Friday, May 30, 2014

Rethink on the English Paper Piecing Hexagon Flowers

I had made a lot of hexagon flowers using tiny prints, but had come to a standstill with putting them together. That has happened to me on other quilts, so time for a rethink. I unpicked what I had already done and put the units together in a different block that I am much happier with. Progress!

I don't know if this block has a name, but I wonder if "Hello Little Birdie" can guess what I'm going to call it?

 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bikes and Ladders

We went to Tasmania on the boat so I was able to take my bike. It has been many, many years since I have ridden a bicycle, so I am pretty wobbly, but it is fun getting out and about and noticing the details you miss when driving.

There was not a lot I could do to help with the house building but I did do some painting of the door and window frames and the skirting boards. There are no stairs yet and I had to use the ladder, another thing I am rather shaky on. I am ok going up, but slower to get down. My husband climbs up and down ladders as easy as anything!

There were a lot of wildflowers out on the coastal heathland, I saw at least three different coloured heath flowers and what looked like a miniature thryptomine as well as small wattles and banksia. I must get some information about the native flora in this area. There is a lot of tea tree of course and we really like the sheoaks.

 

Monday, May 26, 2014

English Paper Piecing in the Varda.

On a recent trip to Tasmania to work on the house we are building there, I worked on some English Paper Piecing hexagon flowers. It felt very appropriate to be doing this in the larger of the two English Caravans we imported a few years ago. (Sometimes my husband does the most amazing things !) I call it the "Varda" because it is like the Travellers Caravans you see on English TV programs. The smaller one is the "Charabanc" (little bus)

It has double glazing, wood panelling interior, pink velvet curtains, floral upholstery, a stove and heater, and a cocktail cabinet! We were very comfortable although it was cold at night. When we finish the project we will take the Varda on a tour of the places in Tasmania we haven't visited yet.

 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Sound Investment Advice.

I spent some of Mother's Day working on my "Roar" quilt for our Grandson and I also made a pram cover for our little Grandaughter. When she grows out it, she can use it for her teddy. The bright pinks, mauves and green came from a recent online purchase and the one square of fairy print was included in a charm square club I was in quite some time ago. I love the dark pink and white check with the flower on it.

The metre of fabric that was for sale on the internet eventually went for $421!! I knew fabric was a good investment, you would rarely get that result on the stock market.

 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

A very happy Mother's Day to all Mums, Grannys, Nannas and Grandnans and remembering those who have left us. Sending love to you all.

 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

I thought I was bad!

On the internet auctions at the moment the bid on one metre of this fabric is up to $295!!!! I am more of a bargain buyer myself and was very happy with a purchase of 1 kg of mixed pinks for $55.