Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Builders Are Back

Our friendly builder, Dan, and Ben the apprentice, are here
preparing the foundations of the garden wall:

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Geelong Quilt-In

Spent the day with quilting friends at the Geelong guild's annual Quilt-In. The entertaining guest speaker was Irene Blanck, who also showed lots of her quilts. One of her messages was to make quilts you love, and not "give a rat's" what other people think.

I compared binding tools:

Won a door prize:
The purple coaster was one of the gifts given to everyone who attended. The rest of the goodies were my door prize. That makes two door prizes out of three attendances. Not bad!

And I stitched down about two thirds of this binding:

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Productive Day

Another use for the tractor!
Digging foundations for the wall which will surround the back garden.

Window seat taking shape:
It will be my job to make some cushions for it once it's done.

Meanwhile I was busy with my bias tape maker:
Although that is not actually bias tape, the fabric has a diagonal stripe.

Three small quilts finished with machined binding:

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Dogs and Plants

It's a little while since the dogs appeared on my blog, so here they are.

Dot relaxing on the couch:
Jack checking out the (under construction) window seat:
Dot is now slightly taller than Jack, but I haven't been able to get a photo that shows that yet. They don't stay still for long when they are together.

This afternoon we visited Avalon Nursery, which we haven't been to before. A few plants came home with us:

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Third One

Another quilt, another ruler:

Monday, May 16, 2016

Quick Quilting

Quilting a couple of my recent small creations. Rows of waves across the watery one:

And a ruler experiment on this one:
The binding tool will get another work-out soon.

Sunday, May 15, 2016


Recently some very tall flower stems have formed on some of the mystery bulbs rescued from a house about to be demolished last August. (That seems so long ago. I can't believe it was less than a year.) The stems look a bit like gladioli, but they have branches of flower buds, not just a single stem. And it isn't normal gladioli season.

Now those flowers have begun to open:
You can also see in this photo flowers on the lavender grown from a cutting of the plant that self-seeded in my old garden three years ago.

Fantastic orange colour:
 It seems they are gladioli, just a different species. Gladiolus dalenii. A family member called them "winter gladdies", but the internet calls them "parrot gladioli".

One page I found referred to them as weeds: Wish I had weeds like this.  But the Victorian Government listing of invasive species says, "This weed is not known to be naturalised in Victoria", and that, "the plant is unlikely to establish as the climate, soil or landuse is not presently suitable", so it sounds as if growing them in the garden here will not cause problems in the local bushland. If they even survive in the garden!