Waiting In The Wings

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Last post before Christmas

I've been sidetracked with my quilting due
to the news a week ago that a darling friend of 39 years
has been undergoing treatment for cancer - first thought
was  -  she needs a quilt!

Lots hanging in the closet for quilting but I wanted to make a start
on one especially made with her in mind.

Looking for something simple I had a look through the
Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston collaborative books and
yes, pyramid shape would be perfect. One had a border the other not.

I was thinking of the layout above at first, then
remembered a quilt in a Sarah Fielke book,
the quilt below is named
Love Beads
love the layout but not wanting to deal with the hexagons
centred in the large diamonds.

So still playing on the design wall with this layout below

going with the Love Bead style but using
a mix of fabrics, two different pieces in each diamond.

Side tracked also watching the young blackbirds coming
along to feed, at first they were screeching for Mum to feed  them
but now they're good to go on their own

here is one of the latest three, just about two feet away from me.

I've been feeding birds for a long time, two blackbirds, male and female, have been
visiting me for a few years and raise their chicks in the
trees in the garden, poor old chap is now looking rather

He comes and sits right outside the window where my cosy chair is
and lets me know he would like food!

Christmas Day tomorrow and I'm wishing
you all a very Merry Christmas, and see you in a few days.

 Oops orientation of book shots going across when they should be going down!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Refreshed and ready to quilt!!

My three weeks enforced leave of absence
to have had the desired results, but
hardly any quilting has been done apart from binding my
Tula Pink quilt

I used up a variety of the striped fabric in the her collection 
for the binding, luckily they all seem to work well.

the quilting lines actually go across the quilt, I just forgot
to rotate!

measurements 58" x 68"
quilted by Leeanne at

I haven't been wasting my time, I have been
spending some sitting in the garden here, especially in the early morning
and late afternoon

with a good book

which arrived only one week ago and is a treasure! I'm limiting
myself to reading about one quilter each day, I definitely recommend this one
and what a Christmas gift it would make!
Quite a lot of the featured quilters are new to me, which is good,
lots of variety in the use of colour and design.

The good side of having a rest is that the mind quietens and ideas
come steadily and clearly, I have found that I'm forming
a way forward with my quilting next year.
Scrap quilts are definitely on the agenda, colour with Kaffe Collective
as usual and I'm waiting for May when the new range
from Anna Maria Horner hits the stores, lots of brights!

Time out has also made me realise that I have bought fabric on  a whim
sometimes, fabric which really is "not me" so I am going to sell these.
Also I'm definitely not going to 'follow the trend' with regard to quilt patterns,
these too have been collected with gay abandon and
I realise now that I will never make them!

More on the above next year, but below I have snaps of three of
my hydrangeas which are performing nicely and along with
the other flowers in the garden gave me such pleasure
over the last little while.

Another benefit I have found is the time to really look, not just pass
by and glance fleetingly but really see what beauty there is in
the smallest gift from the garden

will you just look at the colour and detail in these
tiny wee seed capsules from the Japanese Maple lying on the
old table on our deck. I also enjoy seeing all the clumps of
lichen taking a hold.

Gosh, this has been a pretty long post but I hope you
made it through to the end!

Happy Quilting