Sunday, January 29, 2017

Lazy Sunday

 Sunday morning walk along the foreshore with one very hyperactive 8 month old puppy. Is this the calm before the storm...we have 4 weeks of dog sitting in March!!

I enjoy covering journals and notebooks.
 The brown one is paper made of 3 different paper bags, to look like leather.
The right bottom, is made of printed paper serviettes.
 I have a small book to take away with me to France and below are fabrics that I will use for a covering. I saw a sketch book using a novel, it was very effective with black pen/ink and pencil colouring in. 
If I can find a book in French, I may take that also. 
My Winter School class with Shelley Rhodes, taught me that you don't have to be prolific at drawing,  sketch a small thing that takes your eye. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Australia Day Walk

 Our day to celebrate, was a walk along the Warburton Trail.
We are babysitting Harvey for a few days and as he is molting at the moment, covered the car with sheets. Came home and vacuumed the back of it.

 The trail follows the old rail line, the platform for Wandin Station is still there.
The trail was inundated with bike riders and a few walkers. We walked 3 kms and stopped at the Railway Carriage Cafe for lunch.

 Common weeds were lining the edges of the trail and I found them interesting, even though I don't know their horticultural names.
Queen Anne's Lace
 Wild Dark Purple Thistle

 Common Dandelion

 Native grass
 Pink Thistle

A lovely day out in the fresh air.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Blue and Brown Quilt Top

Another quilt top to be donated to Quilts of Valor, Queensland.
Need to go through the stash for a border print.
Pattern - "Reflections" by Keepsake - Jean Nolte and Colleen Tauker.

A very quick and easy block using 2 x 10 inch squares.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Convent Gallery

 Our Sunday afternoon drive took us to Daylesford to visit the gallery.
It's origins date back to the 1860's gold rush, originally built for the Gold Commissioner, it was known as "Blarney Castle".
 The Catholic Church purchased the building in the 1880's for it's presbytery. 
In 1892 the building was deemed appropriate for nuns and boarders, the convent and boarding school for girls was opened.
 A typical cell of a bed and wash stand for the Presentation Sisters who served at the convent. Material possessions had no value for the 30 nuns who over time served here.

 Today, over 100 years since it's establishment as The Holy Cross Convent, the beautiful building continues as The Convent, an historical icon for art, history and culture. There are 6 gallery areas with a cafe and shop.

 The Chapel, built in 1904 and remains relatively untouched.
Today, Weddings are conducted in it. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Triple En Provence

Our city quilting group met yesterday for a lovely day of sewing, chatting and catching up after Christmas. Our first GTG for 2017, was a show and tell of our Mystery Quilt made by 3 of us.
(Unfortunately my link to other blogs does not work, if you go to my reading/following list you can see their progress.)
 Our 3 quilts together.
Left - Mine
Middle - Vireya
Right - Jeanette
Despite us using different fabrics, it was surprising how the 3 blended together as one.
This is my first mystery quilt and I have enjoyed the companionship of the 3 of us bouncing ideas of each other, thank you J & V.
 Jeanette - use of soft grey's with crisp neutrals and her stars with a magenta centre, gives it a zing.
Size - 3 x 4
blog -skippingstitches
Vireya - the quilting has already been started. 
Use of a softer magenta for the stars with patches of darker neutrals gives it a beautiful scrap look.
Size 3 x 3
blog - vireya's blog

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

En Provence Mystery Quilt Thus Far...

It looks quite different in the flesh as the lighting in my dining room this evening, gives it a yellowish tinge. I am pleased that I have progressed further than I expected. 
A neutral border still has to be added.
(Not hanging properly as it is pinned onto another quilt)
Taken early this afternoon, a different colouring from tonight.

Need a break, the Big Bash Cricket is on the TV, will sit and watch my favourite player, Kevin Pieterson, the Melbourne Stars team.

Quote - Day 6

Fran├žois-Marie Arouet, known by his nom de plume Voltaire.
He was a versatile writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was an outspoken advocate of civil liberties, despite the risk this placed him in under the strict censorship laws of the time

Monday, January 16, 2017

Quote - Day 5

William Nathaniel "Bill" Phillips is an American entrepreneur and author. He is the author of the most successful fitness book of all time Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Quote - Day 4

Quote - Day 3

Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Quote - Day 2

Wayne Walter Dyer was an American philosopher, self-help author, and a motivational speaker. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Week of Quotes - Day 1

A dear friend has given me a week of quotes.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Fresh Air and Roses

 Spent the morning at the Rose Garden in the grounds of the Werribee Mansion.
 Avenue of "Brass Band"
 Our roses survived the heat and winds.
Some of our volunteers deadheading the blooms.
First deadheading is cut one leaf down the stem, as time goes on we can cut the dead blooms off a few leaves down the stalk.
I work on the weepers with Geoff, Bev and Ann.
Mats are used to gather the trimmings, 2 pieces of wood with shade cloth attached to the wood.
When finished, rolled up for easy storage.
We found this little empty birds nest in one of the weepers. 
We think it may be that of the Blue Wren.
Interwoven with blue plastic string, not sure where the bird found it.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Mystery Quilt Block Layout

I have found a very quick way to lay out my blocks before and after I trim.
 No 1
 No 2
 No 3
No 4
I sew each as a row and then sew the 5 rows together to form the block.
Have checked the finished ones and so far all are correct, hope it stays like that.

An Afternoon to Sew Mystery Quilt - Part 7

Woke this morning to a beautiful sunrise, predicted high 30's.
Spent some time shopping, returning from Chadstone, the car temperature gauge at 1.30pm showed 39 degrees. Thank you for our car's air con.
I am privileged that my sewing room (2nd bedroom) has a small air con.
At this moment it is purring along.
Outside, the clouds are starting to cover, thunderstorms are predicted this evening.
Fingers crossed, all those areas that need rain, will receive some.
As I laid out each block, trimmed the edges to square it up = 3 1/2 inches.
Surprised at the amount of trimmings. It has made it so much easier to join the pieces.
First block of 6 that I have sewn.
First of the sashing blocks.
For a non purple lover, I actually like it.