Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Actually finishing a quilt

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I’ve had a clearish day today, and I used it to (shock horror!) get a quilt ready for binding!  This is my Chunky Churn Dash from Bonnie and we have a quilt show coming up and out of all the quilts I’ve finished this year, this is the one that I’ll be putting in our quilt show next weekend.

I plan to use my good camera to take lots of lovely photos, but I’ve just discovered that it’s not working very well (long story very short, I faceplanted while on holidays and was very proud of myself that I didn’t crack the lens, but what I did manage to do was ensure grit got into the workings of it and now my $600 camera is being a toad).  So cross your fingers that it decides to be friendly or else you may have some bad photos from my camera!

Hope your day is going well, I’ll see you soon!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

A flimsy to show you

I’m not sure if you have seen this quilt before – I’m sorting out photos and I can’t remember!  Is that old age catching up with me?

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It was from a Barbara Brackman blog – another one of those ‘make a block a week’ sites that I followed for a few weeks and then gave up.  I’m determined not to start another one  Remind me, if I forgot?

Made but a teeny dent in my fabric box. 

Hope you’re all having a lovely day.  It’s hot as hot here – good strawberry ripening weather.  It’s meant to rain tomorrow, can’t see that happening but we live in hope!

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Some more show action

Before I went away, we slipped over to the next town’s annual show.  I showed you a picture of two, but I’ve found a whole heap more that I thought I’d share.

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Apparently they do wood chopping championships here!  I did not know that.

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These fellows were very, very good at not falling off from their little perch.

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Once again, I was thrilled to see the many, many varieties of chickens on show.

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This guy = have you ever seen such a smooshy chicken face?

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He’s obviously some sort of fancy schmancy rooster given the hoity toity look he was throwing me. 

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This guy was gorgeous.  We lost our silky bantam rooster this year – he was failing but I did think he was a very sweet guy.  I keep thinking I should get another one, but I haven’t yet. 

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My girls dubbed this one Albert.  As in Einstein.

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Suits him, I think.

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Our region has a very large Orchid community and they always put on an excellent show.

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Ooops.  Not an orchid.  But fairly impressive, nonetheless.  Can you imagine using this one as a cushion?  Oh goodness.

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Rows and rows of orchids.  They were all very pretty but I’m never going to try growing them.  I haven’t the time or the green thumb.

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Bonsai however, that would be something I’d love to get involved in.  I’ve always loved the bonsai look. 

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My skill level here is worse than orchid growing, so perhaps it’ll be just another pipe dream.

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Told you there were many orchids.

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Jams.  Chutneys.  Sauces.  One day I’ll enter something.  I can actually DO chutney.  Jam, not so much.

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And one final orchid photo to show you.  I’ve more show posts to share, but don’t want to overload you.

I have a child free house today, and after two weeks of school holidays I’m not really sure what to do with it.  I should be doing housework.  The girls had taken over my sewing room to do their craft and before I even try to sew I’m going to have to clean it up.

So I should get started, I think. 

Bye for now!

Friday, 13 October 2017

Eye Spy Quilt

Ready for some quilt photos on this, an actual quilt blog?  I have a finish to show you.

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Right smack dab in the middle of school holidays, and I’ve not had much time for extended sewing.  I did manage to put the final stitches in this Eye Spy quilt I’d been working on.

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It was based on some quilt somewhere I saw on the internet.  They didn’t do it as an Eye Spy, but I had a big bag of them and I thought they would work well for it.

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Yes and no.  The pattern is lovely as a scrap one, but it’s really not a good way of showing those Eye Spy fabrics.

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So all in all a very nice quilt.  Will I make that pattern again?  I don’t know.  It’s got a lot of those ‘stitch half a seam, sew the other seams, go back and stitch the rest of the half seam’ in it and they did take some thinking about. 

In other news – back into the grind on Tuesday when the girls go back to school.  It’s my big girl’s final year at Primary School and to say I’m not happy is an understatement! (I’m joking – kinda – it’s such a bittersweet feeling watching my little babies turn into big girls).

But it is what it is, I guess. 

Hope you’re having a lovely, quilty day.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Laugh kookaburra laugh

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We’ve been away a few days on holidays.  I’ve a million photos to show you but I thought I would share with you a photo of my little friend who entertained us while we were at our holiday unit.

I think he (she?) was almost tame – at least tame enough to know that visitors drop food, and we would see him (her?) most days.  He sat long enough for me to take a few blurry photos, but each morning he would tap on the window of our front door and wake us up.  I don’t think he was tapping deliberately to wake us up, rather he was collecting bugs from the corners but it was lovely to open the curtain and see him there.

Kookaburras are everywhere in Australia but you tend to hear them, rather than see them.  So it’s always a lovely thing when you see one happy enough to let you get close to photograph him, when you actually have a camera in your hand!

Monday, 9 October 2017

some panoramic shots to show you

Try as I might, I can’t seem to manage the Panoramic shot on my new Iphone.

Twelve year old daughter doesn’t seem to have that problem.

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I wish I could take photos like this.  She has an excellent eye.

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The bottom two are from our recent holiday to the Grampians.  I’ll show you more another day. 

She’s clever, me thinks.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Show time

October long weekend means it’s town show time.

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Do you have a show in your town?  There’s something so comforting in a town coming together for an event like this.

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Here in Australia, or at least in my part of Australia, the town oval functions for everything.  Currently it’s being used for both the horse show-jumping and the dog trials.  Football is over, cricket hasn’t begun.  It’s the perfect venue.

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And of course there are rows upon rows of entrants in the various ‘best of’ events.

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I have never seen a judging of the cake section before but it’s exactly what you would think – lots of ladies first judging the ‘cut’ of the cake, then judging the taste.  Just like they were on Great British Bake Off. 

In such a crappy, hostile world ‘out there’, it’s deeply comforting to turn up to a day like this, know that there are people whose day may well have been made because they have been awarded ‘best egg’ or ‘best honey cake’. 

At least I think so.