Sunday, 8 January 2023

Silo Art Trail...

Happy New Year...hopefully 2023 will be better than 2022, which quite frankly sucked...during the office Christmas/New Year shutdown I managed to do one thing I wanted to do that could be considered a holiday activity before going back to work tomorrow...on Thursday I went silo chasing along part the Wimmera Mallee Silo Art Trail...

First stop was Horsham...as soon as I turned the corner and saw the silo it was a wow moment...

Onwards to Goroke via Natimuk with Mt Arapiles coming ever closer...a short way along Natimuk-Frances Road is the Framing the View frame...

The silos at Goroke ...

Then as far west as my trip was taking me to Kaniva...

Kaniva also has a painted sheep trail to follow but I didn't have time to check that out this time...on the list for another day...it was time to head back east...

I detoured up to the Arkona silo...there were flood remediation roadworks so a little slower than otherwise, it was hot and I was getting tired and when I got there...I was rather underwhelmed...I just find this one a little strange but to each their own...

That was enough for one day and besides I needed to get to stitching group it being Thursday...so it was time to head straight back up the highway...

Happy Stitching...



Thursday, 29 December 2022

Kilmore Quilt Show 2022...

The last languishing draft post...Kilmore Quilters held their show the weekend after Stawell...in a stroke of luck I was at the right house for each show...but again, lack of time so was only able to drop in for about an hour...and by the time I had lovely chats with those I rarely get to see anymore, it was a very quick run around the quilts...but it was soooo lovely to catch up with people, I just wished I'd had less competing demands on my time...

A couple of quilts that caught my eye that I managed to get a pic of...



I wanted to capture the quilting on this one for inspiration...

This one is just fun...

The Group's blog post can be found here...

Happy Stitching...

Stawell Quilters Show & Challenge 2022...

Oh look...another draft post!...The Stawell Quilt Show was a few months ago now being the weekend of Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October this year...it's still this year though so I'm calling that a win on this post...

I didn't get to spend very much time at the show as I didn't get there until about 3:30-4:00 o'clock on the Sunday...just in time for the announcement of category winners and help with pack-up (work prevents me from helping with set-up so I feel I should contribute to pull-down)...only got to do a quick run around and didn't get many photos in.

This is a quilt we made for one of our ladies 70th birthday quilt back in 2018...crazy patchwork, not my thing, at. all. but it turned out amazing...and won a ribbon at the Melbourne exhibition this year...it was entered as our Group Quilt...because of the pandemic and shows not being held it took an extra year or two to get to the Vic Quilters Show...

A little bit closer look at some of the blocks...I had to look really hard to remember which was the block I made...it's the blue one with the umbrellas on the inside row...this post is when I made it...

Another 70th birthday quilt made by the group...

If is amazing how cohesive the embroidery became even though it was all done by different people, some with limited embroidery experience...and yet...once all together became as one...

These ones I just liked...

Love a good star...

Just because...

 This pineapple block one was being worked on at Cave Hill...loved it...

I always like Dahlia quilts and this one played right into that sphere...

The Group always has a Challenge for the Quilt Show...and it's the only thing I put in...this year it was take a blue envelope and inside was a photo of a leaf...photos were all of different leaves from the same tree...the challenge was to make a textile item of any size, shape or materials as long as it had some visible quilting...the ideas that people came up with...such a creative group...

 

The display...

My attempt...the items were displayed with the photo inspiration...

As soon as I opened the blue envelope and saw the leaf I knew I wanted to make a felt leaf "bowl"...silly but then...after the show...I found a use for it!...


Holds English Paper Piecing "bits" nicely...so actually useful...

Happy Stitching...

Wednesday, 28 December 2022

Cave Hill Swap...

Oh look...a draft post!...oopsie...Early-mid September was Stawell Quilters bi-annual stitchy camp at Cave Hill Creek...a venue in the hills between Raglan and Elmhurst...I arrived after work only a couple of hours after most others...so didn't miss out on too much...and just in time for tea!...

We sew in a big common room and this is the view...not so shabby...the weather was less than clement so there were no walks around the lake/grounds, good weather for bunkering down indoors...



There is a swap during the weekend... I made a Birds of the Meadow fabric storage box by Melissa Grant of One Day in May...I made the smaller size...

While hand stitching down the binding I discovered...way too late to do anything about it of course...that a section of a side seam hadn't been caught..a small crochet "flower" appliqued over the offending missed part of the seam took care of that...it was an interesting construction and turned out quite a bit bigger than I imagined so was glad i had gone for the smaller size pattern.  I do like the embroidery panel, the little bird is a scrap of flannel, nice and soft. I wanted to make something useful and it turned out to be a more practical size that I thought it would (my idea of size and reality are not always in sync! ha ha ha)...

Happy Stitching...

Saturday, 29 October 2022

Tea Time Small Quilt...

This small quilt was years and years in the making - I can't remember when it was started but the pattern - "Tea Time Wallhanging" by Jack be Thimble - is dated 2001...I'd estimate at last 15 years, maybe more...so...you know...no rush! ha ha ha...

It's actually been finished since sometime in the middle of this year but it was so hard to take pictures and pick up the detail...I eventually gave up trying and just went with what was achievable...then of course forgot all about it again...oops...

 
The Centre medallion teapot and foliage...
 
It is quite hard, it not impossible to see, but big stitch hand quilted with a Valdani variegated thread...I rather over estimated how many balls of the thread I'd need to big stitch a previous quilt and I have tons of it left over - lucky me because I do like it and it was the perfect colour combination for this small quilt.

In the ditch around the the borders and around the teapot and the scallops with a swirly thing on the pink borders to fill up the space a little bit.

On the border between the pink and yellow different tea types are embroidered in a variegated thread - peppermint, lemon and such like - in retrospect rather too pale a thread colour and hard to see but it is what it is...


 
Auditioning binding...it was this pink or a green...I couldn't decide so used both in a two fabric scrappy binding which I quite like...there are small circles of pink on the floral border which don't show up well...this is actually somehow the best photo colour wise which I couldn't manage again...while it doesn't all blend together in reality it does when trying to get a photo of the quilt...

Not a wall hanging in my world, I expect it will at some point end up being used as a table mat.

Happy Stitching...39" x 32"

Sunday, 24 April 2022

Actual Sewing....

Actual sewing has happened in the sewing room...the sewing machine was turned on and everything!...No, it didn't blow up with the shock...not big things but tidies up a couple of things off the cutting table...

First up was making up the kit I received as Guild Christmas present...a wee kit for a project pouch that just needed to have the vinyl for the front of the pocket added...not bother there as I have a nice big sheet of clear vinyl...

I like the fabrics in the kit a lot and it will be useful...
 
Next up was the everyone project from Scrub Stitchin'...we were all given a Sashiko inspired pincushion kit that included a wooden base, some fabric, thread, polyfill...I received the small base which has a 2 1/2" "hole" and decided it wasn't worth the bother of embroidering the small surface so I used the patterned fabric that was in my kit...
 
I added walnut shells and took Lea's advice and added a circle of cardboard to the pincushion base to give it structure before lacing up the fabric to seal. 
 

A good job done to get the two "kits" off the table...

Happy Stitching...

Sunday, 17 April 2022

On the Road...the Last Legs...

Heading south again back to Victoria...Broken Hill to Mildura the last overnight stop...over the bridge at Wentworth and the feeling the holiday is almost over - sob sob...

Overnight in Mildura at the best restaurant/motel...Jo's!...good to catch up again after Scrub Stitchin'...decided to get back on the road Good Friday (well eventually, the morning just flew by) to give me a couple of days to regroup before going back to work on Tuesday...I had to go the less direct slightly longer route to take the opportunity to go through Nullawill as I have wanted to see this painted silo for ages and this was the far less kms/time option to get that ticked off...

I'm sure you can see why I wanted to see this one...the starring role of a kelpie! ha ha ha...

The detail the artists take always astounds me...down to the dog's tag meaning...

 
Back to reality now...the holiday is over...not a sunset but the Easter Moon rising over the backyard last night...through the neighbouring large wattle tree...
 

Happy Stitching...