Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Full Set

I have three nieces who live interstate. Two of them have appeared on my blog before, but today the remaining one came to visit:

And entertained Dot for a while:

Monday, February 8, 2016

Multiple Wallabies

I have often seen a wallaby along the dirt road beside our property. I've put pictures of it on my blog a couple of times.

In November:

In January:

There was only ever one, so obviously there is just one wallaby, and every time I've seen a wallaby, it was this one wallaby. Makes sense, right? So imagine my surprise this morning:
And another surprise a little further along the road, which is just visible at the top right of the picture above (at the base of the electricity pole). There are at least three wallabies!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Stars and Hearts Quilt Finished

"Stars and Hearts" designed by Ann Petersen for the Craftsy class Continuous Line Quilting.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Walking Again

Yesterday I bought a new walking foot. It walks! I sewed most of the binding to my latest project:
I did the last little bit (joining the ends) this morning, with the help of instructions on the Quiltmaker web site. For some reason the joining method won't stay in my mind from one quilt to the next. I have a book I usually consult but it is still packed in a box somewhere.

So far today I have hand-sewn the binding down on a bit less than half of the quilt:

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Old Fabric

Today I cut the first pieces from some fabric I have had in my stash for a while:

I have pieces of eight fabrics from this range, which I purchased very cheaply at Lincraft in Northland's closing-down sale in 2001. Someone asked me at the time what I was planning to do with them. I didn't know, but I've finally found the perfect project.

And I know there is a Lincraft at Northland, but that's a "new" one that opened a few years after the original one closed.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Last Sections

Today I got to the end of the Continuous Line Quilting Craftsy course. As it turned out, this was the last exercise:
This one involved turning a non-continuous design into something that can be sewn all in one go. I traced the design on some "Golden Threads" quilting paper, and sewed through it. The above photo is half way through removing the paper, and below is how it looked with all the paper gone and some rough echoing around the design:
When I got to the end of this lesson I was surprised to find that it was the end of the course, as I still had one empty section of my quilt. But as I went back over things, I found that I had missed the very first lesson!

So here's the one I missed:
I did it the same way, sewing over the traced design, then removing the paper. So I went from the most difficult exercise to what was meant to be the easiest. It is nice to have them all done, though! Now I need to get a working walking foot to add the binding, and mark this one off my list of unfinished projects.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Blue Tongue

This blue tongue lizard (Tiliqua scincoides scincoides) was soaking up some warmth from the sun as I went out this morning:

The middle of the road wasn't the safest place for that, but a little touch with the toe of my shoe saw it off the road quite quickly.