Driving to and from Perth

31 01 2016

I had to go to Perth yesterday, some three weeks after the bushfire closed the two main highways between Perth and Bunbury. I went up via Forrest Highway and came home via South West Highway. On each highway, there was a stretch of about 12 km where the fire damage was extensive. Coming home on South West Highway, I was amazed at how close the fire came to wiping out Waroona too — the hills behind the town were all burnt, and the fire damage to the southern outskirts of town was devastating. There’s still no access to Yarloop (not that I would’ve wanted to drive through there anyway), but most of the houses on the highway just outside the town are ruined. How Hamel didn’t get wiped off the map too, is beyond me.

We had quite a bit of rain about a week after the fires, so parts are starting to ‘green up’ already, and we had more rain yesterday, which is why the skies aren’t the blue you’d expect from an Australian summer!

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South West Highway

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Making stuff for our tour

31 01 2016

I’m off on QuiltVenture 2016 later this year, about a three-week tour for mostly Western Australian quilters organised by my good friend Michelle. I went on the inaugural tour in 2014, and it was fabulous. This time we’re ‘doing’ New England in the fall, then finishing at the Houston International Quilt Festival. For the last tour, I made a luggage handle wrap for everyone, which was fantastic when identifying baggage as belonging to our groupĀ — you just looked for our unique wraps and grabbed that bag, whether it was yours or not. It made for a very efficient system in retrieving our bags.

For this tour, I’ve made luggage handle wraps AND luggage tags for everyone, plus a couple of spares. Michelle gave me the waratah fabric and Velcro from her store, and I provided the stitch and shape, plastic inserts, webbed straps, batting, and time and expertise in making them. I made them over a weekend.

We’ll give them out at our first QV2016 meeting on Saturday 30 Jan 2016.

Before (everything prepped ready to sew):

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After — 27 luggage tags and luggage handle wraps:

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