Tuesday, January 24, 2017

An Acacia!

This was a bit exciting this morning:
One acacia seedling! Acacia rigens, needle wattle. Only one seedling out of four boxes of acacias, but at least it is a sign of hope. There are now only two species of TreeProject seeds that have not yet germinated.

And one of the crepe myrtles has started to flower:
It could be "Sioux", which started flowering on the same day last year. Then it was in a pot, but now it is in the ground.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Even More Quilting

I've now quilted all the magenta stars, all the neutral border, and all the purple 4-patches:
But that leaves some important sections unquilted:
The actual blocks!

I'm still on track to finish this by the end of the month, as long as I can work out how to quilt the blocks very soon.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Surprise Table

This morning I was presented with this lovely thing:

I was given the rusty base last February. That linked post shows the rust removal process. Since then the parts have been in the garage, but I had no idea that in fact they had been painted and reassembled. And had this beautiful red ironbark top made!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Tiny Trees

The TreeProject seedlings have been very slow to germinate this year. Each day I look for some sign of growth, and today I found a couple.

Out of five boxes (240 potential trees) there is now one slender-leaf mallee, Eucalyptus leptophylla, growing:
Just one. But I hope that there will soon be many more! Perhaps the thunderstorm overnight will have triggered mass germination?

Two boxes of moonah, Melaleuca lanceolata, have also begun to germinate:
These teeny-tiny plants look almost exactly the same as the callistemons that started appearing 10 days ago. Not surprising, as they are closely related.

So now there are three species growing (being optimistic about those eucalypts), and three which have not germinated at all yet. The ones I'm waiting on are two species of acacia and one of hakea.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Trois En Provence

I have not been alone on my journey with this year's mystery quilt. Hundreds, or maybe thousands, of quilters around the world have been working on it, but most importantly two friends from my Melbourne CBD group did too. Today we met up, and got to see our three versions of the mystery in person.

Jenni made hers the same size I did:
She just has a section of the outer border to go.

Jeanette made hers larger, and made a couple of alterations to the pattern:
In the background of these two photos you can see some of the lovely fabrics that Morris and Sons now have added to the shop. Very tempting!

And here's all three beautiful quilts together:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Roses From the Heart

My sister alerted me to an exhibition at MADE (Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka) of bonnets made to commemorate the 25,566 women convicts brought to Australia between 1788 and 1853.

Each bonnet is embroidered with the name of a convict woman, the ship she arrived on and the date. Some were made by descendants of the particular convict, and others by interested people such as my sister and one of my nieces.

The number of bonnets on display meant we would have been very lucky to find the particular ones they made:
But it is a very moving display.

It is only on for a few more days, so I'm very glad I didn't miss it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

More Quilting

Finished quilting the magenta stars, and started doing continuous curves in the neutral border:
Back view:
The backing is a soft, pure cotton sheet I purchased on sale a couple of days ago. I haven't used a sheet as backing before, but I'm happy with how this one is working out.