Sunday, March 30, 2008

for want of a camera..

Dear Daughter (miss 19, now with an 'official' boyfriend) went to Sydney last weekend to visit.

She 'borrowed' the digital camera.

I'm STILL waiting for her to give it back.

So, no exciting pictures this post.

I HAVE made progress on "Insanity", got a little bored with the centre, and started to build a bit of border.

This looks like being the quilt that ate us all (LOL), it will be HUMUNGOUS!!. Maybe it's just that I hve a problem with imagining how big something will be when it is "?? x ##" I need to SEE the dimensions.

This probably won't happen, unless we get giant pattern sheets in quilting magazines that have solid colored lines......red line is for the XX quilt, green is the size of quilt @@@....you get the idea. All of us that are visually challenged could then get out the sheets of patterns and drape them where the quilts would go, then see if the quilt was big enough!!

Our family went to a birthday party yesterday. Cousin J turned 2. It was going to be an afternoon tea in a park near the birthday boy's house. Dues to inclement weather, it was AT the birthday boy's house.

We had 7 of our children there. Apart from 2 other cousins, there were no children over 4. I thinkg the total attendance was 19 children and 30 odd adults. In a two bedroom, first floor walk-up unit.

Interesting party, I sat in a corner and prepped some hex's....and fought the urge to run out of there screaming. It was just too much, even with everyone on best party manners. The food was good though!!

Cousin J and his parents are moving to a house in two and a half weeks....I know his parents are reallly looking forward to it.......a HOUSE with a backyard....FIL will be installing a sand pit!!

That same weekend, we are doing some cosmetic front yard work.....weather permitting

Also to note, the first week of two weeks school holidays has passed. Much easier to handle. Not nearly as stressful as I had feared

Miss 19 works full time, and Master 15 is besotted by busses, so rides them all day. Master (now) 12 goes bike riding with his friends, and miss 10 is off with her friends.

We had a small, family Easter, not too much chocolate.

All in all, things are going OK here.

Gratitudes

Children (mostly) amusing themselves
Family celebrations
doing OK on meds....albeit sleeping 12-15 hours a day
everyone is currently well
*only* one more week of holidays

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

back from no-sew......

WARNING!

This will be a picture heavy post....if Blogger plays nice!



First....cast your mind back to when I made the quilt for the Berwick Show. I was originally going to enter this one too. Fresh is the Bloom by Jennie Osborne (Country Threads, Vol. 6 # 6 and 7) Part of the pattern was missing from the magazines. By the time I got the missing pattern pieces from the designer, the show was over. This is the top, without borders.




Next is a progress picture on "Insanity" I have completed the top row, now to finish building the centre (158 lozenge shapes) and get 'in the zone' for borders.......MANY plain hexagons....

Figured out that I can get 9 hexagons from a 4 inch charm square, so I will be on the look-out for swaps etc.

And two of my tribe had birthday parties to go to last weekend.



The first was Master 4. His friend is 'into' Scooby Doo. I used Google, found a picture, enlarged it, and appliqued the cushion cover. I was also able to play with my free-motion foot and do a little embroidery detail.




Miss 10 went to a party too. Her best-friend-at-the-moment LOVES skulls. Again with the Google for a picture....this cushion cover is straight satin stitch applique.


I thnk that both of these projects turned out pretty well.....seeing as I was up past 2 am to finish them!!....I think most mums can relate to that. LOL
...and hubby had no idea that I knew how to make cushion covers like these!! Neither did I really, until I tried.
If you are wondering........I sewedVelcro into the back closure, I cannot fathom buttonholes :>(
Gratitudes
parties went well, presents seemed to be appreciated
I'm getting to know my sewing machine better
also stretching my boundaries with free-motion embroidery
the Insanity quilt piece is growing
having Blogger accept my third attempt at this post

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

just a V. quick post

have started a yahoo 'support' group for hexagon quilt makers

hexagon-habit@yahoogroups.com

if anyone wants to join and talk about six sided piecing.

will be back later in the week to catch up on all the other 'stuff' in my life!