Thursday, November 26, 2009

Two new projects

I have to say that since the weather finally warmed up here in Tassie I haven't done a whole lot of stitching.  More time is being spent at the beach with the dogs and the lovely people I've become friends with on the beach.  And the garden has also claimed a lot of my attention.  Today I had 8 bales of pea straw delivered to put on the garden.  It's a great way to keep the moisture in the soil, plus it is highly nutritious...and the worms love the stuff!

For my birthday in October my daughter Rhyll gave me a gorgeous pattern by Crabapple Hill which I have talked about previously.  Well, I have completed the first large block of it and I'm really happy with how it is going.  I was able to buy Cosmo Threads from The Quilters Store in Brisbane which I have loved working with, and I'm working on aged muslin..... so far the whole thing has been a pleasure to make.  I have the next block all traced out and ready to go now.

Over river 1 

The other project I'm working on is a quilt by Kim McLean called Flowerpots.  I decided that this quilt was going to be made on the machine and I must say I'm enjoying how quickly a block can be made this way.   I'm often quite hard on myself for using machine buttonhole, but I decided to get over it and just enjoy playing with the gorgeous Kaffe fabrics.  So here is my first block.

Kims Quilt 1

Yesterday I also cut out the pieces for the MO Sue Ross BOM...again, gorgeous colours, and I hope to have this one stitched up in a day or two.  (Depends on how involved I become with laying down pea straw!)

My friend Barb who works at The Antarctic Division sent me this photo a day or two ago.  This is her finally arriving at her destination (Davis)after a rather long ship voyage on the Aurora Australia.  Isn't it amazing that these days somebody bobbing up and down on a little ship enroute to the Antarctic can still keep in touch with the outside world via internet.  I heard all about Orcha mother and baby sightings, counting ice bergs, seeing the first pengies (Barb is a Penguinologist), about how helicopters had to be sent up to try to find a way through the hard ice.  And all about the fabulous food the chiefs on board were serving up meal after meal!   I'm looking forward to hearing all about life in the Antarctic for the next couple of months...I really do find it quite exciting.   So here is Barb. She is a tiny little firecracker, and still manages to look great in all that extreme weather clobber.

Arrival_20Nov09
 




Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Almost a Lost Dog

It's been one of those days folks, where the unexpected keeps happening.  It started this morning while I was walking my dogs on the beach as I do every morning.  We three were at the far end of the beach for the second time when suddenly Miss Molly just wasn't there!

I quickly walked around the big rock to make sure she wasn't there.  Nope...not there.   Nobody else had seen her disappear either.  Molly is just always close by!  Anyway, I figured there was only one way she could have gone, and that was back to the start of the beach (and hopefully not across the bridge and onto the main road :(

I walked as fast as my arthriticy little feet would allow, Miss Ebony in tow.  Even if I could run, there was no way I could keep up with Molly as she runs like the wind.  Staying calm..deep breathing...happy thoughts.  Got to the end of the beach and still no Molly.  But looked up and saw my friend Marina crossing the bridge with Molly in tow on the end of a leash.  Marina had found Molly running down the Esplanade (no doubt looking for my car).  Thankfully Molly knows Marina and came to her...but we are all still totally bewildered as to why she did a runner.   I'm sure even Molly wouldn't know the answer to that one...she has days when she is just plain fizzy!

Anyway, I was so darned happy to be reunited with her that it didn't even cross my mind to be cross with her.  Darned dog!

When I got home I decided I would get out the weed spray as the front garden was totally overgrown with weeds.  Used up the whole bottle and retired into the house for a cuppa.   Did a million other things during the day, and went outside to do some more gardening.  Glanced at the 'weedspray' bottle, and suddenly realised I had done my weeding this morning with bug spray...How dumb is that!!!!!

I will have the healthiest weeds in the street.   As I said to my daughter, it pays to have a sense of humour as you grow older and the brain goes into semi retirement.

Anyway, enough of that.  I finished block 3 of the MO Sue Ross BOM...here it is

MO Block 3 

I am presently attempting to quilt a Robyn Pandolph designed Christmas quilt.  I detest quilting and don't do it very well, and am so slow at the whole deal.  Would love to be able to afford to have professional quilting done on all my quilts...I can dream.  Here it is so far.

Christmas quilt



Monday, November 2, 2009

A Great Day at The Gathering

Finally the weather here has warmed up and I've been out in the garden scratching around like a mother hen.  With all the rain we've had the weeds have created a jungle.  But it is wonderful to see flowers appearing on the roses and all kinds of other plants are flowering too.  For the first time I've planted lettuce and begun harvesting it, and the tomatoes look as though they are ready to go crazy too.  I've also planted a deep pink Magnolia tree, and four Silver Birches...so my yard really will begin to look like a jungle soon.  I'm following Jackie French's theory that if you plant enough plants, there is no room for weeks to grow.  Still a way to go with that though.

I'm slowly quilting a wallhanging.  I've used dubious batting and all I can say is 'never again'.  Everything is slipping around like a drunk...and all because I was too lazy to go to the store and buy some decent cotton batting..tsk tsk.

Twice a year the girls at The Quilted Crow organise a lovely day at the old hall out at Campania, and yesterday was the Christmas/Halloween event.  It was really the Christmas one, but as the day was also Halloween and Deirdre is a Halloween nutter, we all played along with that.  The guest tutors this time were Rosalie Quinlan and Leanne Beasley and what a really lovely and fun pair they are.  Friends since they were 14 years old, they worked together as a fabulous team and had the whole room buzzing with fun and excitement.

It was also fabulous to hear a little bit about Leonie and Deirdre's recent trip to Houston.  Though I kinda think that a lot of what happened at Houston stayed at Houston!

I attended with my friends Michelle and Angie and Sue.  Barb would have been with us, but her ship to Antarctica departed on the previous day as she is about to do further research with her beloved penguins. So here are a few piccies for you Barb, and for my other dear friends reading my blog.

I didn't get any photo's of the whole room which was decorated with a Christmas theme, but in this first shot you get a great view of some of the quilts that lined the stage, and Leonie is about to introduce Leanne to us.

Leanne and Leonie 

As you can see I was peering through the Goodie Bags.  Next photo is one of Mystery girl Michelle and Angie who were fun company for the day.

Mystery Michelle and Angie 

And you can also see a couple of Rosie's quilts hanging behind the girls.

Next comes a photo of THE most gorgeous little bear that Michelle had just finished making.  She is only 2" tall or even less, and the detail on this beautiful bear is absolutely amazing.  I have sat her on a smallish reel of cotton so you can gauge how tiny she is.

Tiny Bear 

When Rosalie and Leanne visited our table and were introduced to Tiny Bear (as I call her, as she is unnamed), they just couldn't believe their eyes.

Rosie and Leanne 

Isn't that the most wonderful photo of Rosie and Leanne?  I love it.  Mind you, Sue in the background will probably shoot me for not cropping her out of the photo...sorry Sue!   You can also see a couple of Leanne's quilts hanging on the far wall.  Silly me forgot to take more photos of the quilts...was too busy just having a good time :)