Tuesday, October 27, 2009

In the holidays.....

This is Louis
When I started quilting, Louis was one of the first to put his hand up for one. And then he happily browsed through books and magazines to find the one he wanted most (of course he changed his mind at least once a week after I started cutting and sewing).

In the holidays I finally finished his quilt (it's taken about a year) and he is very, very happy with it.
It's hard to see it, especially as Louis decided to photograph it himself (Emily took the bottom photograph) but I think you can get the general gist.
I have also finished the top to Julian's quilt which I will attempt to finish in the summer holidays. And, I started quilting Emily's quilt that she started 20 months ago. So - I did get a bit of crafting done in the holidays, not as much as I would have liked, but a bit ;-)


Friday, October 23, 2009


I love watching moments like this - father and son in the garden, harvesting potatoes, sharing knowledge, showing quiet enthusiasm.

If you look closely, you can see the potatoes on the sleeper. We had them with our roast and it they were lovely. I don't think there is anything quite as nice as a home grown product.
This is one of my favourite views in the garden. Where I am standing is where the washing line is so when I am hanging out washing, this is what I see. The green shadecloth is covering the sandpit and I have to admit, it looks much nicer without the shadecloth on but I couldn't be bothered hauling it off just for the photo. But, as you can imagine, it's a lovely spot to sit and watch the kids playing, under the shade of two big old almond trees.

This was David's last father's day present from Louis. We are in the habit of getting him a new garden ornament each birthday/christmas/or occasion. He has quite an eclectic mix of garden art, dotted around the place - it's quite fun trying to spot things in the garden.

Spring has sprung here in Adelaide and we are enjoying the most beautiful spring weather - and I'm delighting in how fresh everything looks - but I already miss the rain!


Friday, October 2, 2009

I can ripple!!!!!

Thanks to the amazingly talented Attic24 (and a slightly irritating headcold) I can proudly say that I know how to ripple. It's something that I've wanted to learn but kept thinking 'that's too hard'. Well, I can safely say, it's not too hard and it's immensely satisfying.
Things have been a bit busy lately, and I haven't done any crafting for ages and whilst it's holidays at the moment, I find I'm spending a lot of time with the kids. This morning though, the boys went out with their big cousin Lily and as I wasn't feeling too good, I figured I deserved a little time to sit quietly. So that's just what I did - and this is what I achieved out of scraps of wool I found in my stash. I'm itching to try her tutorial on hexagons now. Check out her blog - it's so bright and beautiful, it just makes you smile :)

Below is what I plan to start on the weekend. I'm thinking a log cabin quilt, or something similar. It will be lovely to get behind a sewing machine again - it's been far too long!

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