Saturday, June 05, 2010

Christmas 2009

I realise that I  haven't blogged about my 2009 Christmas Quilt being finished.  Started in 2008 and worked on through 2009, it was ready for Christmas, but not photographed.  Then I washed it and the dark navy batik fabric that hadn't been pre-washed ran!  So it was waiting for Dylon colour remover and a fine day to re-wash it.  This is a big quilt and I haven't anywhere to hang it where I can take a picutre of the whole thing.

Quilting this taught me something.  I realised that one of the reasons I like to quilt in coloured thread, is that because of being long-sighted, it is easier for me to work on close up things when I can see them really clearly - particularly when free motion quilting in backwards direction..  But coloured thread just didn't work on this and I quilted with YLI cream thread.  It took about 2000 metres - which surprised me.  I stipple quilted and added a random set of three stars, but really the stars were a bit of a waste of time, because they don't really stand out enough.  Lesson nailed.

Friday, June 04, 2010

A latex man - its not what you might be thinking

This is my friend Keith - he came off his motorcycle a couple of weeks ago and is laid up at home.  Thanks to latex technology he is at least able to shower with these massive latex bags over his casts.  We were having fun with this and laughing lots - he just looks grumpy on purpose.  The good looking one is his wife, Loreen.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Flowering Yucca

Finally flowers on the Yucca!
(Click on it if you want to see it up closer)

... and a bird in the sun

... and my flatmate Ingrid.  We were walking on North Head on Sunday - what a spectacular day it was - glorious sunshine