Thursday, July 29, 2010

At the Bottom of the Garden

I just love receiving photos from happy patchworkers who have made my quilts! Here is one from Joy in Queensland - "At the Bottom of the Garden" - gorgeous! She is now starting Teddy Bear Tea Party - I can't wait to see it completed!
The photo below is all the way from Lara, who lives in Springfield, USA. The colours are stunning. We met at The Patchwork Tea House earlier this year and hopefully we will meet again this Summer when Lara visits Australia once more!
This design is on my website - with lots more to tempt the teddy bear lover!
Speaking of teddy bears - Ernie Dingle is becoming impatient! He was so excited when the excavator was here, but the weather has held us up and he's most disgruntled! Wears his hard hat all the time. And he was seen to be enjoying a beer, even though he hadn't done any work to deserve it!
David and I have been out of action for a few weeks - we have both had surgery which involved hospital stays (it was unfortunate that it happened at the same time, but we are both o.k.), so now we are taking it easy for a couple of weeks and are looking forward to getting fit and active again!
Must go - I'm suffering from "the dithers", or post-op brain drain!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sean Space Walking

Here he is! Sean space walking! My friend, Tiramisue, helped me with the photo part. Quilt is nearly ready for wadding and backing. Then quilting. I'm on track again. I also have nearly completed an exclusive design for Grandmother's Garden in New Zealand, but I can't show any pics of that one yet!

Monday, July 12, 2010

To Infinity and Beyond with Stars

I have added stars. Not stitched down yet. I'm thinking of using gold thread to do this, but also to add a bit of sparkle to Saturn's rings. I have an astronaut cut out ready to go on - doing a spacewalk - but I want to get the stars sewn down first.
Too much to do!
Sean's space quilt for his birthday in August.
A stitchery nearly completed - just have to write up the pattern.
A quilt for Grandmother's Garden in New Zealand - it will be an exclusive pattern with them.
A quilt & pattern for the AQM in November - it's still a secret!
Another quilt & pattern for the AQM in November - it's a secret as well!
A quilt for Mark & Rach's baby - due in November.
A workroom to build, paint, carpet, furnish and move into.
But who's complaining?
Not me!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Ernie Dingle, Excavator

Honestly, it's like having a three-year-old in the house! Waking up at the crack of dawn, running from window to window waiting for the excavator to arrive. And when the machine fires up, he's beside himself with excitement! Could hardly believe his eyes when he saw the earth being tipped into the truck! It was all too much! He had to get out there and offer his assistance, much to the consternation of the operator of said machinery.
We have a very unusual tradesman doing the excavation.
He said he would be here between 7.30 and 8am on Friday. He was.
He said he'd be back at 9am on Saturday. He was.
Reckons he'll finish the cut on Monday, then spend another day doing the footings. Ahead of schedule.
AND he's going to drill the holes for the retaining wall uprights.
AND when the slab is poured he's going to put said posts in.
AND he's under budget.
What a man!
Ernie - get out of that bucket!!!!


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Let the Mayhem Begin

Let the mayhem begin! At last there is some action - at 8am this morning the excavation for my workroom began. Poor Emily next door! In the land of nod, and her bedroom is just over the fence!
Now, do I need to place a plaque, plant a tree, bury offerings to the gods, or whatever it is one does to mark such a occasion?
I'll keep you informed (or Ernie will!)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

To Infinity and Beyond Part 2

Sean's space quilt, "To Infinity and Beyond!" is taking shape. I have used fossil fern fabrics - the lovely mottled look is perfect for the planets! I haven't sewn them on yet - I'm just playing around with it at the moment.
I have to fit in a little astronaut doing a "space walk" somewhere! I think it should be a mini Sean, don't you?
And maybe there should be a little green man somewhere?
And lots of stars.
And a comet?
And a UFO?
Once again, thank you to Claire Gee of Matching Pegs for her wonderful project in Australian Homespun, issue 67. There's also a great library bag, "It's an Adventure", by Rachel Measham-Pywell, which would suit the space theme to a tee! A huge thanks to Rachel as well!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Comfy Chair

Ernie Dingle is very pleased with himself. Sitting in his comfy chair, he has been making a little block of applique and embroidery - I promised that if he worked hard enough on it, I would include it in my next quilt pattern. Here is a close-up of a small part of it. Ernie didn't want to give away too much just yet!
Stay tuned!

Friday, July 2, 2010

To Infinity, and Beyond

What we do for our grandchildren! In an issue of Australian Homespun (Vol. 9 No. 12) I found a lovely "Spacewalk" quilt. I have begun making it for Sean. Susanne is planning a space theme for his bedroom and asked if I could make it for him - well, naturally I jumped at the chance! Here's me thinking I have plenty of blues in varying tones and values that would suit the sky beautifully ..... you guessed it ..... had to go shopping (of course!) because what I had was "Not Quite Right".
So. Here we have the background, with wavy seams. And next I added the rocket, with a teddy (of course) peering out!
Off now to select suitable "planet" fabrics from my stash ...... or maybe go shopping?
P.S. Thank you, Claire Gee from Matching Pegs, for the great design!