Waiting In The Wings

Friday, July 31, 2020

Time Out

A quick left handed written  note to say I won't be posting for a few days I've damaged my right forearm and wrist  waiting for xray results and ultrasounds to begin the diagnosis process.
I hd  worked a little more on my squirrel quilt and ihope tovget back into it soon i shall be reading blogs but forgive me for no typing comments,


Monday, July 27, 2020

Guess what I found in my studio today

No escaping the fact that a squirrel is around and just
as I'm busy with my Green Diamond quilt!

I'm putting this together in two halves, easier than hauling the whole quilt-in-progress
to the machine and then the ironing table.
Left hand side done, first long strip for the right ready and waiting for tomorrow.
I'm really happy with how this is progressing.
Close up below and hooray, the points seem to be meeting up just fine!

The appearance of the new squirrel means that the Lego blocks will be
on hold until Wednesday, six blocks right now just pinned on the wall.
 I'm loving this project, lucky that I had heaps of strips cut 
because my die cutter with three convenient strip sizes has patches
of rust on the blades. Careful use of a fine nail file seems to have
worked somewhat, I can get a clean cut now but only with
two layers of fabric.

So, moving on from Lego and onto the squirrel.

Today saw the start of the centre of a Medallion quilt, more elements need to be added
before I can stitch these together.
I think I may be hooked on strips because there are more to come,
a few already cut

and more to cut tomorrow

and these will all be going into the Medallion quilt mentioned
early in this post.
You might just guess that my new Sue Ross book  
 is the cause of this visit from the squirrel.
I see more squirrels on the horizon.

Maybe I need to slow down a little, I'm on a high right now
and don't want to go down the other side of the hill.

Gardening?? Not at the moment but the weeds are going
crazy with all the rain, but flowering at the moment
are the Japanese Anemone, I think they're also known
as Windflowers.

I had a couple of other mentions but they too will have to wait
until my next post because DH tells me the apple pie and cream
is ready for the eating!! 
Be seeing you.

Stay safe in this upside down world of ours right now.


Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Back in my Happy Place!!

Computer issues sorted and new blogger working OK for me,
so yes, here I am in my happy place

ready to look through my Kaffe books and re-visit quilts flagged
as possibles to make some time ago, my patchwork notebook from my husband for jotting
ideas, a Laurel Burch mug gifted to me from a local
patchwork shop many years ago, packed with pens and pencils and last,
but not least  my beautiful bright mug rug gifted from 
a little while ago. She said she thought I would like the colours and she was so right!!

I have all the books by Kaffe apart from two, my first love when I came to quilting 
were Amish quilts, then I discovered KF fabrics and books and my fate was sealed!

However, I'm also a fan of other designer fabrics and above a few new ones
and the top three from

I'm still making progress with Green Diamonds and my Postage Stamp squares
and also using up some of the strips shown in my last post I've made a start
on a Lego quilt, three blocks only right now.

In the planning stage is a quilt from this book

by Kathy Doughty

this particular quilt has the title 'Madness'
and you can see why

there is no pattern but ideas for
materials, preparation, elements to include and assembly.

On the subject of books I made a purchase last week of the book below
by Sue Ross

first glance at a review had me thinking it was going to be totally focused on
applique/broderie perse
but looking at the few photos shown there I was wrong. 
I have now added four more quilts to my waiting list.
It's an expensive purchase  published by Quiltmania but I''m sure
it may be possible to check with your local library, they may have it on their shelves soon.

Apologies for this long post, I think my mojo is back again and you are all
suffering the consequences in this post.

Following a a medical appointment on Monday at the surgery
 husband and I called in the delicious book shop in the main street,
we are regular visitors and customers but our intention that day was to just browse,
plans are sometimes made to be broken, mine were because heading back to the exit 
I came upon the most beautiful book I think I have ever seen.

Adriana is a botanical artist and each page not only
has a particular flower but the opposite page is given over to a wealth
of information about the plant.

The cover just gives you a tiny hint of what you find inside the book.

I think I had better disappear now but I have two more photos, one of a camellia 
and one of a naughty tuxedo kitty who is very curious and decided to
spend a little time in the laundry room

and this is what I found!
Don't worry, she wasn't in any danger,  no power connected
and I am always very aware of checking out the dryer and washing machine doors
before using. This is the first time I have ever seen her do this.

Last photo, the first Camellia Japonica to flower in my garden this Winter

and goes by the name of Dr Clifford Parks.

To those of you who have managed to make your way to this point without
falling asleep enjoy the rest of your week.
Keep safe and well.


Sunday, July 5, 2020

Brain Freeze

I am tearing my hair out right now with the darn computer
and my photo editing system!
New Blogger isn't helping either.
It's taken me ages to put together the simplest of posts
and in the process I've forgotten half of what I had intended to write.

However this was the start of my day

beautiful sunrise with Venus still hovering in the sky.

So on with my intended day dedicated to more stitching on
Green Diamonds

and the colour is still off plus I now see I have the letter j in Quilter,
I am not going to begin the whole process again so it's going to have to stay.
This new system  is far more time consuming loading up photos.

There is now a grand total of four Postage Stamp blocks

picking up these tiny squares plays havoc with arthritic fingers
and I'm now using tweezers  and the process is
much less painful.

I am overwhelmed with my tubs and other containers
of scraps, something has to be done because they're bugging me,
 some will be given away and the remainder will be
assigned to a variety of scrap quilts.

First up I have a number of plastic boxes which hold a mix of 
1.5" strips and now I need to decide what they will be used for.
A Lego quilt is a possibility,  lots of these around right now,
has a whole series of Dumpster Diving quilts, the original was based on
a Lego quilt,
 go visit and you'll see some beauties!

So these are my strips below, boxes are 11" x 14"
and,  apart from the third box, they're mostly Kaffe Fassett Collective
fabrics with a few others mixed here and there.

The strips in this last box are a mix of widths
but I'm happy to haul out the Accuquilt and reduce them all to 1.5"
Any ideas for simple strippy projects gladly received.

One camellia and one rose photos before I go and make a much needed cup of tea,
if I was able to drink alcohol  (doesn't mix with my medications) I'd be 
slicing a lemon into a stiff gin and tonic!!

Sadly I can't remember the name of the camellia below

but this rose is
Buff Beauty

and has a delicious perfume.

All from me, hopefully my next post will be written in a much
calmer frame of mind and with computer, photo and blogger
problems all sorted.

Keep safe and well.