I have been so very busy lately, mainly because the heat has set in here, and I am looking after my neighbour's garden as well as my own. I can tell you it's a big job, and I don't remember when the pump was silent!! We are fortunate to have the water to use on lawns and plants, so for that I am most grateful. I hope it lasts, as we've had several days already with the mercury just reaching the 40°C mark. Apart from that, I've had a few outings with my patchwork friends - the craft market, and our final meeting day for the year. We had a wonderful day yesterday, lots of members present, lovely luncheon, good cheer, and wonderful sharing of each others' projects. The collage above was one I thought might be of interest to those who follow my blog. This William Morris applique quilt was done by our most prolific patchworker, Neitta. Not only does she put us all to shame with the quantity, the quality of her work is amazing. Neitta had this quilt professionally quilted by Robyn McHardie [https://secure.widebacks.com.au/]. The intricate quilting has to be seen to be appreciated properly. It certainly enhances the wonderful applique that Neitta has done. The quilt is very large. It was difficult to include it all in one photograph. Neitta had lots of other quilt tops to show us, so she has been a very busy girl this year. Sadly, a number of her beautiful quilts [family gifts] were ruined by floodwater, and she has set about replacing them.
Neitta had also been extremely busy getting things prepared for our craft market. It was a nice day, with steady sales. I bought these four rooster potholders [made by Neitta of course!!], for my DIL, as she just loves anything 'chooky'. They aren't large, but just a good size for each hand [in my opinion].
Another article that took my eye was this quite large scrapbook/journal with rather an organic feel. It had been done by one of our newer members, at a weekend workshop in Brisbane. The pages are very thick and have a rather rustic feel. I plan to use this for pasting pictures/drawings of ideas, etc., yet another art/ideas journal. It appears to have been made using leaves, open seed pods, and lengths of organic matter. The 'lizard' shape is recessed, and to be honest, I didn't even realize there was a 'shape' there until I took the photograph.
I am currently trying to do a bit of crochet in between my watering duties, but nothing finished of course. I hope the work of my friends will be of interest. I am always in awe of the talent we have in our small group, despite our isolation, and difficulties securing goods for most projects.