This is the only photo from Christmas Day, thanks to J who was the only one who took a photo, as we were putting the food on the table.
The weather has finally improved. We have had a couple of days of sun now, but that means increased humidity. I'm not complaining though as anything is better than 8 days with no sun and too much rain.
It's hard to believe that all that rain has caused such damaging flooding north of here. The area affected by flooding is equivalent to the combined size of France and Germany and in some places it's 9 1/2 metres above normal river height, that's about 30 feet high, imagine if that was a tsunami! Over 200,000 people are affected but it.
We have had only very minor flooding in this area. On Sunday we had lunch that is adjacent to a canal off the Noosa River, in the photos below it is only a little above the normal height and that was only because it was high tide, you can just see the wall under the surface of the water.
We had a very nice lunch, the restaurant had big windows/doors that were wide open so we had a beautiful breeze to help keep the heat and humidity to a minimum.
I've started on another quilt top, this one is for my dad, the pattern is from Elizabeth Hartman's book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork.
Some of the blocks ready to be trimmed to size. I'm using Martinique again as my mum asked if I could make a quilt for my dad using the same fabric that I used in my mum's coin quilt.
It's not even a remotely masculine line so I've tried to de-feminize it by only using the non-floral prints and omitting the apricot colour way and most of the red colour way. I'm hoping it will not look girly when it's finished.
In more exciting news I have decided to........... drum roll please, ta dah, join a challenge. A first for me. Judy over at Patchwork Times is hosting a 12 month MONOCHROMATIC CHALLENGE. I
think hope this is within the realms of possibility for me. I am going to make a block a month, not a quilt a month, I'm still debating exactly what kind of block I'm going to make. This month's colour is YELLOW. Surprisingly I had more yellow in my stash than I thought, so I don't even have to buy any extra for it, yay. This leads me to my next challenge, I'm going to try to make each block with the fabric I have in my stash.
Stay tuned to see if
a) I can decide on a block
b) make one
c) I don't buy any more fabric for the challenge, (I probably won't admit to that if I do)
d) last the year and make 12
I'm very lucky, I have my very own Protector of Quilts.He's good, he can protect two at the same time.
He's doing a marvellous job on the two that are basted, and ready to quilt.
The Quilt Protector taking a break from his duties. It's very tiring protecting quilts.