Monday, March 30, 2009

Stack and Slash class

On saturday, I joined a class at Patchwork Angel to learn to make a 'stack & slash' star quilt. Penny was teaching the class her version of the star pattern. You need to use fat quarters of fabric (I used nine), stacked on top of each other, then trim into a square. Copy the pattern onto freezer paper (paper side). Iron the pattern to the fabric on top of the pile (shiny side down) . Then following the cutting sequence, cut through all the layers of fabric. There is five straight lines to cut to get the star shape. Penny showed us how by cutting the first one. It is a little tricky, as you have to move some pieces out of the way to cut some of the lines. Peel off the freezer paper.

Next comes the fun part. Swap around the star pieces to go with the backgrounds you want. This can take a while :) For another different look, you can swap the middle piece of the star around too.
Sewing the stars is a bit tricky, as there aren't any seam allowances, so you will get some interesting looking seams (some big fat ones). When the block is finished, you will need to trim off the edges to make it all square. A big square ruler is best for this job. I will post some of my finished blocks soon.

Penny showed us some books by Buggy Barn that have stack and slash patterns in them. Available from the Patchwork Angel :)
Happy Stitching,
Sandi xx
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Dolphin Feeding

On tuesday/wednesday, I went with hubby to Tin Can Bay, as he had business to do there (we stayed overnight). It was only a two-hour drive there, with a lunch stop on the way. I suggested to hubby, that we could feed the dolphins while we were visiting there. On wednesday morning, we had breakfast at 'Barnacles', a little waterfront cafe/information centre right next to where the wild dolphins come in to be fed (every day at 8:00am). That morning, just one came in. 'Patch' is a rare Indo Pacific humpback dolphin.

Here's a photo of me feeding Patch. There were around sixty visitors there that morning, all given a little bucket with one small fish for Patch. She is to have only 3kg of fish maximum. We had to rinse our hands first in a disinfectant wash, so we don't pass on any germs to the dolphin.

Patch is a very patient and gentle creature. She took the little fish (head first) very gently out of my hand under the water. There is great concern for these dolphins now, as there is a proposed 'super marina' for the Tin Can Bay inlet. (I signed their petition).

'So long and thanks for all the fish!'.
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Monday, March 23, 2009

Anyone for coffee?

I thought I'd show you my coffee tree (Coffea arabica) in flower, this photo was taken back in mid-January. The white star flowers have a lovely perfume (not a hint of coffee though). They only flower for a short time, and then are followed by green berries which then eventually turn red. The twin coffee beans are inside. No, I don't make my own coffee, as it is a lot of work to process it. Speaking of which, I'm off to make myself one now, want to join me?
Cheers,
Sandi xx
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Friday, March 20, 2009

That's My Boy!

I quickly snapped this photo of our son David this morning, as he was heading off to work. He is an apprentice now with an Avionics company at the Maroochydore airport. They install all the electronic systems on aeroplanes and helicopters. The company recently worked on some helicopters that were sent down to Victoria to help out with the bushfires.
Dash (dog) likes to be in the photos too. It was still a bit foggy when I took this photo (around 6:40am).
Well, I had better get myself organised for the day,
Cheerio,
Sandi xx
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Monday, March 16, 2009

Endangered butterfly

Yesterday, I spied a rare Richmond Birdwing butterfly in our garden. They have very beautiful markings and colours on their wings. When they are open, the wings are black with irridescent green markings, so pretty. I have planted out their special vines as a host plant for their caterpillars, it is a rainforest plant. They are endangered because of loss of habitat, so there is a program to replant the vines by various landcare groups. It is good to see them coming back again.
Cheers,
Sandi xx
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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Beach Walk

Hubby and I went for a drive (half hour) to Mooloolaba beach this afternoon, perfect weather for a walk along the foreshore. There were lots of people swimming, walking, jogging, picnicing and barbequeing.


There are lovely boardwalk sections to walk along in the shade.

Hope you had a lovely weekend too.
Cheers,
Sandi
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Friday, March 13, 2009

New Project

Just giving you a sneak preview at the fabric for a new project I am designing (for an Australain stitching magazine). Of course I can't say too much at this stage, but there will be a cute stitchery to sew featuring our Australian birds.
Happy Stitching,
Sandi xx
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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Beach Barbeque



Yesterday evening, we had a barbeque at the beach with friends. We found a lovely picnic table and barbeque on the headland overlooking Kings Beach, Caloundra and the ocean.


We saw a big cruise ship go past. Wonder what they were having for tea?


A lovely sunset over Kings Beach.


Cheers, (that's me on the far right (wine glass in hand) with hubby.
Hope you are having a great weekend.
Sandi xx
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