Sunday, August 31, 2008

Scatterdays - Wet

The Scatterday challenge for August is 'Wet'. Here are my three photos.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

June Journal Quilt

The theme for June was Fire. This A4-sized quilt was made from the scraps from my quilt Flammable When Dry.
I did a much better job on the binding but realised, when I sat down to hide the threads, that I'd used the binding strips for another quilt. The ones I'd planned to use are a dark charcoal grey and might look better than these middle grey ones.

So, to unpick or not ... that is the question.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

February Journal Quilt

The technique for February's journal quilt was collage or layering with scraps. And I've done both in this little A4-sized quilt. The scraps came from Recess!!, a quilt that I entered into the Sydney Quilt Show in June.

Here's a closeup shot ...

... and another of my cheater binding. I thought that I'd remembered how to do it but, taking another look at the corners, I'd say I didn't.

The variegated thread looked a lot more purple and blue on the reel. But it turned out to have more pink than I expected.

P.S. Yes, I know that it's a bit past February ...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

My New Cufflinks

Just because I dress like a grownup doesn't mean that I have to be a grown up. I love weird cufflinks but they can be a bit tough to find. These are the latest additions to my small but ecclectic collection. Going clockwise from the top left, we have footballs (I'm pretending that they are rugby balls), cricket bat and ball, the TARDIS and Daleks from Dr Who.

These beatuies came from Benjamin Cufflinks and, in addition to the above, I also have their red lips cufflinks. But, just now, when I went to their site to confirm the link, I noticed that they have Budwiser can cufflinks and Cuban cigar cufflinks. Oooooooo!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A Bit of Gardening

I have done more gardening in the past 24 hours than I have in the past 24 years. But, when it's time, it's time. I decided that the collection of dead plants in tacky plastic pots really was a look that needed to be updated a bit.

These are new additions to my chlorophyll menagerie -- lavender is one of my favourites, along with leafy green ferns.

The ceramic echidna has been guarding has been guarding my poor garden for years and is now keeping an eye on the brand new gardenia, in honour of my paternal grandmother and my namesake.

The other flowers have a proper flower name but I refer to as my Jason flowers. They have spent the past two years (at least) in tacky plastic pots, completely ignored by me. But every time it rained or one of my horticulturally overachieving neighbours took pity on them, they let me know that they were still fighting the good fight. Like Jason from the Friday the 13th movies, they just won't die. And that kind of determination should be rewarded.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Lunch at Chowder Bay

Lunch yesterday was at Ripples at Chowder Bay. The weather was a bit cold and rainy but with good food, good wine and good company, we didn't mind at all.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

SCQobber Swap Blocks

I am taking part in a block swap with some fellow SCQuilters who were all sitting at the same table one night at the last Retreat in Perth. We each were to make cobblestone blocks in black and white, one set starting with black and one set starting with white.

I've figured out that I need 48 blocks for a new quilt for my bed. So I've made 4 sets of ten blocks and have posted them off for swapping. I only have to make 8 more blocks to have enough for my new quilt.