Sunday, June 28, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Then I suddenly remembered the girl at the other end of our building is having a baby in about 2 weeks. I don't really know her aside from bumping into each other in the kitchen and chatting whilst we prepare our lunch or coffee but her tummy has just become my perfect excuse to finish off the little strip quilt I've had in the work in progess pile. Having heeded the warnings from other quilters in blog land about this style of quilt, I never intended for this one to get too large (too many seams for easy stippling), so a baby quilt with white sashing is perfect. And seeing as this new mum doesn't know if she's having a boy or girl, the mish-mash of colours seems the right way to go. It's currently 81cm x 110cm, completely made from scraps, stash and sewn together batting so I shouldn't have any problems handing it over.....I always get so attached to my quilts, I can't bear to say goodbye to them!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
And just to prove we did eat it! (Armless and legless....just like a real party!)
Friday, June 12, 2009
Today I was 'lucky' enough to get the day off work to stay home and look after the children whilst they're in 'home isolation' (it sounds so much better than quarantine, don't you think?). They've completed all the homework their teachers had set so for all intents and purposes, that's a quilting day! (R said I was like the substitute teacher that lets the class get away with murder!)
So I sandwiched the red and white disappearing 9 patch before breakfast. Stared at it for a while and contemplated it's size and how much time I'd need to quilt it. To resolve the dilema, I thought I'd cut out some fabric.
Our lounge features the one thing that ever got renovated. (We bought our house because very little had been changed.) The previous owners had removed the original Victorian fireplace and replaced it with a 1930's bungalow style glazed brick number. The terracota colour of the brick is so strong and tends to dictate any colour scheme we choose for that room. So when we were visiting Mt Tamborine, QLD back in April I found these beautiful fat quarters of Wyndham fabrics that are supposed reproductions of Civil War prints (hey, I bought it!) in shades of dark pink, terracotta and brown, I had to have them. I've co-ordinated them with some Denyse Schmidt Country Fair and eventually had enough to make a reasonable sized quilt. Then comes the dilema of what to do with them! I've really enjoyed the construction of the Old Red Barn Co's quilt along quilt so I've decided to do something similar for the 'lounge quilt'. Because I've got fat quarters, I can't go full width which means my blocks can't be as deep so I'll join 5 strips of the 2 1/2" strips instead of the 6 and cut them into smaller 10 1/2" blocks.
Before I knew it, all the cutting was completed by early afternoon and the pieces have been re-packed neatly ready for the moment of construction.
Then in between 'silly sentences', a load of washing and a pot of vichyssoise I went back to the red and white and began stippling. Now it's the end of the day and I'm about 2/3rds done!
Yup.....you just have to be in the mood!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Arrived in good time for an evening stroll (perhaps it was a sprint before the shops closed at 6pm!) down Chapel Street. Fell into bed ready for another early start at the Star Wars exhibition at Scienceworks. (Highly recommend on-line pre-purchase of tickets to avoid the VERY long queues. We're so glad we did!)
L and R2D2 in the flesh
L and R mixing with the locals
L making light of the situation!
The next award goes to Billy Elliot The Musical. R and I loved it!
And finally to Brunetti's in Carlton to cap off a wonderful day.
It's just a shame we're now in lock-down with the kids in isolation for a week because of swine flu!
Friday, June 5, 2009
I've joined all my strips into families of 6 as per the instructions. Mine ended up being 12" wide, so I've cut my fabric into 12" blocks. All up I have 42 blocks, so I'm guessing we'll go 6 across x 7 deep. I probably won't use the left-overs in this quilt, so I've unpicked them to keep for another project that needs 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares....maybe I could come in late for Crazy Mom's 9 patch quilt along?