Saturday, January 19, 2013

What I'm Reading

All incredibly inspirational in their own way!





Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Quilt for Tasmanian Bush Fire Quilt Appeal

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on my 'off kilter' chevron design. It has still been difficult to make a decision on which one to use though, because there are so many different favourites (can you please all get together first, and then let me know which one you've chosen :)). My original favourite was option 4 "Skinny really off kilter", but quite a few of you made a valid point - that the fat design will show off Saffron's fabric much better, so it's down to design 1 or 3.

Yesterday I also got an email from Jess (from The Elven Garden) who said:
"In the last week, we have had some major bush fires in Tasmania, and over 200 homes have been destroyed or severely damaged. I'm organising a quilt appeal to donate quilts to the kids who've been affected by the fires."
All the pertinent information is in this blog post: http://theelvengarden.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/tassie-bush-fire-quilt-appeal.html"
 
Fantastic work Jess! I've been waiting for someone to organise something like this. The fires continue to burn around Australia and there is a great need out there. I want to donate something, so I thought I'd make up a baby quilt for the quilt appeal while trying out my design. 

Here's the first option using some of Aneela Hoey's fabrics with  a pale pink background.


And then by just switching some of the blocks you get option 3, a more zingy, random design.


The first one is more calming and the other more fun I think. I might be leaning towards the first.

My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the devastating bush fires. If you would like to donate a quilt or money please go to Jess' blog to get all of the information.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Opinion on my chevron design?

I've finally decided to make myself a quilt.

The fabric: Saffron Craig's gorgeous organic Banksia Bloom collection. Kookaburras are my favourite bird and I love what Saffron has done with this range, the colours, the designs... all of it.


As for the quilt design: I want to keep it simple, and I thought I might give chevron a go, but you know me, I can't just leave it alone. I've had a play in my EQ6 program, coming up with some stack and slash designs that are a bit off kilter (I wouldn't want to waste any of this fabric). These diagrams will give you a rough idea. The finished quilt will measure about 60" x 76" - a nice size to throw over the couch (and me when the weather cools down.)

1. Fat off kilter.
2. Skinny off kilter
3. Fat really off kilter
4. Skinny really off kilter
There's one I'm leaning towards. Do you have a favourite?

Saturday, January 5, 2013

The scary snake story



The snake in the picture above was not the scary one (this photo was taken last week on our fabulous huge family Christmas holiday at Kangaroo Island.) I don't have a picture of the scary one that lurks in our backyard. The truly scary one is brown and about 5 feet long and the second deadliest snake in the world. When we first moved up to the hills we sat the children down and told them that they had to wear gum boots in the yard, and had to stomp around when they walked to alert any sleeping snakes to get out of the way. If they saw a snake they were to stop still and then slowly back away. 

Well, a week later while Todd was cutting the back paddock our six year old, Sarah, decided to lie down in the long grass that he hadn't cut yet. Yes, that's right LIE DOWN in the long snake infested grass! A few moments later a brown snake slithered straight over her chest. Thankfully she lay perfectly still and told me later that she didn't even breath as she didn't want to disturb the snake. Todd saw the snake but wasn't able to get to it in time to kill it. Sarah was so excited she wanted to go and lie down again in the grass in the hope that another deadly snake would slide over her again! Needless to say, we've now added to the snake safety tips 'not lying down in long grass'. Then a couple of weeks later the whole family was in the back paddock and we saw another brown snake. Todd said "everyone stand still!" Which they all did... except me who screamed and ran away - it was coming for me!

Despite the deadly snakes and spiders, I love living amongst so much wild life. I've counted 4 bird nests around the house and we've watched cute little baby birds grow up right under our noses.  We play 'spot the koala' on the way to school, and have even seen a kangaroo hopping down the road slowing up the cars. The kids love walking up the road to feed the horses and goats, and we have sheep and chickens next door.


And now to share some pics of our family holiday at Kangaroo Island. All 31 of us went away together and had such a wonderful time in the middle of nowhere, 4 wheeling, sand boarding, kayaking, swimming, eating ourselves silly, playing board games and generally just reconnecting.





I made some sock monkeys for the nephews.


They went down quite well...


even with the older boys.


Most of the photos are courtesy of my sister Ellen. You can see lots more pics of my big crazy family here.