Monday, August 1, 2011

Winter Sunshine......

The 'beginning' .... my first block stitched for my Magic Diaries with Jude.  For weeks I have been procrastinating, drawing up ideas, selecting fabric stashes, but I hadnt put needle to thread.  I am happy with this little nine patch, loving the way stitches show through to the front, the fabrics...the grey and the centre patch are fabric from Thailand and the other a natural linen.  Now I have started, I am itching to do more!

The 'beginning'

Reverse side of 9 patch  taken in the dappled morning sunlight.


Someone else was enjoying the winter sunshine this morning....this is Minnie.  We havent seen a lot of sunshine lately so she was making the most of it.


 Being winter I am enjoying crocheting some scarves....I visited the Tarrawarra Gallery at Healesville on the weekend to see the Archibald Winners Exhibition.  Wonderful portrait paintings...awesome in fact.   The winning portrait this year was of one of Australia's most well known painters, Margaret Olley.  Sadly she passed away last week,  so it was especially poignant to see this exhibition and remember this beautiful, talented lady.
After the exhibition my sister and I did some wandering around Healesville and I bought these lovely wools .  The Charcoal is for my sister and the two variegated (arent the colours yummy!!!) wools for my friends twin girls who will turn 9 at the end of the month.


 I am keen to stitch more on my latest quilt,  so in my travels this weekend (this time I was over in Geelong seeing an exhibition by local printmakers)  I found these vintage fabrics in a little shop.   A couple of kimono's and old scarves.  These will come in very handy and may find themselves in a dye pot soon.


I bought a new long line vest today .....I only noticed the sunshine heart when I got home.....so I'm sending you some sunshine....

Enjoy your week....I plan to stitch .....


MOST  OF  ALL,

LOVE  YOUR  SELF.

-SARK-


Jacky  xox

19 comments:

stitchinglife.com said...

Sweet little nine-patch. This type of patchwork is very restful.

Lee said...

Love your new vest - the bright blue is a gorgeous contrast to the dark navy/black. And your nine patch looks beautiful - great to see you using the fabrics you bought in Thailand. I had a wonderful time at the Archibald Exhibition too - it was so lovely to share it with you and Jen. Lee xx

Sharon Tomlinson said...

A great start. I am in continuance mode with Tim's quilt and making progress.
I always enjoy hearing about your weather, it makes me look forward to what next for us.

Ro Bruhn said...

Love the vest Jacky, can't wait to see it. Your stitching is looking good too, a great choice of fabrics.
xo

Penny Berens said...

A 9 patch beauty with your red continent in the middle.

ArtPropelled said...

I love the second photo most of all with the reverse side of the 9 patch in the dappled light.

handstories said...

love your nine-patch. i haven't tried the paperless piecing yet- probably should, then i could have square squares that line up. those fabrics are beautiful. i noticed that your name & blog are not listed on the SEW page.

Jeannie said...

You are not alone on the procrastination front. I started out with indigo blocks and then thought about using bright colors, then back to indigo. I'd best make up my mind! Your blocks are lovely and a technique I haven't tried yet. The yarns - gorgeous!!! As is your new vest. I love the heart in the stitching. Enjoy your week stitching.

Linda said...

I understand your need to get stitching on that lovely patchwork piece...I'm trying to imagine what you'll do next :-)
LOVE your vintage fabrics...lucky you.
XXX
Give sweet Minnie a tickle under the chin from me....

Judy Martin said...

Beautiful fabrics for the start of your quilt. Very neutral but also they make a statement.

nine patch is my favourite block.
The method used in this one is nice - the evident stitches let us feel your touch.

grrl + dog said...

isn't the sun divine?

it feels like a special treat in August.

Your nine patch looks so neat..

Marilyn Rock said...

What a lovely beginning! Love the colors of the yarns and your fabrics are beautiful finds! Minnie looks so comfie! I am refreshed by the thought of your winter air! xxoo

Jeana Marie said...

Lovely fabrics! I have read about your holiday and exhibition...it sounds and looks fabulous. Enjoy the class with jude!

xx Jeana

woman with wings said...

Jacky, your nine-patch is wonderful -- I love naturals with grays & and the glowing square in the center is the perfect touch. So many possibilities can come from this lovely beginning!
Beautiful yarns and the heart sun is something I'm going to put in my sketchbook -- that is so great!
xo

Notjustnat said...

Lovely goodies you have been collected here Jacky. Yes we have had some lovely sunny days last week, where did it go today! Love the vintage kimono cloths you found in Geelong. Good find - Have a lovely weekend whatever you are doing - Hugs Nat

Kim Dellow said...

I love the sunshine heart! LOL! Kim

Jenxo said...

i love hearing about your travels jacky, so many intersting arty places to visit, we are lucky....

lovethat 9patch too, lovely soft colors...

hope the sun is still shining down your way..

Sweetpea said...

Now that's a great vintage stash you found...makes my heart go pitter patter! As does that "backside" :>]]

emmaolju said...

superbe tu commences le patch ou pas bisessssssssss