18 April 2015

Citrus in autumn

We're having comfortable, cool nights now that autumn has arrived. That's telling my citrus trees that it's time to start ripening the fruit. As I prowl around my garden each day, I can see the colour changing, ever so subtly.

First the blood oranges lose their greenness and become tinged with yellow.

Not to be left out, the mandarin also changes. Soon the juicy citrus fruit of winter will be ready to be savoured.

14 April 2015

Textiles Tuesday

Here it is again: my monthly collection of links for you to explore. Enjoy!

* The Real Deal on Tartan, Kilts, and Outlander Costumes - a fascinating article by Brenna Barks, an expert on Scottish dress and 18th-century fashion, about the accuracy (or not) of the costumes created for the Outlander TV series.

* Lisa Walton has just released the second eBook in her Creative Journeys series: Beading on Fabric. It's available for purchase from Amazon.

* Here's another take on quilt pricing, this time by Jennifer Moore.I think the more discussion we have about this issue, the better educated we all become about how much our quilt making actually costs.

* Do you want to design your own fabric? Spoonflower has made its popular and very informative Basics class available online. You can download the class kit with an instructor’s guide and student handouts. Use the materials to teach yourself or a group.

* Do you like sewing hexagons? You may like to follow this hexagon blog hop

* Here's another thoughtful post by Abby Glassenberg, this time about a publisher's right to sell individual patterns from books they publish.

* See photos of the finalists in the AQC Challenge 2015: True Blue

* Art Quilt Australia 2015: call for entries. Details here.

* For your diaries: 3 July - 22 November 2015, War Quilts Exhibition curated by Annette Gero, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, NSW.

07 April 2015

Lucy Boston continues

I wrote a few weeks ago about the templates I bought for the Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses quilt. Here's progress!

I've hand-pieced four blocks and decided I would join them as I go, instead of waiting to make all the blocks. This way, I can see whether my fabric choices please me, instead of leaving it until the end.

I'm so excited about the way the patterns are playing together and the pops of blue. Now to cut some more fabrics...

05 April 2015

My book of the month: April

I need to tell you straight away that this thriller is not for the squeamish. Without giving a spoiler, I can't give you the reason but please be aware some readers may be revolted by the exposed crimes.

However, the reason I was engrossed by the story is that I didn't see where it was going until near the end. That's always the sign of a great plot, I think. I thought I knew what the crime would be, since it was set in a care home, but I was wrong.

You can read more about The Exit by Helen Fitzgerald on Goodreads.

03 April 2015

One more sleep

Finally, the AFL season has started and it's one more sleep for us until we go to our first game this year. I know anticipation is half the fun of any event but I'm ready to scream and applaud again - hooray!

To celebrate, I  created this small piece of digital fun. Go Swans!

01 April 2015

Hello April

The days and nights are cooler, the leaves are starting to turn, and the footy season starts. What's not to like?

Such a lovely month in Sydney. We can sleep comfortably because the temperatures have dropped and, as I write this, it is raining. Proper rain that will wash the dust from the trees and roads and replenish the water stocks beneath the earth in my garden; none of those 'light showers' that do nothing except dampen the roads. It's wonderful. April, I am so glad you are here!

18 March 2015

Lucy Boston quilt

If you do an internet search on "Lucy Boston" you will find thousands of hits about her novels, most famously the Green Knowe series. You will also discover many links to her patchwork quilts. made famous through her daughter-in-law's book, The Patchworks of Lucy Boston

I've long admired Lucy's Patchwork of the Crosses quilt and finally succumbed on the weekend, when I purchased templates. I opted for the two-inch size (rather than the smaller one-inch set) because I wanted larger pieces to hand-piece. No EPP for me!

I'll be using a variety of black and white prints plus solid turquoise. Here's my first block, which was a breeze to piece. (The background in this photo is a rug - not the fabric I'll be using in the quilt.) This is the perfect sewing project - cut a block in the morning and sew it in the evening. Brilliant.