Friday, April 9, 2010

Sneak Peak!

It was such a nice day here yesterday. Beautiful, sunny and not too hot and so still. Perfect day for stitching.

So I pulled out and dusted off my banana chair and sat out in the garden and stitched all day.

I worked on Songbirds by Bronwyn Hayes and have progressed quite a bit. The pictures shown are just some small snippets of some of the blocks.

Other projects have been put on hold until this quilt is finished although there are others in the planning.

The Easter break is nearly over so it will be back to work again. Now that winter is coming, one can look forward to plenty of evenings to sit and sew.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Another Mural from Sheffield


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.

Some Simple Things.

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 appliqu├ęd 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.

Bye Bye for now ♥

Easter Sunday..

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.