It was my birthday the other day (9 August 2010). As every other birthday this one was no different except for a few things. I spent the morning working on an applique project and planning what things I would work on after I finish this particular project. My husband bought me a new camera as a gift so between Monday and today I have been taking photos and video recording different things and learning how to use this new gadget.
My best quilting buddy and best bud in general Leanne of Lizzie's Page blog which can be found in the right hand side column here, surprised me with a couple of gifts which was really kind of her to do. These are pictured here. A beautiful set of fat quarters, a gorgeous quilt pattern, a pair of small scissors and a set of templates for the shapes in the pattern. THANK YOU LEANNE ♥
I thought the possum card was sooo cute.
The days following was spent baking a cake and enjoying things. To end it I recieved many greetings and wishes from friends and family which all made getting older a lot less painful.
It has been some time since my last post (I know I say that all the time LOL).
Now that winter is in full swing, it is a great time for getting my projects progressing. I have been working on my knitting projects. Pink jumper is more than half way done and am now on to the second sleeve leaving only the front to do.
I thought I would put in pictures of Pip and Toffee in this post sunning themselves on the front veranda in the cold weather.
On a trip to town a couple of weeks ago I found these fat quarters. I don't know what I will do with them. They will most likely end up in the cupboard with all the other fabric that I don't have projects for.
I have been working on Leanne Beasley's Down in the Garden Block Of The Month program. It has been really fun doing this. Pictured in block one. I am about to put together block 3. Block 2 is currently ongoing and am still stitching this one..
The rainy days here have been really great for progressing my many many projects.
I have bought some new fabrics which are shown here. I thought to myself "You can never have too many bags" so I made myself a new bag last night hehhhehe.
The colours of the trees are beautiful at this time of the year. Inspiration for new quilts I suppose.
Its about time that I got myself a design wall, so here it is. I put it up yesterday and stuck some random things on it to take the photo.
A new BOM project was started. It is called "In Pop's Garden" by Threadbare (Hobart). I have finished block one and have almost finished block 2. The photo below is block 1.
The fabric below is from Windham fabrics and is two ranges. Elegant and Sophisticated Sophia. This has been put aside for a quilt that I have been designing. It will feature a centre stitchery and borders. I am still working out the rest of it. There will be flying Geese blocks as an outer border as well. I can't wait to start that one.
The Martinique range from Moda is so lovely. I found some fat quarters and could feel a bag coming on so I turned them into another bag.
About 1905, George Hope commenced a basic bakery business behind his father George's flour mill at the Western end of Sheffield. This proved to be very sucessful and in 1909 he moved it up the hill into the heart of Sheffield into a modern bakery shop and residence opposite the main hotel. After changing hands several times since then, the shop was converted into a milk bar and take away in 1972.
I have managed to do some simple things over a couple of days.
Preparation for the "Life Is Beautiful" quilt by Helen Stubbings has begun. I am cutting fabric to start this project after I finish Bronwyn Hayes "songbirds". I have pieced all the blocks for Songbirds together and have to embroider about 5 blocks before finishing it completely.
The fabric I am using is a mix of Sachet Pot Puri and Mrs March's flower patch. In shades of pink, blue, Ivory, black, greens. Darks and Lights.
Stars Around the Garden BOM from the USA is coming along as well. I am in the process of completing the pieced blocks. Only 6 to go there. The appliquéd medallion in the centre of the quilt is also ongoing. The picture below is of the 2 newest blocks completed.
While in Sheffield, we paid a visit to the Emporium antique shop where I found a collection of Vintage Sheet Music for Piano and voice. I was really excited so I bought 2 books of songs belonging to 2 different Edwardian ladies. Dates for the music ranges between 1898 and 1921. I now will spend my evenings playing these songs with great enthusiasm.
Hopefully by the time I am ready for my next post there might be pictures of a finished Songbirds by Bronwyn Hayes to show you.
We spent our Easter Sunday on a day outing to Sheffield Mural Fest which was held in Sheffield, Tasmania.
It was a really lovely calm sunny day. We went on a steam train ride and walked around looking at the murals and shops in the town.
After that pancakes at Tasmazia (large maze complex and miniature village of Lower Crackpot) before going home.
The image below is of a part of a larger mural. It depicts mechanical harvesting methods employed in the Kentish area at the turn of the century.
There are more pictures which I will post sporadically throughout other posts. Autumn here is a nice time of the year with warm still days and changing colours. Always an inspiration to any kind of artwork.
It has been a very nice few weeks since my last post. I have managed some progress with a large BOM quilt from the USA that I have been working on for a while.. It is not quite ready to be photographed yet..
We have been picking apples which are just ripe now. The possums have been very active so saving fruit is a priority now in the garden as is keeping things watered even though it rained a lot the other night.
The sunset was really intense over the trees to the west so I took a picture of it
My sister and parents posted us a really beautiful gift for Easter.. It was so cute that I had to put up pictures here. It is a really cute tin with a surprise inside.
Below is the top of the tin. The pictures also run around the side of the tin as well.
Then with lid open, lots of coloured straw..
Then the surprise underneath the straw.. A pair of baby chickens in a nest with lots of chocolate eggs..
I have also finished block one of a new BOM called In Pops Garden. Photo of that will be next post.