Gnomes and Trees and Perth

Kate's block

Here we are Kate, my Trees and Gnomes for you! I hope you like it! Like everyone else it was a new technique for me. Don’t worry it’s not as yellow as this photo makes it look. I’ll be interested in seeing the finish… for this Christmas?

Since I didn’t come back and post last month I thought I’d tell you a bit about where I live this month. I enjoyed all your posts about your towns! Maybe one day I’ll visit.

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This is Perth, Western Australia (as opposed to it’s namesake in Scotland). It’s a city that’s been built in spurts on the back of mining booms – first gold in the 1890’s and most recently iron ore for China so it is a mostly modern city.

Cottesloe

sorrento

We have long hot summers and beautiful white sandy beaches so Perth has a really strong beach culture.

swan valley

I used to live in a beachside suburb but now I’m further inland close to the wine growing, micro-brewery, distillery, chocolate making area. In fact the nearest winery is a 10 minute walk away from my house. I’m not sure how long it would take to walk home ;-).  Luckily the area is a tourist drawcard and is protected from housing development and it will stay that way forever – yay!

Fremantle is the port for Perth and probably the most historic area with buildings that show the beginnings of the state as a convict settlement. It also gives it’s name to the Fremantle Doctor, a stiff breeze that blows in off the ocean in the afternoons in summer keeping the place a few degrees cooler.

Kings Park

Perth also has the world’s largest inner city park, Kings Park. It has areas of botanic park and bushland. The first photo was taken from there since it overlooks the city, and this photo shows a boab tree from the Kimberley region in the tropical north (Western Australia is a big state) which was transported on the back of a truck to preserve it from destruction when they were putting a road through.

quokka

Perth’s other drawcard is Rottnest Island, known locally as Rotto. It’s a small island, about an hour by ferry off the coast, that is a short holiday destination for locals. There is a bus service but no cars and you get around it by cycling or by walking. It’s all about the beaches again here as well. It’s a good place for a day-trip but a great place to stay for a weekend. It’s claim to fame is that it is one of the few places to home the cutest little version of kangaroo ever – the quokka. They actually gave the island it’s name when the Dutch explorers mistook them for rats (I would hate to come across a rat that size!).

Split Hatchet Paper Pieced Block

Hi everyone, I’m Paige and blog at Quilted Blooms.  I’m excited to be participatig in my first bee with fellow new bloggers and share January’s block, Split Hatchet.

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Split Hatchet Paper Pieced Block

I love that Sharon, January’s Queen Bee,  from Yellow Cat Quilt Designs gave us some color guidance for her block, bright and happy colors, with off white or cream backgrounds.

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Prints by Tula Pink, Alison Glass, Bonnie & Camille, Cotton & Steel and Carolyn Friedlander

I haven’t paper pieced in a while and found this blocks quite easy.  I would definitely recommend this block for a beginner.

I like to ‘try’ to keep the grain straight within the block, so I printed out an extra block and cut out the piece that would be the colored fabrics with a generous seam allowance. I then stacked my squares and cut out the pieces ‘on grain’.

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Paper piece segment with generous seam allowance to keep the fabric on grain

For the background pieces, I just used four charm squares and cut them on the diagonal.  That was easy and kept the fabric on grain.

If you would like to make the Split Hatchet paper pieced block, you can find it here at 627Handworks.  We made the 6″ version so when we sewed four blocks together, our completed block measured 12 1/2″ unfinished.

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Completed Split Hatchet Paper Pieced Block for Sharon

I’m looking forward to making blocks for my bee mates all year!

PS…This is my first time posting from WordPress, so let me know if if have missed something!