Tuesday, 31 May 2011

From my window today....

...I can see this...





Oh my gosh, I'm so excited that my Crimson Tweed is sandwiched, pinned and ready to start quilting....!!





The bonus being of course that the weather today is amazing and I was able to get outside to photograph this...





Today is the last day of Autumn for us here and the sun is warm, no wind on a perfect day...





Ok, enough photo's of the quilt (it is lovely though isn't it?) This little Miss was watching me while I was outside...





..and from the other side...





Oh dear, I think I need to clean the windows...
Ok, I've got some catching up to do on a few Bee blocks before I can sit down and start quilting. I haven't fully made my mind up how I'm going to quilt it yet! Perle or cotton thread? I know I want to outline the applique and quilt snowflakes down the two empty grey borders!! I'm leaning towards a silvery grey Perle thread at the moment..suggestions...??
xxx

Friday, 27 May 2011

Morning Tea....

...yesterday was this..





..and it tasted even better than it looks..!!
I didn't get a photo of us all (I think about 50 something) standing outside with our vanilla slices! All holding them up to make a huge line down the road, but the photographer from the local paper was there and I hear the photo will be in next week, so I'll show you then! After tea and cake some of us trooped next door to Millrose Quilt shop for a sit and sew in Sue's fabulous room. A huge cup and saucer sat on the counter for donations for the Cancer Society and the day was well worth the donations I made...





..ladies knitting, crocheting, sewing on the machine and hand sewing of course..





..how could you not have an amazing day when you are surrounded by this..





..new bolts of fabric waiting to be catalogued and put away..





...and here's Karen..





..she's trying to get her quilt quilted before she heads off on her adventurous holiday trecking Italy in a few weeks (nurses tape makes good line markers obviously?).


Did you notice that I've changed my header -again! I know, I know, you just get used to one and I change it again....sigh! But I've been doing a mini course with Kim Klassen, I love textures, really I do.....

Right, I'm off to stitch the yellow and red balls on the Christmas tree on my Crimson Tweed quilt and then guess what...? The top will be finished...!!! I sat yesterday and stitched the tiny aqua dots on the holly leaves and then the last 60 red berries on at the sit and sew. Borders are finished just got that tree to finish (velvet baubles, fun) and then I can sandwich and quilt....! I'm ridiculously excited!!
Back to the docs tomorrow and probably more antibiotics I think. My leg is improving but so, so slowly. Still infected and very, very tender. I'm over it now, really I am, I just want it better and get on with things......
xxx

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Recovery...

I haven't been around much for the last 10 days or so but my thoughts today are for my friends in Missouri, the devastation I see on the news is horrendous. How do you recover from something so heartbreaking? I don't know if I could! Stay strong, stay safe and stay positive and know that we are thinking of you.


I've been recovering too. From a badly infected leg, yes I know, stupid, stupid. We need to really take care of ourselves, think of self first for a change. We don't do that enough we women do we? We're strong for our sons and daughters, we lend a hand for a friend in need, we're there for aging parents but do we stop and think of us? Not often enough it seems with me..


So two rounds of antibiotics so far, a (very) painful Tetanus shot, dressings now down to daily from two and sometimes three times a day. Yep, serious stuff. The Railway Man did offer to make me a very colourful wooden one if all else failed, bless, I think he offered the same thing when I was bitten by the spider (same leg would you believe), looks like I might have escaped that fate this time but I appreciated the offer.


On Sunday last I had instructions from the doctor to 'rest your leg for four days', so, I did!! Does that surprise you, it did me I can tell you! I've been out once since then, I had to teach my computer class on Monday night but I did it sitting with my leg on a second chair for most of the time. I've been watching DVD's, mostly cooking series, in front of the fire (it's been very cold, wet and windy) and I've been sewing this....





..I can't tell you how excited I am that I've nearly finished the applique. I still have the berries around the border, the little velvet decorations on the tree and the holly leaves on the border to do. I'm hoping to have it sandwiched by the weekend!! I know! How exciting.
The girls (and hopefully youngest son) are coming up on Sunday instead of me going down to Geelong on Friday. I've told Dad (and Mum but she won't remember) that I won't be down, I'm having a week off! They will all come for a late lunch, I'll send the leftovers (always lots of those) down for Mum and Dad with one of the girls so they won't miss out. Tomorrow I'm going to Millrose for a 'Worlds Biggest Morning Tea', (Cancer fundraiser) and hopefully the longest Vanilla Slice!! I'll be sure to get photo's of that before it's all eaten :o) Then we are having a sit and sew in Millrose's great room, sure to be lots of laughing and chatting there, I'm so looking forward to it. I will be a good blogger and take my camera, promise!


From my Window this week....





..cold, wet, windy! Winter next week...sigh...!
I guess there'll be lots more of this then...





..even bigger sigh!! Is she really sticking that little pink tongue out at me? They have both been such good companions this week, sitting with me while I stitch and watch, they knew I wasn't feeling well and were (mostly) content to sit in front of the fire. She's still such a baby, she just had to escape to the garden for a few minutes and create havoc....such fun!!!
xxx

Monday, 16 May 2011

Weekend roundup...

Had a great day on Saturday with Jodie, Annie, Deborah, Bellinda, Rachael and Jan...
You can read all about our 'staff meeting' on Jodie and Annie's blog, I, being a good blogger, left my camera in the car!! What's with that? I've done it a few times now, just can't be bothered dragging it around, perhaps I need a tiny camera to keep in my handbag? But that would really defeat the whole purpose of having a 'big gun' DSLR I guess..! Anyway, a good day fondling fabrics at Millrose, then a delicious lunch at the Mill Cottage next door..
Yesterday, before my stupidity (more on that later), I was busy cooking and baking because these people were coming for an early dinner.....



...our youngest daughter Sarah and her partner Matthew, obviously totally engrossed in whatever it is her Dad is holding court about..
and...





...our youngest son Chris and his partner Annie...
It was lovely to see them up here, even if they did complain about the cold..! Well, all except Matthew who, coming from a Minnesota winter, wasn't too bothered by it really..
We had a lovely dinner of Roast Beef followed by Raspberry Ripple cake with cream and raspberry sauce, creme caramel's and this....





..Pumpkin Pie. Sarah asked me to make it as it's one of her favourites and the American in the room was suitably impressed, well they took the leftover pie home so I think it was a winner!!
It really needed to be because when I was making it I did a really, really stupid thing..!!!
I was putting the pie in the oven and I turned around to get the small one (for Mum and Dad) off the block when I spotted ants on the bench - again!! So instead of finishing what I was doing first, I moved away, killed the ants (before they could get to the crushed raspberries) wiped them up then turned and walked back to the stove. Totally forgetting that the oven door was down!!! Yep, glass door + shin = hole in leg!! I'm so lucky that I missed my actual shin bone by about 2mm. It's a substantial hole though as I hit the corner of the door. I guess I should have gone off for stitches, but really, I had pies in the oven..??? This morning I'm a bit sore and sorry I have to say and I know that I really should have got some treatment, but Sunday afternoon in the Emergency Room, I don't think so!! I have got sterile dressings on it and I am very concious of checking for infection, so don't worry, I'm looking after it really well. Having scars doesn't bother me but I do like to walk properly on two legs!!
I'll be fine, we usually are aren't we? Not a busy week this week so I'm going to have my leg up and resting for most of it I think. I've got my regular computer class to teach tonight, then nothing really until Patchwork on Thursday so two and a half days to rest up sounds perfect to me, I might even get some more done on these...





My Crimson Tweed on the left and the Japanese quilt I'm making on the right, I'm loving the colours on this one. A bit dark and utilitarian isn't it? It reminds me of the photo's I've seen of vintage everyday Kimono's, that's the look I was aiming for anyway..
I'm looking forward to quilting this, I thought I might do big stitch in brown? Suggestions gratefully recieved...!
xxx



Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Trivia....

Yesterday the girls went to the groomers, I have to take photo's 'cos they look so cute and clean and sweet....





..for this one it only lasts for a day, the ribbon has gone already..! We'll find it under a chair or cupboard when I (or the railway man) clean next. Miss Martha is a little more ladylike and her ribbon will last for days..





..well, it will if Miss Molly doesn't get her teeth around it..!


My friend Margaret got a little toy Singer for Mothers Day and I promised I would show her mine when Blogger stopped misbehaving, it did, so here's my little Singers..





..and..





They're beauties aren't they Margaret??


The last one I have the box for but I don't keep it in the box, I like to see it. They both sit on my black dresser amongst my fabric and are perfectly at home. I, like Margaret, would love a whole collection but I'm glad I've only got the two!! You know what we mean don't you..?


Talking of sewing and fabric :o) here's my Japanese fabric all cut up ready to go.





I'm using this gorgeous brown slub fabric for the background instead of black. There are three of us making this at my Patchwork group and we're all doing it with a different background so it should be interesting. I'm making two at the same time and the other is a sort of buttery cream background, I'm not going to show you that one as it's for someone special to do something special with...
I know, it's a bit like the butler in the conservatory isn't it, just a snippet and nothing more! I'll tell you all about it when it's finished, remind me...! :o)
I've finished the tree on my Crimson Tweed, should have taken a photo, but I didn't and I just can't be bothered now, I'll take one when I've put the star on it'll be more interesting then anyway. Do any of you subscribe to the Quilt Show? I don't but I just watched the latest episode with Sue Spargo (there was a link with her newsletter) and her work is just so inspiring, I really enjoyed it. Is it worth subscribing?


I'm off down to Geelong tomorrow, there's a new person in our family circle I have to meet! Our daughter Sarah has a new partner in her life and I haven't met him yet..! Not so strange really, he only arrived on Monday from Minneapolis. This man has left all his friends and family behind, has travelled half way around this planet to be with our girl...! He's left everything he knows and loves for an instant family that he's never met and you know what the best thing is...? He makes our girl happy. He makes her smile when she talks about him, I can't ask better than that can I?


(If you're a long time reader here, you'll know that Sarah has met Matthew, several times, and they've known one another a long time. She's been several times to Minneapolis, the last time for her first white Christmas just a few months ago. I would hate for you to think this is a 'never met in real life dating thing'. As I read this back I realised that that's just what it sounded like.)


Just to finish, this made me smile a little while ago, Miss Martha was doing this....





..while Miss Molly was doing this..





...watching the planes fly over..!! Such a baby still......

Friday, 6 May 2011

Back on track....

...well, nearly!
I decided that as much as I really, really wanted to just do my Pennies quilt, I really, really want to finish my Sue Spargo 'Crimson Tweed' too...! So that's what I'm going to do. This is what I finished last night...





This was block 5. I've already done block 6, the snowflakes. Have a look, isn't it going to be beautiful...



There are some flying geese to go on the plain grey blocks yet and the big rectangular hole is for the next block which is this...



..the Christmas Tree. The green is a bit paler than the one in the BoM pack, but it was too short!! The piece was about 2" too short to cut the tree out of, a bit disappointing but too late to do anything about it now. Luckily I had a fairly big bit of green wool, I'm sure it will look just as good when all the decorations are on it...
I'm really enjoying not having anything that 'has' to be finished by a deadline for a while, not long, there are a couple of quilts in the pipeline but for the minute I can just sit and stitch...just because..!



Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Finished...

...which is just as well...



..it's her birthday today!!



..label stitched on last night..



After my huge struggle with machine quilting this, honestly it was! I decided to do what I really like to do and big stitch quilted, with Perle thread around the inside of the Ohio stars. I had three perfect colours, pink, green and yellow, which incidently I had left over from her sisters 12th birthday quilt. I also quilted around the white border with the same thread. I took a good length on the needle, stitched that until it was finished then changed colour. I did that all the way around the quilt and it looks lovely..



I had originally thought that I would quilt in the middle of the stars, but I changed my mind pretty quick on that so I've tied assorted white buttons in the middle with the perle thread. The buttons all came from one of the many jars that Mum gave me last year. So Edie has buttons from her great grandma on her quilt too.. I like that.



Ready to wrap this morning..



..approved by the inspector of all things that happen around here..!!

I knew all along I guess, that I would love it once it was finished. It did give me some grief with the quilting part though as you know, but when I'm stitching the binding on, I always remember why I chose the fabric, pattern etc. I always love my quilt while it's still mine, just before it goes to it's new home is my time to enjoy it, honestly I think I love the ones I give away more than the ones I keep!! Perverse??
So, I love this quilt and I know Edie will too...

The blocks were part of my Flickr bee and I'm ridiculously pleased that I've finished both quilts from this bee!!

I'll leave you this morning with this....



....*No thanks Mum, we'll just stay here this morning* 
The little one has overtaken Miss Martha in size, hmm, not quite sure how that happened! Our two girls are best friends, they play, run, guard and sleep together....food though is something different. Neither one ventures near the others food bowl, it's almost sacrosanct the respect they show one another while they're eating..!!
I could wish they did the same thing with our sleeping space..!!
xxx

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