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Autumn Glory

Recently, over a family dinner, we were talking about photography and what to do with the photos we’d taken. Digital photography (for me) over the last 10 years+ has led to many unsorted photos being stored on my computer and rarely shared with anyone, which defeats the purpose of photographing. I want to share what I see with other people!

During the discussion we mentioned photo books, AV’s (digital slideshows) and then the subject of this blog came up. Looking back, I see the last post I published was way back in September 2013. A lot has happened since then! As I’m on leave at the moment and family birthdays gave us a good excuse for a photography outing, here is the result.

Thanks for the encouragement Bryce & Kelly, hope you like the photos.

All of the following images were taken at McLaren Falls Park at the weekend, in the company of my husband, sister and mother. It had been raining earlier in the day and there was a cold wind during our visit but we managed to dodge the showers. Other than the lovely autumn colours, the highlight of the afternoon for me was a group of warmly-dressed young women seated on the ground under a tree, sharing a picnic and videoing themselves singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to an absent friend. When we told them it was also Mum’s birthday today, they needed no encouragement to sing to her.

Happy Birthday Mum!

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McLaren Falls – main waterfall area

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McLaren Falls

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Main entrance / exit to the park

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Tangled branches

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Gingko pathway – for Yvonne

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Fallen leaves

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Almost bare but still beautiful

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Late afternoon sunlight

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Loss and Gain

The sewing machine I’ve been using for the last year belonged to my husband’s late wife, and had been held ‘in trust’ for my step-daughter. Recently she asked if she could have it, as she has developed an interest in sewing. Kelly N., I look forward to seeing your first creations. ūüôā

Although sad to lose the machine – as I still have a way to go on my first quilt top, and a number of other projects in mind – I had only myself to blame for not making more progress on the quilt over the last few months.

Bernina sewing machine

‘The Old’ – Bernina 830

What I didn’t know at the time was that a lovely new machine was in store for me. When we knew the Bernina was going to a new home we started looking for a likely replacement, starting with the local Spotlight store and Bernina dealer, doing some research online and finally checking out a number of different makes & models at the Quilt & Craft Show in Hamilton last weekend. An interesting process during which we learnt what accessories we wanted / needed for quilting and decided what the budget would allow. We made an order at the show on Friday and collected the machine from our local Brother dealer the following Tuesday afternoon.

For the benefit of quilters reading this, it comes complete with a number of quilting-related presser feet, including a 1/4″ foot for piecing and a walking foot for machine quilting. It also has some ‘luxury’ (to me!) features such as automatic needle threading and automatic thread trimming, not to mention multiple embroidery stitches most of which I may never use. I feel very spoilt!

Brother sewing machine

‘The New’ – Brother NV 600

What’s that saying about needing to let go of something to receive something better ?!¬†Now I just have to learn how to drive it… ¬†hence the Operation Manual in this photo. ūüėČ


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Friendship

With the same motivation I referred to in my previous post, I have also completed Block #12 – the final block of the Wildcraft Farm ‘Made with Love’ quilt.

The stitched word on the original pattern was ‘admire’ ; I replaced it with ‘friendship’, something my other half and I both agree is a necessity for a good marriage. We have shared interests and enjoy doing things together. I also appreciate having someone to debrief to when I’ve had a difficult day at work, or need a sounding board and some wise advice, and hopefully I can be as good a friend to him. ūüôā

Block #12 appliqué and stitcheryBlock #12 appliqué and stitchery

Block #12 appliquéBlock #12 appliquéd flower and hearts

Block #12 stitcheryWord

Block #12 on the drawing boardThe last block (#12) ‘on the drawing board’ – cut and ready for sewing together

Block #12 centreBlock #12 – centre part completed

Block #12 with bordersBlock #12 with borders

Block #12 with squaring-up bordersComplete with squaring-up borders

Now onto the next stage… ūüôā

The Quilt Project so far:

1 –¬†Beginnings

2 –¬†Quilting Lesson #1

3 –¬†Attempts at Appliqu√©

4 –¬†Words

5 –¬†Quilting Lesson #2

6 –¬†Words II – To The Bride & Groom

7 –¬†Appliqu√© ¬†Again

8 –¬†Quilting Lesson #5 / Words III

9 –¬†Quilting Lesson #6 / Words IV

10 –¬†Out On My Own

11 –¬†Quilt Project – Colour Choices

12 –¬†The Next Step

13 –¬†Slow and Steady (Wins the Race?)

14 –¬†Showing Promise

15 –¬†Two Ears

16 –¬†Three Months

17 –¬†A First and a Tenth

18 – Number 11


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Number 11

A couple of weeks ago, with the added motivation of losing the Bernina sewing machine to it’s rightful owner at the end of the week, I finally completed the Made With Love quilt block #11. ¬†Amazing how a deadline can lead to action…

I’ve used the same words on this block as in the original pattern.

Block #11 appliqué and stitcheryBlock #11 appliqué and stitchery

Block #11 appliqué Appliquéd flower and heart (a little more stitching needed)

Block #11 stitcheryLoving words

Block #11 appliqué panelCentre panel with appliqué

Block #11 centreBlock #11 – centre part completed

Block #11 with bordersBlock #11 with borders

Block #11 with squaring-up bordersComplete with squaring-up borders

More to come! ¬†ūüôā

The Quilt Project so far:

1 –¬†Beginnings

2 –¬†Quilting Lesson #1

3 –¬†Attempts at Appliqu√©

4 –¬†Words

5 –¬†Quilting Lesson #2

6 –¬†Words II – To The Bride & Groom

7 –¬†Appliqu√© ¬†Again

8 –¬†Quilting Lesson #5 / Words III

9 –¬†Quilting Lesson #6 / Words IV

10 –¬†Out On My Own

11 –¬†Quilt Project – Colour Choices

12 –¬†The Next Step

13 –¬†Slow and Steady (Wins the Race?)

14 –¬†Showing Promise

15 –¬†Two Ears

16 –¬†Three Months

17 – A First and a Tenth


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GOYA: March 2013

I’m making an attempt to catch up on blog posts, which have been few and far between recently. This one is from back in March.

About twenty members of our camera club met in a local cafe on Saturday 23rd March for the third GOYA outing (the second I have attended). After coffee and some social time, we were given the topic for the day (‘Yellow’), and had the rest of the day to photograph it however we wanted to.¬†See¬†here¬†for an explanation of GOYA itself.

There was plenty of material to choose from.

Yellow walls…

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Being creative with some multiple exposures in the garden…

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Some discoveries in a nearby ‘two-dollar’ shop…

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A school sign…

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Tanks with spiral stairs…

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Reflections at the marina…

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And my entry (unplaced this time), which I called ‘Bargain Hunting Colours’ as it was taken outside the Briscoes store.

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Previous GOYA posts:

GOYA

GOYA – Wood we or wouldn’t we?