Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Just a wee bit more

It has been good to get just a little bit more done on most of my projects.

I recently read the following lines in a M/M romance novel, and they really hit my "oh yeah" censors...
"We all must make peace with the intersection of our dreams and reality."  From Tight Knit by Annabeth Albert (about a knitting designer and a barista...)

Anyway, I did mention a bit of progress...

 We have a new Starburst Cross block:

This is a hand dye, or a made to look like a hand dye, in a terrific chartreuse shade.  Do not have any idea where it came from, perhaps someone gave it to me???  But it is exactly the perfect match for this printed fabric.

And we have another VQR block:

And Monikas.  We both liked this block because it was easy to sew, but in hindsight, awkward to piece together into a quilt.  It looks clonky joined together, but equally weird imagining sashing.  So a good option for a sampler quilt I think.

My new fabrics are slowly migrating into the sewing cave, and I finally laid out my new Bonnie & Camille fabrics with their corresponding project.  I had been a bit hesitant with these as in my mind they were a lot muddier than the existing fabrics... but I'm sure the picture shows that they will blend in with the other fabrics just fine, even though they are completely different ranges.

I have even done some more FMQ on the Constellation quilt - which hasn't been worked on since Term Two holidays!  So yeah, my dreams and reality are getting a bit closer :o)

Monday, October 17, 2016

A BLIP in the programming

Well, I didn't think it was possible to have a worse school holidays than the previous Term One and Term Two holidays earlier this year.  In fact, Term Three holidays sucked, big time.

First up I got sick.  Real sick.  Lie in bed for days on end sick.  It was really just a coughing sort of flu, high temperature, no appetite and pretty queasy.  But it just went on and on... and I discovered, that if you stopped breathing, you could stop coughing... but of course, you could only do that for so long :o)

Sick enough that staring at this quilt close up made me feel queasy.  All those dots, and speckles and swirls... Now that is real sick.

After the first week, I started to feel a bit better.  We planned a trip to visit Charlotte and her stitch and chat evening - so that hubby and kids could go night fishing while I was otherwise occupied.  I packed an easy project so that it would be mostly a social visit, with a bit of hand stitching to keep occupied.  We started the trip, and called into a nearby supermarket on the way, to buy bait... but when we tried to  re-start our vehicle, it wouldn't go.  Even jump starting it didn't work.  So we waited for over an hour for a tow truck, then made the 45min journey back home.  It was a pretty sucky night, and meant that I didn't have a car for the rest of the holidays.

Then it was back to work last week... and that was the usual week of settling in, and getting back into the rhythm of work and school life.  The first Friday of term four is traditionally Greats and Grands Day at Nadia's primary school.  This year Poppa John (my father) was invited, and he came up for the day and stayed with us over the weekend.  It was a great opportunity to catch up, and he enjoyed spending the time learning about Nadia's school progress.  With pretty much 60 years between them, there is a lot of difference between his schooling and hers.

OK, any sewing being done?  Not here, but Monika did manage to get her version of this block finished.

The different fabric placement makes quite a difference.  In fact, I really have to look and double-check the units to make sure that it is the same.

Term Four goals... I would like to get the rest of the quilting done on my Constellation quilt and maybe even get the binding on, and get a few more of the VQR blocks out of the way.  Also, make some more progress on the Starburst quilt, and get a few more Sugar Club blocks jumbo sized.  Really, just continue with progress made already this year.