Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Stuffing a Pin Cushion

Last year at the Ballaarat Quilters 20th birthday dinner, attendees received an "Everlasting Flower" pincushion kit designed by Leonie Bateman. I don't think I've shown it on the blog before, but I started stitching the appliqué design a couple of months ago, and finished it last Saturday.

The pattern said to fill the pincushion with "2-3 cups of crushed walnut shells". I already had one bag, which was 100g or half a cup. I found another half-cup bag at Gail's Patchwork in Sebastopol on Tuesday. Looking at the two bags, I was sure I wouldn't need 2 or 3 cups. One would do!

Getting the walnut shells into the pincushion would have been easy if I could have found a funnel. Here's what I tried:
The inside of the thread spool almost worked, but it was too slow, as I could only pour in a few grains at a time. The yellow Tupperware funnel was difficult to keep in place, and kept clogging up. I'm not sure why, as its hole is much larger than the ground shell pieces. I almost gave up, planning to wait until I went shopping and could buy a proper funnel. But an hour or two later I realised I had something that would do the job, a plastic thread cone!

And here's the finished item:

It was only as I was sewing it up that I remembered that I had been going to turn it into a glasses case because I didn't really need another pincushion! Too bad, it is now a finished pincushion.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Slightly Scary

Today I attended a new quilting group, which wasn't as scary as it might have been because I knew one other person there. This was the lovely venue:

Vivienne's Retreat near Gordon, which is about half-an-hour's drive away from home. It is a B&B which hosts quilting retreats, and also monthly sit and sew sessions. That quilted sign out the front says, "Quilters of the Big Room", and we were indeed in a big room which extends almost the full length of the house.

While there I finished appliquéing my flower ball to its background, so later at home I very carefully cut away the excess background:

Fortunately I didn't snip right through to the front!

Sunday, September 18, 2016


Frogs are taking advantage of this wet season:
Tadpoles in a puddle beside a nearby road. It's quite a few years since we last saw tadpoles in puddles around here.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Peony Progress

This is the peony which grew no leaves last year:
Definite leaves!

The Coral Charm herbaceous peony has a bud:
 For some reason the flash went off for that one.

The Vesuvian tree peony also has a bud:
Very exciting all round!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Water Water Everywhere

A few shots around the lower half of the block, which is rather wet:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


This seems appropriate lately:

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Bit of Rain

We've had a few drops of rain. This is a little corner of our garden:
Our water tank is full to overflowing, the supplementary tank is full, and the ground is very very wet.

Everyone's dams seem to be full to overflowing. Low areas around town are under water:
There's a lot of water.

Almost the whole population of Lal Lal is here:

To see a rare sight
 and hear the roar
 of Lal Lal Falls!

Compare with last September here, where I was impressed by what now seems like a trickle, and how the falls look for most of the year:
Photo from January last year.