Friday, 16 March 2018

Decade two, day one

I had planned on getting into the garden today;  the fruit cage desperately needs weeding & feeding and the roof net tightening up.  The Weather Gods had other ideas - whilst it was not raining (for once, hurrah!) the wind was bitterly, bitterly cold and if it were not for the necessity of taking Daisy out for walks then I might not have stepped outside all day.

Plan B involved fabric, and once I had cleaned, oiled and warmed up the longarm machine I turned it off.  Just not in the mood.

Instead I messed around with stuff that didn't have to be perfect or straight and made some carry bags to use in Bill.  A big one for my very bulky sleeping bag:



And smaller ones for my pillow and dirty laundry.



In March 2004 I made this little quilt for Timeless Treasures.  Crappy photo but it is the best I have.



I made a few quilts for them back in the day to showcase new fabric lines, and not only did they pay me well for the work but always were very generous in the yardage they supplied.  The big perk was getting to keep anything I didn't use on the show quilt.  At the time I enjoyed making that quilt and wanted one for myself, I now have to admit that I am never going to make it but already have some of the pieces cut:



As it is still one of my favourite fabric lines of all time, I didn't want to waste the material, so a couple of hours mindless piecing has produced:





Which could be cut down to make little Four Patch blocks, or cut differently to make Hourglass blocks - haven't decided yet.  Who knows, they may sit for another 14 years before I make any more progress . . .


















20 comments:

  1. I love picking fabrics from my stash, it's like Christmas, but better, as I know I will love what I find. I can see why you love the fabrics, they are stunning and look really good as rounds.

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  2. It is trying to snow here, keep everything crossed we miss it, we are on the edge of the yellow warning area.

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    1. Thank you for both comments Marlene. Those blocks will not stay circular, I've done enough curved piecing in the past to know I don't enjoy it enough to do any more in future!

      We have had snow flurries on and off all morning and it is FREEZING when Daisy and I go out.

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  3. Been trying to seriously snow here on and off all day, you are right in saying that it is bitterly bitterly cold x

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    1. Hi Kate, was thinking of you earlier - I suspect you will be catching this easterly wind worse than us.

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  4. We've had snow AGAIN! There are lots of gardening tacks in desperate need.

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    1. Hi Sue, not glad that your schedule has been delayed, but at least I am in good company:-)

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  5. Love the carry bags you made to use in Bill, especially the big one.

    It was a lovely day here today, blue sky and glorious sunshine in spite of the wind, but snow flurries from about 4pm and by 7pm it was coming down thick and fast. We now have quite a covering of the stuff and the wind is bitingly cold :( I'm keeping my fingers crossed that things are better for Easter as I've ordered a new tent today :)

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    1. The bags were easy, something I have been meaning to do for ages. Sounds like you have had similar weather to us, flurries all day that did nothing, but horrible wind.

      After supper it was cold but relatively still, just been out for Madam's bedtime walk and we have a whole quarter of an inch of snow. That's quite enough thank you, don't want to see it in the morning :-)

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  6. Very productive day, although the long-arm lay idle. I do the same sometimes, after I've oiled Bubs, though I've baby quilts to make at the moment, so better get a wriggle on as they are both here now. Never thought of bags for caravan, but I suppose we've more storage in that than Bill. I should call ours Jayne, as it is a Jayco pop-top. We name everything else, but for some reason haven't named her. Hmmmm! Our weather has turned from a 35deg day yesterday, to RAIN(what's that?), strong wind & cooler temps. Hope the winds don't fan the fires, which are burning south of us, but I'm sure my garden is enjoying the precipitation. I must do a blog post with some catchup stuff, so maybe today. Keep warm, take care & huggles.

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    1. Thanks Susan, I knew you would understand. Xx. Instead of actually quilting, I spent quite a long time drawing freehand feathers, the first half hour looked like a chimp had scribbled over the paper because I am so very out of practise with freehanding anything, not there yet, but it is slowly getting better. Will email you re: all the other stuff in your lovely comment.

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  7. The bags are a good idea especially one for dirty laundry to take home, an idea I think I'll have a go at. Same weather here, bitterly cold yesterday and we have snow today. My daughter is away in York for her tenth wedding anniversary and who'd have guessed it would snow mid-March!

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    1. Thank you Eileen, it has been a good way to use up a little collection of fabrics which I really liked but were of a style and colours that just did not go with anything else. I have used the overlocker to make them, which I find difficult, but at least the seams should stand up to being washed. Hope Carol is having a good weekend, despite the weather, x

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    2. Snow in mid March is nothing really, back in 1979 just after I'd moved into this house during a very warm and sunny April it snowed on the 1st of May!

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    3. I know this isn't a competition, but one year in the early 70's I can remember snow on 12th May.
      It was my birthday so I'm pretty certain of the date!!

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  8. Thankfully the cat doesn't require walks so I am tucked up quilting this weekend. The wind is bitter and best avoided - I think a beautifully coloured quilt is just the thing to stave off over long winter weather; actually those circles remind me of bulbs flowering against the dark earth. Lovely. xx

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    1. Thankfully the wind has dropped this morning, walking Daisy in the sunshine earlier was actually quite pleasant.

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  9. Hi Jayne,

    Just checking in, I hope you and all yours are well. xx

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    1. Bless you K, and thanks. I am absolutely fine, but just cannot seem to get my act together to blog at present! Been super busy in the garden over the weekend, which has been fabulous.

      Thanks for the very gentle kick up the bottom :-). x

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  10. No bottom kicking at all :-) and glad you're enjoying the brief spring sunshine we've been having - however brief it might be. x

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