Living in town I feel very lucky having a little piece of bush within easy walking distance of my home. In fact I get to walk along this track most days. With the sun shining and wattle in full bloom it looks quite spectaular.
I hope this inspires you to head out doors for a walk in the sunshine!
Oh wow, how appropriate is this! I just realised this is my 401st post and it's a giveaway. You have the chance to win two of my new patterns simply by posting a comment by 31 August and entering the draw. It can't get any easier than that!
If you find yourself making presents at the last minute then the little hearts will be just the right thing. Embellished with the whimsical santa, angel and tree buttons by Theodora Cleave they make a lovely quick gift.
Earlier this year I decided to make a Christmas quilt, one that was appropriate for celebrating Christmas in the middle of summer. Something light and fresh with just a little bit of my favourite colour!
Tuesday, Jan and I headed across to Bendigo to The White Wedding Dress - 200 Years of Wedding Fashions exhibition on at the Bendigo Art Gallery. The dresses are gorgeous and it was impossible to pick to a favourite. It's on until 6 November and definitely worth going to.
Then it was lunch with Barb in the sunshine ( I am only mentioning the sunshine part as it started raining early yesterday morning and hasn't stopped) followed be a little shopping. Barb suggested we head to Bath Lane 'as there are a couple of nice shops there' and she wasn't wrong!
The weather has been perfect for staying indoors, to do a little stitching......
and make a little bag for the mirror purchased for a gift at the Art Gallery.
There has been no progress, not even a single stitch, on anything in the last post. I am feeling a bit frustrated about it but every so often I have to give my hand, arm and shoulder a rest. So I will satisfy myself with projects finished by girls from the Red Treasures club. If I'm not sewing, the next best thing is to see the projects started in class finished by the next one. (I think this is one of the advantages of attending a club, there is more motivation to finish!)
The nice thing about the table runner, Strawberry Yo-Yos, is it can easily be adapted to fit your piece of furniture - as Marg did. It's at least twice as long!
Sue brought along a couple of her finished quilts to the Christmas workshop.
Sue uses this one as a table cloth. Somehow I missed taking a picture of the second one.
I hope this inspires you to have a finish! Even if it's as simple as sewing a button on.
A few weeks ago I decided to make another red and white quilt. A little one, of course, using some favourite old pieces combined with new.
Almost finished, it just needs to be hand quilted.
This pasion for red is not going to stop here. I'm now toying with the idea of decorating the lounge with a collection of red and white cushions.
Something simple to get me started. The hand quilting will make it that bit more special, but I can't help wishing I'd used the machine, it would be finished now. I'm not sure how many cushions I'll end up making, I guess I'll just know when enough is enough!
Another project started, this time a a baby's quilt. I spotted the elephant print at the show, loved how bright and cheery it was and decided it would be perfect for a baby girl.
Something else I must finish is the birthday quilt!
These days I have very little time for gardening, so any plant that can look after itself is a winner.
That's why I love these succulents. I've seen it called various things but 'Poor Man's Daphne' .....How rude! It grows in too smaller pots, undernourished, in the baking northern sun or shade (like these), and survives my intermittent watering regime in the middle of summer. Most times I only remember when I notice the leaves are starting to shrivel. O.K. so it doesn't have the heady scent of daphne but it does forgive my neglectfulness unlike my struggling daphne plants.