30 April 2009
Written by my friends Kathy and Sarah, this is the sequel to Material Obsession, which was published last year in Australia. I'm so proud of them both - writing a book is a seriously intense process. In Material Obsession Two, there's even a quilt named after me - Erica's Honesty. How exciting!
29 April 2009
The bad amazing - the searches some Google users make. It always interests me to examine the statistics for my blog, especially the referring sites. I'm sure the person who Googled 'grandma porn star' was very surprised to be led to my posts about my hand-pieced Grandma's Star blocks! The mind boggles.
28 April 2009
27 April 2009
26 April 2009
I grew them against the back fence, so that they could provide some privacy for me (and my neighbours). I pruned them regularly so they didn't bevome too rampant, but just stayed lush and dense.
I have already filled my garden waste bin with chopped-up pieces and now have to wait two weeks until it is emptied and I can refill it. Since there's no where else for the vegetation to go in the meantime, it sits in an unattractive heap across two garden beds. At least it is down on the ground, and unaffected by the horrible north winds that have been blowing since Friday night.
We lost the footy last night because we played a dreadful game. There were few postives, except that there is always next week's game to look forward to!
24 April 2009
23 April 2009
So I've been busy organising my most comfortable spaces; making sure that everything I need is at hand for a productive sewing season. As you can see, the Feathered Star block is progressing and once I finish stitching all the fiddly pieces, the sections will come together quite quickly. This is a large block - nearly 20 inches - and would be a wonderful centre for a medallion quilt. Hmm.
21 April 2009
19 April 2009
We won yesterday - great crowd, great game. That means we have won 2 games and lost 2 games so far this season. I guess I can't complain about that. There is lots of work for the players to do so they improve, but I'm sure they won't let us down.
Still hand piecing the Feathered Star block (nearly there), but have to race off to work now. Gotta earn money to pay my bills!
15 April 2009
I took loads of photos that have started my subconscious thinking about shapes and colours. Today I'll just show you some of the building photos. I simply adore the curved sections of the Chinese pagodas. Aren't they interesting against the city offices and apartment blocks? The top left photo is of The Gurr, a hexagonal, two-storey building with golden ceramic roof tiles. Divine. And yes, the sky really was that deep blue. Another glorious Sydney day.
13 April 2009
The blocks are pieced, the borders are attached, the quilt is sandwiched and pin-basted. Now that the drizzly rain that has been threatening all day has finally arrived, quilting beckons.
I won't start until tomorrow, though, because now I'm back hand piecing my Feathered Star block. Cosy, settled in front of the footy on TV (we lost on Saturday night) - what could be more enjoyable?
12 April 2009
There are welcome rabbits and unwelcome rabbits. This bunny box came to my house last night, along with its contents - yummy chocolate eggs. It is welcome and has such a cute face that I think I'll keep it around for a while, just because it makes me smile.
This morning, though, I saw a real rabbit hopping down the driveway next door. My first thought was that I hallucinating due to chocolate overeating but, on second glance I confirmed it was a real-life rabbit. This could explain some of the munching that has been going on in my vegetable garden! I so hope it was simply an indoor pet that got away for a few minutes, otherwise I'll have to fortify the veggie patch some more.
11 April 2009
10 April 2009
09 April 2009
" It has a broad geographic range with aparticular emphasis on Europe. Most techniques are represented, including woven, printed and embroidered textiles, lace, tapestries and carpets. These are classifiedby technique, countries of origin and dates of production.Particularly rich areas of the collections are the early silksfrom the Near East, lace, European tapestries and English medieval church embroidery."
Wow! A visit there is certainly on my agenda, but in the meantime I was distracted by a nifty part of their website where you can design a textile, using parts from the collection. It's a simple design opportunity, without a lot of options, but great fun. Here's my textile - a 4 x 4 repeat. You can try it for yourself here.
07 April 2009
I have hand pieced a queen-size Feathered Star quilt before, so I know how gorgeous these blocks can be. Here's the link to my 2007 story about my quilt.
05 April 2009
Coddling - my sore throat. It's amazing how easily three hours of screaming last night has made me lose my voice.
Adjusting - to the end of daylight saving.
Admiring - the miracle of sprouting seeds. I sowed parsley, silverbeet, cucumber, lettuce and rocket in a large terracotta planter a couple of weeks ago. Now they are all showing their tiny green heads and I realise how many I will need to cull.
Revelling - in a glorious autumn day. The sun is shining, the washing is is flapping on the clothesline and my salvia is still flowering.
Cutting out - a huge Feathered Star block in pink and yellow fabrics. I suspect there are a zillion pieces.
Reading - La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith. Another book of his that enchants me.
Appreciating - how content I am. Life is good.
04 April 2009
Prize-winning Australian quilter, Michele Hill, is well-known for her amazing William Morris inspired quilts. She has recently released a book, William Morris in Applique, which has patterns for many of her quilts. It is simply gorgeous!
01 April 2009
means it's knitting weather. I've discovered I love knitting with bamboo needles - so light and so smooth. Last night I started knitting a square - three times. I have a plan to make knee rug, but couldn't decide what size needles to use or what stitch to use. After three false starts, I've decided on moss stitch, which I think will look interesting in this variegated yarn.
This afternoon has been cutting time. I've rotary cut masses of pieces for my Grandma's Star blocks. Such a boring task. Now I'm hand piecing up a storm - that's the fun part!