Tawny Frogmouths

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The last couple of days on my walk to the shops through a small urban park I’ve noticed a couple of Tawny Frogmouths. At least that’s what I think they are. However, yesterday on that same walk there was only one. I do hope the other one is all right. They are not usually flying around during the day as they are nocturnal.

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Steam Punk decision, well sort of.

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Thank you for all your comments on the steam punk quilt. I think I’ve come up with a decision. I had made 29 blocks so I decided to make one more to round it up to 30. See below.

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My plan is to intersperse these blocks with the improv blocks I showed on my Facebook page a while back. You can see them in photo below.

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I’m not planning the same layout however, as they are only 6″ finished size whereas the steam punks are 9″ finished. So I plan to add borders made of the same mixed fabrics that I used as the backgrounds for the steam punk blocks. What do you think?

A Splendiferous Sydney Saturday

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The weather yesterday was perfect. It was around 20degC, with a light breeze and a cloudless blue sky. So we decided to go and check out Sydney’s latest park/walkway at Barangaroo. This is one of the oldest parts of Sydney and is in the Rocks area close to the bridge. If you get a chance to visit this park then take it. It’s been beautifully landscaped with native flora and has two pathways. One is crushed sandstone which echoes the beautiful sandstone structures everywhere and the other Tarmac which is great for bikes and the like. Here are some photos I took.

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After walking through the park and enjoying the sunshine we strolled around Walsh Bay and found a host of interesting restaurants and cafes I didn’t even know we’re there. Naturally, we had to stop for lunch and it was just so relaxing sitting there in the dappled sunshine looking out over the water.

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Now here’s a place I’d love to live. It feels like a village yet is in the heart of Sydney, minutes walk away from just about everything. So, just in case any of you has a few million stashed away that you could live without, I’m accepting donations for my “living the life” fund. :)

Help! I need the sewing room organising fairy.

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How do you organise your sewing room? I have such difficulty in deciding where to start and how to sort my fabrics. Do you keep your untouched fabrics separate from the ones you’ve cut into? And how do you fold those cut up ones? Do you sort by colour, by type, or by collection? And what do you with ones you’re still working on and don’t want out of sight, because they’ll be out of mind? And what do you do with sewing machines that are surplus to requirements? They seem to be quite hard to sell. As you can see I need the ministrations of the organising fairy.

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All suggestions gratefully received.

A change of project

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I’ve squared up my steam punk blocks but I’m putting that project on hold while I try to to think of a way to make them into a quilt I’ll be happy with. Thinking, thinking, thinking…

So, in the meantime I’m going to go back to my Islamic Tile quilt. It currently has two borders on it. See below.

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So the next step is to fuse the crosses onto the plain teal fabric and then attach them. I think I actually need to cut some more crosses. I have enough to cover the width but not the corners.

Decision making agony!

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I’ve finished the Steam Punk blocks but I still can’t decide what to do with them. I had a play on the floor but I’m not really enamoured of the results. Take a look. I even tried using them as a sort of border so I could create a medallion for the centre.

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Here are some more designs I played with on paper – slightly easier due to not having to deal with a four-legged, shameless camera hog.
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Any ideas?

Another appliqué circle technique

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Anna Maria Horner has come up with another way to prepare circles for appliqué. It may help me form circles from those I’ve already cut out and that I had trouble forming with starch, an iron and some Perfect Circle templates. She makes use of the heat conducting properties of aluminium foil. It looks very promising so I thought might give it a go.

These photos show my results. I’m impressed.

Back pressed

Back pressed

Front pressed

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Back with foil removed but Perfect Circle still in place.

Back with foil removed but Perfect Circle still in place.

Circle with template removed.

Circle with template removed.

If you’d like to give it a go, here’s her blog post.

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