Thursday, September 29, 2011

A bit of weather

Because the weather yesterday afternoon was like this

I worked on this.
We had thunder and lightning and 2.5mm (1") of rain in a very short space of time. The water found all the spots where the gutters could be cleaned and I had a bit of mopping to do!

Funny how making the first exciting bit of a new quilt is so easy then composing borders is SLOW!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Good friends

My friend Annie came over the other day to help me master ebay.
What fun!

Don't know where I am going to find the time to blog.  This "reverse" shopping is so much fun!

Look at these lovely  freisias and 'love in the mist' from her garden.
The freisias smell beautiful.

I think I have a quilt in these colours.....

Can you see the pattern? It "hangs" either way.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Indian Cotton

These fabrics look so beautiful don't they?
I bought them in India when we went to a wedding in January. 
On Monday I washed them and hung them outside. 
It was such a windy day.
I am disappointed though because I don't think that they are pure cotton. They had that polyester smell when I ironed them.
Don't know whether to use them or not.

 We had a bithday  at class this week.  I made a flourless orange cake!

My mother used to say
"Here's your coat. What's your hurry?"
I couldn't wait for them to go so I could start on this quilt.

I found the instructions on the net at about midnight the night before.
It was all I could do to go to bed rather than start cutting out right then!
I am going back to my sewing machine right now!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

going green

 I have been drying my own mint.....

from this....

 to this

 and into my favourite jam jar

and here is one of my one-colour quilts (still to be quilted)

now I'll try the oregano....

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


I am very excited. I am doing my first swap over the internet! 
I left a comment on a blog I follow and one thing has led to another....

I am unpicking some interesting pieces from my stash of vintage japanese fabrics.
Hope you like these Joe.

I like this quote from Joe's blog as well

start where you are
use what you have 
do what you can
                     arthur ashe

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Not white

Good morning Mr Steinway!
I was up early today as I was "working".

My upbringing was completely bereft of musical training so when I volunteer here I am in awe of everything.
There were 2 grand pianos on the stage getting a tuning before we started.
So dramatic. 
So beautiful.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Twice in one day!

It's probably overkill to blog again but I had to show you this.
Annie is on lunch break and just called in to show me this. 
We saw the pattern here and you can down load it here.
I started it but ran out of wool so pulled it undone and am crotcheting a different one. I will show it soon....

White again

 I was inspired by Bryan's post to make some little bags....

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

simple solids

I just finished this quilt on the weekend! 
I have already taught it as a class but they didn't 
know what they were making. 

Trusting aren't they?

The instrctions were to bring two 
different fabrics and wait and see!
I think I'll do it again in different colours.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

I feel bettter today!

It has been a beautiful day here today, suuny with a bit of a breeze to dry things.
I have taken down my Winter quilts and replaced them with Springtime!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Freaky Friday

I have to get this off my chest!
 I was in Melbourne this morning (I live in the country) and boarded a tram in North Melbourne and "touched" on.....
Beep beep says the thing "touch again"
I touched again and and again and got a sympathetic "tch tch" from the 2 "ladies" (close to my age) watching and so I went and sat down. Very quickly a large figure loomed above me: Ticket Inspector.
THEN one of the 2 nice ladies( also Ticket Inspectors) pointed at me : "scan her!"
"Oh is there a problem?" I say, "I tried to touch  on, over and over ask her"
"But you don't have a ticket, do you?"
Well was I cross? The whole tram looking on and getting the opportunity to make the necessary arrangements for themselves. Any way he went on and on, apparently I hadn't swiped on since August 6th!! I explained not so calmly that I don't live in Melbourne and haven't been on a tram in that time.
And then he demonstrated at another machine that the card worked. I pointed out that I didn't know you had to touch on at all the machines but perhaps THAT lady (or any other good samaritan) could have assisted me.
Not her job!
A lovely lady then came to my assistance but was forcefully brushed aside.
He told me he wasn't sure how to handle all this, not sure what he expected at that stage but I pointed out I now had a valid ticket on my card!
"Must be going", the 3 of them said. No uniforms by the way and they would not give their names!

Sorry no photos today.