Sunday, September 21, 2014

Last of the Fabric Challenge

This is all that I have left of my stash,
apart from my tub of Civil War / Reproduction fabrics
and some backings.
I want to be able to get the new quilt pattern "From The Heart" out of it.
All I will have to buy is a couple of pieces for the background.
 My Easter tulips have flowered,
I receive bulbs instead of Easter Eggs.
Slowly getting the 1" diamonds made.
A dint has not been made in my tub of Civil Wars.

A Sea of Brown and Gold

 I often wonder if any of the banner makers are quilters?
I am not a Hawthorn supporter, John is, but I follow them if I go to one of their games unless they are playing against Nth Melbourne.
Grand Final next week, fingers crossed.
A game, sitting on the edge of our seats yesterday. The roar at the end could have fooled anyone walking outside, that the Grand Final had just been played.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Yokohama and New Pattern

 I received a copy of the Yokohama Quilt Festival 2014 Program brochure from a quilter in the U.K.
Her blog was about her attending last year and Carin kindly forwarded it to me.
Carin lived in Japan and sent the times etc for the workshops that she translated for me.
Unfortunately the brochure is in Japanese and I can't get the translator to work on my lap top.
I emailed the Festival and they sent me a reply to say that they don't have an English version of it.
Fingers crossed, when my new computer arrives it will have the software needed for translating before I head off.
I loved doing the Medallion Melody quilt by Lori Smith.
So much so that I ordered another of her patterns.
This one will be done by machine piecing and using up as much of my stash as I can.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Up, Up and Away

It has been a hectic week of maintenance in our house, plasterers and now the painters arriving tomorrow and carpet cleaner next week.
Living in a bare shell of rooms with all the furniture moved out. Thankfully the bedrooms will be done at a later date.
Yesterday sat at the end of the North/South runway at the airport watching the planes take off and wondering what their passengers are planning for the next week.
Who needs a massage for relaxing when you can do this sitting in the sun eating a soft serve ice-cream.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ville Verde Gardens

On Friday our bus trip for the Victorian State Rose Garden took us to
"Ville Verde" in Micklehan Rd, Greenvale Victoria.
This 6ha property hides behind a small gate and you would never know it was there.
Rocky and Antionette open their garden on the 3rd weekend each November for charity.
The roses were yet to flower but when they do it will be stunning.

 The lakes use recycle water.

 This little kid goat was born while we were there.
A bit wobbly on it's feet.

 Weddings are also held here.

While the others in our group chatted about roses, flowers etc, I spent some time with Rocky talking about vegetables. He has a huge vegie plot, many chooks, ducks, goats, sheep and cattle, all are used for feeding his large family. Being Italians, I would love to attend one of their tomato bottling weekends.
His orchard of grapes, fruit trees and olives are all collected and bottled by the family. He also makes his own prosciutto.
Nothing on the property is wasted.
We enjoyed our morning tea and lunch on the huge veranda which overlooks a large circular lawn and fountain where they hold concerts and dinners.  

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Happy Father's Day

Happy Fathers' Day to all the Dads for tomorrow.
Emma took her Dad and I for buffet breakfast this morning at the Conservatory at Crown.
Overlooking the Aquarium from the restaurant.
A beautiful day in Melbourne.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Postcards - Gelatin Printed

Spring has arrived. And that means colour in the gardens.

 Called into Poyntons Nursery this morning and their beds of poppies and pink faces
greeted me as I got out of the car.
 Common Bearded Iris, taken from my parents home before it was sold.
Double Dwarf peach.
Spring Blossom Postcards.
Cherry Blossom
Apple Blossom
Plum Blossom
Peach Blossom.

 Common freesias have spread like wild fire in my garden.