Secular Sunday 

I wasn’t feeling the greatest on Sunday;  I think the hot weather has been getting to us all.  It’s been weeks of hot and dry and now it’s hot and humid!  Where’s Autumn??

Anyway, I went back to bed to sleep off my headache, but still didn’t feel like doing much in the afternoon, so it was the perfect time to have a gentle read catching up on some magazinesand opening a couple of parcels that had arrived in the mail on Friday.  From Treehouse Textiles fabric cluband the Material Obsession fabric club and all of that made me feel much better!

Meredithe x

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Saturday stitching

It was my turn to host the Stitch Sisters on SaturdayI baked my Pumpkin and Orange cake (this time adding about a cup of shredded coconut too), and had it sitting on the cake stand that Ma Kettle gave me for Christmas.  I even remembered to take a pic!  Not a brilliant one I’ll grant you, but you can see it’s plain but elegant.Maree has finished quilting her hexies for the bagKaren was sporting a new sewing basketand is back to stitching her “Daisy Days” blocksMiss V is blanket stitching the edge of a snuggly for her new grandsonHelen is turning theseand theseinto this Rhonda had some fabric to show usand is joining blocks and I was working on my appliqueMeredithe x

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Class show and tell

Morning

Sue W has her Kaffe inspired quilt top finished – it’s Big!and with that given over to be quilted Sue started on a new venture, a BOM called “Bird Walk“, and after lots of cutting and a little piecing…….and by class end Sue had two units made and prep work done for moreBeth has 6 “Carousel” blocks now

Carole brought in some lemon and pecan biscuits for us – I got in just in time to take a pic before they disappeared!and Carole cut the first of her joining shapes and sewed three blocks to itSue E and I auditioned centresand Denise almost has one block complete

Afternoon

Theresa has another “Farmer’s Wife” block madeand I pushed her to tackle one of the basket blocksFrances had rows ready and we cut side triangles to square the sides of the top upand Nova joined us for the first time to learn big stitch hand quilting and what an apt pupil she turned out to be!Meredithe x

This class is held at Sewn and Quilted.

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Tuesday sewing

The Allsorts met at the quilt shop on Tuesday.  GJ brought along home made banana bread to shareand she had lots of show and tell too…………MSG bitsanother cute baga little ruler box from The Crafty Squirrel GJ used the big tables at the shop to pin up this snuggly blanket (think she enough to safety pins??!!)and GJ has the first of her hexie BOM ready for appliqueing to the backgroundAnne is cutting up shirts to make hexie blocksand hand quilting this beautyToni is making hexies too – her first foray into quilting.  As GJ said, this is our kind of chip and dip!Heather was working on her triangle quiltKim is hand piecing hexies Rochelle joined us and she’s making hexies too, incorporating doileys into hersand I started appliqueing the border of “Saigon”Meredithe x

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Visiting David Hockney

Last week The Golfer and I hopped the train into the city, stopping first at Roozervelts for one of their famous burgers with the lotthen down to the NGV for the David Hockney exhibition.  I knew very little of this artist, and The Golfer nothing but we both really enjoyed it (I was a tad afeared The Golfer would not like it at all, but he was as intrigued as I).  It was a very viewer friendly showing of David Hockney’s more current works; he’s recently discovered a drawing/painting app and there were interactive iPads, iPhones and HUGE computer panels some of which showed paintings being “painted”.  It was fascinating seeing how a blank canvas became a work of art; just when you thought it was done, more highlights and tiny details were added.  David Hockney’s use of colour was amazing and what most interested me; depths of green, bright hues, touches of yellow or black or white to highlight or contrast.  A passionate artist, David paints every day, and seemingly anything – just a sample of the diversity of subject matter.And a couple of my favouritesAfter walking around twice, we headed out into Autumn sunshine crossing the Yarra River to the stationand heading home again, my head filled with colour and form and images.

Meredithe x

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Potty applique

As I’ve already told you, I’ve signed up for Irene’s new BOM, “Potty McDotty“.  Would you believe, despite our current challenge, Miss Anne has challenged me to a “duel” with this BOM!!  (She’s not half competitive, that girl!)  Given that Anne is currently moving home, I decided I’d better get ahead while I can.  So, the first block is laid outas is the second blockand with everything on my birdie tray, I should be right to get appliqueing.  (I chose to join the two pot fabrics together, cut the template for the pot as one unit with the line drawn between the base the the pot top to line up with my seam line, then cut it out as one piece.)Like to join in with Anne and me on this BOM?  Just click here.  I know Irene would be delighted to send you the first installment (it’s a pattern only BOM so you can choose your own fabrics).

Meredithe x

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Here and Now | March 2017

It’s supposed to be Autumn, but we’re have a prolonged stretch of over 30 degree days; thankfully the nights are cool.  Still no signs of Autumn on the leaves on the trees, although my poor Claret Ash is once again shedding leaves without turning them their burnished claret colour first.  I do wonder how much longer we will be able to keep it.  Yes, I’ve kept the water up to it this year and have even fed it with a liquid fertilizer (the pack said how much for “stressed large trees” which I figure it is); fingers crossed.

Joining in with Sarah at Say Little Hen for this March addition of Here and Now

Loving // the yellow tulips given to me by Cousin S when we met for a coffee the other day
Eating //  trying to stay on the straight and narrow!
Drinking //  too hot for anything other than mineral water
Feeling //  so satisfied with some gardening chores achieved over the long weekend
Making //  inroads on the last bit of “Saigon” having finally decided on the border
Thinking //  of all the things that need doing over the next few months – lists are required, me thinks!
Dreaming //  of much cooler Autumn days

What are you up to?  Join in with Sarah and others here (and see some great pics too!)

Meredithe x

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