Monday, November 29, 2010

Back to my sewing machine

These pieces have been hanging around for months and months. I was inspired by Amanda Jean way back who liked the idea from here, and when and after reports were out of the way, I just wanted to sew.
I wanted to feel that sense of achievement, and finish something, so I worked on this one.
I'm going to have a go at quilting it tonight.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

. . . and that's a wrap!

"I'm Done" - well, that's what the kids say at school anyway and it really annoys me, so I'm trying it on. So happy to be finished reports at last, and hope there are not too many things to fix up once the Big Brass check them over.
The storm last night was amazing. It has continued to rain ALL DAY today.
When the sun was setting last night the whole world turned a golden yellow colour. We were drawn outside to see, and it was like the universe was telling us something.

. . . maybe it was . . . "hurry up"

Friday, November 26, 2010

"I get by with a little help from my friends. . ."

A walk around my garden was my reward for "almost" finishing my REPORTS!
My timing was spot on, as I watched this amazing storm roll in.
Like a huge explosion in the distance . . . and then the rains came. I opened all the doors and let the sound of the rain on the roof resonate throughout the house and skipped around singing "Hark to the Rain - Hark to the Rain" just like my mother used to do. My kids think I'm slightly crazy, but what the heck! I actually heard my youngest last week do a "Hark to the Rain" when it started coming down. I said nothing to him but had a HUGE smile on the inside of my heart. "The universe is unfolding as it should"
I posted a picture of this magnificent cactus last week. It was much lighter then. We had a little snap of cold weather and it turned really rich in colour. It's just an amazing plant. Was a cutting from my Mother in Law a few years ago, and is quite ugly most of the time, but this is it's week to shine, and shine it does.
This is Wendy's Wish (Salvia) - and does very well in my garden and climate. Even my mother says so, and she is the Chief Gardener in our family!
This is a beautiful dark leaved Euphorbia. I think it might be called Black Bird? Not sure, but it's so pretty and the foliage is a lovely contrast in the garden.
One of my famous Poppies that just invite themselves into my garden year after year and are most welcome!
. . . and a couple of interesting cactus plants that I have given prime position at my back door and am loving their interesting different shapes.

. . . now, back to those REPORTS, not much to go now, I promise!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Things I learnt at Sewjourn

When I was at Sewjourn a few weeks ago, I kept learning new things from the other girls. I kept saying "I need to write these things down, or I'll forget" I love learning new things.
Here's the list:

Hera Marker, for making lines on quilts. I'm surprised that with the amount of quilts I've made, I never knew about this wonderful too. (and thanks to Nikki for adding the tool to my kit) I always wondered how people got such straight lines!

Quilting Guide on my Walking Foot. It was there all the time and I never knew what it was for. Thanks Rachael for shedding the light.

Bias Binding Makers - heard of them, but never used one. Had some fun making some binding of all different sizes. Fantastic little machine.

Basting Spray - never used it, but think I might have a go at it - lots of positive comments.

"Elevensies" - time for a coffee and a trip to the bakery - love it Catherine, and think of you each day.

Quick and Easy Block Tool - C&T Publishing, I'm going to investigate this tool Rachael. Thanks for sharing

Some tips to quilt shops:, Pinkchalk, Fabricshack

A fantastic IRON - Philips GC4420 - thanks Lara for bringing it along

OTT Lite (Daylight Light) - I have to get myself one of these.

A great weekend of fun and learning
(still procrastinating)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Report Writing

What a glorious weekend it's been in Ballarat
It's not as if I haven't thought about the reports
I've mowed, I've weeded, I've taken lots and lots of photographs
. . . and admired every living thing in my garden
This started out as a cutting!
Monday is fast approaching
They are due Week 9
I'd better get cracking
. . . soon!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Production with a Capital "P"

I DID have fun last weekend at Sewjourn! I made this lovely quilt as a surprise for my daughter for Christmas. It was a bit of a surprise for me too, as we stopped in Gisborne on the way there, and found the lovely fabrics in the "Drapers of Mt Macedon" a lovely quilt shop. I made some more baby wraps for my market stall in December and some little bibs for a friend who has recently had a beautiful baby boy called Will.
Here's a photo of a Spider Web table runner that I made for my market stall.
. . . and I had already made this quilt top, but did the quilting a Sewjourn. The colour is not so good in this photo, but it is a lovely lot of different reds. Still need to bind it.