Monday, October 25, 2010

Latest postcard

I have leave this week so am hoping to catch up on a few things. I have made a postcard today for 'discs' - finally came up with an idea.

I used sequins to embellish it (they don't show too well).
In the next day or so I have some jugs and echidnas to catalog and photograph, and also need to do a bit of gardening. Then on the weekend I am off to Yankalilla for a Fleurieu Quilters retreat.

A few days in the Flinders

Have just spent 4 great days in the Flinders Ranges. Stayed at Rawnsley Park and went to Bunyeroo Gorge, Aroona Valley, Wilpena Pound, Blinman, Parachilna and the Moralana Track. Had picture perfect weather so snapped away. It's many years since we were last there, but the good rains this year meant there was water flowing in most of the creeks, and I'd never seen it so green. Plenty of wildflowers (though the only Sturt Desert Pea we saw was in a vase at the Ancorichina store) and lots of emus, including many young chicks. Here are a few photos...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

On our doorstep

I have enjoyed following Michele Hill's recent travels, and seeing the photographs on her blog. Last week I had 4 busy and enjoyable days in Melbourne with my daughter. We caught the European Masters exhibition just before it closed, and saw the Titanic Exhibition. Decided against joining the long queue for the Tim Burton exhibition on it's last day and went for a wander around St Kilda. Also saw the musical Hairspray. It was brilliant, funny and colourful.

Thought I would post a few photos taken on our doorstep so to speak. This looks like something we would snap overseas - it's the Exhibition Building.

And this one could actually have been seen in Whitby, UK once. It is Captain Cook's cottage in Fitzroy Gardens, which was removed to Australia in the 1930's. Here I have taken the back view with the lovely herb garden. The cottage is very well presented - complete with patchwork quilts on the beds (though they have seen better days)

One of the older buildings on Flinders Street (a theatre? must check it up) with part of a protest march in the foreground.

Part of the Victorian Gallery and advertising for the European Masters exhibition. It was good to see water in the fountains once again

A shop front in St Kilda

On my last evening we had fish and chips in the Docklands. As we walked around, the sun was setting behind the West Gate Bridge which this week commemorated the terrible accident and collapse during it's construction 40 years ago.

It's childs play

Here is the most recent quilted postcard that I've made - subject was 'it's child's play'. I should have put it up a few weeks ago but the time has zipped by. I drew the background in a child-like style (not far removed from my normal capability!) and made some tomboy stitch using 2 threads. The tomboy reel is a little piece of leather.

Next subject is 'discs', but I'm short on ideas for this one so far. Hopefully the deadline will provoke something.
Now I am working on a quilt using a whole lot of pre cut small sample pieces I was given a few years ago - trying to make something out of them.

There are hundreds of little pieces, so quite a challenge. Not sure how big it will end up. That will be determined by the number of pieces or my patience - whichever runs out first!

I have been taking some photos so here are a few interesting but un-related ones...

An old cottage in Willunga

One of my Double Delight roses - first for the new season

A moth taken on a window. When magnified, the seemingly soft, smooth and delicate pattern actually looks like a heavily tufted carpet.