Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Stipples Made Easy Quilting

A day of rain, what better way than to spend it machine quilting.
I bought several rolls of "Quilting Made Easy" from my various trips away in the USA.
I like using this product, peel off the outside strips and it sticks to the fabric.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

A Beautiful Sunny Day in Ballarat

Went for a drive to Ballarat to enjoy the sunshine on ANZAC Day.
 Statuary Pavilion at the Botanical Gardens.  
The annual Begonia display is on at the moment.
Free admission this year with a gold coin donation.
The colours were beautiful, every shade of the rainbow.
Then on to Daylesford for lunch and a cuppa at Castlemaine on the way home.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lorne, Victoria

We decided on the spur of the moment this morning to head off for a drive.
Ended up at Lorne via Anglesea, where we stopped for a coffee and an apple slice.
Called into the Op Shop and found a Guardian Chemist knitting book for babies for 50 cents.
There is a call out from our Guild for baby and children's knits.
The drive down the Great Ocean Road was very slow, many tourists not exceeding 30 kph. Bit frustrating as our manual car didn't get above 2nd gear following them.!!!
We passed one car, there was the look of fear as the driver hugged the steering wheel with his nose inches from his wind screen.
Lunch at Lorne sitting by the beach in the sun.
Along one of the beaches on the way down, there were 17 horses and their riders enjoying a gallop along the edge of the water.

Monday, April 21, 2014


 Went to the 3.20pm Hawthorn vs Geelong game this afternoon.
It wasn't till we got there that we realised out seats were on the boundary behind the goal posts.
Pre-match practice with the nets up, I didn't have to "duck" when they came down for the game.
Geelong won!!!
Walking back to Flinders Street after the game, these lights changed colour. 
They were so pretty, hadn't noticed them before.

1" Diamonds and Medallion Basting

 Next project - 1 inch diamonds to use up all my Civil War and Reproduction fabric.
Have started with the browns.
Have seen 2 ways of piecing the diamonds (thanks Joy).
While watching The Sound of Music last night, covered 50+.
 Pieced the backing of my Medallion fabric.
Pleased, or rather it was a fluke, that the joining matched the pattern!!!

 Have kept the wardrobe doors, but unfortunately our neighbour has borrowed the step ladders for painting over Easter. Can only use one door and one set of ladders.
I have to find the clamps for the side, had a clean up of the garage and they are hiding somewhere.
Coffee at Poyntons Nursery with my brother and SIL on Friday.
Noticed this long line of birds across the river, they were eyeing something in the water, ready to swoop.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Quilt Pattern Observed

Spent the day in the city today.
Did some retail therapy.
Visited the new Myer Emporium.

 Looking out the window noticed this on the Myer, Bourke Street wall. 
The new emporium in Lonsdale Street.
Looked up and saw a pattern developing.
I think you have to be either skinny or rich to visit these shops or both!!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fibre Arts Exhibition

At the end of the week there is an evening exhibition of all the class work.
Please forgive me, 18 teachers, I didn't get all their names and some of the class works to photograph.
The work was amazing, some very clever artists out there.
 Felted tops drying in the morning sun.
 Handmade shoe class.
 Journal and metal class.
 Dyes using natural fauna and flora.

 Kay Khan USA, her vessel class, brilliant!!
 Knitted tea cosy class.
 Objects on Wheels class.
 Lucy Worsley - Stitch and Collage class.
The large piece is my 2nd piece I did in her class.
"Memories of France 2013."
 Fairies class - unbelievable.

Paint and design class
(This class, Joy, is the one you were thinking about)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday @ Fibre Arts

 My first piece of finished work.
 Each class are required to make something to decorate the Top Table, at a certain meal time slot, eat their meal at that time at the table and at the end of the Forum, all pieces are auctioned off to raise money for a charity.
 A Parade of Feathered Feet appeared in the garden this morning.
 Saturday is a half day of classes with the afternoon free at our leisure.
Jeann, Nola and I invited their tutor Kay (USA) to a trip to Daylesford to show her a bit of our local area and countryside..
One of the beautiful stained glass windows in the Chapel.
Overlooking the town's trees that are starting to change colour, from the top balcony.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fibre Arts - 2nd Day of Class

 Hallway of the Dart Dorm, old and squeaky staircase.
This evening was cocktail night and dinner followed by the raffles.
We didn't win anything.
The weather has been ok but with persistent rainy drizzle.

 Stitched a photocopy of the top of a door and came out on the reverse as in the above photo.
These newspaper folded daisies greeted us this morning.
My day was also spent placing my stitched door and a photo of a door frame on to the piece of background sheet that I made yesterday. Tonight after dinner I started stitching the pieces on.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fibre Arts Week @ Ballarat

 The start of the week at Ballarat where I am doing a class with Lucy Worsley on Stitch it with Collage.
 We were greeted this morning with these amazing mobiles made from books hanging outside the dinning room.
 Sharing a room with Jeann and Nola in the Dart Dormitory of the Grammar School.
This dorm is the boys wing and unfortunately there is a slight hint of testosterone in the air!!!
Noticed this sign in the boys kitchen.
 Our first day of class, we chose photocopies of photos and free motioned them on the machine in a hoop using calico.
 Black thread is used and when finished the reverse side is used. I chose a door as one of my samples and filled it in with mixed yellow thread to represent stained glass.

 Another photo I used, was of the cottage next door to Monet's Garden in France. The photocopy was in black and white and I used red, brown and yellow thread for the vines growing on the side of the cottage. I wasn't happy with the reverse side but the stitching on the actual photo side came out really well, so I was pleased.
Our next task was to make up sheets for the background of the collages. I used tissue paper, pages from an old Electronic manual, dress making instructions/
pattern and torn sheets of paper with corrugated tissue.
This evening after dinner was a slide night featuring 4 of the tutors and their works.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

AQA Exhibition and Medallion Quilt

 Up early this morning to catch the train to Box Hill for the AQA exhibition at the Town Hall.
(No photos, especially if they are to be put on a blog but can take them for personal use.)
Lovely exhibition with some beautiful quilts.

My Medallion quilt, flapping in the breeze.
Finished and ready to be machine quilted. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Border 6

3 sides are now on and beginning to like it.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Border 6 - Not So Sure....

The pattern of the final border asks for darks.
Not so sure whether I like this or not.
Now that I have sewn on 2 sides ...starting to think it might be ok, but not so from this photo. 
There are a lot more dark browns than seen here.
Because it is such a busy pattern with so many pieces, I think an all over quilting pattern would be best.
Will be a matter of waiting and seeing how it looks when all 4 sides are sewn on.