Sunday, 27 March 2011

Seven songs...

Just a brief post tonight, (ha ha ha that'll be right...)  cos the clocks just went forward and suddenly its later than I thought...  Mind you that's been happening to me every time I look at the clock for the past 2 days...  I'm guessing I've been zoning out a fair bit.  No Single Girl progress to report, but I did get this done.

Quilt top went together like a dream, but then it is pretty simple.   For the maths/puzzle lovers out there, its a sudoku quilt!   A friend brought the pattern and fabric back from Canada for me -  I do have fantastic friends :-) 

Wish I could say the rest of the quilt came together as easily as the top, but no, I messed up at every opportunity.  Including a lovely stint of automatic behaviour when I was doing the binding - I might have managed to sew in my sleep, but it would've helped if I'd actually managed to sew the binding to the quilt top and not the leftover edges of batting.  And as for the quilting...  To say the air was blue would be understating it.  In fact I'm pretty sure at least one day was spent where the only words out my mouth were profanities.  At least I can say I was quite creative with it...  Oh yeah, why?  Well at some point between the basting and the manhandling through the sewing machine the back got awfully saggy.  Whole thing had to be unpicked and redone.
Oh and a whole day was wasted coming to the (blindingly obvious) conclusion that learning to Free Motion Quilt should be done on small things 'til you get the hang of it, BEFORE you attempt it on a whole quilt.  Must remember to make some mug rugs to practice on...

I did get a lovely surprise mid-week though, when Rhonda from Quilter in the Gap  very kindly picked li'l old  me as one of her six blogs to pass the Stylish Blogger Award on to!  Check out her blog if you want to see what an experienced talented quilter can do!  So, first of all a big thank you to her, second I should say that the "rules" that accompany this award are to list 7 things about yourself then pass the award on to your 6 recently discovered great bloggers.  So, painful for me to think up, and painfully boring for you to read, here are my 7 things about me. 

  1. When I was a kid I was scared of the dark..
  2. I may or may not have buried my pet hamster alive.  Apparently they go into a forced hibernation if put in a cold room, and can be roused by blowing with a hairdryer.  Who knew? I didn't
  3. I love Bruce Lee  movies and have them all on dvd.
  4. I was once a barmaid.  I sucked at it, but I got free beer at the end of the night.
  5. Ellie cat is my third tabby.  Clearly I am much better with bigger animals.
  6. I have turned every single white item of clothing belonging to myself and my man grey.
  7. I was born in in Edinburgh
And the blogs I'd like to pass this award on to are
A little bit of Plum Leaf
A quilt, maybe
Magpie Mimi
Vanilla Clouds and Lemon Drops
The Antipodean Artisan

I hope you'll have a wee nosey at them too, they're great!

Right, I'm signing off for a week, I'm going to visit mum and dad, and granny!


  1. Lovely quilt! It is so rich, it reminds me of fall! Have a fun vacation.

  2. Congratulations on the blogger award! And thank you ever so much for passing it on to me, I'm really touched!

    Lovely quilt by the way, even if it did cost you a few more hours than you thought.

    And I've been thinking, if you really do want a cord skirt, would you like to do a swap? I'll make you a skirt and top if you make me a small lap quilt? Does that sound fair? Or I can give you the pattern/patterns to make one yourself. Email me: angelicaldevil at talk21 dot com

    Have a lovely time at your parents! xx

  3. Love the quilt. Worth all the swearing

    Thanks for passing the award on to me. Now I've got to do some soul searching to do!

    Have a good time with your family.

  4. Thanks Sarah, for passing the award onto me, and giving me yet more blogs to check out. I love your quilt, and am still building up the courage and storing my patience to begin teaching myself to quilt. My mother is an uber quilter, so i have a lot to live up to and her very high standards. I am still laughing about you cat in the cereal box incident - I hope you don't mind as it was paired with a cataplexy moment of yours, but the two together make me smile that little bit more (I am an A&E nurse after all....). I love love love your blog, and would like to catch up some day. Then we could laugh at each other, without inducing a cataplectic episode... ahh the things one could do to a friend whilst paralysed. (sorry the A&E nurse again). Anyway. Thanks so so much. I'll get my butt into gear and get blogging. Enjoy your week off. Cyd

  5. Thank you so much Sarah - that's so lovely and I really appreciate it!
    I still can't get over how beautiful all of your quilts are - stunning! Keep up the good work. Have a lovely time with your family, say hi and pass on our love. xxx

  6. Love the colors in the quilt, I found you through Quilting In The Gap. I'm now a follower.

  7. Jennie & Jennifer - thanks! Glad you like the quilt, and thanks for saying hello!
    Mimi, Dianne, Cyd and Lynds - You are all very welcome!