Thursday, April 20, 2017

Saffron

The bulbs have multiplied nicely since last year.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Evening Expedition

Misty evening in Ocean Grove:

Visiting at this time of day so that we could collect the two bee hives and bring them here.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Little Progress

Actual stitching happening:
Those dark brown pieces were created, then added to my Pentagon Sunflowers, at a quilting day today.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Pretty Green

Bought myself this beautiful Echeveria "Coolvue" today:
It has about 10 rosettes, so I have a few plans for it when I split them up.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Strathdale Quilters Show

Took a drive to Bendigo to visit the quilt show. Here are a few things that caught my eye:

This chair was bought at an op-shop for $1, taken apart and refinished, then re-covered with crumb-patchwork made from scraps thrown out by other quilters:
Amazing!

This quilt reminded me that I have Cathy Miller's Rose Window pattern somewhere:
 Great use of what seems to be a rather ugly batik fabric on its own.

The group's challenge involved making a 40cm square cushion cover to represent a season of the year. At least five fabrics had to be used in each piece.
The photo really does not do the array of finished cushions justice. Many different techniques were on display, including EPP, paper foundation piecing, felt, raw-edge and needle-turn appliqué, and every type of embellishment you could imagine.

 I had seen my favourite of the quilts before, Marj Gale's La Passacaglia, when I attended the Strathdale Quilt-In last August:
That's just a part of the whole quilt. It was nice to get a close-up view of how it had been quilted.

After the quilt show I visited a book fair and picked up a few bargains, so it was a good day all round. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Lack of Progress

The month is half over and I haven't made much progress on anything yet. I've spent some of the time searching for a notebook which contains my original diagram for my Pentagon Sunflowers, this month's UFO. I have looked everywhere without success. It must be in one of the boxes out in the shed which haven't been unpacked yet.

Today I gave up looking for it. I attempted to re-create it by photographing the template grid, printing it out and colouring it in. But guess what else I couldn't find anywhere?

Coloured pencils! I don't remember seeing them in the last couple of years, so they probably are safely packed away with the notebook.

I managed with a grey-lead and a pink chalk marking pen to come up with something that will do. So now I know what extra pieces I need to make for the quilt, and I've found fabrics for them as well. Maybe there will be some real progress by the end of the month.


Linked to Sarah's HELP for Hexie-holics. Mine aren't hexies, but the link-up is all EPP no matter the shape. Check it out!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Abstraction

Met up with a friend in Geelong to visit the exhibition "Abstraction: celebrating Australian women abstract artists" at the Geelong Gallery.  The works in the exhibition are from the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, somewhere I haven't been for a long time.

This work by Elizabeth Gower, Then and Now, intrigued us, as we initially noticed a couple of items depicted among what appeared to be random squiggles,
then realised the whole image was made up of every-day items stacked up. Identifying all the items became a challenge.

The exhibition is on until 7th May. It is free, and well worth a trip to Geelong.

Also at the Gallery we saw Luminous Relic, an amazing and moving collaborative artwork you can read about here. It is showing until 9th July.

Afterwards I was introduced to The Dome, the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, which has a deck at the top level with views across Geelong.

A construction which obscures part of the water view:

A crane with the You Yangs in the distance:

Some tall trees in the park beside the library:

On the way home I passed the aftermath of two bad car accidents, one of which included a fatality. A not-so-abstract reminder of the fragility of life.