Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Geelong Botanic Gardens

I had a reason go to Geelong today, so added in a visit to the botanic gardens because the Friends' Nursery is open on Wednesday mornings.

Perennial borders looking fantastic:

Also came across their wonderful ginkgo:
This tree is on the National Trust's Register of Significant Trees.

We enjoyed morning tea in the gardens. A few plants from the nursery came home, as well as a few more from the Wombat Gully nursery.

The main reason for my trip to Geelong will have to wait for another blog post once I have tidied up my sewing room a bit.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Slow Growing

Two months ago I was happy to see a little shoot appear above the soil in this pot, and now I am happy to report that it is still alive and growing:
It is Zanzibar gem (Zamioculcas zamiifolia), an allegedly indestructible house plant.  Although at this rate it may be some time before the shoot develops into a leaf and actually looks like a plant.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Bloom Three and Four

I got a bit carried away and did two blocks today:
Which means now that I have the first row made, I really need to make a decision about what I am going to so for the sashing:

Linked to Cheryll's Bloomers Party, where you can catch up with the other people participating in the Bloom Sew-Along.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Quilt Finish

Amanda Herring's Friendship Quilt, which I made as part of a quilt-along last year:
The top was assembled in September, and I had the quilting finished by late October. Then I'm not sure what happened, but I didn't get the binding machined on until early January, and it has taken until today for me to finish the hand-sewing. But now it is done!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019


Today's job:
I'm going to a new sewing group tomorrow, so this will give me some hand work to do.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The View From There

One day last week the slab was poured for the new house being built across the road from us. The next day, wall frames were delivered. Yesterday morning as I was going next-door to photograph my quilt, I noticed that the walls of the new house were starting to go up:
I hadn't really noticed before, but since they cleared so many trees, we can now see the roof of the house behind theirs, in the next street over.

A lot more of the frame was erected during the day. Last night after they had finished working, we went over to see just how much of our house will be visible to the new neighbours.

This is the view through a window of what appears to be an en-suite at the front of their house:
They can really only see the roof of our house.

Standing at their front door, and zooming-in:
They can't see our front door. So even though we will be able to see their house, we don't need to feel like we are being overlooked by the neighbours.

We have also planted a few more things along that side of our garden, to grow up and help screen the view.

Monday, February 11, 2019

143,191 Quilting Stitches

As of ten o'clock this morning,

the quilting is finished:
For the photo I took the quilt next door to hang on the neighbour's clothesline, because hers can be raised higher than mine is. This quilt would drag in the dirt under mine.

A look at the back so you can see how I quilted the blocks and borders:

I've decided to bind it with blue.

I will add a link to Bonnie Hunter's final "Good Fortune" link-up when it becomes available.  Here it is!