Saturday, March 26, 2011

Parkerville Quilt Show

I visited the Hills Folk Craft Group Show today which is sponsored by and held at the Parkerville Baptist Church in Parkerville, Western Australia. And a very lovely couple of hours it was too.

First up is a little demonstration of machine threadwork with different fabrics and fibres...

Amazing trupunto applique and quilting...

Teeny tiny pieced log cabins - I have a medium sized hand to give you an idea on size...

And dozens and dozens of amazing, interesting, charming, sweet quilts...

Other crafts included mosaic tiling and papercrafts...

and beautiful old-fashioned embroideries...
I didn't take photos of the card-making, oil painting or scrap booking. I'm all about textiles! There may have been a little retail therapy as well as a good cup of coffee and running in to a few quilty girlfriends! What a perfect way to spend a beautiful spring morning...

Tea Pot

Not much news so thought I'd show you a little treasure I keep on my chest of drawers. I picked this little teapot up in Boston when I was last there in 2000. It is a thin ceramic/porcelein/china? and meant to only be ornamental (I think - never tried to put water in it). I fell in love with the shape of it and the amazing glaze - I really did think it was a wood-carved sculpture at first... the quilt is one I received in the "Teeny Tiny Squares" swap.

I'm off to a local church this morning for a craft show. They usually have a fantastic display of quilts. I will keep a close eye on my camera so I can get some good photos for you!

PS My apologies if I've blogged about this teapot before... life's like that for me at the moment.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

New Fence

Here is a quick shot of my new fence on the left. The back fence is still holding but when it goes we will use the same fencing. Now we no longer have to shower in the dark. Even with frosted glass, we are a little shy - lol. There's a lot to be said for privacy.

Off to the dentist for my annual check up. Hope you have a great day!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

No Fence to Sit On

So Christmas Day night we had a wind storm and part of our side fence blew down. Fortunately we have lovely neighbours and it's not been a huge problem, only a teeny lack of privacy now and again. After much wrangling with insurance companies, we have received the payments and have organised a contractor and our new fence goes in tomorrow (I'm skeptical that the guy will actually show up the first time, but we will see). To save money, the contractor suggested that we take out the rest of the fence and cart it away. It was relatively easy for us to do that so that was our big job yesterday (so once again no sewing and it was National Quilt Day!) The old fence was corrugated cement sheeting that we had painted.

Here are the intrepid men going off to the tip. My Mr Fixit on the left and a friend of the neighbour's on the right (his truck). With our local government, we are able to dispose of this without a fee (part of the service we pay for in our rates.)

We are replacing the fence with something like this. Cream Colorbond with green frame. This is a metal fence and the colour is bonded on so no painting ever!

Church today. Then this afternoon we are wandering down to the local primary school for their school fete (fair). I ran one of those in 1998! What a job that was, but a lot of fun. It's nice to be on the receiving end of these things occasionally. Hope you have a lovely day!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

March 19, 2011: Happy National Quilting Day!!

Celebrate our wonderful quilting heritage today by taking some time to sew!

You can read about the history of the National Quilting Day here.
The above quilt is a free download from their website.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Weekend Away

Part One: Busselton WA

This is the historic jetty which has been restored. It is more than 1.8km long. They have a train that will take you to the end of the jetty and back. At the end of the jetty is an amazing underwater observatory. We visited a few years ago so did not go down on this short trip. We did walk to the end of the jetty and back though. Wonderful as long as you don't mind dodging the fisherpeople (women were well represented). You can read more about the jetty and the underwater observatory here.

Another thing we did was walk along the beach between our caravan park and the jetty. About 5.2km. My DH got so far ahead of me because I had to stop for seashells (of course).

Along the way we passed this abandoned sandcastle, not yet swept away by the sea.

Part Two: Bunbury WA
The Bunbury Patchwork Group hosted their annual International Quilt Challenge quilts along with their annual group show and another challenge involving Kaffe Fasset fabrics. Sadly many of my photos did not turn out as I had a setting wrong on the camera. Anyway, a little taste. The quilt above and the ones below are all part of the Kaffe Fasset challenge which was organised by The Blue Box in Busselton.

This quilt was from the International Quilt Challenge. The theme was "Movies" and the challenge fabric was the pink and black of the babushka dolls. This was the only photo of these interesting quilts that came out! Ugh!
These photos are from the quilts for the Bunbury Patchwork Group. A few close-ups turned out.
This quilt was one of three that were found at the local op shop in the 'dog blanket' box. This one totally fascinated me. The fabrics are all over the place with all sorts of man-made fibres. It starts with the central star and fans out. Each 'tie-shaped' piece is turned under and hand appliqued down. There is a rough pattern to it with the placement of the fabrics. There is a thin wadding and a backing. It's just so scrappy and free-form. Maybe a baby blanket originally? No one knows.
Hope you have mini-vacations on your weekends - at least occasionally!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Not So Subtle Hint

Do you find notes like this on your kitchen bench?

My beautiful #3 daughter is turning 18 on Tuesday.

She may just get what she wants.

Happy Birthday H!!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Life's Like That Sometimes...

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
He is my shield and the horn of my salvation,
my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2)

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