Friday, February 24, 2017

Quilt of Valor Top

Finished another quilt top for the Queensland Quilts of Valor Project.
I had several left over 10 inch pieces cut from another quilt top that I made. 
To make it different I cut a piece off and inserted the gold fabric.
It needs perhaps another border.
I like "plain and simple".
This now gives me 4 to deliver.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Red is the Colour

 Another yield of Cherry truss, Black Russian and Beefsteak tomatoes.
This finger eggplant certainly grew with a mind of it's own.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Kimono Portraits

A beautiful summer afternoon in the city to wander the rooms of the NGV.
Setting up for "White Night", tomorrow evening, where our city comes alive with light and laser shows projected onto our buildings and streets.

by Maria and Theo Giannoukas
Relfections of Japan and it's People
A collection of humble portraits in hand-dyed, layered and stitched vintage kimono textiles
an exhibition at KIMONO HOUSE
Level 2 Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Finishes Friday 24 February, 2017

A small selection of the pieces.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

En Provence Mystery Quilt

Surprised at how much excess there is after trimming the blocks to the correct size.
Makes it easier for piecing. 
Final border is attached, will have to take it to be quilted.

A Warm Morning in the Rose Garden

 Spent a very warm morning (31 degrees) in the State Rose Garden.
We pruned 5 weepers, having a rest from raking all the cut deadheads onto the mat for pick up. 
They are either burnt, if they have black spot or mulched.
 Under one of our weeping roses, this mass of tangled stems with a few buds poking through.
 A Peter James Rose called "Eyes For You".
Interesting shape and form.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Stonehouse Gallery

Our weekend drive took us this afternoon to the Stonehouse Gallery at Warrandyte.
 Nestling on the banks of the upper Yarra River. 
There were many locals swimming and relaxing in the river.
 The Stonehouse Gallery is currently having "A Behind the Scenes" exhibition of local artists coming in to share and show their talents, every day of February.

 The former church is a treasure trove of beautiful textile arts and wares for sale.
Today's guest artist was Jan O'Neill, a local potter who sells and displays her wares at the Gallery.
We had a lovely chat about her pinch pots and glazing.

 Jan's display.
 I was very excited to see a display of sale items by my favourite Textile Artist,
Michelle Mischkulnig.
(I follow Michelle's blog on my reading list)
 Hand felted scarves and blown glass balls.
 Discovered these hand painted geraniums as we walked along the main strip of shops.

These reminded me of Tibetan bunting.
A lovely drive to the outskirts of Melbourne. Well worth a visit.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Green to Red

Homegrown always taste different to store bought.
 Dwarf William pears
 Dwarf apples
 Self seeded pumpkin
 The beginnings of another pumpkin
 Heritage cherry tomatoes 
 Golden cherry tomatoes
 Dwarf peaches
Planted petunia seedlings and noticed the anemones popping through.
Does that mean Autumn is around the corner despite the hot temperatures?

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Gondwana 3 - PLANT LIFE

No 3 Challenge is now due.
 Fossil evidence shows the plant families:
Proteaceae and the Cycads
date back hundreds of millions of years to the time of the super continent Gondwana.
 The right side of the tree shows flowering plants.
 The left side shows cone plants.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

A Row....

......has been added and makes a difference.
10 inch rectangle with a 5 inch square added, simple but effective.

Perhaps Less is More

 Another top for the Queensland Quilts of Valor.
Plain and simple. 
To bring it up to size need to add another row or a border.
I like it without a border, perhaps just a binding in cream/neutral.