Thursday, January 22, 2015

Two Mystery Quilts

Met up with my quilting friends in the Melbourne CBD group today, and had the opportunity to "compare and contrast" with another Grand Illusion mystery quilt:
Mine on the left, and Jeanette's on the right. It was interesting to see how our different fabric choices influenced the final outcome. The same, but different! I was very impressed that Jeanette managed to make hers completely from her stash, especially given that she made the full size version. I bought a bunch of green fabrics for mine.

It was great to see them together. I think they both looked better in real life than they do in the photos.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Walking Into the Unknown

Spent a lovely afternoon at the Ballaarat Quilters "Sit and Sew" day. To find them I had to follow the sound of happy voices along several corridors in this old building:
This is where they have their regular meetings as well. It is only 20 minutes walk from my new place, so very convenient.

Somewhere during the day I passed the 1.5 million step mark:

Friday, January 16, 2015

Gaultier at the National Gallery

Went to a wonderful exhibition today at the NGV:

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

You are allowed to take photos inside (no flash, of course), but the light levels are so low that my camera wouldn't have been able to take an unblurry shot. Many people were taking pictures with their phones, though. The exhibition was busy, but not uncomfortably so. There are seven rooms in the exhibit, with a huge number of garments. But the animated mannequins are a bit freaky!

That's someone's video from the same exhibition when it was in Montreal in 2011.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Faulty Flamingo

Finished my flamingo block:
You can see other people's flamingos on Kristy's link-up here: Quiet Play BOM - Flamingo

I don't know if it will be obvious, but mine is probably slightly misproportioned, thanks to Windows 8. There is no "Print to scale" option on the printing dialog box, and I stupidly trusted that it must just do that without being told. Wrong! My flamingo is narrower than he should be, by about 2cm.

After a bit of internet searching, apparently the answer is to not use the PDF reader that comes with Windows 8, but to download a proper one. So I will be doing that now, but I will not be re-making the flamingo right now. I had to unpick and re-sew so many of his seams, that I can't face re-making him just yet.  Perhaps his incorrect proportions will be disguised by borders at the end...

Added later: Fixed by associating pdf files with Chrome, which was already installed. Its print dialog box has a "Fit to page" option which can be unticked to get a correct-sized printout.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

From C to B

The pick-up involved a bit of impromptu pruning of some of the neighbours' vegetation:
The drop-off was a little easier:
Except maybe for the heavy furniture which had to go upstairs.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Flamingo in Progress

The flamingo is the first block of a paper-pieced BOM (Block of the Month) for 2015 called "Zoo Animals", designed by Australian designer Kristy at Quiet Play.

Each month she will provide the pattern for one animal free. I thought I would get the flamingo made today, but I had a few other things I had to do, and I had a bit more trouble sewing it than I expected. A few of these seams had to be sewn twice - my fault, not the pattern! I wasn't concentrating properly. So this is about a third of the flamingo.  It will be a couple of days before I can get back to him, but at least I got his eye done. It has the teeny-tiniest pieces!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Dahlia Bargain

The local hardware barn had a table of Mystic dahlias marked down. If I'd been travelling by car I might have been tempted to buy more than one.
This one had the loveliest flowers, but had no tag. I'm not sure exactly which one it is. Another orangey one on the table had a Mystic Haze tag, but looked a little different. Whichever one it is, it is beautiful!