Sunday, January 17, 2010

Milestones are achieved by inches

or in this case - fractions of inches! Remember way back in November I showed you this picture? Well I finally finished it and now it looks like this.

I'm really happy with the outcome - but boy was I slow. Sometimes I don't mind that - it's the process that I like. But other times (like now when I'm in a "finish me" state of mind) I like fast results. Hope the next one doesn't take so long.

Mind you - if I ever worked on one thing (or at most five things) at a time I'm sure I would make more progress (I think there's another maths equation in there somewhere).

My main preoccupation the last few days has been starting Phebe. Here she is so far.

It's so much fun picking fabrics for this - I'm rediscovering fabrics I'd forgotten I had - but because the pieces are little - I'm not even making a dint in the stash. I'll write some more about Phebe over at the SSS soonish.

I've also been neglecting the GTASB BOM, so I thought I'd better get going for the month.

I have to admit, my mojo has been a bit distant over these couple of holiday weeks - everyone here is a bit lethargic due to the weather and the Christmas anticlimax. So I have been enjoying passively clicking around your blogs looking at all the wonderful work you are all doing and wishing I was snowed in too! I hope you all are getting some sewing in - especially you girls in the north trying to stay warm!

Finally - some family shots if you're interested. NOS turned 18 earlier this week. It was 43.7 that day so we decided to head to a restaurant near water. His party is yet to come (I can hardly wait). Here's birthday boy
and with his gorgeous sister
Isn't it amazing how quickly they grow up?

Deb

18 comments:

Jessica said...

You are using some interesting background fabrics, I'm looking forward to seeing the finished Phebe!
I sounds like you are the same as me - a million things on the go!

Janet said...

You just have to blink and they've grown. 18 is a wonderful milestone these days but back when I was 18, it meant nothing really. It was still the 21st that meant adulthood.
I love seeing your progress and the start on the phebe quilt. I think I'd get bored with just one project so I'm with you.

PatchworkRose said...

Hi Deb Try 18 and his first sportscar. That is my No 1 son. Bit scarey However he is really happy as he got his course in Uni. Electrical engineering. Will be watching Phebe with great interest. Just love your background fabric :-)
Cheers
Lynne

Sue-Anne said...

Love your quilts. I have the Phebe pattern but haven't started yet, the work in the borders are intimidating me a bit. Congratulations to your son on turning 18 and have fun with the party!!!

Cardygirl said...

Nice family pics Deb...how quickly they grow! Phebe looks fabulous...some nice things happening at your place.

Kathie said...

ahhhh the Phebe start is wonderful, love your background. I don't know how they grow up so fast, DD turned 18 in Nov and I am still wondering how that happened!
think I need to pull out the Phebe pattern and give it a look again....
Kathie

Margaret said...

Oh my! I just love seeing what you're up to! I know what you're saying about if you stick to one project at a time -- but what fun would that be? lol! Your kids are beautiful. Isn't it amazing how fast they grow up? Happy birthday to the birthday boy!

Lori said...

Congratulations on getting so much accomplished! The Phoebe pieces do look SO tiny...I'd have a problem with my clumsy fingers.
How fun to ahve an 18yo! Cute photo.

Teresa said...

Hi Deb,

Nice finish on your fantastic block with the acorns.

And, your children are beautiful...thanks for sharing!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Karen said...

I haven't seen a picture of the whole Phebe quilt yet, but your block tells me it is going to be beautiful! The background fabric you selected is just lovely.

Brenda said...

Love the background fabric you are using for Phebe. I'm trying to resist this pattern but keep seeing so many beautiful versions.

Lizzie said...

It's alway's surprising how quickly they grow up, my baby girl is 34 today, now that's scary!!! I love the look of your Phebe Deb, your background is gorgeous. I can't, I musn't, I won't start until I've done a bit more on the bride...sign!!
Lizzie
XXX

ranette said...

I think I'm in love with Phebe already....I love the background fabric.

Gorgeous kids...they grow up so fast don't they?!

wishes, true and kind said...

I love the background fabric for Phebe! LOL -- I now see that I'm not the only one. Good choice!

Carolyn McNeil said...

I love what you are doing with the Phebe piece! Can't wait to see it finished...
Carolyn
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Kathryn said...

I love the background fabric. I saw the Phebe quilt at the AQC and wondered if I dared! You have got me thinking again - will I? Won't I? I'm brand new to blogging so thanks a bunch for all the inspiration. It seems 2 minutes since my son was 18. He's now 22 and in two days is leaving for the UK on a one way ticket to discover the world. I'll just have to keep myself busy with quilting.

Beth Karese said...

It's fun to see all the different things you have in the works, all so nice! The Phebe quilt is already looking pretty. Love the background fabric. It's nice to see your family. My youngest is about to turn 17. It seems like these last few years have flown by.

Kim said...

I know I say this every single time you show a block, but I just LOVE those GTASB blocks!! Love! Can't wait to see Phebe take shape! I'm going to have to put another order in I'm sure! :o)