Variegated Camellia

It feels like Spring is here in Melbourne, and some of my favourite Camellias are now in bloom.  This is a little variegated one that we have in the backyard.  I love not only the colour, but the shape of the flowers as well.  The only one on the property ( out of 8 ) that I planted, has the same form, and it just started flowering.  It is called Black Tie (It is the only one that I have a name for) and it looks like this, just beautiful……

Black Tie Camellia Japonica

Last night I was out babysitting at my friend Debbie’s house.  Her boys were so well behaved, and best of all, Debbie had her sewing machine set up on the table for me to use in the peace and quiet.  I turned this series of numbered piles of fabric……..

Chez Moi Charisma Fabric Squares

into this….. slightly less piles of fabric, and four rows out of 11 sewn up.  This was the Layer Cake of Chez Moi Charisma that I purchased at the Craft and Quilt Fair last month.

Chez Moi Charisma Fabric Squares

It is the only sewing I have done on the machine in ages, perhaps I will have to babysit for Debbie more often ;-).  I have progressed on the first of The Wish Quilt stitcheries by Bronwyn Hayes.  I am really happy with the variegated thread, except perhaps for the beard on Father Christmas (he is always Father Christmas to me, not Santa) which turned out to be the brightest red (you can’t really tell in this photo how bright it is, compared to the other stitching around it).  Perhaps, like all unexpected outcomes, it will grow on me.

Father Christmas Stitchery

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