Friday, September 19, 2014

Sewing at 2am

Last night I couldn't sleep. My mind was thinking about all the things still in my house, the things I need to do before removalists come today, the things I don't want to keep but haven't been able to even give away.

I tried reading to take my mind off everything, but found myself reading a page several times to try and understand it. I was reading the words, but my mind wasn't concentrating on the book.

Eventually I got up and went to my sewing machine, and made another "Wild & Goosey" block section:

Just one was enough. The gentle process of choosing a fabric, stitching it into place, trimming the seam, then choosing the next fabric, took my mind off everything else that had been churning around. The loungeroom clock struck 2 as I stitched the last seam, and I was able to go back to bed and fall asleep.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Wild and Goosey

For the first time in a while I sat down at my machine today and did a little patchwork:
Very little!

The Wild and Goosey pattern is designed by Bonnie Hunter, and was published in Quiltmaker magazine last year. Here's Bonnie's blog post about it at the time, where you can see what the finished block looks like:
Wild and Goosey Time with Quiltmaker.

Andee at The Modern Diary has been making one block a week between all her other sewing, and gradually is accumulating enough to make a quilt. I've been admiring hers for a while, and when she recently posted a link to the pdf file of the paper-piecing pattern at Quiltmaker, I downloaded it. You can find the link in Andee's post here:
Wild and Goosey Check In and More.

So today I took a short sanity break from packing etc, and used some little scraps to assemble these two sections (less than half of one block). Don't hold your breath as you wait for them to become a whole block!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hello World

The first flower on my sweet peas is almost open.

I'm still here, but life is a bit of a blur at the moment. Settlement on my house is in just under two weeks. After that I should be able to return to regular posting.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Shot Cottons

This selection of Kaffe Fassett shot cottons arrived in the post today:
Colours look better in real life! It is a kit sold by Craftsy to make a quilt for their "Continuous Line Quilting" class. I was intending to just use fabric I had, but then they marked the kit down by 60% a couple of weeks ago. That was a bit irresistible! The postage was a bit steep, but even so it was a pretty good deal. Sixteen different fat quarters (US size), 2.75 yds (2.5m) for backing, and .5yd (45cm) for binding, making a total of 7.25 yards or 6.6m of these lovely fabrics. The shot-ness (different colours depending on how the light hits it) should really come to life when they are quilted.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

What's in Flower - September

This is the last of these monthly garden round-up posts from my old garden. By this time next month, it won't be mine any more.

Here's what is welcoming spring.

Jasmine (Jasminum officinale) flowers looking and smelling wonderful:

Ipheon stars, or spring stars (Ipheion uniflorum) in three different colours:
Light purple (this colour is nothing like their real shade).
Darker purple (not blue as it looks here).
White.

Violets (Viola odorata):

A puzzling freesia:
 Freesias have six petals, so what is going on with this one? If it isn't a freesia, where did it come from?

Fringe flower, Loropetalum chinense var rubrum, with its leaves looking much greener than they do most of the year:

Bethel sage (Salvia involucrata 'Bethelii':) is almost finished:

Arum lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica), not planted by me, but it appears between the other plants from time to time:

Verbena "Candy Cane" starting to flower again after a rest over winter:
That answers the question I asked back in January. I'd seen one Australian website describe this cultivar as an annual, and a UK one call it a "half-hardy perennial".  I think we can safely say that it is not an annual.

Masses of lavender:

Rosemary seems to never stop flowering:

Crassula ovata just about finished

Mexican sage (Salvia leucantha) also just about over:
 Shocking photo, sorry. It was blowing around but I thought I did have it in focus.

The very last of the Bergenia:

Vireya "Clare Crouch":

Blood plum:

I was obviously cheating when I included the buds of this thickleaf aeonium, Aeonium arboreum, last month, because they still haven't begun to open:

Another plum, not as tasty, but OK for jam:

Callistemon:

Dusky coral pea (Kennedia rubicunda):

Grevillea "John Evans":

Another callistemon with redder flowers. Only a couple of open ones, up very high. Lots of buds though!

And I know there are white jonquils and some flowers on my yellow gum, but somehow I missed them when taking the photos.

Happy spring from my old garden!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Plum Blossom

Both my plum trees have a blossom or two open today.



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sweet Pea Buds

Today the friend who gave me sweet pea seeds from her garden asked if I had any flowers yet, and I said there weren't even buds yet.
But I checked when I got home, and I was wrong! Actually there are lots of buds, but I don't think there will be any flowers before spring.