Saturday, June 12, 2010

Remember me?

Well hello everyone, I hope you haven't forgotten me. I am missing you heaps - so I thought I'd drop by just to tell you what's been happening. I won't say "I've been so busy" because by now you know I always am - and so many of you are the same. Trying to juggle so many things; work, family and various different interests. If only we had more time - I wish I could survive on less sleep!

It certainly has been a very busy semester one way or another. But my exam is now done and a team of markers is busy doing what a marking team does! I've also had a rather hectic out of hours life - social functions, school responsibilities, performances (my darling NOD in Alice in Wonderland - she had various roles including tweedledum. The tweedley pair were show stoppers, so funny), photo shoots for Quilts in the barn, presentations.........so all enjoyable but not much time for sewing left over. And the next couple of weeks is also busy. I will be giving some talks (I recently won a teaching award so I get to be a guest speaker as a reward - I'd prefer cash - what's going on there?) I fly to Malaysia next week for a ridiculously short amount of time, then I fly to Sydney for a couple of days at the National curriculum forum. Better pack some sewing. And I will miss my SSS meeting - DISASTER!!! Darling sisters if you're around my area or Parkville - do come for coffee - I miss you, large sob.

OK - enough of that - I suppose you want to see some pictures, do you? I'm just going to tootle around in my room and see what I can find - must be something in here to photo for you. Well I have some things - but not much of my work. I'm about half way through Phebe's third border - looks the same as the other two which you have seen. But I have also been pootling around with the twinkly little stars, which will be the next frames. I have completed 24/80 and have half completed 8 more. Lots of cutting done, so that should speed things up. Whilst cutting the 75 zillion fabrics I'm using, I noticed how many of them are Judie Rothermel fabrics. Isn't she great? How much do we owe her for her great fabric designs? Here's a photo


I have done a bit of knitting and have nearly finished my Noro jumper - a bit more of a sleeve to go is all. The yarn is quite coarse and I'm a sensitive flower so I hope I can wear it! Love the colours though.


The last delivery of GTASB arrived about a month ago - and I haven't touched it.


In fact I haven't touched the months before either. So I was in it right to the last hurdle! But I'm so intent on getting Phebe done for the show, I have dropped everything else. But soon as the applique is done I will be back in there!

And just because you've waited sooooo patiently - here are the last of my AQC photos - the Kim MacLean ones. I'm sure you've seen most of these already though. That's OK - you might like to see them again.

This is a beautiful quilt. I think Kim made another version all in Kaffe's fabrics - but I prefer this one.

A lovely floral basket quilt.

Another of my favourites and I was so gald to be able to see it in the flesh. I have a version in process (lots cut, nothing sewn) on a chocolate brown background.

This one was a surprise - I love the layout and the fabrics were gorgeous. Love the freshness of the blue and white.

I had a great time at the AQC - meeting up with Lizzie and Nat and.........I have met Lizzie on a couple of occasions now and she seems like an old friend. So enthusiastic and generous with her time. It occurred to me at the time (and again now) what a great group of women quilters are. I have e-met so many wonderful women through this blog and really met some others through quilting, it is truly amazing.

I hope to have some more progress to show you soon. I'm certainly enjoying peeking at yours. Happy days,
Deb

17 comments:

Cardygirl said...

So happy to hear your "voice"...you have been missed, but life does tend to be hectic at times. Sounds like lots of lovely things happening...looking forward to seeing Phebe...your jumper looks great...I love anything Kim McLean does too! Good luck with your speaking role!

Linda C said...

Life gets busy, good to "see" you. A devoted Judy Rothermel Fan. Love your stars!!

Janet said...

Wow, you do lead a busy life. If the Noro is too coarse, you can always wear it over things, I've got that way with wool too, darn it. I love stars and these ones are lovely. Thanks for the photos, I never get sick of Kim's quilts.
Enjoy your jet setting.

Sue-Anne said...

Sounds like you are flat out! Your Phebe stars are looking wonderful, you are more than a quarter of the way there with them! I love your jumper too, the colours are gorgeous.
Kim McLean's quilts were magnificent weren't they, and I loved the blue and white toille quilt too.

Miriam said...

Wonderful to hear from you again, Deb!
Congratulations on your teaching award! Enjoy your travels.
I love the colours in your knitting.
Can't wait to see your finished Phebe.

Kim said...

Congrats on the teaching award, Deb!!! That's awesome! I must say, I absolutely love your little twinkle stars and they would be wonderful in a quilt all to themselves! However, they will look stunning in Phebe too! And what a treat to see those Kim McLean quilts! I love the faded look on the first one...and the rest are just gorgeous as well! Glad to 'see' you this Saturday morning!

Janet said...

Whew, you sound busy! Congrats on the teaching award. I love your twinkle stars too - you'll get them done. I agree 100% about Judie Rothermel's fabric - I love it!

Cathy said...

Glad you are ok Deb, life is flying by too quickly I agree. Thanks for the pics of Kim's gorgeous quilts. Love your jumper, the colours are stunning xo

Julia said...

Deb you do lead a busy life...Congrats on the teaching award,
I've just ordered some Noro 4 ply wool I hope it's not too coarse..
Kim is amazing, her quilts just stand out from the rest.
Love the blue and white quilt..
Have a nice trip..
Julia ♥

PatchworkRose said...

Just so Love those stars Deb and congratulations on your teaching award. I have heard that the Noro softens up when washed.
Cheers
Lynne

Teresa said...

Glad to hear from you!! It's such a pain in the ass that life gets in the way of our quilting, is it not?? The snaps of projects and quilts are lovely, especially that blue one with the toile in to center...fantastic!

Take care with all your busy activities!

In stitches,
Teresa ;o0

Lori said...

Congratulations on the teaching award!!!
It was great to see a post from you. You'll be back to stitching before too long:)

Lizzie said...

Busy lady! Phebe looks as if it's coming along well, love all those stars. Congrats on the award, funny that they give you more to do as a 'prize' isn't it..? Nearly time for Craft and Quilt @ Jeff's shed, perhaps another coffee..?
Lizzie
xxx

Taryn said...

I love your Phebe border blocks! You have been so busy so thanks for checking into the blog world for an update. The Kim McLean quilts are stunners, as always. I am in New York tonight and heading to Purl Soho tomorrow to buy my own polka dot fabrics.

Di said...

Will miss you madly at SSS tomorrow Deb
Love And Hugs
Di

Frou said...

Hi, re: the Noro, have been told that if you soak it in some water with hair conditioner it'll soften up!

Kate said...

Deb, really like how the stars are looking for the next border - beautiful fabrics indeed. Look forward to seeing more. Kate