Sunday, July 26, 2009

Stop! Wait a minute Mr Postman...

I really liked that song and a few others by The Carpenters. But I digress the mailman called by my mailbox today and brought me such a wonderful surprise. I got blocks for the QuiltAid project, another block for The Gingham Girls by Bronwyn Hayes and the two Quilted Diamonds books by Linda Franz all wrapped in some beautiful wrapping paper featuring different coloured blocks from the books.

I didn't know where to start, and I still don't all I can do is look and touch and I'm thinking.... I could do this one, no maybe this one, oh but I would really like to just sit in my chair and throw a quilt over my legs and droul all over the new books I have.

Oh dear confusion reigns. I know I'm going to go and make me a cuppa and think about it while the kettle boils.

Until next time, happy stitching,

Saturday, July 25, 2009

It's all in the prep...

I spent a good part of today preparing my applique pieces for Aunt Millies Flower Garden by Piece'o Cake designs. When I first saw this pattern I knew it was one of those that I just "had" to do. When I had the chance to start it I decided that I had to jump in with both feet. I have completed my first block and really enjoyed it. Now I am on the second and have been procrastinating big time. So when I spent the time today preparing all of my pieces for needleturn applique I knew that I would probably get this block finished by Monday next week.
So that is the deadline:

Monday 27 July, 2009 - complete block 2 of Aunt Millies Flower Garden

I hope to have pictures up for you but at the moment I am more focused on my applique. When reading through some blogs that I follow I found that Helen of Hugs n Stitches is running her Stitchers Angel program again this year. It was really great last year, even though I didn't actually participate, just reading about what people were saying was normally motivation enough, but of course the free patterns were a really great bonus.

Until next time, happy stitching

Remember when...

I was going through old photos for a slide show we are planning on having for our daughters 21st birthday next year and came across this picture. She looked so young.

Here she is feeding the swan and Dad is holding on to the back of her overalls so that she won't fall in with all the excitement. You know right up to this very day Dad is always watching her back, hoping that his Baby Girl doesn't fall and hurt herself. I can remember so clearly how she got so excited about these ducks and swans until one came up to the pram and pecked at her. As you can see this shot was taken before the pecking incident. Even Tash can remember the pecking and always mentions when we drive past the park, "Do you remember that horrible swan Dad?" Never mind Mum, she was only taking photos. It was such a beautiful day with some really funny and wonderful memories. They grow up so quickly, and then if you are really lucky they take an interest in what you are doing. That is my cue to make a move I can see her heading towards my stash. I can't have her using anything that I might have in mind for ANY project.

Until next time, happy stitching

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Thread the needle first...

Well, where else do you start but by threading the needle. Once that is done you can get stuck in to whatever it is that you are working on. The trouble with that is I don't know where to start. I think to myself surely nobody must have as many projects on the go as I do, but I'm going to put an end to that and make a start on clearing out all of these projects. We all only have so much time on this earth, and it is time for me to get down to business so that I don't leave behind an overwhelming stash for my family to deal with. It's really great my daughter began quilting last year, but she has already fallen into the trap of "too many projects and not enough time". But inbetween studies she is making an effort to complete her first quilt, (not far know, only the borders to go).

Anyway, the weather forecast is for rain, rain and more rain. So I am off to work on my daughters quilt for her 21st birthday in February, it is handpieced and to be handquilted (at least that is half done). But, the problem is I received an exciting package in the mail today and I keep on wanting to play with that.

Until next time, happy stitching