The Blue Collection

All the blue fabric from yesterday’s post is actually for all the applique parts of the Blue Collection quilt – I’ve had this sitting in a cupboard for about 10 years (all kitted up, as I bought a block of the month with all the fabrics as well), and in my current phase of stitching from stash decided it was time I finally pulled it out and learnt how to do applique and stitch it up. All the washing yesterday was for the two big bags of yellow background fabrics – but now they’re all washed and ironed and ready to go. I’ve decided I can’t really wash the applique fabrics as some of them are only a couple of inches square – hopefully they’ll be OK if I don’t. I have to admit it probably is a bit daft to do this as my first quilt – it does seem quite complex, not to mention huge, but I keep telling myself I just have to take one block at a time, and once I’ve got the technique learned it’s just taking it slowly and working through each packet of blocks …

Last night I managed to pick up my needle finally, and put a few stitches into Wendy’s RR piece while watching the new series of The Amazing Race (which is already finished in the US, I think) – I’ll do a bit more on my days off, and hopefully have it finished within the next couple of weeks so it can be posted off to Canada well before Christmas πŸ™‚

Quilting and ‘stuff’

Are things looking up for me or what today?? This morning I found $10 hiding in my rain jacket pocket that I didn’t realise was there … woohoo!! And what did I do with that $10?? I was very very naughty and went shopping and blew the lot! Not grocery shopping, though (I actually already spent most of my last $20 in my wallet at lunchtime on essential items) …

I called in on the way home to pick up my car dashboard cover that was ordered (and thankfully paid for) a few weeks ago, and while I was there called into Spotlight to see if they had any freezer paper. They didn’t, so I called into Amitie in Bentleigh, who had also just sold out … Never fear, though, they made a quick phone call for me to this little place, and they had rolls of it in stock:

I couldn’t believe my eyes – and I’ll definitely be returning there when I have some free cash … all-American goods, including some of the ‘weird’ items that I’d never heard of in my recipe books. Aha, now I’m going to look back into some of those American cookbooks and check it out … plus if there’s anything else in those books that I’ve never heard of, at least they’ll be able to tell me what the local equivalent is, if there is one πŸ˜€ Here’s the website if anyone’s interested, as they also do mail order it seems … AND they have ALTOID TINS woohoo!!!!! And I have to say they had those Halloween candy corn lollies I’ve never ever seen before – and Lipton iced tea in cans etc … I’m in heaven! πŸ˜‰ (I LOVE trying new stuff where food’s concerned … it’s a whole new treasure trove to explore!)

Oh yeah, back to what I splurged my new-found wealth on … a roll of freezer paper πŸ˜€ So that means I’m now all set to start thinking more seriously about my applique quilt. I’m about to go and soak all the yellow background fabrics and the blue fabric from the first block ready to start sometime soon. It will be really nice to have a light quilt on the bed for during the summer months … of course, I’m not saying exactly WHICH summer this will get finished, but hopefully some time before I retire – so I’ve got about 25 years to get it done LOL.

Other than that, I’ve got a real pep in my step today – I love the 6am starts (strangely enough, ‘cos I’m not a morning person), ‘cos I can still do a few chores such as shopping straight from work and still have plenty of time to do a bit more when I get home in daylight … LOVE it! Back to a 10am start tomorrow, though, which is not so good … BUT it’s day 7 of work tomorrow, which means the last one, which means I then have a 4 1/2 day break YIPPEE!!!!!!!! Haha, you can tell I’m definitely more like my ‘old self’ today can’t you? LOL.

And on that note I’m dragging myself off to the bathroom-cum-laundry to get these fabrics washed πŸ˜€ Here’s the whole kit and caboodle laid out on my bed … that’s if you can see them on the blue of the duvet cover already on the bed LOL. Seeing as I literally have everything to start this thing, it’s criminal to leave it festering in a box.

Quilting and ‘stuff’

I managed to pick out a couple of quilt designs that I like, to show you – there are quite a few more, but they’re in actual quilting books and I don’t think I’m allowed to post piccies due to copyright … these ones came from old quilting magazines that I’ve ripped the pages out of, so goodness knows where/what the original source is. Also, one day I might just re-create the other book quilts in my software program and show those piccies, ‘cos then I’m not technically breaking copyright … I think … I was serious enough to try quilting years ago and bought designing software ready for it, but I still haven’t been brave enough to give it a go :/ Whatever design I eventually go with will be, as Isabelle puts it, blue blue blue ;P I’m envisaging deeper blues with turquoise, as opposed to pastels, but who knows what it will end up being? Anyway, here are some designs that I like – the 3rd one is a cot quilt, but the design could be repeated to make a larger quilt, I think.

I especially love the last two!!

Thanks for your comments and emails of support after yesterday’s post. Today I still feel a bit blue, and have pretty much resigned myself to the fact that it’s likely I won’t be going to Sydney – Mum and I had a good talk on the phone last night and as she put it, I seem to be taking one step forward and two steps back at the moment, and there’s no point going just because I ‘really want to’, if it’s possible it will put me in greater financial difficulty in the end, which is absolutely right.

Actually the reason for the phone call from Mum last night was to let me know some bad news from the family in the UK (I knew it had to be something, ‘cos I’d only spoken to her the day before) … one of my cousins had walked into the house to find her husband had committed suicide, which is a really really awful thing to experience I’m sure, and something I could never entirely imagine to its full extent and horror. To be honest I don’t feel really upset about it, as I didn’t know David that well – I don’t have any memory of my childhood prior to the age of 10 (when we emigrated finally to New Zealand), and I’d only met him once in my early 20’s when I visited/lived there for 6 months. I do, however, feel very sorry for my cousin for the situation she’s now in and she’s been in my thoughts a fair bit today. Even though we’re not close, and we hardly know each other as adults, she’s one of the very few family members who ever keeps in touch with birthday and Christmas cards, and by the sounds of it she hasn’t had an easy life. My UK family aren’t aware of my blog (and the majority don’t have computers anyway to my knowledge), but {{hugs}} to you anyway Carole, may peace and inner strength find you in the trying and difficult days ahead.

Well, that’s me for today – I’m feeling very very revolting and haggard after my early morning start thanks to daylight saving … it’s been the slowest shift in history, and I just can’t wait for this day to end so I can get to bed and have a bit of sleep. Only two more 5am’s left, hip-hip-hooray πŸ˜€

Happy as a pig in mud :)

It was an interesting night last night, in that I was very sleepy very early, so hit the hay just before 11pm, only to wake up again at 2am with my body thinking “that was a nice nap, time to get up now” hmmm. I got up and wandered around for half an hour before going back to bed – took me a while to get back to sleep, but eventually I dozed off and didn’t get up until 9am woohoo πŸ™‚

Last night I managed to do some of the slowest stitching in history (for me), and still haven’t managed to get that Snowman Needleroll finished yet … but I guess it’s a bit closer to finishing than it was before, so that’s all good πŸ™‚
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Today has been a very productive day for me, although no stitching done as yet. I popped out and filled the car up with petrol (how wonderful to see it at $1.13 a litre woohoo), then went on a stitching adventure … I finally went to Centre Road in East Bentleigh to visit Amitie (downstairs – quilting) and Broderie (upstairs – embroidery), and really enjoyed it. The quilting part is quite large, with a reasonable selection of fabrics … and I’ve asked about classes there to teach me how to do applique and learn the quilting basics so I can complete my block of the month quilt I have sitting here doing nothing (complete with all the fabrics for it). Because of my shift work hours it’s really difficult to commit to a lot of classes because they’re usually spread over say 4 weeks, and I’d only end up being able to attend 2-3 of the classes. At Amitie, though, they have ‘casual’ classes each week, and you just pay for the class you attend and the instructors just help you with your queries … I’d definitely keen to do that, and it’s only 15-20 minutes drive from where I live yippee πŸ˜€ I can’t remember if I’ve posted info on my quilt yet, but this is the design I have sitting here (and yes, for a change, it’s blue!! LOL). Sorry but Blogger is being a dog again, and won’t upload piccies, so no clickable links again … if anyone knows how to make Photobucket piccies clickable, I’d love to know how! Actually, if you click here, you can see a clearer picture of it on the designer’s website πŸ™‚
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Upstairs from Amitie is Broderie – I have to admit the space is quite small (just one medium room really), but Elizabeth has a decent range of threads etc in there, and she can order in most things they don’t have. The owner is the Elizabeth that used to be at Bustle & Bows Malvern – I really liked her, and glad she’s managed to set up her own business. It was really lovely to get out there and see a new LNS, as well as picking up a couple of items I needed to finish kitting up two new gift projects. I also managed to pick up a copy of the 2005 JCS ornie issue for Mum at half price, which was fantastic … and I was very very good and didn’t walk out with anything extra, only those items I specifically needed (pearl cottons and fabric), so I’m still working within the 50 Project Challenge guidelines. Unfortunately Broderie didn’t have everything I needed, so I had to call into The Embroidery Den in Brighton on the way home, where I managed to find everything else … even the 3mm satin ribbon in the perfect shade yippee πŸ˜€

My last trip on the way home was to Officeworks where I did some photocopying I needed to do for some working copies of charts etc, and picked up a 2007 filler for my diary. And my final purchase (yes, I FINALLY bought one, Mum) was from Autobarn … a dashboard cover for my car!! I have a Nissan Pulsar sedan, and the dashboard is the most horrendous thing I’ve ever had in a car, as it reflects the sun badly onto the window and makes it hard to see. When I first bought it I bought a piece of black felt and sat that on the dashboard to block out the reflections, but three years later the felt is well as truly dead (and brown!), and with summer here I decided it was finally time to bite the bullet … I’m so happy!!! πŸ˜€ (Actually I’ll be even happier when it arrives, ‘cos I’ve had to order it in haha.)

Tomorrow I’m heading into the city to meet my pal Fraze for dinner, so I might go in earlier and have a look around. Then Thursday I’m off to Box Hill to get my hair cut/coloured … I have to decide whether to have a dark colour put back in again (I had a semi-permanent put in before Katrina came here to visit), or whether to get the blonde back again until after summer … oh decisions decisions haha. I might just have to buy some dinner to take home from there, too, from my fave Vietnamese eating place yummo πŸ˜€

And with no further ado, I’m off to sort out my working copies to settle in for the evening … I may even get that needleroll finished tonight … maybe πŸ˜‰