Monday, March 12, 2012

Hello from the fabulous Dandenongs!

I can't believe it, but I've been here for almost two months times flies.  I totally love it here.  I love all the trees, the lovely friendly people, how easy it is to get to anywhere I want to go, and I LOVE my local patchwork shop Foothills Fabrics and Threads.

What don't I love?  The fleas!  My dogs have never had fleas but living here it seems to be a constant battle to keep them itch free.  But we seem to be winning the fight now..fingers crossed.

I have joined several friendship groups through my local pw shop and am getting to know many lovely friendly and welcoming good for the soul.  One group concentrates on English paper piecing, another is making anything to do with Christmas and at another the main activity is downing champagne and chatting (that's my favourite!)

It always takes me a while to begin sewing after a big move, but I have begun making Dresden Plates..some rounded, some pointy and some will be both.  I think I got the idea from Anne Sutton's blog.  All the fabrics are spots, and even the sashings and borders will be spots....everybody loves spots...don't they???

The little one that looks different is one I'm making in the English paper piecing group with Jennifer Knol.  We will be making many different shapes, so I thought I would make them all using the one fabric range and then try to unify them into a quilt later on.  This range is At Water's Edge.

Speaking of water, I found this photo on my was taken last December as the first boats from the Sydney to Hobart yacht race came up the Derwent River.  This was the view from my loungeroom window.  Do I miss that view?  You bet!

Now that I have begun chatting from my temporary new home (till major renovations are completed at my permanent new home) let's see if I can keep up some sort of regular communications.  It's been lovely chatting.


  1. Hello! I was thinking of your yesterday as I drove through Kingston, and wondered how you were going with your move.

    What beautiful Dresden plates. I must say I loved the rounded ones the best! Gorgeous!

    I really miss not being in a Friendship group. My old one seems to have folded. Will have to try to get into a new one!

    Lovely to hear from you. Will you be at AQC? I'm headed there, just for the show though. Maybe next year I'll do the full works.

  2. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Kali!I love those blocks! i've been thinking of you since I cleaned up my sewing room and found a Down Under Magazine and 5 slabs of Kobba Fabric that you sent me several years ago......I'm so sorry I have done nothing at all about making you the bag I promised you!!! But I'm not dead yet!!!! So glad you're happily settling in.

  3. Finally got my computer back, and I find you've updated your blog.
    Its fabulous having a new friend!! I do hope you enjoy living here in this beautiful part of the world. See you Friday!!