Friday, December 30, 2016

Ocean Breezes

No 2 quilt started for Quilts of Valor, a very quick block using 2 x 10 inch squares.
Have chosen shades of blue and brown.
 Spent the morning in my sewing room before Emma came down to visit with Harvey her dog.
 A walk along the new foreshore of the marina that has been built at Werribee South.
On a clear day you can see the skyline of Melbourne.
 Beautiful cool breeze blowing, especially after the last few days of 30+ degrees.
 Harvey does not like water.
John got him into a few inches deep, he didn't object.
7 months old, hope he doesn't grow any bigger.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Shades of Summer

Drove out of suburbia for the country north west of Melbourne.
Kyenton - Castlemaine - Maryborough.
 Summer shades of mauve, from Agapanthus to Lavender, covered in bees.

 Shade of turquoise, I have a few summer t-shirts in this colour.
The scales, Toledo - Honest Scales, please don't be honest with me, say I haven't put on the 1.5 kg over Christmas. 
 Dry grass turned yellow, another shade of summer.
 Bluestone, would love to renovate this building.
Not sure if the Holden is in working condition.

Blue skies with white clouds.
Reminds me of pavlova topped with summer fruits.
Grey clouds, by the end of the cricket season, their whites will need to be bleached.
Van Gough's painting, clouds of "Wheat Fields of Cypresses"

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Mystery Quilt - Part 5

Still using the dark purple fabrics with the feeling that perhaps stars are part of the pattern.
Made 32, half the amount asked for.
Looking forward to using the yellows and greens.
Saturday is the next instalment released.
Will just have to wait and see!!

Jelly Roll Pieced Top - No 1

 Used a Jelly Roll and stash fabric.
First of the tops to be donated to Quilts of Valor - Queensland. 
I don't have to quilt them, make the tops only.
Think this one may be for a female recipient.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Quilts, the Ocean and the Forrest

 Eaglesnest Gallery at Aireys Inlet, presented a quilt exhibition by Marion Matthews from Horsham.
It was to finish tomorrow but has been extended until 4th January 2017.
 The gallery is on the Great Ocean Road. 
A lovely facility with a wonderful shop attached.
 Fabrics from antique Kimono's.
Silk Kimono cushions.
Beautiful hand made sideboard.

 Hand dyed scarves.
 Fabrics from silk Kimono's.

 African fabrics.

 A small but impressive exhibition.
 Separation Beach, on the Great Ocean Rd, the trees are still scarred from last year's bush fires.
It always intrigues me, this road is the edge of mainland Australia.
When I was in primary school, all my friends had plastic Australia map templates.
My Father would not let me have one, he felt as an Australian, I should learn to draw it freehand.
 Continued on to Apollo Bay for lunch. Cool day, 19 degrees and packed with tourists.
 Walked along the beach.

Home via Colac through the Beech Forrest. 
Beautiful tree ferns, surrounded by white and yellow Queen Anne's Lace plants.
I have not seen a yellow variety before.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Seasons Greetings

Merry Christmas to all my friends and their families.
I wish for 2017, happiness, good health, an inspirational year of quilting and textiles for you all.
Many thanks for following my blog, I hope you have enjoyed my travels and projects.
I look forward to another year with you all.
Take care.
Cheers Jenni

Monday, December 19, 2016

Mystery Quilt - Part 4

Purple with Neutrals, make 40.
What more can I say.....just wish it was another colour.
I look at this and think of Cadbury's Chocolate, a block of hazelnut is my favourite.
Had a several squares of a block last night that had been sitting in the fridge.
Looking forward to Step 5.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Melbourne's Christmas Lights

A family tradition each Christmas is to view the city lights at Christmas.
A few photos for those who can't make it into the city.
Overlooking the Yarra River on our way to Crown to see their light display.
This year's theme - Christmas Baubles of Christmas Carols.
Each bauble opened with a depiction of the carol.
"Jingle Bells"
"Frosty the Snowman"
"Santa Clause is Coming to Town"
 Trees decorating the areas of Crown.

 We then walked along the river towards Federation Square.
Hamer Hall with the Concert Hall spire turning red and green.
The foot bridge towards Southbank.
 Giant Christmas Bauble at Federation Square looking towards St Paul's Cathedral.
Laser light show at Federation Square.
 Then to the Melbourne Town Hall for their Laser Light Show.
 The show depicted different streets and areas of the CBD of the city.

A magical evening, you don't have to be a child to enjoy the city at Christmas.
I love it each year.