Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy Anniversary Paul


"This is the man that I plan to entangle
Isn't he fine? "
....with thanks to the "Once More With Feeling" soundtrack (Buffy and Josh Wheedon)
Well, eight years ago today (February 29, if blogger isn't on GMT +10) we DID get married
So, we are celebrating our official 2nd Anniversary. I think it is supposed to be paper.
Appropriate then, that todays mail contained a Mortgage Statement.
Oh yeah, 3 children also had a "free" day from school, so there were 7 of them at home for most of the day.
MIL called to say "Congratulations", and that was about it.
No $$ for a celebration or presents......but we do have dinner (meatballs and pasta) on the menu
Gratitudes
we HAVE a mortgage
bills are (mostly) paid this week
Master 11 made us a card....brickwork with a bat on it
DH is REALLY a dear husband
my missing blocks for the applique quilt came today!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

lots to catch up on


First.......

My Secret Santa parcel arrived! It was posted in Canada on the 27th of November last year!!

It arrived last Friday. Lots of good things, and I love the bag "Do not disturb, Quilting in progress" There were even two cat FQ's that I didn't already have. And a little bundle of Olvia the Pig Christmas fabrics...too cute



Next.......

This past weekend was the Berwick Show. It's basically an ag show, but since Berwick is now an outer suburb of Melbourne, it is really a lot like any other big show. Rides, sideshow alley and NOISE....oh, and CROWDS.

I went!!! I put a quilt in the handcraft competition, and wanted to see if it won a ribbon (I had a quilt come third two years ago)

Definately NOT worth the anxiety. I don't "do" crowds at the best of times, but this was awful. Not only did my quilt not win a prize, it was rolled up into a very small space, and couldn't be seen properly!!

And it IS hanging straight, the bookshelf it's hanging across is making it hang stupid!

Last but NOT least, Libby is having a contest.

She wants to see our ironing boards....so here's mine....ummm, it's REALLY not that old, but managed to get scorched and stuff already.

I do use baking paper when I use vliesofix, so the only other excuse is that one of the kids must have done it..... :>(




Gratitudes

I have actual picture content
DH is willing to take me just about anywhere.....and put up with the accompanying panic/anxiety attacks
the kids all behaved and let me finish the quilt in time for the show
I have a nice FINISHED quilt
my SS present took a long time, but really cheered me up

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Am I REALLY a Headcase??

I bought the latest issue of Australian Patchwork and Quilting Magazine.

It has a wonderful Hexagon quilt on the cover

Scroll down the page, a slightly better picture of the quilt and a description are there

10,339 half-inch Hexagons

I had a few remnants of 30's repro's.....ones that I actuall like and use. How hard can this quilt be? I have done English-Style paper piecing before.......

Do you know HOW SMALL the templates are??? Half an inch on each side. A smidge more than my thumb nail.........


I found a site that offers free hex shaped graph paper. I have printed off four sheets (so far) for my own "Insanity"


These are the units I have put together.

The left hand picture is the start of the centre of the quilt. There are 158 'lozenge' shaped units in total.

I have 9 together, and nine waiting to go in (18).

*Only* 140 to go. Then there is the white border, the solid border and the scrappy border.

I will be "hexing" for a LOOONG time

As a small aside....http://www.suedaleydesigns.typepad.com/ mentions the quilt on her blog.

Seems there are LOADS of orders for half inch EPP pieces at her website!!!

Ths quilt looks to be the "Next Big Thing"

In other quilty news (yes, I am SEWING) I have my units together for the "Carolina Crossroads" Quilt, (link in the side bar) and I participated in Bonnie Hunter's "Bargello Bowl", but I am still to put the icon up.

......and on a TOTALLY manic day, I have entered TWO!! quilts into the local AG show......um, they are not completely pieces yet, and are due at the showgrounds NEXT Friday!!

BUT...... (justification here) I will have used almost all of my Thimbleberries Stash.

Gratitudes

having $$ to but a magazine
the fabric to begin a new quilt
DH who (hopefully) fixed "Ethel"
blogger friends
the kits are behaving today

ps......if anyone would like to contribute 30's fabrics, I need either 7" squares or fat sixteenths (9 x 11 inches) I should be ale to find either fabrics or Aust. mags to swap!

....and no, DJ isn't forgotten, I just have to cut for more blocks, they reqire more concentration than basting hex's