Never has a poem been so apt: this wide brown land of ours…… a land of sweeping plains, of ragged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains. Dorothea Mackella got it so right. This Australia Day weekend has been one of non-stop rain, flooding rivers and wild and windy coastlines, and has certainly brought back many memories of the flooding we received here just 2 years ago. I live just 5 minutes from Grantham, the town that was so severely flooded in early 2011, and here again it is undergoing a similar experience.
To think that just a few days ago the view from my back door was this:
the grass was brown and dry and crunchy underfoot and we hoped the rain clouds would bring some much needed rain.
Today, this is the view:
green grass shoots already pointing their heads up and water puddled everywhere.
In my sewing room over the last few days I have been quilting on my longarm machine this beauty:
Bev has made a lovely big quilt in colours of greens, pinks, reds, yellows and purples and did some extensive handwork on the applique and stitchery blocks:
She asked me to quilt all over the borders and the green sashing, but to leave the applique blocks so they stand on their own.
I used a green thread and free-hand quilted a continuous swirling line of leaves and tendrils, flowers and butterflies around the blocks.
The backing was a cream self-patterned fabric, although it looks a little paler in this photo below. We both were happy with how it turned out!