Saturday, January 21, 2023

Not a New Project?

 I know I said I wasn't starting anything, but...

My quilt group will be having a display of miniature quilts at a hotel in Ballarat in April. Quilts have to be 40cm square. I don't have anything that size, so need to get sewing!

I hope I am not being too ambitious, but this is my starting point:

Design 3734.6 in Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. I printed it from Blockbase, and have had it pinned up on my noticeboard since 27th November, if you can read the small print on the next photo:
Yesterday I went to a sit and sew day and made the first two stars, just as a test. I think it will work, although I'm not looking at the diamond circle border just yet...
A few more diamond stars prepped. I need to decide on a background soon.

Sunday, January 15, 2023

The Garden in January

We've had a few hot days, with a few more to come, but fortunately today is quite nice. Here's what is flowering at the moment.

Christmas lilies, which were only small buds at Christmas, are now open:


Kangaroo paws, and in the background some roses and if you look hard, some gladioli:


 Leptospermum "Rudolf" didn't get here by Christmas this time:

Lots of buds on this Melaleuca, but only one flower head opening so far:

Yellow buttons, Chrysocephalum apiculatum:

Buddleia with bonus common brown butterfly:
Red hot pokers:
Lots of gladdies, although they tend to fall over in the heat:
Echinacea with bonus common brown butterfly:
Sunflowers looking sunny:

Philadelphus, or mock orange:

In the back yard, one lot of hebes have finished so need pruning, and the next lot are flowering but looking a bit parched. They should be fine after a drink:
Hanging basket of pansies:
And last of all, the sweet peas are lasting well. I'm sure they would normally be finished by now:
That's it for the garden in January, although I know I missed photographing a few things.

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Scraps of This and That

Grab button for SoScrappy

 I'm doing the Rainbow Scrap Challenge again this year, in a very low-key way.

I've made 2 of Ivani's Hearts blocks this month.

Last year I made 6 of each colour, but when I assembled the quilt top I only used 4 of each. So 2 new and 2 left-over hearts will give me enough for another quilt the same size this year.

I'm adding the sashing as I go this time.

Linked to the SoScrappy link-up here.

A bit of quilting practice:

I'm going to make a cover for my machine out of this happy fabric.

The greenhouse is now fully assembled:

That photo was about a week ago - now it is full of plants and has shadecloth over the top.

And just because, here is a superb fairywren having a splash in one of our birdbaths:

Then flying out of the water:
To dry off in the sun:
So cute! (And blue, for the January RSC colour).

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Hello 2023

I'm starting this year slowly. 

We had some hot weather in the last week of December. Early one morning I went out to water some young plants before the heat. Something bit my leg. I didn't notice at the time, but when I did I assumed it was a mosquito bite. However over the course of a day or so it became quite red, swollen and sore. Eventually I went to a doctor who prescribed antibiotics. I have now finished the course and the swelling and pain and most of the redness is gone, but there is still a pink patch about 5cm across which is itchy when something touches it. And my digestive system is very unhappy due to the antibiotics. I hope the new year starts looking up soon!

During December I started sorting out the mess in my sewing room which, like the rest of life, has been out of control over the last couple of years. I have made some progress but there is still a way to go.

At the beginning of 2020, I did a post about my unfinished projects.  My plan was to get some of them done that year. Ha ha! The only one I even touched was the last one on the list, that year's Quiltville mystery, Frolic. It became two quilts, the larger one finished in January 2021, and a smaller one made of the left-overs, finished in March 2021

Since then I have started several new projects, which I won't list here. Let's just say I have a lot to be going on with. In fact, in the course of cleaning up my sewing room I found 2 projects that weren't even in the document that I keep as a record of my progress. So my list of UFOs is longer than I thought it was.

The daylilies are looking good, though!

And the greenhouse is taking shape:

I'm not making any predictions about what I will or will not achieve this year.  No plans. With everything that life has thrown at me since the beginning of 2020, I think I will just take this year one day at a time.

Happy 2023, everyone.

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Christmas Tree

 My Christmas tree was purchased in either 1982 or 1983. Here's the label on its box:

How old are those children now, I wonder?

The tree cost $14.25 from either Woolworths or Big W - can anyone remember which used this logo?

The cost averages out to 36 cents a year, which seems like pretty good value. It probably has a few years left in it, although a couple of leafy bits have broken off.

This is my first Christmas as an orphan, my siblings both live interstate, and my son has other plans. I'll catch up with him in the next week. I haven't been feeling very Christmassy, but I have put up the tree again to try to get in the mood:

That photo was taken with the flash so the lights don't show very well. Here they are without the flash:

To all my blog readers who celebrate Christmas, I wish you a joyful celebration with your loved ones. And to everyone, best wishes for a happy, safe and peaceful 2023.

Friday, December 23, 2022

Growing Things


The hippeastrum flowers have opened in time for Christmas. They are a little ragged around the edges - I think a slug or snail had a nibble on the bud before I brought the pot inside to protect it. 

Meanwhile outside this is happening:

Remember all the boxes on the back of the ute earlier this month? Yesterday a cement mixer delivered the concrete for the footings all those bits will be assembled on, and now the assembly has begun.

Friday, December 16, 2022

The Garden in December

Summer has arrived, and so has my replacement computer! Since I bought it late last month, it has travelled around the country. It came pretty close to here a week ago, but somehow kept on going, all the way to Adelaide. Then it had to go back to Melbourne and try again. But it is finally here, and so much better than the temporary one I have been using. 

It is nice to be able to see the colours in my photos again, just in time for my round-up of what is in flower this first month of summer.

Hebe covered in flowers:

A lamium in one of my hanging baskets:

I've put this in a couple of the baskets this year. They are flowering OK but not looking like "hanging" yet. I also have pansies in several baskets, and didn't get a decent photo of them this time. 

Citrus (either lemon or orange):

The lamb's ears are going mad:

Also visible a daylily and some Jerusalem sage. The green shrub in the background is a buddlia that has buds but no flowers yet.

How about this rose?

It is the champion at the moment.

Some flowers in my "garden bed" bed: 



Yellow buttons, Chrysocephalum apiculatum:


Hippeastrum getting closer:

Will it open for Christmas?


The hydrangeas are in self-watering pots, rather than in the ground. 

Cistus looking like it needs an iron:


Bonus butterfly, an Australian Painted Lady:



You will notice the photos get a bit darker now. I took the ones above in the morning, and the rest in the afternoon, by which time some clouds had arrived.

Echium reaching for the sky:

Maybe it's an abutilon, maybe it's a callianthe, I can't keep up with plants being moved into new classifications:







Sage (can't find its name right at the moment):

Yellow trumpets:

And I think that will do. I missed the sweetpeas, all the pelargoniums, nepeta, tulbaghia, and probably more. 

Congratulations if you made it to the end!