Thursday, February 26, 2015


At the monthly CBD SCQuilters get-together I finished stitching together the Flower Ball quilt (Geta Grama design).
However this cloud fabric I bought at GJ's sale on the way into town was universally unpopular as a background for it. I need to pin it up and look at various options before I make any decisions. I need a new design wall!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Stitched the binding to the front of this piece:
I wasn't intending a single-fold binding, but I cut it the wrong width. Doesn't matter in this case, it isn't going to be used and abused. Soon I'll post a picture of the whole thing!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hello Possums!

Beautiful gladdies from the garden:

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Pretty Star

First flower on one of my Mystic Star dahlias this year. They are a bit late; I think where they are planted is overshadowed too much so they haven't had the sun. Hopefully I'll have a better spot for them next year.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Quilting at Last

Time to move on from practicing on scraps pieces of fabric, and actually quilt a real project with the Sweet 16:
I did a bunch of different filler designs between the letters on this small piece. I just did a search through my old posts, and I don't think I've shown the whole top of this one. Here's part of it under construction a year ago (!): Letters.  And a little of the applique in March.  As I gain confidence with the new machine, projects much older than this will see the light of day.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Up On The Roof

I don't think I'll ever see this in person:
I gave my camera to the plumber who came to find out why the roof was leaking. He thinks the problem is lack of sealing between that vent pipe and the roof. So he's sealed it up and we'll see what happens next time it rains!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Whether due to the recent electrical storm or some other unknown factor, lots more seeds have germinated over the last couple of days. Here's a few tiny messmates (Eucalyptus obliqua) emerging:

I spent some time today transplanting some of them into empty tubes. Here's a tiny transplant:

I'm hoping that transplanting them when they are so tiny will be more successful than transplanting older seedlings. Even when they are this tiny their roots are 2cm or so long. Their roots grow much faster than the visible part of the plant, so if you wait until the plant is a couple of centimetres high before transplanting, you can't avoid damaging the roots. Then the plants take months to get going again, and I wonder if they are ever as strong as undisturbed plants.