I can’t believe it’s been so long since I posted on the blog, had disconnected my camera and it’s a major drama climbing under furniture to reconnect, and basically I was lazy!
And my oldest furbaby, Gertie has suddenly taken to taking up this pose everytime I sit in front of the computer… easy enough to surf the net, a bit difficult to type.
So, this is a licorice allsorts sort of post, with an update of what I’ve been working on for the last little while and other stuff and nonsense.
OUT THERE IN BLOGLAND
First off, my lovely quilty fairy godmother Jasmine is having a blogaversary giveaway, she’s made a quilt from a jelly roll I sold in the big clean up last year! She’s my fairy godmother, because the first time I ever met her in person, after corresponding online for awhile, she was wearing purple and black striped witchy socks with a tutu and a tiara! And she almost conned a lovely man at the local pub into buying us a bottle of Moet Chandon – have loved her ever since.
Bobbi and Heidi have organised another Friday Night Sew-In for this Friday – Friday 19 March, you can find all the details here. As Saturday is also International Quilt Day, I’m planning a night in on Friday that will probably extend over into the wee small hours of Saturday. Will either do some more work on my Red and Green Sampler blocks like last time, or work on some Teapot blocks I am making as part of a Flickr Quiltalong. By the way, I’ve finished the block I started at the last Friday night sew-in.
Mid February, inspired by my finishing the last of my Baskets full of Butterflies blocks, I dug out another old WIP. This quilt was designed by Michele Hill and is called Folk Art Sampler, published in APQ Vol 12, No. 12 and 13 in 2005. I bought the fabric for this quilt while away studing at the University of Ballarat in July 2005 at Gail’s Patchwork Emporium, prepped 5 blocks, and stitched one flower on one block and then put it aside, where it has remained ever since. So during February and March, I’ve finished buttonhole appliqueing the 5 prepped blocks, prepped and started stitching another 2 blocks. I bought some sashing material a few weeks ago, and want to finish the centre blocks and add the outer borders. I think the easiest way to get this finished is to prep all my applique and fuse and stitch one side at a time.
I’ve also made a start on Ink Circles The Bramble and The Rose as part of a stitch-along that my cross-stitch enablers Claire and Sandra are also doing. There are a few stitchers working on this one on the Ink Circles Stitchers blog. I’m using Threadworx Lava Rocks, which is more a solid colour then I thought it would be. Was originally going to use 32ct linen, but didn’t like the linen I’d ordered online, so found a piece of what I think is 28ct quaker cloth and am using that instead. Means will be a bigger finish, but am loving it so far.
I really hate catching public transport! I miss my car, and being able to drive to work without the hassle of city traffic and parking. The only thing that has made life bearable is that I am using the 45 minute journey to and from work as an opportunity to use needle and thread. BUT, what to do while travelling that doesn’t involve major supplies? My Butterfly baskets were perfect, as they were fused and all used black thread… but I didn’t have another fused applique project that didn’t require multiple needle/ colour changes. So for the last fortnight, I’ve been working on another of my It’s a Redwork Christmas blocks by Rosalie Quinlan, and this is my progress to date. There are 9 of these blocks all up, and this is my 2nd block, so this could take me most of 2010 to work on during my travels.
And just to round out the whole needle and thread experience, I’ve also started playing with some crochet. Inspired by Attic24, Do You Mind if I Knit? and Sarah London and some of the stunning work they are all doing, I’m attempting to master the art of crochet. While I’d love to try some of the more complex designs out there, I’ve started off simply, with a giant granny square, am going to use light pink, hot pink, red, yellow, green, turqoise and purple alternating with this creamy/white colour using yarn I had collected for another project that didn’t happen.
And just to make sure she get’s her mugshot here, have a look at Gracie, my ever so slight crazy cat, assisting Mum as she prepared the surprise 50th quilt’s binding last weekend at my house. I’ll post a proper photo of this quilt in a week or so, as the party is next weekend and it’ll be unveiled then.
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