March 23, 2017

Allietare - off to be quilted

I always like putting the last stitch in a quilt top.
It certainly is satisfying to spread it out on the floor and take that photograph.

And now it is safely in the hands of the wonderful Desley who will turn my frayed nerves into a beautiful quilt for my DS#1 and DDIL an appropriate gift for their new home (once it is built!)

Now I really should finish their Wedding Quilt!

March 13, 2017

Valuable Lesson learnt . . .

Part of the Long Weekend clean up was to check the Hive.

It is necessary see what "the Girls" are  up to now and then...

Good to see they are filling up the Flow Hive

The Summer blossoms have been late this year and now the Brood boxes are over full.

The Girls are rather put out that someone is poking around and ...
that someone also made the mistake of using hairspray this morning.  
Being angry and also attracted to the smell of the hairspray they managed to get inside my veil and

I got stung!
OUCH is a bit of an understatement.

I've heard that some folk use Bee Venom for cosmetic purposes but I don't recommend doing it this way.
This one was in my eyelid.

I look and feel like I have been in a fight add to that the damage to my car it has been quite the weekend.

Even more Frayed . . .

It is the Labour Day Long Weekend - a time for families to get together and enjoy the beautiful weather Melbourne has put on for our MOOMBA Festival.

It is also the ideal time to get those overdue jobs done around the house - or in our case around our Daughter's house.

Time to tame this - yes that IS our SIL's car under the mess !

And while we were working out just how to do that we heard a stomach churning crunch....

OUCH! - 

Now "My Girl" may not look to "flash" to some, she is after all approaching her 20th birthday and has a few issues - like no working air-conditioning, but we have been on many adventures together and she still has a strong heart and I will be so sad to see her retired when the time comes. 
(Station Wagons are hard to come by.)

But you know the old saying "Yeah but you should have seen the other guy...."

THIS is "the other Guy" and THIS is what hurt... He asked me not to go through my insurance company because his excess was $1500. 

Making matters worse, his was a new car with rear reversing sensors and a reversing camera and he STILL hit me!

As I pointed out to the driver's employer - Yes, this is my car and I am disappointed and inconvenienced - but it could have been a child!

I saw his face blanch when he realised it could have been HIS child!
Warning lights and sirens are there for a reason people! - don't ignore them!!

* * * * *
As far as his insurance excess is concerned that is not my problem but keeping good neighbour relations between our DD and her neighbours - that IS my concern. So, I will be getting a quote for repairs and giving them the option of paying the bill or gong through the Insurance company.

In the meantime - I have to remember to wind the window down before getting out of the car - to give me more room to squeeze out my door! 

March 11, 2017

A bit Frayed at the edges

Sometimes my Allietare Quilt is a welcome distraction and other times it just reminds me of exactly how I feel at the moment -

- A little frayed at the edges but getting there!

There are so many pieces in this quilt I can't help but notice how it mirrors my wall-planer.
Each family member has a highlighter colour and each item/appointment/event is coloured to remind me of what is going on so I don't forget anything.

Eventually everything will turn out right, eventually all appointments will be kept and eventually this pile of frayed fabric will become a Quilt that will keep one or two of them warm.

A symbol of love and care.

When I looked at this quilt I realised that no matter how many of these loose threads I try and tidy there will be some that will continue to unravel.

You decide to keep going
throw it over the table -

Crawl under there to see what the cat was up to and get to see something wonderful.

Stained Glass Allietare!
Truly "To delight - To Gladden"

March 7, 2017

Cake Decorating Workshop

I had the opportunity last Saturday to participate in a Workshop with the talented Helen Dissell from Sugarart Creations

I like attending hands-on Workshops as opposed to Demonstrations, as I have been known to 'nod off' during the odd, non too engaging descriptions of how to roll the perfect icing.

Workshops challenge me to do things I haven't done before - in this case make my own flower paste.
An interesting experience that I don't think I will repeat in a hurry - but is good to have in the event I can't get my 'perfect for me' pre-made version.

Saturday's flower was interesting and one I had not heard of before.  It is always a good thing when you can add another feature flower to your repertoire.

The Black Bat Flower in real life is a very large bloom - but for our workshop we made one in a little easier to manage size.  I am actually looking forward to seeing if I can up-scale this beauty to near life size and sit it atop a tiered cake with it's 'whiskers' flowing down the sides.

Maybe it will be just the thing to use up all that flower paste I had to make!

February 25, 2017

A sad state of affairs ...

So what do Lincraft and Bunnings have in common?

They do not stock Tatting Shuttles!

You can however get them at 
Crochet Australia
Punch with Judy
Thimble Select
Morris and Sons

and I dare say THEY would know what one was!

I kid you not - I asked the young assistant at Lincraft today if they stocked Tatting Shuttles 
- she didn't know (not surprising) but rang 'upstairs'.
The reply was and I quote
"Sorry no - try Bunnings"

I could not help but remark "I am sorry, but that person is an idiot!"

*For my overseas readers - 

Bunnings is a chain of Hardware Stores - Got some great products and a pretty good Garden department, but nothing much for Quilters!

February 24, 2017

Just a little side-track

I just LOVE Moroccan spices and when I got a newsletter from Jinny Beyer advising that her 2017 BOM is going to be called Moroccan Mystery - I just HAD to revisit my self imposed "Don't do anything new this year" ban and change it to "You can do it if you can shop from your stash".

First thing to do was to see what colourway I wanted - Moroccan Mystery just cried out for the Warm colours of the spices I love so much.

I was rather pleased to be able to "almost" get all the fabric from my stash - I only had to buy one fabric and that is because I didn't have enough of it and I only needed a meter. [We will talk about the border fabric later ;) ]

So here we are - Clue one
or rather Technique One
"Sewing a straight line"


Information on Jinny Beyer Moroccan Mystery BOM can be found at Jinny's Blog (click the link)