Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Polar Bear for March

Completed March block of the Zoo Animals BOM designed by Kristy @ Quiet Play.

I'm linking this post to Kristy's March link-up. Check it out here. There's only a couple of other bears there so far, but if you look at it later in the month there should be a whole tribe of them.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Making Eyes

The eyes are the fiddliest parts of the animals in the Quiet Play Zoo Animals blocks. This month's animal has two of them, as seen in this progress shot:
However, they are rather large eyes this time, so not too tricky. I got most of the block done today, but it is not quite finished. Maybe tomorrow.

I was a bit surprised to get an email this morning from someone I don't know, asking me to send them the pattern for January's flamingo block. That's a bit rude! Kristy (the designer) makes one pattern available free each month, and if you miss it you can buy the pattern from her online shop. They are only $3 each. So the requester did not get the pattern from me, just a link to the shop and a little piece of my mind to be going on with!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Testing Gravity

In the interests of scientific enquiry, I conducted an experiment on Thursday.

Here's part of the results, which appear to show that gravity still works:

Other very sore parts aren't suitable for publishing on a blog, but hopefully my right hand won't offend Blogger's new "anti-nudity" policy.

And just as a public service announcement, if you are walking around in a shopping centre, don't assume that there isn't a half-melted ice-cream on the floor in front of you. Because as I found out the painful way, half-melted ice-cream removes any traction your footwear might have, resulting in your feet flying out from under you. As long as gravity is still working...

Friday, February 27, 2015

Little Fairies

At the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show last year, I was quite taken with a featured new release, Lewisia cotyledon "Little Fairies". Recently they appeared in the local hardware store, but at over $10 each. That's a bit more than I'll spend on an experimental plant. I'd need to know it was going to grow and survive for that money.

But it wasn't long before they appeared on the mark-down table (as soon as the flowers faded), so I bought myself some at under half price. And today one of them started a new batch of flowers:

The colour selection is a lucky-dip. It will just be a nice surprise as each one develops new flowers.

Thursday, February 26, 2015


At the monthly CBD SCQuilters get-together I finished stitching together the Flower Ball quilt (Geta Grama design).
However this cloud fabric I bought at GJ's sale on the way into town was universally unpopular as a background for it. I need to pin it up and look at various options before I make any decisions. I need a new design wall!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Stitched the binding to the front of this piece:
I wasn't intending a single-fold binding, but I cut it the wrong width. Doesn't matter in this case, it isn't going to be used and abused. Soon I'll post a picture of the whole thing!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hello Possums!

Gorgeous gladdies from the garden: