Saturday, January 21, 2017

Surprise Table

This morning I was presented with this lovely thing:

I was given the rusty base last February. That linked post shows the rust removal process. Since then the parts have been in the garage, but I had no idea that in fact they had been painted and reassembled. And had this beautiful red ironbark top made!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Tiny Trees

The TreeProject seedlings have been very slow to germinate this year. Each day I look for some sign of growth, and today I found a couple.

Out of five boxes (240 potential trees) there is now one slender-leaf mallee, Eucalyptus leptophylla, growing:
Just one. But I hope that there will soon be many more! Perhaps the thunderstorm overnight will have triggered mass germination?

Two boxes of moonah, Melaleuca lanceolata, have also begun to germinate:
These teeny-tiny plants look almost exactly the same as the callistemons that started appearing 10 days ago. Not surprising, as they are closely related.

So now there are three species growing (being optimistic about those eucalypts), and three which have not germinated at all yet. The ones I'm waiting on are two species of acacia and one of hakea.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Trois En Provence

I have not been alone on my journey with this year's mystery quilt. Hundreds, or maybe thousands, of quilters around the world have been working on it, but most importantly two friends from my Melbourne CBD group did too. Today we met up, and got to see our three versions of the mystery in person.

Jenni made hers the same size I did:
She just has a section of the outer border to go.

Jeanette made hers larger, and made a couple of alterations to the pattern:
In the background of these two photos you can see some of the lovely fabrics that Morris and Sons now have added to the shop. Very tempting!

And here's all three beautiful quilts together:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Roses From the Heart

My sister alerted me to an exhibition at MADE (Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka) of bonnets made to commemorate the 25,566 women convicts brought to Australia between 1788 and 1853.

Each bonnet is embroidered with the name of a convict woman, the ship she arrived on and the date. Some were made by descendants of the particular convict, and others by interested people such as my sister and one of my nieces.

The number of bonnets on display meant we would have been very lucky to find the particular ones they made:
But it is a very moving display.

It is only on for a few more days, so I'm very glad I didn't miss it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

More Quilting

Finished quilting the magenta stars, and started doing continuous curves in the neutral border:
Back view:
The backing is a soft, pure cotton sheet I purchased on sale a couple of days ago. I haven't used a sheet as backing before, but I'm happy with how this one is working out.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Mystery Progress

I discovered a new use for my cutting table today. I needed to press two long seams on my mystery quilt, and doing it on the ironing board was driving me nuts. I'd get one bit pressed, then move the whole quilt to get the next section lined up on the board, which caused creases in previously-pressed sections. So I took the cutting mats off the table, spread the quilt out there, and ironed it there! I wasn't using steam, which might have been a different story, but no damage to the top of the table was apparent. It became a much easier process!

Once the pressing was done, it was time for some pins:
Quilt basted in sections. Don't worry about those wrinkles in the foreground, that wasn't the part I was pinning.

Once the whole thing was basted, I threaded up my Sweet16, and did some of this:
Flower-like shapes quilted over the magenta stars, using two different curved rulers, one for each of the different sized "petals". About half of these magenta stars now have been quilted.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Pond Plants

The pond now has a few more plants:
They are sitting on racks suspended in the pond to provide appropriate levels of submersion.

And here's that waterlily flower, open in the sun: