A walk in the rain

Today is Australia Day and we have a holiday, so I went for a walk in lightly misting rain. It’s lovely to feel cool after days of hot humid weather.

The trees and shrubs in the gardens have also perked up and were enjoying the rain.

Tree barkHibiscusPurple flowerBottlebrush


Baby quilt WIP Update

I have now finished the four 1/4 log cabins and am contemplating the next step.Catherine baby WIPI originally thought I would add some strips to the centre, possibly centred by the small square of solid fabric.  I tried various combinations and now think I will simply join the quarters and add some borders.

The photo is on an angle because the design wall is in a narrow hallway – the blocks are (relatively) the same size!

I hope to finish it this week-end.

Natural texture

On one of my recent walks I snapped a photo of this beautiful paperbark tree. I just love their creamy, silver-grey colours and the texture of the bark. It’s easy to understand why the bark has been used for thousands of years by indigenous Australians to make baskets and all manner of things, including a type of tea as medicine.

I love just peeling a piece of bark off the tree and playing with the fibrous, papery layers. One day I might actually make something from them!


WIP: last baby quilt for January

This one is for a baby girl and a mum who is not into “girly” things (whatever that means)!  I couldn’t make up my mind what to do within that brief.  I had the grey floral fabric which I really like so I decided to go with it.

My first thought was the grey fabric as a background for solid wonky stars, but then didn’t want to confuse flowers and stars.  Anyway … I then thought of a huge log cabin, but have settled on 1/4 log cabins using four solids which are tones in the small flowers.

Log cabin greyThe first attempt used the logs all the same width, but the solids overpowered the grey background fabric, so I unpicked the first block and started again. This time round I also added some solid grey to offset the other solids and made each log a different width.

I think it will end up as 4 large 1/4 blocks  (this block is 15″) with a wide border, but I’m not sure yet. We shall see as we go.  This has to be finished in the next two weeks before I go on holiday!

Basket cases!

I received a delicious basket of food goodies from my colleagues at Christmas.  After I finished eating all the food (hence the interest in walking lately!) I put the empty basket near my bookshelf ready to stack some books into it.  “The Boys” had other ideas and have now taken it over.  They take it in turns as they have grown so much they both can’t fit at the same time.

Basket case CosmoBasket case PepeimageI think Pepe looks as if he is about to get into to mischief!