Saturday, February 14, 2009

Some Wonky Stars for the Victoian Bushfires

If you are looking as I was follow this link,...

In my last post I mentioned that I was looking for a project to assist with... this is what I have found. Camp Follower Bags and Quilts has started a project. So I ducked out to get some backing material and here is the result.

These will be in the post on Monday morning for the Alice...

There is a great tutorial for this found here ....

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Victorian Fires

The appalling lost of life, property and habitats from the tragic Victorian fires have left me rather numb! I expect that I am not alone with these feelings and as such been trying to find within some sense of this. I had been thinking about how to post about this and if I really should. As there is an abundance of images online of the tragedy which has ended so many lives early will continue to cause upheaval and distress to countless others.

The conclusion was it can do no harm and maybe it will touch someone ~ that is all that is required and possibly help me to process this tragic event.

Whilst I am not aware of anyone close to myself or immediate family and circle of friends that have lost loved ones or their worldly possessions. I do and can understand this loss from personal family experience.. There is something about other disaster events that do not in my estimation come close however the result is the same.

Cyclone Tracy - My parents lost all there possessions and a 10 day old house, I was with my Grandparents in Canberra and answered the phone a couple of times (which was rather strange as we didn't have one at home) only to have the caller hang up as I was not making much sense to them. Finally ~ Grandfather beat me to the phone ~ it was news that they were desperate for that my parents and youngest brother were alive and without any injuries.

The reality check is that we lost our loved pets and our belongings and although there were tremendous danger and we knew a people who lost a child - we were lucky and life continued, we even went back a few years after.

There is the untold damage which is not measurable, that is our emotions. This I think had a large effect on our Christmas's and possibly still affects my Father. I was discussing the fires with him and his comments to me were obvious that events of this nature will have a profound and long term effect on those people who are directly effected.

I am also keeping my ear to the ground to see if there is another more practical project that I can assist with, I will put a post about it here when I find it.

In the meantime my heart goes out to all affected and you are in my prayers.


Saturday, February 7, 2009

Nareda's Coin Quilt - Ready to sew

Not withstanding the fact that Melbourne had the hottest day (CBD was 46.4º C - and much hotter in the burbs where I live easily add a degree or two) since they began recording and keeping records. NOW fellow bloggers and readers ~ this could just be a normal spike in the weather pattern and not the end of the world... alas that is a story and yarn for other places and experts.

Bright and colourful of cause ~ masses of Liberty fabric... 26 different fabrics... hmmm might see about some more from the stash...
ALL of that aside I have managed to plan and draw the quilt in Illustrator to same size then cut out all the Coins and White backgrounds. There are even some nice scraps for the Hexagon Quilt that is now going to get bigger...

I have reserved 73 inches of the white for the rails and boarder. You can also see the pattern, which I have recorded the details of how much is required to make the top. To date there are 90 coloured pieces cut and 86 white pieces cut... in all I need 86/85 respectively. So there are a few extras.

In the supper sized world we live in this is for a single bed - but should have a finished size of 75x72 inches...


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Nareda's Coin Quilt

Well here is the beginning, fabric is purchased and have selected a pattern that I will make. I am amazed that a pile of fabric like this will turn into something that is a wonder to wrap yourself in!!

This is a collection of Fat 16ths selected with Nareda on a mission to Amitie just before the Australia day weekend ~ they are arranged as a fan (ok kinda) the white is the background is more a clotted cream than pure white, the other large pink flowers will be the backing. Really don't know how I am going to be able to contain myself and do a plain binding as I have been asked!! gasp!!

Yes there is a fair amount of Liberty in the stash!
Another-coin-quilt is the insperation and design idea that I will attempt. Not particularly hard as a project. But different to all the others that I have done ~ except that there is no such thing as too many colours!

Thank you Nettie for permission to use your photo

If we don't have a 43º weekend I may even start this weekend.


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Is this about Quilting or Caravaning?

It seams to be a good question, well actually I like to think it is about many things that I enjoy to do! It is summer after all and the height of Holidays and any excuse to get away from the city.

I promise that the next post will be some sewing projects ~ after all Hexigons are now on the 1oth row!! One more and I will put aside to make another by machine.

Walking home with supplies, the General store is a real gem we found some fantastic local olive oil...
These are some pics of our last weekend away ~ Australia Day weekend... what is does it mean to me to have a national day to celebrate our nation. Well it doesn't get much simpler than to head away and spend some time in the van with Leigh...

Both vans from a distance...
This year was a treat!! We were visited by a dear friend, one of the few who I have has known me since my very early teens. That is more time ago than I care to remember.!

We headed up to Taggerty together with Leigh and his family... Didn't do much except to relax and generally have fun in the outdoors.

We saw the Australia day Parade in Marysville on the way home ~ would like to say we planned it but alas it was really just chance. What a tremendous sense of community spirit they have...