Posted on August 16, 2016 | 9 Comments
I am steadily getting myself back into a sewing routine. After having 3 weeks with a house full it takes a little bit of adjusting to get used to the quiet.
I have made plenty of clothes for various dolls for our visiting grandies, but this is the first of my projects I have returned to.
I had finished all the blocks and only needed to put them together. I am hoping to prepare it for quilting later today.
Like many others living near Melbourne, I have gone to the Making the Australian Quilt exhibition at The Ian Potter Gallery at Federation Square. It is a wonderful display of quilts from 1800 t0 1950. I am in awe of the skills shown by these quilters when considering the poor lighting conditions they endured and limited supplies available to them.
Most quilts were made here, but quite a few were made on the long sea voyage to Australia.
I will only show some photos of one as I was quite taken by the detail involved, combining embroidery and applique into the quilt. I have included the sign with the information.
I have to admire their patience with all that stitching, but also had to laugh at some of the sayings from that time.
Posted on August 2, 2016 | 9 Comments
I have continued to work on my collection of snowies and managed to recently finish this one for May.
I was then looking back through my posts and realised that I had not posted a photo for the April/Easter snowie.
That’s better. I am now up to date.
It has stayed quite cold here so these snowies fit right in, even if in their world the sun is shining. But we know that Spring is just around the corner. Not long to wait now.
Posted on July 26, 2016 | 12 Comments
It is a very busy time here, but I have still managed a couple of finishes.
These are small six inch pillows.
Little pieces of wool felt on a cotton background.
Then a few added embroidery stitches in perle cotton.
Okay. I am off to play with grandies.
Posted on July 19, 2016 | 15 Comments
I need to do a little blog house keeping first. Linda, for some reason my replies to you keep bouncing back. Not sure why.
I also have had a few anonymous comments on the last 4 posts and I am sorry but I can’t reply to those either. I have tried to work out who it is but am not sure. Hope we can sort that out.
Now onto sewing matters. I have completed the last two blocks for the wall hanging.
Each one has some buttons to add but these can wait until the quilting is done.
I am busy making hour glass blocks to go in between the applique blocks. Love the look of the red and grey together.
I do hope your week is productive, too.
Posted on July 16, 2016 | 10 Comments
Yes, I am testing with this post.
I need to know all is working with our internet.
We have had huge issues with Telstra. A big outage in our area – no internet or landline for a full week. I can accept that a cable was damaged and that it takes time to repair.
What drove me crazy was the poor information from the call centre. We were offered a free mobile with internet to tide us over but we must be at home to receive it. We changed plans and stayed home all day – no phone. When we called to check we were told that the phone had arrived and we had rejected it. I don’t think so!
We were then told a phone would arrive two days later. Again no phone turned up. This time we were told that there were not enough phones available. Why offer one in the first place then?
We were then told one would arrive between 8 and 9am on Friday. The internet came back on that morning and of course the phone arrived that afternoon when it was of no use to us.
Very poor communication and service, and this was only one of the problems we had with them this week. We are ready to go on to the NBN and are weighing up which company to choose. I am sure you can guess which one is not on the list.
On a totally different note, it has been very cold here because, of course, it is Winter. We had snow in many areas, but not here.
It did, however, look like snow one afternoon. We had a hailstorm that lasted for nearly five minutes. The stones were not large so there was no damage done, but it did mange to cover the ground for a while.
We are also very, very excited because the US branch of our family is arriving next week. Can’t wait.
Posted on July 5, 2016 | 10 Comments
It has been perfect weather for knitting – cold and wet. Staying inside where it is warm and being able to watch Wimbledon and Tour de France has helped, too.
I have been able to finish this sweet little pinafore dress.
It has been made with a lovely yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills. It is a wool and bamboo blend and feels beautifully soft.
It was very easy to use.
I have also enjoyed some crocheting and having a blanket rest on my lap as I go along.
This is a very simple pattern from Attic 24. Definitely my bright colours. This will end up lap sized.
And for something different, here is the progress on my latest embroidery piece.
Many hours in this one still to go. It takes me about 3 hours to complete each flower as they are all done in single strands of DMC.
There is still one week of tennis and over 2 weeks for the bikes, so I should be quite productive. Ha ha!
Posted on June 28, 2016 | 15 Comments
Our cold weather is a perfect time for knitting. I am surprised at being able to leave my quilting but the knitting needles have called.
Here is the next addition to the possum scarf collection.
It looks very warm and snuggly.
And the last one.
I think this one is a tiger possum.
I am reminded of a can of worms when I see them together.
Last week we had quite a severe storm go through. It brought snow to many areas which only get it on rare occasions. We also had strong wind and heavy hail.
The tree in the photo below was well and truly hit by the storm. The day before it was still totally covered in leaves.
After the hail is was stripped of leaves on three quarters of the branches. You can see the branches on the left that still have full green leaf cover. That section was protected by the house. It does look very odd now. And it looks like a bit of garden work is needed.
I do hope your week is going well.
Posted on June 21, 2016 | 10 Comments
It has four applique blocks and some pieced blocks.
I have completed two of the applique blocks.
I have chosen to do raw edge applique for these and I have hand embroidered the words and decorations.
There are some stars to be added, but they can wait until the quilting is done.
It is not a large quilt. It ends up at about 32ins square.
Okay, another short post. Stay warm or cool depending on where you live.
Posted on June 14, 2016 | 15 Comments
We have had a long weekend here, so I put my head down and made dozens of half square triangles. These are used for the sashings and border for the Bertie quilt.
The end result is that the top is finished.
It has been windy but I managed to get a nearly still picture.
The HSTs went together well but after that my brain took a holiday. I had to unpick some rows several times because I put the triangles upside down. Now I need the clean up the loose threads. I will organise some backing so that the quilting can get started.
I had to include a picture of my trees in this post. We are half way into June and these trees have finally decided to catch up with the seasons and allow the leaves to change colour. It is happening quite quickly now that it has turned cold. They are a beautiful colour, but it won’t last long.
There it is – a short post.
Have a great week.
Posted on June 7, 2016 | 6 Comments
A quick post for today.
Bertie has kept me busy and now the final block is done.
Oops. Just realised there is a button to be added. (That’s the bonus of photos – seeing mistakes or missing parts!).
All the blocks are now done so I need to start all the HSTs that are used in between.
I have also completed my second possum scarf and it is now hanging around in the bed frame.
Today was spent with friends working on book making. We were preparing lots of pages to make into signatures for the books. This involved lots of playing with paints.
All were perfect activities for indoors and staying warm.
Best wishes to all those along our east coast who have been dealing with the severe weather conditions, storm damage and flooding. It has been a very difficult time.