Friday, July 22, 2011

Back To Basics

Its been a while since I posted and its been a while since I have picked up a needle too.

People who know me through the sewing forums or on Facebook, know what has been happening. Figured its time to let you know as well.

Back a couple of weeks ago, Pat was taken by ambulance to hospital with pneumonia and spent 4 days in hospital. He was given a wonderful birthday present while in hospital....a get out of hospital card on his birthday.

Having him home was wonderful, even if my hands were full caring for him.

This trip into hospital knocked him for an 8 and me for a 6. Other times he has been in hospital I have coped well and slept like a log. Not this time round, I was awake a lot and so tired when he came home. I am thinking its due to the higher threat to his health with the pneumonia on top of the Occupational Asthma.

In the last 10 days Pat has been out of hospital, he has improved and each day Pat looks better in the morning.

In the mail one day a gift came from a lovely lady from a sewing group I am a member of. Diana sent me the following items/notions wrapped in some beautiful fabric.

How cute are these little fabric panels?? I'm thinking maybe a cushion for the lounge room..... or a lap quilt.

Some notions and a couple of patterns.

This beautiful fabric wrapped the above goodies.

Thanks Diana so much. Your thoughts and gift brought a much needed smile to my face. Love you heaps.

With Pat being so sick, sewing has taken a back seat. By night time, I am so tired from my busy day, that I just vegged out in front of the TV.

My BOMs are behind by a month, swaps were not getting to my swappers by the right time......after a good think and much soul searching ( I take my swaps very serious) I have pulled out of the ones I had put my name forward in, but hadn't been drawn. Plus the 2 on going swaps I was involved in each month.

Do you know I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders and was actually in a light hearten mood the next day.

No pressure, no calendar screaming at me. Today I actually managed to do some sewing for the first time in my house in about a fortnight.

A much needed bag holder.

Nothing flash, no applique or stitchery....... just some good old fashion straight stitch on my lovely sewing machine.

It's lined too, as the fabric isn't of a thick quality. So now I have a new bag holder for those fruit and veg bags from the green grocer, I like to use when I need one.

Just a lovely, quick little item to get my mojo kick started. I need to sew for the love of sewing, not because there is a date looming and it needs to go somewhere, for someone else.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Remembering One's Self

With the help of the internet we are able through forums and groups know who is is doing what and who is healthy and who isn't.

Its a bit like this here in my house. Patrick has come down with a very nasty flu and isn't doing a lot except sleeping and feeling like someone ran over him in a truck.

So I am 95% flat out these last few days, including a trip to the doctors, chemist and a place behind the medical clinic where they took a swab from up inside his nose.

Made Pat some of my wonderful chicken and vegie soup for his lunch, clean the wet areas and washed floors. Also striped our bed and washed the sweat soaked sheets. Even the cats aren't sleeping with him at night, Millie refuses to sleep down by his feet between the sheets.

One thing I have learnt is not only the sick person needs to be cared for, so does the carer. And that is me.

So this afternoon I decided after putting my feet up and watching Days Of Our Lives....yeah I know. But I did get a bit of stitchery done, so I can be

I also thought while watching "Drips" I should treat myself to... lovely light hot sweet scones fresh from my oven, cup of tea in my Mother's Day cup set and a browse through this months Homespun magazine.

So worth the look too, as I have fallen in love with a Christmas wall hanging stitchery with cats being the theme.

If you like me, have someone sick that you are caring for be it full time or due to a bug of some kind . Don't be hard on yourself if there is housework screaming at you to be done...... just ignore it, as it'll still be there tomorrow and what do you know!!! The day after as well.

Remember to look after yourself as well as your loved ones.

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Quilt Top Finished

All done and ready now to think about the backing.

Couple of points of interest....
  • The bottom 2 blocks are star blocks, just the fabric wasn't the best choices.
  • Its easier to un-pick a sewing mistake....than a cable jumper mistake.
  • Hubby's are a big help when hanging a quilt top to a curtain rod.

Now its time to clean up the kitchen area, as I took it over today and put the kitchen table back where it goes.

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Busy Weekend

This morning I woke to the sound of rain on the roof. Love this sound and I can't think of a more beautiful noise to have in the background as I work on my quilt today.

Bit of a sneak look at how the borders are coming together.

Spent the last couple of days cutting up fabric into 5.5 x 2.5 inch blocks. I'm using up all the left over fabrics from the star blocks and some other material to make the final border.

Last night I put the small border on and 1 side of the final border. Due to the quilt growing in size, Pat had to stretch while holding it up for me to see how the border looked. Very happy with the look of the whole quilt.

Now I can continue with the other 3 sides. Hope to have the quilt top completed tonight.

This is the first big quilt I have worked on by myself and the only fabric I bought special for the quilt is the chocolate brown for the sashing and the backing fabric. Rest has come from my stash.

I have an idea of how I want to quilt it..... that'll be hashed over tomorrow at quilting. I want to know how I quilt the idea in my head, onto the quilt.

Well back to my quilt.

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