On Tuesday night Russell and I had a lovely evening watching Emma at her RMIT Laboratory Medicine Awards Night.
We already knew that she had the award for the Top Graduate and the Top Fourth Year, but she also received awards (and money………which Emma particularly liked!) for top student in Clinical Biochemistry; Medical Informatics and Laboratory Management; Pathology; and being in the Top 10% of Graduates. I made her pose for a photo holding all of her awards…….
she was trying very hard not to drop them all........lol.
Emma: Great thanks Mum........Muummmm we’ve got a new table and the old table runner is too small for it.
Me: Would you like me to make you a new table runner for it?
Emma: Yes please.
Me: Well just measure it up and let me know how big you would like it to be.
Emma: I’ve done that and it needs to be 30cm x 100cm...........
Mmmmm didn't see that coming......lol! This is what I made.
plus I made a second one for the shop and have kitted them up. It measures 30cm x 95cm and costs just $26.50. That includes everything you need including backing fabric and comes in the ‘Tranquility’ fabric range.
makes the heart grow fonder or does it just pee you off!
I’m really not sure where the time has gone since I last posted......we are almost at the end of May and that means that winter will be upon us in the blink of an eye.I still haven’t been able to make much progress in the garden.....there is still a bucket of jonquil bulbs that are waiting to be planted; roses that need to be pruned and fertilised; and lots of weeds to be pulled. The garden is quite messy at the moment and the lawn is being ripped up.............
Not by me but by these fellows.
They are after the redheaded cockchaefer grubs that live just under the surface. The crows come in and pull back the grass – like a piece of carpet - and then eat the grubs. Most of my lawn looks like this..........
All I can do is mow over the tops of the clumps to mulch them up and then wait for the grass to grow back..........which it is starting to do in some places.
I may have to get some improved grass species seed to plant, something with a deeper root system than the fog grass that currently makes up 80% of my lawn (it was a paddock and was never resown to lawn). But in the meantime I swear at the crows while they get fat on grubs!
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This beautiful red sky tonight means that we will have a lovely fine day tomorrow……....just what we need as tomorrow’s job is freeze branding our heifers. You can only do it in fine weather……no rain allowed! We will be using liquid nitrogen to brand the heifers’ numbers onto their rump. This helps with identifying her when she’s in the dairy and also at herd testing time……..which is tomorrow night!!!
After a couple of hectic days in the kitchen catering for a 40th birthday, my Sunday afternoon was filled in with customers and this…….
Continuing with my massive hexagon project…….one can’t sew unless one has sustenance which in my case was a piece of yummy choc-mint cheesecake with cream!
My road trip to Melbourne started at 6.30am yesterday as I backed the car out of the garage and drove past a yard full of cows waiting to be milked. It was a dream run to Melbourne………doesn’t that Geelong by-pass road save time, especially if it’s peak hour in Geelong……….that was until I reached the Point Cook bend! Snails pace………averaged about 30 km / hour all the way to the top of the Westgate bridge and then it was clear. I still made it to Caulfield by 9.30 so had a little time to fill in before the doors opened at the Stitches and Craft Show. While I was sitting outside freezing my bum off on the concrete seats thinking that I should have stayed in the car and stitched some hexagons, a voice called my name. It was Leanne from Petals and Patches fame. It was great to catch up with Leanne again. She was manning the Homespun stand and once inside she showed me a new version of her Block of the Month – ‘On Freedom’s Wings’ in black and white. It looked great!
I started the day with this…….
But after visiting all the fabulous designers upstairs in the ‘incubators’ I came out with these (and some money left over too!)
I caught up with Nikki , she was very busy with lots of ladies snapping up her wonderful range of bag patterns, kits and accessories. But the highlight for me was meeting Jodie , the legend from Vintage Ric Rac ……… like Nikki she was flat out but it was nice to thank her in person for the ticket to the show and see all of her wonderful creations in the flesh or is that fabric? I bought a few things ……..another blogger snapped a photo of us……..but of course I forgot to get my camera out…..dooh!
The run home was much easier ………………..in time to milk, cook tea and make more hexagons!
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a free ticket to the Stitches and Craft Show from Jodie at Vintage Ric Rac . I was thrilled when my ticket arrived and it was accompanied by the Disco-bot pattern and a lovely card.
So I’m heading off to Melbourne tomorrow for a ‘me’ day, so that means that Russell will be looking after the Shop. Don’t worry he has the newest Top Gear Magazine to read and freshly made Anzac biscuits and coffee to help him make it through the day.
Early last year I was toying with the idea of making a ‘Dear Jane’ Quilt. Quite a number of people that I know are making their own version of this heritage quilt and not wanting to be left out I thought why not. But as I thought about it more, something wasn’t quite right with the idea. Surely there must be an Australian heritage quilt that I could replicate ……a piece of our own history instead of America’s. Then I ordered and received this book last May.
Wow. It’s a fantastic book with the most fabulous photographs of quilts, their makers and the stories behind the quilts. After reading and re-reading and reading it again, I decided on which heritage quilt I was going to reproduce, I even knew which fabric range I would make it out of. One day I would make this quilt ……
….out of the ‘Wiscasset’ range by Minick and Simpson.
In January I received my Vic Quilter magazine and there on page 21 was a Quilt Challenge for the Victorian Quilters Inc Quilt Showcase Exhibition in July 2011. The challenge is to make a quilt that is inspired by, recreated from, or adapted from any quilt as published in the book. Why not I thought…….So three weeks ago I started with this……
Now 737 hexagons later I have this to show for more than 70 hours work.
With the original quilt measuring 72", Russell estimates that there will be approximately 22,000 hexagons required.....I'm hoping that he has worked it out wrong and that there will be less than that required! But if Russell is correct and you do the sums I will have to ramp up my output somewhat to meet the deadline for a June 2011 finish date. Wish me luck……..and lots of spare sewing time as I think I’m going to need it!