Monday, October 24, 2016

Book Depository Delivers

My UFO to work on this month was meant to be Wild and Goosey, but as I mentioned in the post about it, I was waiting for Bonnie Hunter's latest book, which I ordered from Fishpond in early September. When I wrote that post, I was waiting to hear from Fishpond when the book would be sent. However what actually happened was that when I contacted them to chase it up half-way through this month, they cancelled my order, saying the book was not available. I immediately placed an order with Book Depository (UK), and 10 days later, here it is:
Thank you, Book Depository!

Here's the page I was particularly interested in; the sashing Bonnie used for her Wild and Goosey blocks:
The challenge became how to get that printed so that I could do the paper-piecing. I don't have any easy access to a photocopier. I tried scanning the page then printing the scanned image, but this is what happened:
I couldn't find a way to control the print-out size, and this is way too big.

I thought I might just have to draw up my own (36 times) but after a bit of searching online, I found a foundation at Quilter's Cache which is the right size flying goose. It is a run of 8 instead of 7, but it is a lot easier to shorten the run than make a longer one.

This one took a couple of tries to get it to print out properly:
Too small on the left, just right on the right! So I have printed out all the runs I need, and now I just need to decide on colours.

Here's the contents page of the book:
Great idea to show pictures of the quilts! You can see Wild and Goosey on the bottom left. There are a few others I quite like, but the one on the top left (Carolina Chain) immediately appealed. It's a  really happy-looking quilt. I just had to try a couple of block segments:
I think this will be my next scrap project, after Wild and Goosey is complete.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Saturday Drive

This morning's first job:
This tree was blown down on Thursday night, bringing down part of the fence around the orchard (and a large branch of another tree). Because it rained all day yesterday it had to wait until now to be dealt with.

Tree chopped through, fence back up, chooks allowed out again and we could set off for the day.

A few weeks ago I first noticed signs on the Midland Highway pointing to "Bunjil Lookout". Apparently the lookout opened last year, but I don't know when the signs went up. It's good they put the signs up, as it is not somewhere that you are likely to find because you are just passing through. It is at Maude, a place I didn't know existed:
You can read about Bunjil and the lookout here: Bunjil Lookout
Its shape represents a flying wedge-tailed eagle. The view over the Moorabool River valley is fantastic, but the cold wind today meant we didn't stop long to admire the view. The supports are carved:
I presume to represent Bunjil and his family. If there was an explanation of the various figures I missed it.

In Portarlington, I visited the mill:
It's a former grain mill, built in 1857. More info here: Portarlington Mill
But the purpose of my visit was the Bellarine Quilters' Exhibition there, open every weekend day this month.

Bellarine Quilters made the giant patchwork ball which I'm sure I have shown on my blog when I saw it somewhere else, but I can't find it at the moment. So here's a couple of new shots of it:
 You can tell it is either very large, or the mill's ceilings are very low:
A bit of both, actually! More about the ball here:The Big Ball.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Attaching Binding to the Apple Cores

I decided to put a bias binding around the apple core curves, rather than chop them off straight. Stitching round the curves wasn't too difficult, but the corners were a bit tricky.
And I didn't even try to join the binding:
I tucked one end inside the other, and will hand-stitch it closed.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Basted and Quilted

Choosing thread for the quilting:
All done:
Now I have to decide if I will attempt binding the wavy edge, or cut it off straight...

Added later: I chose the thread at the bottom of the first picture. Forgot to mention that!

Linked to Free Motion Mavericks.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Ginkgo leaves emerging:

Tiny liquidambar leaves:
From the house both these trees now have a visible green tinge.

Monday, October 17, 2016

First Rose and Some Clivias

First rose flower to open:
Rugosa rose - Freycinet? (Not certain as its label has gone missing.)

And this tractor is so handy:
Our neighbours rescued a huge clump of clivias, which they split up to plant along their driveway. One tractor to the rescue! Fifteen or more clivia clumps planted in no time. In return for the use of the tractor, they gave us a great big clivia clump for our own garden.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Retreat Day Two

On the second day of the retreat, I learnt that sewing rows of little apple cores together is a bigger pain than sewing individual apple cores together.
It was fun sitting and sewing amongst friends:
A corner of one of the two rooms full of sewing machines - taken during the lunch break. You can see my little Elna on the back table.

I was exhausted, though, and didn't get as much sewing done as I had hoped:
Back home, pinned to my design wall. Eight rows joined (on the left) and five rows remaining on the right.