Bird bath

6 01 2008

Early this morning, while I’m reading the Sunday papers in bed, my husband called out that there were seven twenty-eights on the back lawn. “Nothing unusual about that”, thought I, “we often have native birds out the back.” (BTW, twenty-eights, also known as ring-necked parrots, are bright green with a flash of blue tail feathers, a black head, and a yellow neck band—pretty birds.)

So I got up and wandered out to find that this family of twenty-eights were happily ‘bathing’ in our back lawn! Despite the recent hot summer weather, part of our back lawn grows prolifically—I think it’s over the septic tank/leach drain!

These birds were turning themselves over and over in the long dew-covered grass, obviously having a bath… In the lawn!

They emerged looking pretty scraggly as they were quite wet and had fluffed out their feathers. They must’ve had a good old wash for at least 10 minutes before they flew away. I could only get a couple of photos as they were mostly hidden in the long wet grass.

Twenty eights having a bath

Evolution of a quilt: 7

6 01 2008

I realise that most of my recent posts have been on this quilt. That’s because it’s been the Christmas/New Year break for most businesses in Australia, including my clients. While I have done some paid work, most of the people I deal with on a daily basis have been on vacation. Many return to work tomorrow, so my work commitments will ramp up again and the quilt will have to wait for the weekends.

Anyhow, this weekend was the final onslaught for some time. I spent 8 hours just today on blanket stitching the outlines for the grape leaves, plus a couple of hours at a friend’s place yesterday. My ancient machine doesn’t do blanket stitch and she had kindly offered me the loan of hers at any time. And she told me to take the machine with me when I left her place yesterday to continue the stitching. Thanks Bobbie!

So, where did I leave off last time? Ah yes. Fusing the grape leaves down. I fused some, did free motion embroidery for the veins, laid out the next lot, fused them, created the veins, laid out some more, fused them, etc. The metallic thread kept getting caught in the eye of the needle, so off to the fabric store to buy some special “Metallic” sewing machine needles, with big eyes. That helped.

Grape leaf with gold metallic thread veins

Then came the blanket stitching using Bobbie’s machine…. Ten hours of it! Did I mention how long a quilt takes to construct? You could NEVER sell a quilt for what it costs in time! Even using machine techniques. God forbid how much a hand pieced and quilted quilt would be.

Some leaves with blanket stitch

And the WIP (work in progress) quilt top under Bobbie’s sewing machine:

Work in progress

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