Sunday, 28 February 2010

Oooppps..............

I'm one of those people that can't abide bad spelling, way back in the caveman days, when I went to school, we had to learn by rote. We had spelling bees and I always won, honestly, always!!! I'm also one of those people who can't abide bad grammar! I have been known to yell at the computer screen (when reading something) 'ITS SAW NOT SEEN'! You can't say 'I seen that movie' it has to be 'I saw that movie' and I will admit to actually correcting someone face to face for that very same mistake!!! I was mortified as soon as the words were out of my mouth and I did apologise profusely, luckily for me it was a friend of a friend of a friend type thing and MY friend just laughed because she knows what I'm like!
I know it's sad hey, but it's just one of those things that I'm really, really pedantic about!
Well, this wasn't actually a spelling mistake, but a mistake it was!!!! Thanks to the two ladies that pointed it out - in the nicest possible way of course!!
I mean, it could have said 'quite, please.' and might have made a teeny bit of sense but 'quite please' makes no sense at all does it???

..........of course it should have said 'quiEt please', just a slip of the keyboard and there it was, out in the world for everyone to see! What I can't believe is that this had been on my wall looking at me for at least a week, I had moved the little signs around on the quilt, stood back and admired THEN stitched them on. All before I posted to here! He Who Works had inspected and declared that yes he liked that, had a little chuckle and being such a loyal soul, had declared it wonderful!!

The dilemma now is how do I sew the new piece on? I had stitched all of them on before sandwiching and starting to quilt so none of the stitching shows through to the back! I can't just stitch one sign right through, it has to be all or none doesn't it? It wouldn't bother me that much really except that I have promised to display this in our local quilt show, and it's a bit like spelling isn't it? I don't mind that it's not award winningly perfect, but stupid mistakes are not allowed!!!!

I think that I will stitch the new sign with black thread before I put it on the quilt then just hand stitch it to the sign post, that should do the trick do you think?

Just on a side note, we three girls (myself, my daughter and my granddaughter) had a fabulous day out in Melbourne yesterday. Mama Mia was as good this time as it was the last time I saw it, definitely stand in the aisles, dance and sing stuff. There were three little girls (five/six ish) next to us with their mums and they sang along to every song, knew every word and movement! Goodness only knows how many times they had seen the movie?? Plenty of Abba played in this household today, when I got up this morning I had 'gimme, gimme, gimme a man after midnight' running through my head!! Enough of that nonsense.............. ;o)

Have a great last day of summer.......................

Friday, 26 February 2010

Progress.................

I've started quilting the circus quilt, I was going to use perle cotton but changed my mind at the last minute and decided to just use quilting thread.
I'm hoping that it will be reasonable quick to quilt as I want it finished and out of the way so that I can get on with finishing this one....
.....not much left to do on this but I thought that I should put it aside for a week or two while I get my pachyderms in order!! I'm loving this one, it's very gentle and summery, light and breezy.

I went out for lunch today with my friend Jen, we went to Gisborne and had a wonderful lunch and enjoyed spending the day together as we always do. We've been friends for a very long time and it's always good to get together and just be best friends!! I decided to come home the long scenic way via Woodend, Trentham, Daylesford then home. I had left my mobile phone at home on the kitchen bench and after a moment of panic when I went to ring Jen to say 'I'm here, where are you?' (I found her of course) it was quite liberating to not have it with me, I found myself stopping and having a walk around Woodend, then Daylesford. Silly I know, but a little rebel in me said that no one knew where I was so take your time. Got me thinking about what we did BEFORE mobiles?? Anyway, I had a little wander into Purl's Palace. Now I quite often go into Daylesford but I've never been to Purl's Palace before today but I can safely say that it won't be my last visit. This gorgeous wool will be a scarf before winter I hope, aren't the colours fabulous? I was wishing that I was a prolific knitter so that I could justify buying more of their amazing yarn!



Tomorrow Bec, Caitlin and I are off to see Mama Mia at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne. He Who Works and I saw it years ago when the show first came to Australia, so I'm looking forward to seeing it again with a couple of the girls in my life, my eldest daughter and one of my granddaughters.

Have a great weekend everyone..............................





Wednesday, 24 February 2010

another great giveaway.............

Click on over here to have a look at this fabulous giveaway for this gorgeous quilt............

Monday, 22 February 2010

It's been a while..........

..........but yes, I'm still here! I just seem to have been so busy for the last few weeks! So before He Who Works, drags me off to follow him to the auto-repair shop (his ute is very poorly), I thought I might be able to get some photo's loaded and some words written for posterity........
The circus quilt...............hmmmm, you just wouldn't believe how much 'reverse sewing' (unpicking) I've done on this thing. The last time you saw it there was a very in-your-face chequerboard border around the big top? Yes? Yes, well, that came off as I couldn't bear to look at it anymore, it was giving me headaches!!!! So then I had a border of blue circus fabric and then a border of prairie points in orange and yellow stripes. That looked OK but I couldn't for the life of me get it to stay square at the bottom. No matter what I did it just wouldn't work. So, when all else fails - screw it up, throw in the corner and walk away!!! I started another quilt just for me, no photo's yet (I forgot), anyway, it's nearly finished! It's not a big quilt, just to go over the arm of the lounge for cool nights, but it's lovely and light and summery. Should be finished soon so I'll take photo's then. But I digress! Back to the circus. On Friday I decided that I would give it one more go and if I couldn't do anything with it over the weekend then it would go in the garbage!!
This is what I ended up with and believe it or not, I'm quite happy with the way it's progressing so far. It's a bit further along than the photo's, I have raw edge appliqued all the elephants around the outside and nearly finished going over the machine stitching with dmc thread in a plain running stitch. I still have some detail to put on the matriarch elephant and she will have something in her trunk I think??? Flower? Balloon? I think I'm just going to put another small red frame around the outside, then finish with the prairie points instead of binding, hopefully to represent circus bunting...........We shall see how it goes from here, I'd really like to finish it.
I'm back, not that you knew I'd gone anywhere of course. But I did. Followed 'He Who Works' up to MotorPro in Ballarat, waited patiently (honestly) while they had 'man talk' about heads, pistons, valves and things (interpretation - it's gonna cost a lot!!) then drove him home. He's now esconsed in his shed working on his reproduction shop drawers, they're very nice too, I'll show you when they're finished! Back to work for him tomorrow, working for the man, well, Metro anyway.............

Some photo's of my sunflowers for you to ooohhh & aaahhh over. Way back last year Julie asked if anyone wanted any sunflower seeds..............

..............so of course, up went my hand, always in line for seeds and always happy when they are shared.........

....I took these photo's the other day during the hot weather and they were turning their golden faces up to the sun. There's something about sunflowers with the sun shining on them, they just make me so happy. It's almost as if they are storing all that wonderful warmth and golden glow to send out on a cloudy day...........sigh..........

The sunflowers in the above photo's were planted about three weeks before the ones below, you can see that they are more mature and a lot taller than the ones in the following photo's....

.......this is the view from the dining room window, so having breakfast on a sunny morning is a hardship! You can tell can't you??

Happy, happy, happy flowers....................

.........BUT..................
look at these leaves from the ornamental grape vine!!!!
Too early!
It hardly seems like we've had summer and here in the highlands little, subtle signs of things to come! The night temperatures are already dropping, unless it's really hot there is a hint of dew on the grass in the early morning. We've had such a wet month (compared to the past few years) that everything is green and lush, I expect if things keep going the way they are, we should have some awesome autumn colour. Good photo season is autumn in the hills!!

I couldn't resist showing you this photo of the children! It was a totally spontaneous thing for them both. I was sitting watching something on the idiot box while hand quilting (on the quilt you haven't seen yet) when they both walked over and jumped on a chair each, did the usual turn around a couple of times, then lay down in exactly the same positions and promptly went to sleep!! That was the last I heard of them for a couple of hours........honestly, it was a perfect 'funniest home video' moment, but of course, no video so a still had to do, love it.
Have a good week....................................

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Petition to free Siagon..............

I don't usually do this but this is really important. Would you please go here ...............http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/petitions/free-saigon/
and sign the petition so that this beautiful old girl can retire with grace and dignity???

Petition to Free Saigon, Australia's Last Circus Elephant
Saigon is Australia's last circus elephant. At 55 years of age, she is now too old to perform. Yet she is still trucked from town to town with Perry Bros Circus, spending months on end in a barren enclosure out the back of a truck, surrounded by an electric fence. Animals Australia is calling upon Perry Bros to retire Saigon from circus life and to a facility where her behavioural needs can be met, and where she can enjoy quality of life for the first time in her life, for the rest of her life. Please support our campaign to secure Saigon's release.


PLEASE...........

Thanks, I knew you all would.........................
xxx

Friday, 12 February 2010

After the Storm...........

.......well actually, this was at the height of yesterday's storm. The view from my sewing room window! The gutters and down pipe leading to one of the tanks just couldn't take the volume of water running off the roof. It wasn't as hot yesterday as it had been when the storms hit on Wednesday but the humidity was still really high. I'm not complaining about that though 'cos I do like a little moisture in the air!!
The paving between the steps on the verandah and the rest of the garden was flooded. We ended up with 28mm of rain for the 24 hours, giving us a total so far for February of 52mm!! Last February's total rainfall for the month was 6mm, big, big difference. No wonder the garden is so lush this year..........



The bonus this morning was these gorgeous droplets of water in the leaves of the Sedum 'Autumn Glory'.
Their big waxy leaves holding little silver teardrops of water................



.........and their still immature, green, broccoli like flower heads, balancing tiny, perfectly spherical drops of crystal clear liquid.........
Natures wonders to behold...................!

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

First block finished and who will join me.......

I finished the first of my BOM from Sue Spargo 'Crimson Tweed'.

It was wonderful to stitch and the freedom of sewing with the wool, with no seam allowance was great. I was a bit worried about the velvet as it can fray so easily but Sue's instructions made it really simple. There are some tiny blue dots of wool to go on the light green leaves yet, but they are with next month's block. I like the colours in the wreath and star but I'm not sure about the grey background and I'm wondering if all the blocks are grey wool or is each block a different colour? As all we've seen is a black and white sketch it's a bit of a mystery quilt....? Roll on next month!!

You know that I belong to an online quilting bee ' The Bee Balm'? Well I've enjoyed it so much so far that I thought I might like to join another one - but I can't find one! Bec has the same problem, she's been looking for one to join and couldn't find one either! So I decided to start one of my own, but just for us Aussie girls!! Sorry to all those lovely overseas friends but as you all know, postage just doesn't get any cheaper and when you're posting eleven of something it starts to add up!

The way it works is that we have twelve members and each member has a month assigned to them. Last month on the Bee was Elaine's, and she sent out her background fabric and instructions to make a 'wonky star' block with fabric from everyones stash, this month is mine and I sent out my fabric with no instructions really except for block size! If you have a look here you can see the block that Victoria made for me and you can see the block I made here.

So each person makes a block each month, sends it back to the person who's month it is and waits for the next month. Have I explained it logically?? Probably not and you all most likely have a really good idea as to how it works anyway!! I've had a lot of fun, met some great girls and made some blocks that have challenged me and made me think outside my personal square - but- I'm the only Australian! Ten are from the U.S. and Viv is the only other outsider and she live's in the Yukon, so still in the Northern Hemisphere, well very northern actually!!

Do you want to join me?? Bec is already on board so we just need ten more! It would be great to get started in the next couple of months, so let me know if you want to join in, leave a comment or email me and I'll get back to you.

I'm off to Geelong now, have to go visit mum and hope it's a good day for her, it's too hot to be doing battle with her memory (or lack of) today. I also started Tai Chi this morning, new for me but I really enjoyed it. Thank goodness for airconditioning in cars is what I say, stay cool everyone...............

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

The Bride and a Circus...........

Bet that made you look hey?? It sounds more exotic than it is though, it's just my Civil War Bride Quilt. Another block done, this one is the ostrich block. I'm not sure which one I'm going to be doing next in this but I've decided that I like stitching leaves!!!
I watched the DVD that came with the latest issue of Quilters Companion magazine, this one was 'Needleturn Applique' with Robyn Falloon. I really enjoyed watching it and found that her instructions were so clear and logical, I was able to follow it when I came to stitching this block. Her way of doing the points on the leaves just seemed to work for me! So now, I love doing leaves which is just as well, the amount that are in this quilt!
One more block and I'm half way there with the blocks, of course, there's the borders to applique then!!
So this is the circus bit, it's more of a nightmare actually!

At the end of March, the village next door to us (they have the supermarket and chemist etc) have their Autumn Festival, this is where my patchwork group meets every two weeks. As part of the Festival there is a Quilt and Craft Show every year. This years theme is
'All the Fun of the Fair, Life's just a Circus'.

I thought I would make a quilt with a circus theme, I needed to make a quilt for 4yr-old Matthew sometime this year anyway, so circus it would be!! Hmmm, well, the big top was ok, not too taxing and I did have an elephant peeping out from the flap of the tent down where the ball is until a person that shall remain nameless (but he does live here with me - for now!) made some disparaging remarks about the lineage of my elephant!! After some words that are not printable and banishing him from my workroom, I ripped the elephant with the suspicious lineage out!!! Yesterday I bought a colouring book with circus animals in it from the $2 shop and shall now attempt to create a plausible circus elephant.
(just a disclaimer here, I feel I have to tell you that making a circus quilt with a circus elephant doesn't mean I agree with animals in the circus!! I don't! It's just that the quintessential circus is always depicted with animals, so that's what it has to be. OK, 'nuff said on that)
Anyway, I'd like your opinion on the yellow and blue border?? Please!

I don't know what I'm going to do next, I sort of lost the plot with the elephant thing, it threw me off balance and I have to go back to the drawing board for the next border. Once I've got the pachyderm finished in the middle, I should be able to think about the next round!!

A while ago, I think I told you that I had signed up for the new Sue Spargo BOM 'Crimson Tweed'? The first month arrived yesterday. Perfect timing as I had just finished the CWBQ block! I'm getting it all ready to applique today and I'll do it at patchwork group tomorrow, well I will after we wish Norma happy birthday and have some of the choc chip and orange cake with chocolate frosting, that I made for her today........yummo, thank goodness it's someones birthday this week!!!! LOL!



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