Thursday, 11 October 2018

Three finishes

The Halloween/Autumn Trip Around the World is (sort of) finished . . .  the top is pieced so it is not yet a finished quilt, but it's still a major finish :)



For the first time ever I had to break one of my unwritten rules at the end;  I wanted the quilt to be bigger than the piecing which meant a border or two.  My 'rule' is that you don't use a fabric for the border that did not already appear in the body of the quilt, but I'd already struggled hugely to get the piecing done, and there was no suitable fabric left over for a big border.  It was just possible to eek out a small border from the brown check and then I stared at the top for a few days trying to decide whether to just accept this was going to be a smallish quilt, but in the end I added a brown/autumny leaf print that was hiding at the back of the stash.  It's not perfect but it does not need to be.



Struggling to get a picture indoors which shows the colours accurately, the pictures make the border fabric look far more yellow than it really is.



This was the light yesterday afternoon hitting some of our trees and those next door, yep, this is definitely an autumn quilt 😊



I'd love to get this quilted before the end of the month . . .


Finish number two is my own darn fault - I've finished the first part of the All Souls Trilogy - Discovery of Witches - all 700 delicious pages of it.  I tried really, really hard to ration myself to just 100 pages at a time but I failed miserably.  There were a couple of major sections in the second half of the book that just could not be interrupted.   I'll have a break before I begin Shadow of Night, and if I leave it a week or two then I might just re-read Discovery first.  I normally read at breakneck speed and had to force myself to slow down with this book in order to savour and appreciate the writing, the descriptions, the ideas.  Even so, I know I will have missed a lot so a second visitation isn't the daftest idea I have ever had.




Finish number three is far less relaxed, in fact it is extreme but I'm putting it out here to make it real.  I have finished with the caravan . . .



After my last towing experience which was particularly stressful I threatened that the van and I might be parting company.  This week Management was due to go to an astronomy Star Camp but the getting ready fought us every step of the way.  In the end he abandoned his plans for a break and stayed home.



We had previously talked about whether I thought I'd use the van again, now that I have the luxury of a campervan as well and I said the jury was still having a long cogitation.    Long story short, compared to the campervan, for me the caravan has come to represent too much hassle, and there are way too many things which could go wrong that I worry about.  If I am going away it is because I want to relax, not worry about anything, to chill out and just "be", and the caravan is not providing any of those things whereas the campervan ticks every box.

So I'm done with it.  There - I've said it.   If I go away now it will be in a converted delivery van!  The facilities and space are vastly inferior to that which the caravan provides, but it does not matter.  Bill has enough, and enough is all I need.  In the extremely unlikely event I succumb to a burning desire for luxury and opulence I'll check into a 5-star hotel.  What I do want is peace of mind and simplicity and the campervan supplies that on every outing, large or small.



No decision taken, nor one needed, as to whether we keep the caravan.  M. enjoys being in it far more than he likes being in the campervan, and if he wants to keep it just to go to Star Camps then that is fine with me.  He's currently feeling "oh, should I keep such a big thing just for me" but I've pointed out that he already keeps multiple big motorbikes which I have absolutely nothing to do with so if he wants to keep the big white box on two wheels then that's fine.




14 comments:

  1. Your quilt is gorgeous Jayne, I think the border suits it very well. I'm glad you've enjoyed the first part of your trilogy. I wouldn't be able to ration myself once I become absorbed in a good book, I like books I can't put down. It must be a good read for you to want to re-read part one. I can tell you really love being out and about in Bill, nowt wrong with his and hers vehicles :)

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    1. Hi Eileen, once I'd got into the book I didn't do very well at 'rationing' either!

      I did love being in the caravan in the beginning, but now we have a little van and I can compare the two I am sad to say I've very much changed my mind.

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  2. The quilt colours are very autumn-y and the leaf print border really suits it - and as for the caravan then why not have his and hers mobile accommodaton if you're both happy :)

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    1. "His and hers RV's" - thanks Eunice, hadn't thought of it like that πŸ˜€ 🚐

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  3. The quilt is beautiful Jayne. Gorgeous autumn shades as you've demonstrated perfectly with the photograph of the trees. The late afternoon light is stunning at this time of year, illuminating the golden leaves. X

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    1. Thanks Jules. The light was gorgeous yesterday, not so much today . . .

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  4. We still have our caravan but I would happily hock it in for a 'van. The caravan was brilliant for a family with two little boys and a dog - space to play if we were back after a day out or if the weather was not good enough to play out, but now, there would only be the two of us using it (and a dog) and I love the idea of being able to pull up and cracking open the kitchen for a brew and view and not have to put up the steadies or have sufficient place to be able to park a car and caravan or be able to turn safely! I am with you xx

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    1. Darling Kate, thank you so much, I love "brew & a view"! There ~are~ big compromises to make downsizing from a caravan but I know you understand. Perhaps you should seriously think about it . . . get something that you and Miss Moss can pop out in just for an afternoon, but big enough that three of you can go off for a weekend microadventure :) Think how useful a little van could be when you go to art fairs?

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  5. We are thinking we don't get out in our van enough, and is it worth the money to keep it unused. We love using it, but this summer we had so little time to get away.
    Your quilt is huge and beautiful and the boarder works well with the colours.

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    1. Hi Marlene, sorry you have not been able to use your van as much as you wanted over summer. Can you get away, just for afternoon's out in it? We find that a lovely way to feel like we've done more than we actually have, if that makes any sense?

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  6. Just on blog reading catchup & loved the gardens you've been visiting. Quilts can talk to us at times & the border may be whatever fits, especially when the fabrics are of the older variety & aren't available any more. I've substituted much of late trying to use my stash. I don't get much time to read, what with household chores, gardening & just life in general, which always seems more important in my mind, but am slowly getting through The Railway Children(which I read as a child), before I go to sleep at night. Saw it mentioned on someone's blog & knew I had an old copy, fished it out, & am enjoying. I do relax when we are away in the van, but I've not pulled it myself in years & probably wouldn't even try now. Well done on your finishes. Have a great weekend & take care.

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    1. Thanks Susan, lovely comments as always. xx I have much blog catching up to do too!

      This quilt didn't just talk, it yelled incessantly: "don't want that black", "give me more autumn colours" and when I tried to use a dark based star fabric (already in the quilt) as the border it threw a complete hissy fit. Given the price of fabric these days, and the amount I already have, if it's not in my stash I do without.

      I also read last thing at night, which is why sometimes I have an unplanned late night!

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  7. Beautiful quilt Jayne. We had a motorhome, but as we like to visit smaller towns and villages, it was difficult to find a parking place. In May we changed it for a caravan (one with a rear bedroom and central washroom), we have used it far more than the motorhome, just park up on site and leave to sightsee in the car.

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  8. You're quite right Eleanor, there are good reasons to have a caravan, It depends what you want to do and where you want to go. Glad you are happy with yours :)

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