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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Class show and tell


I helped Leanne cut her borders and layout her yo-yo’s for Carousel (she’s doing a smaller size than the pattern)

Jo had had enough of cutting, so we set up some blocks for her to stitchSue E has finished her cutting and was eager to set up blocks too; choices, choices, choices for both of them!Carylin is diligently working her way through this pile of hexagonsDenise laid out for a Carousel block tooBeth was working on her next blockas was Caroleand Sue W, after sewing all morning, just has the last border to put onto her quilt and we chose this Tula Pink for her backing.Afternoon

Frances has her “Sweethearts” quilt top finishedand together we chose these fabrics for a quilt for her niecewhich Frances cut into trianglesHelen was working on more blocks for her quiltLinda started putting on the bottom border of her clam shellsWe worked on the corners for Fernanda’s quilt, and she started joining the rows togetherTineke has all the blocks appliqued, and she started sewing on the corner trianglesand Jane has two rows of her Double Wedding Ring together and has been inspired to keep going with the piecing.Meredithe x

This class is held at Sewn and Quilted

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Eliott Stitchers

The Eliott’s have started meeting again for 2017, but I’ve missed showing you two lots of our days!

We met at Amanda’s first with Sushi, fruit and yummy cakesand the sweet little penguin was embroidered by a great-aunt of Amanda’s.

On the sewing front, there was a bag displayor twoGJ was making hexiesAmanda was stitching starsCarolyn was making blocks for “Emma MaryHeather was onto another bag, this time hexies in blacks and greysand I did some more MSGThen last time we met at GJ’s; home made cakes, home grown tomatoes, sweet Libery serviettes……..and look what this girl can do with pelargoniums and parsley!

GJ has been busy making these knitting bags for friendsand this is the beautiful box she taught at the Sunday School for the quilt shop.and, never one to resist a hexie, GJ has started on the BOM from there too.Heather was making this very sweet needle case from an old doileyCarolyn had stars before her eyes!and I was ploughing on with MSG.Meredithe x

PS – Craftsy are having another sale this weekend – perfect for a long weekend here in Australia – with all classes under USD20.00!  Click here to take advantage, and have a great weekend, Peeps! x

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Weekend sewing

Before the weekend actually gets here, I’d better update you on last weekend!  (yep, falling behind in my blogging duties again!)


On Friday we ventured out to Miss Helen’s for the afternoon; a casual, help yourself lunchwith fruit for aftersKaren is putting together her large hexagonsI was putting borders on “Saigon”Maree had quite a bit of her bag togetherand Helen was working on her beautiful embroideryHelen has also been crocheting this gorgeous bassinet blanket


Squealers met at Karen’s on Saturday, with plenty of afternoon brought along to shareThere was lots of different show and tell too; books a finished quilt topand a rope pot holder made by a sailor from South AustraliaKaren has made these tiny Dresden Plate blocksand was appliqueing these flowers for her “Message in a Bottle” quiltHelen finished another embroidery block, this one her own designMiss S finished off two of her hexagonsand now there’s this many!Cathie is knitting this blanketMiss E has started a hat for her husband – hopefully to be finished before Winter descendsMaree had finished sewing up her hexies, and it was sandwiched and quilting begunI was working on MSG, but can’t find the photo!  Never mind.  Helen and I came as the Bobbsy Twins!

We had some little visitors too; Miss 7 made a mattress for her younger brother’s teddy bearthen decked it out with a sheet and pillow caseand Miss 11 wanted to join in the fun, so she cut out some squares to sew togetherMore sewing adventures/catchups tomorrow!

Meredithe x

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More class show and tell

Back at my weekly job at Sewn and Quilted……..


Carole has gone a little suffolk puff crazy!09-dscn5833and nearly has another block finished11-dscn5841Marilyn now has two blocks completed and she’s working on sections of others10-dscn5834During the week Jo made up the little stars for her “Farmer’s Daughter” quilt08-dscn5832but that’s gone on the back burner now as she’s joining the others making “Carousel” and cutting lots of blades14-dscn5844Denise brought in an oldie but a goodie for some advice07-dscn5830and she is cutting these gorgeous fabrics for “Carousel”12-dscn5842 and Sue E too was cutting, cutting, cutting13-dscn5843Afternoon

Carilyn stayed all day making hexagons sets23-dscn5854all to be joined into this border15-dscn5845Lyn stayed all day too, diligently blanket stitching her blocks (we think she’s just over a quarter of the way there)22-dscn5853Helen has finished off two blocks16-dscn5847and all these hexies for her quilt18-dscn5849Jane is valiantly stitching her Double Wedding Ring21-dscn5852Linda is making good progress with her Clam Shell quilt20-dscn5851Theresa finished her first ever hand pieced block!  (Look at those corners!!)19-dscn5850and Fernanda laid out her blocks and we filled in the “blanks” – but you’ll have to wait to see that!17-dscn5848Meredithe x

This class is held at Sewn and Quilted

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