Monday, 30 July 2012
Not so smart was my decision to keep sewing and crocheting till 3am Saturday night waiting to see if I needed to pick him up from the after party. I have a very bad habit of staying up too late stitching. I find I get a lot more done at night time, I guess cause I don't get the guilts about not doing the housework at night! It is a bad habit I really need to break, I get so engrosed in what I'm doing that I often don't feel tired. How do you get to be middle aged and still not want to go to bed?? Can a night owl be reformed? I think if I'm going to survive the next stage of my life I need to try. I've been spurred on by the sight of a good friend out on a run this morning, I can barely drag myself out of bed and there was Kay running down beach road. Last time I saw her she told me she had just taken up running, she's very inspiring. Stay tuned.
I did get 2 of the inner borders on my jubilee quilt and I think they'll be staying. It has taken me weeks to decide what I was doing with it. Next up will be the applique border, thats when things will get really interesting. If I don't get it right I might have to find a floral.hahaha
Happy stitching till next time,
Sunday, 22 July 2012
I've been working steadily on my crochet hexagon rug, as you can see it is growing slowly. I made the big mistake of starting the rug using a pale lemon wool for all the centres. I thought I had plenty of it. Last weekend I discovered I'd used 2 balls and couldn't find any more. I went on search of some more on Monday and at the 4th wool shop I found it. I bought 4 more balls, I'm sure I won't need that many but I don't mind leftovers and if i decide to make it queensize I'll probably have enough!
I think that's it for tonight.
Saturday, 14 July 2012
I have a continual battle for work space in my sewing room. I know I'm very lucky to have a space of my own but cause its smallish and I'm always trying to fit more in I find it very hard to keep on top of the mess. I've had a clean out yet again and a rearrage and bought more storage containers (bury me in a plastic container) I've got so many.
I was so disorganised for a few weeks that I couldn't do any stitching till I sorted myself out. Just when I looked like I might have made some space I got sidetracked on a new hobby - more about that in a minute. Since I didn't take photos of this whole process I've got a photo above of the quilt I made for Aleisha's 18th birthday nearly 2 years ago. I used a jelly roll and layer cake of Love is in the Air by Deb Strain and a pattern from a book of quilts from Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes which I've leant to a friend at the moment so can't remember the name. I love the bright colours, it was a fun easy quilt to make I even machine quilted it myself. Aleisha brought it over for me to wash, she was worried about doing it herself. I put 3 colour catches in the machine cause the fabrics weren't prewashed. It came out looking really good colour catches did their job. I even finished off the drying in the clothes dryer, think its the first time I've ever put a quilt in the dryer. Looks good.
One of the things I've wanted for ages is a nice display cabinet to keep my quilts in. I know they're out there but it wasn't something I could justify buying at the moment. Anyway a couple of weeks ago Aleisha showed my a website called gumtree where people sell things or give them away. Short story is I got myself a really nice big cabinet for $150 which suited my budget. It wasn't far away and Aleishas partner James and I went and picked it up in his ute. It was very heavy and it poured with rain as James and the man who owned the cabinet loaded it onto the ute but we did get it home and into the lounge and it looks great.
Needless to say I now have to find space for a whole lot more stuff. Don't think kitchen tables were ever meant to be used for eating were they? I'm making an album for Aleisha for her birthday in August I hope she likes it. I had always tried to avoid scrapbooking cause I have enough hobbies already but what the hell. Wouldn't ever want to be bored with nothing to do. Last Sunday Tracey took me to a huge scrapbooking shop in Mornington it was amazing I could have spent all day there!
I did buy some paper even though I had told myself I already had enough. Didn't realise how fabulous it could be and of course some of it's designed by some of the quilt designers I like. There were also stickers and tapes and pens that I had to have it was great. Whats even more exciting is we're going back tomorrow morning cause Tracey left behind a couple of books she bought there last week. I will try not to get too carried away.Promise.Hahahaha