quilt In

Enjoyed a lovely day yesterday at the Wyndham Quilt In, held at Kelly Park, here in Werribee. Wonderful company of Joy, Judy, Doris and Wendy. Corliss from Threadbear quilt shop in Castlemaine was guest speaker. She spoke of and showed her collection of antique quilts and some of her own made ones. Truly inspirational. Loved hearing the background of her collection from America and family stories.
It's at these quilt ins that you get to catch up others that you haven't seen in a while. Not much sewing done but lots of chatter, beautiful cakes/slices and didn't get to buy anything from the 3 shops. Too busy talking!!!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Daffodil Day

I noticed on the corner across from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Hospital, this tree surrounded by daffodils. Daffodil Day, Friday 24 August, is a day for raising money for the Cancer Council. A closer look at them, revealed that they were knitted. A tag on some of them noted Knight Knitters. I looked them up but couldn't find any information about these knitters.

Monday, August 27, 2012

A Little Quilt

My friend Sue bought me back from Houston a "Little Bits" tissue pattern called "Roman Stripes". I decided to use up my Civil War and Reproduction scraps. I foundation hand pieced and then decided to make up the flying geese pattern out of tissue paper. Size 33 inches square.
Dh looked at it, knowing how I have a passion for planes, said "which one is the Qantas tail?".
It is a bit wonky as I have yet to press it, and don't want to stretch the flying geese too much.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Afternoon Tea

For Mothers Day my daughter gave me vouchers for Afternoon Tea at the Windsor Hotel. She took me last Sunday. Upon sitting down to crisp white linen tablecloths and serviettes, we were given a cake stand of Windsor scones, jam and cream, beautiful ribbon sandwiches and a selection of miniature savoury pastries. A glass of Brut accompanied the cake stand.
 The buffet table was laden with amazing slices, tarts, cakes and pastries with a flowing chocolate tower for fresh fruit and marshmallows to be dipped in. There were selections of teas and we chose to drink silver teapots of "Cleopatra's Champagne" tea. It was a blend of Rose Petals, Lavender and Rosemary. Very refreshing and soothing on the stomach after the feast!!!
It was a lovely mother and daughter afternoon. To top it off, the pianist in the foyer played my favourite piece of music, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow".

The Elephants have come to Town.

We currently have many statues of Elephants around Melbourne to celebrate the birthday of Mali, our baby elephant at the Melbourne Zoo. Spotted these 4 yesterday and so far they are my favourites. They have been painted by artists, but due to the heavens about to open up, I didn't get time to take note of them.
Five minutes later, the hail and rain came and I made a dash for the Station.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A bit of gardening...

 Not sure what has happened.... 3 punnets of mixed coloured primulas.... all flowered white!!!
                                                       My first iris to flower for the season.
Snow peas, they haven't been attacked like the sugar snap peas have. The best they have been for a couple of seasons.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Coaster Swap

An up and coming retreat has asked us to make 2 coasters for a swap. They can be the same or compliment each other. After making the the blocks for my Longbourne border, I thought, they are the size needed for the swap, so it was easy to do.
My dear late Mum started collecting cups and saucers when she was 15,  she would have been 89 this year. I have her collection, I think it is about time I started to use them. I was told that if they are not used they will become very fragile and brittle. So... Mum, thinking of you while I have a cuppa.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

AQC - Longbourne

 I am slowly making progress on the 2012 AQC class quilt."Longbourne" by Katrina Hadjimichael .
The first border is complete using the background brown fabric that I bought in Paducah at Hancocks.
The next border consists of 32 template covered squares with a flower in the centre.  I am using Civil War and Reproduction fabrics for this quilt. It is very relaxing sitting at night covering the cardboard templates. As each square and centre is finished, it is then appliqued onto a square of cream fabric.
Thank you again Katrina, I am loving this process of piecing and hope one day I get to do another of your great classes.