Saturday, September 29, 2012


I do feel for Andrew's maths teacher. Apparently Andrew has been writing his name in Japanese on his maths assignment. Michael the maths teacher said he knows that the assignment is from Andrew because it's written in Japanese!

100 per cent

Andrew got full marks for his maths assignment on permutations and combinations. So proud of him!


Well it's 5am on Saturday and I've just started sewing the binding on Elena's quilt. I fly to the US on Tuesday. Before then I'll have to sew the binding down, sew on the label and sew buttons on each petal oh and pack.

Such a nice feeling to have finished work for three weeks.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Andrew's picture

My 14-year-old Andrew has drawn the most wonderful picture. Each little squiggle is a word.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Elena's quilt

I got the two birthday quilts back from the quilter yesterday. Just in time because I fly out to the US on Tuesday. While I was waiting, I got the label, the binding and the buttons ready. And tried not to panic! Each petal around the quilt will be sewn down with a button. Thank goodness we have a long weekend here starting Friday.

Cursive E

I asked the quilter to quilt big cursive, swirly letter 'E's all over. Love this one because it's bang in the middle of one of the white blocks.

Elena's quilt

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Today's progress

Got up early this morning and finished the quilt top for the new baby, Hannah. I'm going to see my friend and her new baby tomorrow, so I'll have something to show her now!

Flower close up

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


My husband was out last night so I quilted. I looked at the time and realised it was 10.30.

So now I have all the blocks done and I've decided on the sashing. The colours don't show up so beautifully in this photo - it was an overcast morning.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Baby quilt

Flowers for Hannah

Hannah's quilt

My friend Danielle has just had a new baby girl, Hannah. I started a quilt for her yesterday. I never know what to make for a baby quilt.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Eco camp

Andrew was away on camp all last week. The kids took gardening tools and gloves and worked hard. They were helping to bring a very over-used farm back to being a sustainable piece of bush.

It was so denuded of greenery and in such a bad state that even the wildlife had left - no birds.

One of the jobs was to make seed balls. Andrew and his classmates made a huge slurry of grass seeds compost and mud. Then they rolled it into balls. The balls are scattered across the property It protects the seeds from just being eaten by birds. Then, when it rains, the seeds germinate with the help of their capsule of dirt and compost.


There's a craft morning at my kids' school every week. These are two of the things the mums have made - they featured in this week's school newsletter.

The make lots of things including nativity scenes for the spring fair.

Really i should take some time off work learn to felt. Aren't they gorgeous!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

New couch

We've been out weekend after weekend tracking down a new couch. We've both agreed on one - we'll be getting it in a dark gray blue. 10 weeks to go now and counting...

Love that the back and side supports cantilever up and down.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012


I wonder if this shadow box piece in the library is about the witch scene in MacBeth?

Love this piece in the school library. It brings to mind ochre and Indigenous art.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


This Indian-style painting is behind the front desk.

Origami and books

Art on the library shelf

Shoe on a shelf

We're at the kids' school waiting for parent teacher interviews. The library is full of gorgeous artwork.

Art at the school

Sunday, September 9, 2012


Here's how the quilt is looking so far. I've collected orange and turquoise fabrics for a little over a year and its a great feeling to have decided on a block and to have made a start. And the technique I'm using (see my other posts) is so pain free that it's a pleasure to do.

What I hate is when the blocks aren't quite accurate enough and you need to unpick and redo! These ones are right first time.



Here's how I'm doing the half square triangles for my new quilt. Just rule a line corner to corner and sew quarter of an inch from the line on each side and cut. Ya dah you have two perfect pieces for your block.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Going to the US

I'm flying to the US in October. I'll be visiting a gorgeous dear friend in Boston first, and then heading to New York for a few days.

I've been looking at things to do in New York. So excited that there's a Kandinsky exhibition at the Guggenheim. I just love his work - I've been saving his paintings in my shopping cart on for a year now - and I'll get to see them for real.

It's one of those online shopping carts where you know you're never going to buy them, but it's good to dream...


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Source: via Liz on Pinterest


Wildflower by Georgie_grrl
Wildflower, a photo by Georgie_grrl on Flickr.

How absolutely gorgeous is this. It reminds me of the flannel flower, my mum's favourite flower.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

New quilt

I've been working on this quilt all year in between other projects.

I finally made myself an improv design wall last night and put up the pieces.

I stood back and I don't think I like it! I love the chevron block and I love the fabric. But put together it just makes a mess.

The fabric is one collection of fabric - so with the same lime greens, purples and all. It's in a crazy medley of stripes, roses, spots and paisleys. Hmm worth a bit more thought.


Chevron quilt

Chevron close up

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Turquoise and orange mosaic

Love this colour combination. My promise to myself is to start my orange and turquoise quilt this weekend.

Turquoise and Orange

Turquoise and Orange by moline
Turquoise and Orange, a photo by moline on Flickr.

The next quilt I make will be turquoise and orange. I'm thinking of having it mainly orange, with some turquoise propellors dotted throughout. (This is because I've found it hard to find exactly the right shade of turquoise that I want - so fussy.) Amazing, I found one of the best turquoise fabrics in Alice Springs at a shop specialising in indigenous prints.


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