Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Time Flies

It is hard to believe that the first month of the year is nearly over. School starts again this week after the long summer break and I will have to remember to slow down at all the school crossings.

Today my house smells like a 'pickle factory'. This morning I picked the remainder of the beetroot and pickled them. I've also made some rhubarb chutney.

We spent some time this morning weeding the vegie garden, it's hard to find what is left in there as the pumpkins and weeds have taken over. While wandering around the garden I picked the first of the cucumbers & zucchini , we're doing much better with them this year. Last year the cucumbers in particular were a real flop.

Also picked a couple of kilos of plums, not sure yet whether to just stew them or make them into jam.

I'm finding it very difficult to get motivated and into the sewing mood, I did make these 2 blocks as the first installment of BOM that I signed up for. I'd like to make it in country/autumn colours.

I'm also trying to make it from my stash, even after two years the stash doesn't seem to have diminished. Honestly, I didn't have a very big one to start with and most of the fabric I've bought lately has been for backings.

Sunday, 20 January 2008

Rain, Glorious Rain!

We have been enjoying some lovely rain, the garden and our water tanks really needed it. The weather has also been a bit cooler and I've managed to get some sewing done.

My January Journal quilt is finished, the theme was 'Seasons' and the techniques were Embellishment, Machine Embroidery, Free Motion Emb, Bobbin Thread, Metallic Thread, Buttons, Charms etc. I had planned to make a quilt using the 4 seasons but when I started pulling out the fabrics I found the bunch of artificial flowers and the rest is history. I did do a little free motion stitching and used metallic thread and beads.

Friday, 11 January 2008

Four Seasons Quilt Finished!

My Four Seasons winter quilt is finished. I would really love to be somewhere cool, cold even. It is so hot and windy here today. It's true to say that I am not a summer person!

I had planned to take a series photos of this wall hanging as I worked on it, but you know the saying "the best laid plans of mice & men...."

Instead of making a traditional label, I red worked the sign and then wrote all all the relevant info. Hope my swap recipient likes what I've done. It will be in the mail next week unless I go into town before then.

Saturday, 5 January 2008

Foggy Morning

Just a couple of pictures taken early one morning from the patio looking over the roses and vegetable garden and down to the valley.

It can be quite eerie at times watching the fog creep up the valley.

Sometimes we can't even see the hills on the far side, it is just a sea of white.

Four Seasons - Winter

Even though it has been very hot here, 30-40C off and on since Christmas I've been working away at my Four Seasons quilt. The design was taken from an old Piecemakers calendar, instead of applique I decided to do red work.

I have the strips cut out to do the borders and then I'll have to think about quilting.......any suggestions?