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Sunday, 31 December 2017

Progress (of a sort), priorities and piecing

As another calendar goes in the recycle pile and we advance the numbering system by one digit.

23 hours after Stuart phoned to tell us Worcester Bosch were supplying a new heat exchanger under warranty we took delivery of a large heavy box.  We still have no central heating and do not expect the boiler to be fixed before 8th January due to holidays, but it is progress to know what is wrong, to have the parts, and to believe that Stuart will be back as soon as he can.




The lack of heating is far from ideal but our situation could be so, so much worse.  I mentioned that a neighbour's mum had died unexpectedly on the Friday before Christmas.  Exactly one week later on the Friday between the two holidays, this same lady lost her brother.  He had been critically and terminally ill for some time and we wonder if the loss of his Mum was the final straw for him.  Our neighbour is stoical - and obviously stressed; it puts a few cold radiators firmly into perspective . . .



We've had the quietest, dullest Christmas anywhere on blog-land and we are quite happy with that!  Obviously the boiler worries put a bit of a damper on things but we have not been unhappy, and Daisy has not been without limitless quantities of attention, love, games and warm blankies.



Yay, the sun is out today, never fail to appreciate the warmth from solar gain!



Management has hunkered down in his study with the door closed and a little fan heater keeping the room warm enough.  I have drifted between the sitting room and sewing room having a tremendous time playing with fabric.  I said I was thinking of another Trip Around the World quilt, there may have been a photo of flowery fabric?



Flowers are going to have to wait 😀   I was overcome with a need for bright and cheerful and maybe a little silly, and a desire for quilts made especially for Bill.  TATW is definitely my current favourite quilt design and now I have my head around (my version of) the technique, it is a pattern which is proving remarkably quick to put together.  Seeing as Bill has two long sofas/beds, it makes sense to make two quilts - at the same time.

The process so far is:

Select fabric, some of which has been in the stash for a VERY long time!  The red peppers didn't make the cut, and were replaced by a red.





Press it all and cut lots of 4" strips



An entire day taken up with trying to decide on the order



And then piecing, and pressing, and more piecing; really lovely way to spend a few days!







By the close of business on 31st December, half of Top One was put together and, accompanied by the start of a box set binge-watch of The Big Bang Theory all the way from episode one, I've got the strip sets together for the other half, plus nearly all the piecing for Top Two.








20 comments:

  1. The colours on your quilts are stunning, can’t wait to see the finished items.

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    1. Thank you so much Marlene, they are even brighter in the flesh! I took the first panel down to the campervan yesterday, just to make sure it looked OK. Oh boy, is it bright :)

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  2. Oh, just look at the top photograph of darling Daisy! Gorgeous. I hope you get the boiler sorted before the weather turns really cold again. X

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    1. Thanks Jules. Daisy has abandoned her crate-next-to-the-radiator since the heating went off and taken ownership of the little sofa instead, she's not stupid!

      Confess to being a bit relieved that the weather forecast until next weekend is for damp and gloom - which is warmer than clear skies and the accompanying freezing temps.

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  3. The bright colours on those first two panels are gorgeous. I just love bright colours and can't wait to see the finished quilt, it'll look fabulous. I love the photo of Daisy snuggled under her blanket, I think she's got the right idea :)

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    1. Cheers Eunice, if I hadn’t got distracted by the Christmas Bake Off then Top One would be finished - but it’s not a race so I’ll do the last few seams tomorrow and then you can see it.

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  4. Oh, how I love those bright colors on your latest TATW!!! I've never been tempted to do one of those but you may have changed my mind. Happy New Year, dear girl. My very best wishes for the New Year to you, Management and Miss Daisy.

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    1. Sue, give it a try - I think you will be surprised how fast this goes together.

      I didn’t mean to make the first batik one, those strips got sewn together for fun which is how I ended up with 14 fabrics. If you look online nearly all TATWs seem to be usually 4 to 6 fabrics with more repetition - I think that’s why I’ve never fancied it before. I’ll be interested to see what you come up with!

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  5. Our Christmas was dull and uneventful too - just the way we hoped it would be.

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  6. Now that sure packs a punch & I'm glad I'm not the only who has what K calls my mad bright moment quilts. I so enjoy both designing & the colour side of quilting & glad that others do too. I'm sure your counting down the days till the boiler is fixed & maybe I should fan some heat across on Saturday, when it is predicted to reach 41deg in Melbourne. Ugh! All the best for 2018, take care & huggles to all.

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    1. Thanks Susan, I have rarely made ‘mad, bright quilts’ but I’m rather enjoying this :)

      Please fan heat in our direction!

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    2. I may have duplicated this reply - but my first one just vanished! Those colours are so full of positive va va voom! Bill is going to be full of colour and summery fun (fingers crossed for the radiators xx)

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    3. Thanks Kate. You will be able to get the sunglasses out in person when Bill and I come down to see you :) xx

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  7. Daisy is a clever girl making sure she is warm and snuggly. Not long to go for your boiler repair now. Your quilts are going to be fabulous and I love the vibrant colours, can't wait to see them in Bill. Happy New Year Jayne, M and Daisy.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, a few days ago I took a panel down to the campervan just to make sure the idea would work. Err, let's just say it's bright and striking! Happy New Year to you all, hugs to Annie. x

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  8. Oh you have the same curtains as us! Lovely to see Daisy all tucked up, our cat does the same with the duvet and we have heating....

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    1. Hello K, lovely to hear from you again. We have those curtains in a cople of different colours, always buy them in Dunelm's sale .....

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  9. Those bright colours are a perfect antidote to today's dismal weather in Worcester. Jx

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    1. Thanks Jan, pretty dismal round here too, perhaps that is why am enjoying the brightness so much?

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