... gale force winds and power cuts do not make for ideal school holiday conditions.
Week One, Day Two. Day one was spent eating... a mammoth trip to our local Cafe with the kids having the freedom to order anything they wanted. Sometimes kids can be ridiculously easy to please. I was intending to retreat into my sewing cave today, but first a power cut, and now the fact that I have the fire roaring in the family room - well, the sewing cave is called "cave" for a reason!
I have been persevering with my tasks, and have finished off the last of the Tokyo Subway binding. Woohoo people! We have a July finish finish!
You can just see the texture... and this is before a wash... it can only get better!
I've also been plodding away with Block Nine of my Friends mystery stitchery. This block was supposed to be Shopping - spelled out in the bunting, with a few shopping packages illustrated. Shopping is actually one of my skills (I should list it on my CV)... but I decided to take this block in a different direction, and spelled out "Whanau" (far-no) in the bunting (Maori for family) - and what I consider to be our family at it's most simplest - our gumboots lined up. Two pairs of gumboots left to stitch.
I never did managed to install EQ7 on my laptop... eventually buying a small netbook so that I could use the programme. Crazy I know... but after a computer technician shrugged his shoulders and looked bewildered, I wasn't really sure what other options were available. Happily, the programme loaded on the new netbook without any problems, and I have been busy designing away already.
First up is a quilt that I first saw in the March/April 2014 Love of Quilting magazine (last school holidays) - Star Flowers by Dianne Tomlinson.
This would be so great in scraps... but close investigation of the blocks revealed set in seams... everywhere. This was so not going to happen in my lifetime. It would actually be an ideal pattern for someone who loved English Paper Piecing... although I figured with a few more seams I could eliminate those pesky set in ones... but I really needed to draft it properly. Hence the desperate need to get the EQ7 in the first place - and the fact that I've waited 10 weeks to do anything about this pattern. I just want to see how hard it will be. That's as good a reason as any to start a new quilt, isn't it?
Yay, I have some templates... all ready to have a bit of a play with. The new pieces are a diamond and two equilateral triangles (small and large).
Also some templates for the Flowering Snowball block which Mary from Mollies Makerie is running as a sew along. I haven't officially decided to join in - but it is tempting to at least make one block.
What's the weather like in your neck of the woods? Hopefully conducive to getting a bit of sewing done!