Thursday, September 29, 2016


Quilting the Flower Ball background:
these circular patterns remind me of Spirograph designs.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Demolition Yard

Took a trip to Lal Lal Demolitions to look for gates for our garden walls:
 They've got lots of possibilities
but no prices.

You can't help thinking that prices are made up based on how keen the customer appears. We asked the prices of a couple we weren't really interested in, and they seemed a bit steep. I was afraid to ask about the ones I really liked!

And if you are wondering how there can be a demolition yard in a small town like this, apparently this stuff did not all come from Lal Lal. They wreck houses all over the state, but mainly Melbourne.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Birthday and Anniversary

On this date last year, I was frantically unpacking moving boxes looking for essentials as 14 people arrived for a birthday lunch. Today just 3 of us had a quieter celebration.

That means we have been here a whole year. There's still things in boxes, there's still things to organise. But the garden is taking shape, and we are gradually settling in. I found the tablecloths last week! (Although didn't manage to put one on the table for lunch today.)

Sunday, September 25, 2016


Pin-basting this month's unfinished quilting object:
I've made very slow progress this month, but I suppose slow progress is better than no progress at all.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Rosellas V Roses

Four of the roses we planted recently have been attacked, presumably by the crimson rosellas. A neighbour warned us that they would attack the new red leaves, but that doesn't explain why this poor rugosa rose lost so many new shoots:

This rose did have red leaves, but only two green ones are still attached:

This one even had a flower bud, but the birds have removed all the new growth.
The roses are now covered in bird netting until they grow up a bit.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sudden Shower

Not weather, for once, but the name of an exhibition at Kimono House in Melbourne until 15th October, of works by the Bond family inspired by a Japanese woodcut, Sudden Shower over Shin-Ōhashi bridge and Atake (Hiroshige, 1857):

Information about the woodcut at this Wikipedia page.

Works on display include many traditional Japanese craft techniques, such as shibori, papercraft, sashiko, and this
collection of temari balls.

Fascinating exhibit, well worth a look if you are in the area.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Stuffing a Pin Cushion

Last year at the Ballaarat Quilters 20th birthday dinner, attendees received an "Everlasting Flower" pincushion kit designed by Leonie Bateman. I don't think I've shown it on the blog before, but I started stitching the appliqué design a couple of months ago, and finished it last Saturday.

The pattern said to fill the pincushion with "2-3 cups of crushed walnut shells". I already had one bag, which was 100g or half a cup. I found another half-cup bag at Gail's Patchwork in Sebastopol on Tuesday. Looking at the two bags, I was sure I wouldn't need 2 or 3 cups. One would do!

Getting the walnut shells into the pincushion would have been easy if I could have found a funnel. Here's what I tried:
The inside of the thread spool almost worked, but it was too slow, as I could only pour in a few grains at a time. The yellow Tupperware funnel was difficult to keep in place, and kept clogging up. I'm not sure why, as its hole is much larger than the ground shell pieces. I almost gave up, planning to wait until I went shopping and could buy a proper funnel. But an hour or two later I realised I had something that would do the job, a plastic thread cone!

And here's the finished item:

It was only as I was sewing it up that I remembered that I had been going to turn it into a glasses case because I didn't really need another pincushion! Too bad, it is now a finished pincushion.