Park walk

I haven’t been down to the Park for a walk for a long time – who knows why? – but ventured down last Sunday.

It dawned a clear but chilly morning – not that I was up with the dawn, but it was still very chilly when I set out. The bright blue sky and brilliant sunshine promised a mild, sunny day. And so it was.

My first sight at the park was the steam coming off the creek which looked so pretty with the sun shining through it

Since my last walk here the council workers have been busy putting up lots more benches around the track

and more picnic tables too have been dotted around the track

so now there’s lots of places to stop and enjoy the views – not that I did, of course!

There was even some fog in the shadier spots

and while it was warmer in the sun, the dells and heavily tree-lined areas were very cool. Glad I was moving quickly!

As I rounded the creek, I saw these – not sure what they are….. something to do with bulrushes?

I’d forgotten how steep the climb home was and as I puffed and pushed my way up and up the hills to home a certain someone, who had left after me, galloped ahead waving cheekily! Just because The Golfer is fitter than me doesn’t mean he has to show off like that!!

Meredithe x

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Class show and tell

Just small classes at Sewn and Quilted, with a few people away so……

Carole stitched up more blocks

and I prepped lots for her!

Fernanda had the next round on her “Strafford Manor

and I chose another couple of borders for her

while she stitched a new project – Fern has been bitten by the “Daisy Days” bug and had made these blocks

so she cut some background pieces and then I helped her with some border choices

I also helped Cheryl choose the next rounds for her Diamond TAW

and borders for her I Spy quilt which she cut ready to stitch

Jane blanket stitched a green elephant

and Louise stitched her borders on – just that little bit of applique to do.

Meredithe x

This class is held at Sewn and Quilted, Blackburn

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Class show and tell

Well, here we are again Melbourne/Victoria – Day 1 of V4 Lockdown. Hopefully (fingers crossed) it will only be for the 7 days mandated. It was very quiet on the streets and roads when I went for my masked walk this morning. Of course I was halfway down the street when I realised I didn’t have a mask on! Quick turn around to home and I was back on track. One good thing about masks is they keep your face warm on chilly mornings!

Anyway, onto nice things. We’re nearly caught up! Back to Nuno Nuno and……

Sue M had all her applique blocks together and the first border on

and in class she started on blocks for the next border that we’re designing together

Faye had also been busy making these hexie blocks

and as she’s decided to applique them to a background, Trudy helped her choose these fabrics

and I showed her how to set the blocks up and start the applique

Georgia too had been stitching lots, making all of these curved Dresden’s from the border pieces and left overs from her other quilt

and she was working on more in class

and Ronis joined us for the first time, working on these diamond box blocks – they look 3D don’t they?!

Let’s try to support local businesses during this time, and keep your sanity with your stitching. I’ve discovered “Ally McBeal” (on 7+) which I’ve not seen before, so that’s me sorted, with “Daisy Days”, for the duration!

Stay safe and well. Much love

Meredithe x

This class is held at Nuno Nuno, Mont Albert

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A little bit of stitching

How’s my sewing going? Thank you so much for asking! I’ve had a couple of days stitching with friends over the last few weeks and my mojo seems to be back on track.

“Daisy Days” is coming along nicely. I’d made lots of blocks

and worked out I needed 19 more so cut all of them out, plus the backgrounds, then once the daises were made matched up backgrounds with daisies

and last Sunday at 4.44pm I finished the last block. Then I needed to set them into 4’s and cut all the sashings and cornerstones……….

I have also made a bag for a friend; using pre-cut scraps from my boxes I made the front

chose a Kaffe (‘cos this friend loves the odd Kaffe!) for the backing

and chose a light lining. And she loves it!

I also stitched up a little sampler for my hand quilting classes showing different threads, different weights, different types

But what’s really captured my attention (and has had to go on the back burner after a flying start – sad face) is the Zarafa fabric from Christopher Wilson Tate. On the way home after buying it a quilt design just popped into my head and I was very keen to start. It had to wait until some of the things above were made, but I have stitched a bit of it.

I’ve made a hexie ring to go around the main print

and made some hexie flowers too.

Sometimes one gets the urge to do something, but a no-think something is a great time to make hexies…….

so there’s a little tin-full waiting until “Daisy Days” is finished

Now that’s incentive!

Meredithe x

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Class show and tell

Morning

Sue E stitched up the last two circles

Tineke hand quilted stars into her sky to secure her wall hanging

Carole worked on more “Fossick” blocks

we welcomed Michelle to class and I showed her a quick way to make machine Flying Geese

Leanne has started the new Quiltmania BOM

Linda was busy prepping and stitching hexie flowers

Sue S prepped and stitched her centre for “Tea and Cake

Denise stitched more of her hexies

and she and Leanne picked up parcels

What could they be? They’re the first month for the “Ronda Dechardo” BOM – my quilt! And so nice they’re looking too!! All that luscious Liberty and linen. So exciting!

Afternoon

Tineke, Linda and Sue S stayed all day; Tineke finished the applique/quilting on both the front and back of her “Sweet Liberty Applique Purse

Linda nearly finished another hexie flower (hope she turned that last hexie before it went in!)

and Sue S started on a new quilt “French Market Medallion” (available, I think, in Judy Newman’s first book)

Fernanda, The Queen of Bags, brought along this great bag she made at home

and in class she started sewing her blocks into a border

Cheryl was quite taken by some new fabrics in the shop so had to get them for her quilt

Louise got her quilt top together…….now for the borders

Jane had a refresher on blanket stitch for her elephants

and Frances stitched more “June Dyson

Meredithe x

This class is held at Sewn and Quilted, Blackburn

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Class show and tell

Phew! How are you going? Keeping up?? At this rate there will be a post a day until the end of the month!

At the quilt shop for the second class……

Paula has been a busy girl, starting to put setting triangles between log cabin blocks

and making up her squares sections for her bold pink version of “Erica’s Quilt

Sue M has finished her applique on “In Full Bloom“, and we had a discussion on how to make the quilt bigger to fit her Queen Size bed.

Sue T started sewing her squares together after we chose a setting triangle fabric

Peggy chose border, binding and backing fabrics for her quilt

Ann-Marie wasn’t enjoying machine quilting so she’s chosen to hand quilt (yay!)

and Pearl was swiftly machining lots of different things, but I caught this quilt before it was bundled up and put away. Just the last seam to do!

Meredithe x

This class is held at the quilt shop, Eltham

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Friday stitching

On a Friday (some time ago!), stitching was at mine. It’s been a while, but I prepared afternoon tea for my guests

and along with numerous cuppas, we had a lovely afternoon of chatting, stitching, eating and drinking.

On the sewing front……

Helen was appliqueing more blocks of her “Message in a Bottle

Lynnie was working on Secret Women’s Business (to be revealed in coming months)

Kaye was stitching sashiko blocks – she’s not sure what she’ll be doing with them, just enjoying the process

Maree was putting the borders on her “Daisy Days” blocks

while I was still making mine!

Meredithe x

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Class show and tell

Morning

Jo sewed more borders on her “Hedgerow” quilt

Denise was happily hexagon-ing

and Sue E played with hexagons and circles

Afternoon

Tineke had finished her Christmas wall hanging, but I thought the sky needed a little more quilting just to hold it in the place

and in class she started on a “Sweet Liberty Applique Purse

Cathie had another quilt back from quilting

and she was appliqueing circles

Frances cut more squares for “June Dyson

Louise put together more rows of her quilt

Cheryl cut more diamonds for her Diamond TAW

Jane started the elephant applique on another baby quilt

and Fernanda was appliqueing

Meredithe x

This class is held at Sewn and Quilted, Blackburn

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Autumn flora

Also while I’m walking I’ve been seeing what’s flowering in Autumn

I think this is a Pincushion Hakea

not sure what sort of berries these are, but pretty colour

Lovely fuchsia with really long petals I thought

and this callistemon (?) with red tips

In our own garden, we have six spikes on the orchids – very excited!

the lemon tree has gone nuts and there’s no sign of possum attack this year – thankfully. Note to self – make more lemon curd!

there are three flowers left on the hydrangeas – think that’s a total of 9 for the whole season! Another note to self – don’t prune hydrangeas too hard this year! And remember to feed them.

The camellias are blooming

as is this – I think it’s called a cigar plant?

there are still a few roses around….white

red…..

and pink

Maree gave me some sweet pea seeds which I planted (a week after they were supposed to go in!) and I had despaired of anything coming up. Imagine my delight when slowly, every so slowly, these plantlets raised themselves up

There are about 6 now and I’ll have to replant them under the climbing frame very soon.

Meredithe x

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Class show and tell

At the quilt shop……

Frances had finished her Diamond TAW quilt top – stunning!

and in class worked on her “June Dyson Coverlet” – we decided on a different blue fabric for the squares

Val had the borders on her “Mrs Billings Coverlet” (did you guess correctly about the border?) and we looked at which fabric for the next border

and in class she had enormous fun with her Double Wedding Ring as she successfully made a block (gotta love a template!)

Denise worked on her hexie quilt

and enjoyed a little retail therapy

I gave Jenny a lesson in circles

Jennifer worked on the next border for her “Mrs Billings Coverlet

and Ann worked on appliqueing her block to a background

Meredithe x

This class is held at the quilt shop, Eltham

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