Thursday, April 23, 2009

Pinwheel Quilt

I had an extra day off today; the benefits of having a cold that just won't got away. I assembled the Pinwheel quilt, and I'm very pleased with it.

Sorry about the sunlight behind the quilt; it's been a beautiful day here, and by the look of it one of the last before the cold/wet weather sets it.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Pinwheels and Scrap Bags

I've had a little idea buzzing around in my head for the last few weeks, and finally got time this week to put together a few pinwheel blocks. It will only be a small quilt, and I'm sure you all know what that means!

I apparently missed the parcel delivery man this morning, and had to go up to the local post office, but I came home with fabric. I'd been eyeing off the Patisserie range, and decided on the Jelly Girl quilt, and Hancocks of Paducah just happened to have a kit for a very appealing price. A couple of weeks of waiting impatiently, and it finally arrived! Not sure when I'll actually get around to it, but it's here and waiting for whenever I'm ready.

With the kit I also bought one of the new Moda Scrap Bags; these are bags containing co-ordinating off-cuts from when they make the layer cakes etc. It's a bit pot-luck as to what you get, and I got an odd assortment. Mostly a funky, bright cherry patterned range (Oh Cherry, I think), with some of what looks like the new Glace range. No idea what to do with it...but I'm sure it will be useful for something.

My new scarf is coming along well...

And Bella's hiding spot for today? Inside the dishwasher of all places. She is a funny girl.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Super Saturday

I'm being my own version of a domestic diva today.

I've got 4OT in the machine, working through the outer blocks:

Quinces in a jelly bag, draining so I can make quince jelly tomorrow:

Vegie seedlings; broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, and seeds of broad beans, peas, carrots and snow peas to plant tomorrow:

I made Chicken and Lentil Korma with pulao for dinner:

And I've got apple pie in the oven for dessert:

Hope everyone else is having a fantastic, productive weekend!

Monday, April 13, 2009


I hope everyone had a great easter, no matter how you celebrated. For me, easter is a chance for my mum and I to get out of the city, and head back up to Beechworth for a few days. The only downside was coming down with a cropper of a headcold on Thursday, so I've snuffled and sneezed my way through the entire holiday. I'm sure I'll be back to full health just in time to go back to work...

It was interesting to see Beechworth for the first time since the February fires. While one of the fires was called the "Beechworth Fire", it didn't get into the actual town, but got within a couple of kilometers. The road into Beechworth was shocking to see; all the black trunks, and complete lack of any undergrowth. It was nice to see that many of the gum trees have already sprouted new growth, but the fire was so hot that many trees won't recover. I didn't stop to take photos (doesn't feel right), but there are a couple of blurry shots taken from the car. The lack of green makes it feel like you are driving through an old sepia coloured film...

A friend visiting from Canada joined us for a couple of days, so we make a visit to a couple of wineries...

And I did a bit of crafty shopping; there is a shop in Beechworth called The Ardent Alpaca, which has the most beautiful wool. I picked up some pure baby alpaca wool in a lovely lilac/mauve colour, which is destined for a scarf (the only thing I can actually knit).

But first I've got to finish the one I'm working on. Also alpaca, but with a bit of silk, and its a lovely two-toned wool.

Last, but certainly not least...I had my first visit with baby Noah last week, and he is a sweety! Such a relaxed bub.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Slow and Steady

It's been a week since my last post....but I have been busy, I promise! But first, thank you to everyone who left lovely comments regarding my graduation. It was a long process, and I'm glad it is finally official.

First, some good news. My lovely friend Christine had her baby on Friday, a little boy called Noah. I havent seen him yet, but I'm sure he is gorgeous. I'll be catching up with them once they are all settled at home, and delivering the sheep quilt.

I've been working away at 4OT; I've finished the 9 centre blocks, and have been doing most of the free-motion quilting on all the outer blocks. This is one of the completed centre blocks:

I've also been making a pile more bibs, and I had a go at a soft cube toy with a bell in the middle. I'm going to see baby Sophie in a little over a week, so this will make up a lovely parcel of goodies to take, along with the quilt I made a few months back.

And...I've been doing a bit of shopping! The weather is finally getting too cold/wet for sandals, so I've had to bite the bullet and buy myself some sneakers. I settled on a pair of converse...and also got myself a bit of a bargain. I found a shop selling Terence Conran bakeware at a fraction of the cost, and snagged a few pieces to tuck away for when I move out of home (hopefully at the end of the year).