Monday, October 27, 2014

Knitting Block Book Surprise

I was asked what I would like for Christmas?
Frightening that the festive occasion is not that far away.
I mentioned this book as I love knitting, the patterns of the 200 blocks can be made up as patchwork quilts. I was surprised by Emma, she gave it to me on the weekend.

Knitting the blocks will be a nice change from hand piecing/covering my 1 inch diamonds.
Must get some wool as knitting needles are now allowed on International flights.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Stitches and Craft Show

I was given a free pass to the Stitches and Craft Show at Caulfield Racecourse yesterday.
I took advantage of it and went along.
Not too impressed, I must say, but there were a couple of things that took my fancy.
Firstly it was great to catch up with a good friend.
 The Sentinels were exhibited, pleased to see mine on display.
Our Aus-NZ Artquilters group have just finished a gelatine mat postcard swap.
Excited to see that Ro Bruhn was there demonstrating her gelatine mats and techniques.
Picked up a few tips from her.

Friday, October 24, 2014

I Love The Colour Yellow

 I have yellow bearded iris' planted among my brown ones.
Perhaps this one above couldn't decide if it was to be yellow or brown,
like the brown one below.

Garden Colour Pallette

It wasn't until I got the camera out that I noticed how much colour is in my garden at the moment.

 I have a brown Bearded Iris about to flower, the first time in 2 years.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Adopted Rose

At our State Rose Garden, we as volunteers have each adopted a rose.
We check on our rose bed each week for weeds, black or white spot etc.
and general condition of it.
I have adopted "Savoy Hotel". 
It is a tall rose, with the pale pink blooms in Petal D, No 12.
I chose the name rather than the colour or bloom. 
One of my favourite movies is "Nottinghill", I love the city of London
and I am fond of pink roses.

The buds are on a very tall stem and when picked they suit a tall vase.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sun Printing - Postcards

Our next postcard swap was sun printing using Setacolor paints.
After painting on wet fabric, I found some metal washers in the garage and threw a few buttons on for good measure. Then left them in the sun to dry.
 The result after taking off the washers and buttons.
The fabric was then heat set with the iron.
I then machined petals and leaves on the fabric and coloured them in with Derwent Inktense pencils.
My 4 postcards are now ready for posting.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Quilts In The Barn

 The annual fundraiser for Breast Cancer was held at Quilts In The Barn, Wonga Park,
45 min drive east of Melbourne.
Enjoyed a lovely morning with Joy and Lee-Allan, viewing the quilts and catching up with those we hadn't seen in a while.
 A lot of the quilts were antique looking, some using chinz, Civil War and Reproduction fabrics.

Who said you can't use yellow in quilts, a stunning way of using the same block.
Perhaps someone needs to "arrest" the Quilt Police!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Colours of Nature

 The colour of yellow is something that is avoided in a lot of quilts.
I love Canola time, it is a beautiful happy colour.
 At State Rose Garden this morning,
this little finch was doing a balancing act on one of our rose buds.
 After our volunteer session at the garden, we were taken on a tour of the
Werribee Mansion vegetable gardens and orchard.
The bright colours of the pansy beds. The other beds were being prepared for mixed petunias
 One of the Mansion's vegetable gardens, they are maintained by
volunteers of the local Korean community.
Adam, the Park Ranger showed us how the bamboo stands work.
Melons, cucumbers and other vine vegetables are grown over the top
so that the fruits can hang down and stay off the ground.
The large cane structure in the background will have watermelons grown on it.
I called into the Convent at Abbotsford last week and spotted this mosaic floor.
I have always been partial to blue and brown colours together.