Monday, August 31, 2015

Flying Geese Lucky Dip

Have started to sew together my scrap flying geese.
It's a lucky dip, take one from the top of the pile and one from the bottom of the box.
So far, no same two have been pulled from the pile.
Chain piecing and walked up the hall,
 not realising I had a trail coming behind me, caught on my slipper.

The Colour of Happiness and Sunshine

Our Victorian Sunday drive yesterday took us to Kyneton to see the Daffodils.
 This old rustic gate could probably tell a few stories as to who has entered through it.
Jonquils and daffodils 
 Out of something sad and black comes something golden and bright.
 Kyneton's carpet of "dancing ladies", my favourite bulb.
 The Kyneton Daffodil festival is on next weekend, 3 September.
Now is the season for golden carpets of canola.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Teabag Colouring

 Cranberry tea, actually tasted quite nice.
Enjoyed the Licorice cup of tea. Photo doesn't show it, came out a lovely lemon colour.
I dipped a Morrocan Mint into the cranberry.
I now have pink spots on my tea towel, might dye a piece of fabric into cranberry.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Textile Teabags

For those who know me, I have started using tea bags as background fabrics for my textile pieces.
 Leaves (pardon the pun) a green stain to the light coloured paper.
 Ordinary Liptons English Breakfast, a lot darker in the flesh when dried.
My friend Joy R., gave me these below, yesterday to try.
 The MF is a cranberry tea, will be interested to see if the bag turns a pink colour.
Fascinated with the Licorice one, in taste as well as dried bag colour.
Will post a photo of them when done.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Geranium Propagation

 For several years we have driven home the back way and past this derelict cattle shed on the edge of the road. I have wanted to grab a few pieces of the red geranium but the fear of the snakes that might be lurking there has stopped me.
 The grass has been creeping up over the geranium and I thought if I don't get it I might not be able to later on down the track.
My friend Joy also likes geraniums, so I managed to get us 3 pieces for striking.
It was a matter of grab and run, better in winter than in summer!!!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday Drive

 Looking towards the You Yangs from Portarlington.
 Portarlington Pier
 Pattern in the concrete of the pier

 Sunday is a drive after lunch, with a cup of coffee.
Who can resist when there is Lemon Tart on the menu board!!!
 Apple Strudel overlooking the pier
I have always found the old Drysdale Bank fascinating.
Love the shape of the building.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Geelong Patchwork & Quilters Guild Turns 30

Our quilting guild turns 30 this year.
Members were given a 5 inch hexagon and asked to embellish it for our party next month.
They will be sewn together with all the names of members for 2015 and displayed at our exhibition on November.
Sat and made my block while watching the Hawthorn/Geelong game tonight.
I used a Japanese clam shell fabric for the backing and binding, that I bought in Japan last year,
unfortunately the photo does not show the pattern.  

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Retreat Weekend

 Returned this afternoon from a fantastic weekend of sewing, great company and food at Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh.
 Many thanks to Jeann and Maureen for a relaxing and happy weekend away from the domestic duties.
Friday night thick as pea soup was the order for the night.
Woke Saturday morning to a clear day.
This morning woke to the screeches of hundreds of cockies.

 Spent the weekend sewing an easy way to do Flying Geese.
 Got this amount done.
Have this lot left to do.

A Magical Retreat Walk

I went for a long walk around the grounds on Saturday afternoon with the camera in hand.
The things you see when you look up and down.
Nature is certainly beautiful.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Aus-NZ Art Quilts Group 10 inch Challenge

Our internet group is turning 10 years old and we celebrated with a 10 inch challenge.
It is theme-less, so my idea was to do something re travel.

Over the last 10 years my husband and I have done some extensive travel. My Father taught me as a child, that "travel was the best from of education". Is there such a thing as falling in love with a place, well for me, it was Japan last year. I did a 17 day tour with Lisa Walton to the Yokohama Quilt Festival.

 The Japanese writing is from a very old tissue book that I found at the Antique Market next to the quilt show. We traveled in Autumn, the ginkgo leaves had turned to lime green/yellow and the taupe/blue fabrics were what I picked up at a few shops. We did an indigo dying workshop so the dark blue is for the wonderful workshop. An attempt of sashiko. The tissue ginkgo leaves were made from dried "Moroccan Mint" teabags.