Sunday, 16 June 2019

Labrador Tote Bag...

On the weekend...well quite a few weekends ago because I completely forgot I'd started this post - oopsie!...I think I made it up either over Easter or on Anzac Day...

A panel I've had for so long I can't even remember where it came from or when...using two of the four labrador pictures for each side of the bag and one side border for the handle.  Lined (with homespun) but no batting or interfacing so totally unstructured.  Has been in use quite a few times.
I've only used half so have 2 pictures and one border left for another day...

Happy Stitching...

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Gardening Quilt...

Once upon a time long long ago a trip was made to The Patchwork Angel in Queensland (back when Lynette Anderson owned the shop)...stitcheries were purchased...said stitcheries were worked...fabrics were purchased to go with...and they all lived happily in a paper bag for many many many years...until one day in 2018 a clammer arose and the stitcheries and the fabrics got together and made lots of noise until the sew-er took notice and let them out for some air...the stitcheries put their case forward that they wanted to be surrounded by the fabrics and made all the same size...and so they were...
 Garden Shop - Bronwyn Hayes for The Patchwork Angel
 Garden Angel - Lynette Anderson for The Patchwork Angel
 Gardeners Bounty - Lynette Anderson for The Patchwork Angel
The Allotment - Lynette Anderson for The Patchwork Angel
and they hung on the "design sheet" and decorated the sewing room happily for a few months until the sew-er ripped them down and painted the door they were hanging over! The blocks were unhappy lying on the cutting table so they rose up and demanded to be made as one...and so they were...
...floral fabrics purchased from goodness knows where and goodness knows when but it was a long time ago...the silvery contrast was added from the cupboard stash at the time of construction...

Not unhappy with it at all...a couple of the stitcheries have ceramic buttons but I've taken them off so they don't get broken and will re-attach after it is quilted (no rush!)...

Happy Stitching...

Monday, 22 April 2019

Tea Cup quilt...

A project that has been on the go so long I think pre-dates blogging (as I can't find it on this blog and I'm too lazy to search the old Wordpress one)...my Tea Cups Quilt...a Crabapple Hill Studio design I did as a block of the month years ago through a shop in Sunbury.  I loved the stitcheries (and still do).  It has hung about for years as after I quilted and bound it I then decided to do more quilting on the border (leaves)...which never really eventuated, it just became a "one day" job with the quilt hanging over the hand quilting floor frame for years...well "one day" came on Friday when I decided that if I really wanted that extra quilting it would be done by now (and the few leaves I'd stitched were pretty craptastic) so the quick unpick came out to play and 10 minutes later (told you there wasn't much done) the few leaves were pruned and I called it done!
All it needs now is a wash on the weekend, happy to have it finished...

Happy Stitching...

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Sampling with Pink & Green - Part IV

For no particular reason I suddenly decided I wanted to put all the Pink & Green Sampler Blocks together - having absolutely no plan of what it would become...slowly over the course of last week it came together and is now a finished top...
I'm quite happy with how it turned out and it's a good enough size. The fever has now abated and its happy playing with its friends in the quilt top pretty sheet collection for now.

Happy Stitching...

Friday, 19 April 2019

Australia Day Holiday Trekking...Wimmera Outdoor Art...

Well this post has languished for only, um, nearly three months, I'd forgotten all about it... 
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Monday was the gazetted public holiday for Australia Day and my last day of two weeks of annual leave.  Mistea is staying as she house-sat and minded Jindi while I went to Summer School.  As it wasn't forecast to be as stupidly hot as it has been and Mistea hadn't seen any of the (Wimmera) silo art trail I came up with the idea to go for an afternoon drive and check out some outdoor art.  First stop was Stawell, OK so only 1/2 hour up the road and one I often see but I wanted to include a picture because I think it is so well done...
Another building mural at Rupanyup...
Painted by street artist Georgia Goodie in 2017 as tribute to the local CFA. The building is the ex-Shire office now used by the community for business and community activities.  I missed the sign for the silos at Rupanyup, so next time for that one.

Next were the silos at Sheep Hills...
The silos were built in 1938 and painted by Melbourne artist Adnate in late 2016. The portraits are of Wergaia Elder - Uncle Ron Marks, Wotjobaluk Elder - Aunty Regina Hood and children Savannah Marks and Curtly MacDonald.

Last stop was Brim...I'd visited the Brim site in 2016 but always worth another viewing...

If only I'd thought of this for Sunday we could have set off earlier in the day and also visited the Stick Shed at Murtoa - another time for that one as well. (*Edit, the stick shed is now open more often than the 1st Sunday of the month.)

A pleasant afternoon before going back to work...

Happy Stitching...

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Summer School 2019...

Summer School has come and gone for another year...five days of fun and friendship...stitching, talking and learning...Wednesday and Thursday were spent in Karen Cunningham's workshop starting her quilt "Alice"...
Friday was sit and sew and I worked on a component of a very very old quilt project of Karen's quilt "Bumble Bee", which out of context of the whole makes no sense, so, no pics of that progress...

This year Karen had a guest tutor in Judy Newman...she had let us know last year that she was planning to have Judy come along...I didn't want to make Judy's quilt but I was keen to have the experience of taking her class...her quilt was a two block (repeated) design and I was happy to just make a block and leave it at that - and to my great relief Judy didn't take exception and was happy for me to do just that...she is a lovely lovely lady and a great tutor, I came away with learning of her techniques and tips and that was my aim so mission accomplished...the block was finished too!...
The quilt is County Clare and the other block has a shamrock applique but I've decided I don't want to make that one.

Happy Stitching...

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Quilt Show Road Trip...Warrnambool...

On Saturday the car was piled into and a road trip was taken to Warrnambool to visit the Southern Right Creative Festival quilt show.  Wow, so worth the drive....Well, the drive isn't actually that long, less than 150kms due-ish south..so many quilts and a fabulous display by the camera club as well. We also saw quite a number of our fellow quilt group members too.  I took lots of quilt photos but when I asked if we could take photos I forgot to ask about posting on-line so I'll not do that but to get a sense of the room Linda @ Gum Valley Patchwork was one of the shops that lined the walls and her post gives an idea and also the challenge for the 2021 show.  The show is a Rotary event from what I understand and anyone can put in to enter quilts and enter the challenge, it isn't a Group members event and a few of our members had quilts hanging which was fun to actually know some makers.

After our planned trip to Spotlight following the quilt viewing I decided I wanted to see the beach...and I was driving so I got my wish...an ice cream and a walk along the breakwater by she who knew Warrnambool best was a great idea.

Of course before going home we needed coffee so back into town and while walking from the car to the cafe I saw these little fellows chalked onto the footpath...
and across the road watching over proceedings...
A good day out and definitely a show to put back on the calendar...

Slightly longer road trip over the past two days - arrived in Blackheath, NSW this afternoon...Summer School time...yay!!!! Tomorrow the fun begins!

Happy Stitching...