Tuesday, November 27, 2012

"What a pretty name!"

(Sergeant Wilson, Dad's Army, Series 4, Episode 35 )
Violet May is a new Granddaughter for two very good longtime friends and I have made her a quilt. Because of the SIDS guidelines I know she won't be tucked up in her cot with it, but hopefully it will be useful for tummy time, visiting and perhaps to snuggle under when she gets older. The family are on the land as well, but a different type of farm to us in the Riverina District of NSW.

Sometimes I build quilts based on the fabrics rather than follow patterns and a coordinated range is great to work with. This one, called 'Home to Roost by Heather Du Pont for "In The Beginning" Fabrics, is very happy and busy. I bought the full collection of fat quarters from The Nauvoo Quilt Company , my favourite place to buy fabric. Since my own little Grandson arrived I have discovered the wonderful children's fabrics that are available and added a few to my supplies.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Land Girls

"I'm not getting out in front of all those landladies!" Corporal Jones, Dad's Army, Series 5, Episode 48.

With our eldest son's wedding rapidly approaching, the men had a camping weekend away and the womenfolk enjoyed an afternoon tea in the garden for the Bride. But there were calving cows to check, recalcitrant ponies to shift, late lambing ewes to watch and one poor cow with mastitis to be treated. The girls are all, of course, quite used to the farm work. It was a busy and very enjoyable weekend.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

What a Difference a Day Makes!

This morning our front paddock looked like this.

This evening it looked liked this.

This machine, and its operator, are amazing!

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Windmill, Pinwheel and Flutter Blades

This particular block has a few different names and is another one I like very much. I have been experimenting again with the cutting machine and my sewing is becoming more accurate. It might be time to attempt something larger.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

"Tahiti looks nice"

We didn't make enough money to go to Tahiti, but we had an enjoyable day. Hello Little Birdie and The Witch on the Barn had a stall at the Open Drawer annual de stash market in Camberwell. It was a well organised event and we met some lovely people interested in many different crafts. We even managed to cover our costs and make a little profit (very little!)

Friday, November 9, 2012

"All the lovely lilting things of Spring"

"The Loud Halo" by Lillian Beckwith.

Miss Beckwith has a lovely turn of phrase about nature and people. I am still enjoying any more of her books I can find. Our garden is doing the best it can at the moment and the roses are showing some promise.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Quick Sunday Post!

It has been quite a while since we have had a Koala in the yard, but I could hear one today and it took me some time to find this young male. They like our Oak Trees, which are 20 metres plus high, and he was a long way up and hiding.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012


Here are some details from our youngest Son's recent Wedding. It was a beautiful day that was gone in a flash. That's the trouble with Weddings, they are over far too quickly!

Modern Baby Quilt

I finished this quilt in good time for a new arrival thinking it was a neutral pattern and colour scheme. It is a Disappearing Nine Patch B...