2012 FMQ Challenge: May

20 05 2012

May already! This month’s FMQ tutor is Leah Day. I’ve been following Leah’s Free Motion Quilting Project (365 designs) for some time and have my own library of her designs that I’ve stitched; it’s not complete, but nearly…

Anyhow, I had a few minutes this weekend to try out her designs for the 2012 FMQ Challenge. Both were based on a meander around a wavy line — the first meander was a classic curved one, the second a more boxy design.

I used a spare scrap of off-white batik, some low-loft cotton battting, a contrasting deep purple Isocord 100% polyester thread, and stitched it on my Sweet Sixteen, of course.

Here are my practice pieces:

Personally, I found this one very simple to do, compared to others we’ve done (feathers, marking, in particular). Not that there’s anything wrong with that — it’s just an observation. Besides, it’s always nice to have a variation on a meander/stipple design that breaks it up and adds more interest and texture.





Galahs

7 05 2012

As we live close to the ocean and an big estuary, there are many birds that live where we live. I see all sorts of varieties on my walks in the neighbourhood. One of the bird species that lives in our area are pink and grey galahs — I spotted some the other day, and took this picture of them on my phone:





Here today, gone tomorrow

7 05 2012

Wow! Some fungi grow quickly!

This mushroom wasn’t in my garden two days ago. Then we got a heap of rain (49 mm) in one day and it appeared — and as large as life. Within hours it was as big as my shoe, and within another two days it was finished.

No, I didn’t pick it and eat it. I know very little about mushrooms and toadstools, so I wasn’t going to risk eating something that was possibly poisonous.

I was just amazed at its short life cycle.