Monday, June 13, 2011

The Best Laid Plans

often go astray don't they? My tale of woe involves the upcoming long weekend and my plans for spending it in the garden. You see I haven't had that much time lately, and my garden needs a bit of TLC. Topped off with the fact that I have just had some new garden beds dug out, the weather looked fabulous (probably for the last time until the Spring arrives) and I had some herbs looking for a home. So mid morning Saturday, dressed in my gardening gear I head out to make a start and BAM! CRUNCH! OOOOOOUUUUUCHHHHH! and down I went like the proverbial sack of spuds. Such a small divet, such a loud series of grinding crunches, and a spectacular swan dive into the grass.

Luckily the ankle (or is that a cankle) isn't broken, just badly sprained. Blew up into a black and blue, swollen blanc mangey type affair, that has had me hobbling around like a complete geriatric with a side helping of idiot. But mostly, reclining on the couch with said cankle elevated. Have a WAH!! how much self pity can you stand?

Well I was sure grumpy at my thwarted plans and lack of fresh air and exercise that I am deeply craving. What's a girl to do?? But wait....what's that you say? There are 105 UFO"S in your sewing room... so there are...why don't I do some sewing!!????!!! And of course that's what I much as I could since I can't stand much and I can't get up and down off the ground much. It's amazing how much of that you actually do when you're sewing isn't it?

So to the output. I decided to spend some time with Sue Spargo.

This one has been waiting for some quiet time so I could get going. And I have to say I am enjoying it more and more. I now know how to do coral stitch and couching. And the threads are beautiful, silk, seagrass and lovely hand dyed cottons.

I also spent some time putting the next border on Phebe - here is a bit.

Doesn't look like much progress I know, but believe me there is quite a bit of work in the dogtooth border.

I am just appliqueing over the joins in the next Sallie Ann piece. Five panels now done, only four to go.

And oh yes - a little retail therapy.

This is a fat quarter pack of Grace form 3 sisters. I plan to make this with it. The colous are so gorgeous. I think I may need to buy some yardage too.

Perfect NO? This is a pattern from McCalls magazine. I do love a Christmas quilt.

So as you see, not a completely wasted long weekend, and I guess the gardening can wait.



Sunday, June 5, 2011

Let there be light

at the end of the tunnel! Boy has it been a long and tiring semester. But it's almost over (if you count 980 exam scripts to assess as almost over) an then I will have some head space.

In the meantime, I have been going very slowly, with a slight meandering into the knitting territory as it has been quite cold here.

Thanks to all those who gave me words of support for my Sue Spargo piece. I haven't been able to answer your emails, but I have read and taken them on board so much that I have not pulled it out and statred again.

So - this week the next installment of the BOM arrived

isn't it gorgeous? I'm really starting to chomp at the bit on this one. It is quite fun. I've done a little more on Block one. Not much, but the embroidery is FUN.

And I have been working on my lollipop trees. Block 3 finished

and Block 4 ready to go

I love the colours in this one. I do have a passion for red!

That's it for now. Hope to be around a bit more over the coming months. Tonight my goal is to finish Sallie Ann block 5. Wish me luck - and happy stitching to you all.