Friday, April 3, 2020

Joining Strips

Yesterday I got to the end of the pile of scrap rectangles I had cut for the broken herringbone quilt. I ended up with six arrow strips, each of 38 rectangles. Here are two of the strips, ready for sewing together:
Here are the same two strips, sewn together down to the orange and yellow tiger stripe:
The arrow strips were created using partial seams, so joining them involves lots of short seams completing those partial seams. If you are interested there is a video tutorial here: Sew Broken Herringbone Patchwork. I haven't found any written instructions, so I had to re-watch parts of that video as I got to each step.

The previous photo is where I got up to yesterday. Today I finished joining these two:
Hooray! Four more of those to get the whole thing joined together. It is not quick, but once you get the hang of it it isn't difficult either.

Meanwhile I am still making an x-plus block a day, and now there are twelve:

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Foaming Trees

Seen today while taking a long walk in the rain:

A bit of searching once I got home lead to the information that eucalyptus bark and leaves contain saponins, which foam when wet. They don't ooze out of the tree, but wash off the the leaves and bark  when it rains. The saponins are wetting agents, that help water to soak into the soil at the base of the tree.

When I saw the foaming trees I was amazed. But now I am more amazed that I don't remember ever seeing this phenomenon before.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020


Visiting may be outlawed at the moment, but this is essential. These five ladies came today to stay with us for a while:
Their owners are moving house and needed a temporary place for them in the interim. The chook ladies quickly made themselves at home in the orchard.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020


Last year my pink Japanese windflower didn't flower, but this year it is:
And there are heaps of buds to come:
Hooray! I hope the white one flowers as well. It would be nice to see them both at once.

Back in January Jo did a post about her broken herringbone table runner. I was quite fascinated by how it went together, and wanted to give it a try. Since then I have cut a bunch of rectangles out of fabrics in my scrap basket. Today after making my daily x-plus block, I set about starting to sew those rectangles together:

You might notice these are not all seamed. At the moment they are columns of arrow shapes pointing up; the downward v-shapes are not joined yet. When the columns are long enough they will be sewn together to make a flat surface which will become a donation quilt.

Because all those fabrics are out of my scrap basket, they don't count as stash use. But here's how the stash is going at the end of March:

No spools emptied, none added.
Year to date - no change.

Dress fabric:
None used, 1.25m added.
Year to date - up 1.25m.

Quilt fabric:
1.3m used, none added
Year to date - down 4.3m.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Bees in Dahlias

The garden was buzzing with activity today. The "Bonnie Fire" dahlias are very attractive to bees:
Sometimes more than one bee per flower:
The salvias are also attracting bees, and eastern spinebills. I haven't managed to get a good photo of the spinebills yet.

My X-Plus quilt blocks are helping to mark the passing of the days:
Eight done now. This should be enough for half a donation quilt, perhaps with a border around them. I'll decide on the border in another eight days.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Now Six

Six of the X-Plus blocks now:
Making one a day helps keep track of the time passing. Sorry it is a bit blurry - it was taken in low light with my phone, and I didn't realise how bad it was until I got it on my computer.

This afternoon on a lovely walk with the dogs, I photographed our state floral emblem:
Common heath, Epacris impressa. The pink form is our state emblem; this one is quite a pale pink, so I'm not sure if that counts. There are all shades from white to hot pink blooming near it though, just not as easily photographed. They bloom from late autumn to spring, so there should be lots of flowers ahead.

Friday, March 27, 2020

New Friends

Meet my new best friends:

Hearing aids! They are sitting in their charger, where they spend the night. I've had them since Tuesday, and since then I haven't had to ask anyone to repeat themselves once. Hooray! Too bad I can't test them out in meetings at the moment, but one day hopefully I will attend a meeting and hear everything that happens.