Sunday, 22 January 2012

Quilting in the snow light

One of the joys of living in the UK is its unexpected weather.
You make a plan for a day off and suddenly the weather changes and you discover it isn't such a good day to mow the lawn.....plant seedlings..... or wash the car.

That's when an indoorsy kind of hobby really comes into its own.  Suddenly your disappointment at not being able to do what you originally planned to do... becomes an unexpected bonus day to do something else with...

So imagine my joy when I woke up to find unexpected snow!

I didn't want to leave all the appreciating to the fox running past and the light was just superbly reflecting all around.  
Nothing else for it - time to trace a pattern for a project!!

This is actually part of a secret project for a birthday present for a friend with one of those Special Birthdays that ends in 0 later in the year... so I'm only going to show you some snippets of it here - you know - just in case she is peaking....
The light was so good that having transferred the design I got straight on with the important job of auditioning the thread....

Important decisions had to be made about high or low contrast .....
colour highlight or low light
Or even a little bit of sparkle.......
Then thread decisions made I discovered, joy of joys, that I could indulge in a whole afternoon of armchair rugby appreciation and quilting as the snow wasn't so bad that the 6 nations match had been cancelled......

A superbly productive day was thoroughly enjoyed!
Wonder if I can order more snow for next weekend?

Sunday, 1 January 2012

New beginings

New Year.... New beginnings......

Sometimes you've just got to get the bit between your teeth and go for it......

There's nothing else for it just have to open the cupboard doors and hope that nothing breaks or hits your toes as it falls out!

Quilting as a past time requires the collection of copious amounts of stuff...... gadgets, fabric, threads, patterns, buttons, needles, more gadgets.  
Once upon a time I took a long journey on a train to Harrogate to buy a fabulous cupboard from a man in Devon (!) which promised a drawer and a shelf for every piece of stuff I could amass and gadget I could collect.  
 - the story is potentially longer than the train journey was so I'll save that for another day.
Sadly the cupboard didn't come with a built in housekeeper or fairy to keep it tidy so it had got a little rammed and disorganised....leading to many conversations with 'im indoors that went something like:
Me: " I've just got to pop out and get a xxxx"
'im indoors: "haven't you got one of those?"
Me: "Yes, but I cant remember where I last had it which means its probably in the cupboard"
'im indoors: " Aaaahhhh - you could try tidying up...."
ME: " Yes but then I'd run out of time to do what I actually want to do ...."
'im indoors: " well you'd best get going then....."

Anyway enough is enough and the turn of the year is the perfect excuse to start as you mean to go on ..... so I pulled it all off the shelves and dumped it on both the desk and the floor!!
 -I did warn you there was a fair bit of stuff!!

Then I stood and stared at it for a while  -you know -  just in case I could out -psych it into submitting to organisation and tidiness all on its own.

It didn't work!  :(

I had to prioritise  - start with the important stuff.  Family & music - that's what was needed.
So I sorted the electronic photo frame and the whizzy new docking station  into pride of place and suitably inspired...
Set to work.....
I tidied, sorted, piled things up with other things like them.  I put things away in drawers, I decided to donate some things to charities... I put some things away where they properly should be...I tidied like only a woman possessed can tidy.

So now I am all straight and organised and can find everything I need to get on with a big project..... a really REALLY big project that has a definite deadline so needs to be got right on with.... in fact I'd better stop wittering here and get on with it right now...

Well - I will when I've stopped appreciating my super tidy cupboard !!

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