Friday, 10 September 2010

What Has Taken Up My Week?!

Wow! It's a week since I last posted - once again someone seems to be pinching a few hours out of every day, so by the end of the week I've lost a few days, by the end of the month I've lost a couple of weeks and by the end of the year ... I'm REALLY going to be in trouble! :0) Not a lot going on this week ... hence no posting ... but I thought I'd catch you up on what HAS been going on in the Meares' Madhouse this week.

Yep ... another head cold ambushed me after a really busy few weeks, followed by a heavy rehearsal schedule last week for "After Five", the vocal ensemble I'm part of. We had some performances with a couple of long dress rehearsals, plus a change of weather and all combined to freshen up the cold I thought I'd shaken. RATS! So, I didn't operate on all 6 cylinders most of the week ... everything seemed to take so much more energy than usual. However, I DID manage to do a bit.

Remember last month I told you I'd finished the top of another stacked coin quilt ... the photo of which I accidentally deleted? Well, I picked it up from my quilting magician, the lovely Rosalie, this week and attached and stitched down the binding so it was ready to give as a wedding gift to one of my cousins ... TODAY! Yep, a Friday wedding that has thrown us into a bit of organisational chaos, but, HEY ... we're fairly used to chaos in this house! Tee! Hee! Hee! Here's the finished quilt ...

I've used some charm packs I bought from Sarah last year ... "Oddysea" ... and the binding is the yummy chocolate spotty dotty fabric I bought during my holiday patchwork shop-hopping. See ... I TOLD you I'd find a use for it all ... eventually! Tee! Hee! Hee! Here's a bit closer look at Rosalie's lovely quilting ...

Hope you can see it OK ... lots of lovely swirly curls and soft curves. I was really pleased with how it came up and I hope my cousin and her new hubby love it, too.

The only other sewing for the week (in between trips to the tissue box to blow my poor dripping nose!!!) was making a start on a quilt for my sort-of-sister, Tiffy. She turns 21 in November and asked ... VERY nicely!! ... if I could please make her a quilt ... sort of like my "Fairy Bears And Butterflies" design ... but without the bears! WHAT THE?!?!?! No bears!!! I nearly disowned her, but decided not to after all! :0) Oh ... a few of you have asked why Tiffy is my "sort-of-sister". Well ... she began boarding with Mum and Dad about 5 years ago while she finished senior, wanting to finish her senior certificate with her friends though her parents had moved away from Mundubbera. And ... well ... she's still there! Tee! Hee! Hee! So, we've sort of  'absorbed' Tiffy into our family, making her my 'sort-of-sister'. See? All makes sense ... sort of! Tee! Hee! Hee! However ... I digress ... Here's the start of her quilt ...

Some more charm squares I bought from Sarah ... I think these are from the "Frenzy" range. I was originally going to be putting some appliqué features on this central patchwork section, too, as I did in my "Fairy Bears" quilt, but the fabrics are so bright that I think the appliqué would be lost, so I've actually decided to put a lighter border on the outside of this section and appliqué the butterflies that Tiffy liked onto that lighter background ... a bit like in "Butterfly Hunt" ... to give you a vague mental picture ... which is about all I have when I start projects! Tee! Hee! Hee! Will show you my progress on this quilt as I make some. By the way ... My Beloved Geek Boy keeps going mad at me for not remembering to tell you all that a number of my patterns are now available as e-patterns, or downloadable patterns on my web site ... just in case you can't wait for the postie or just want to save a bit on the postage costs ... so you can buy more patterns! Tee! Hee! Hee! Pop over HERE if you'd like to take a peek at my downloadable patterns. Eventually, ALL of my patterns will be available in the downloadable format, it will just take a little bit of time to do some scanning etc. Will let you know! :0)

Anyways ... I'd better go get myself all kitted out for this wedding ... driving down the hill to attend ... in the rain ... that was supposed to show up yesterday ... typical!! Big weekend here, but no time to tell you about it now - I promise to report back ... with photos! :0) Hope you all have a fabulous weekend and manage to set aside a little time to be creative. Til next time ...




Wickedly Divine Creations said...

My mum got re-married on a Friday. When Kev organised to have the day off for it his boss didn't believe he was going to a wedding on a Friday lol
Your finished quilt is gorgeous...and the quilting pattern on it... wish my quilting came out that nice!
Hope you feel better soon. Everyone has had their colds coming back..and back and back this year!
Have fun at the wedding.
Glad you posted too...reminded me to go to your site to buy the Danae will be 2 presents in birthday present to myself and I'll make it for Danae for her stocking ;)Off to order one now :D

Susan In Texas said...

Your stacked coin quilt is just gorgeous! I love how it was quilted, and the colors... YUM! I miss the bears too much on the other quilt; I'm not sure if butterflies will make up for their lack. I'm thinking almost certainly not. You're turning me into quite the bear lover myself!

Happy stitching,
Susan in soggy Texas

PS It's soggy because tropical storm Hermine dropped about 6 inches of rain on us in the past 2 days. At least our new roof appears to be weather-tight!

Kerryanne English said...

Bad news about the cold returning Kris. I hope you can get rid of this one quicker than the last.

Marion did a super job of the quilting on your cousins quilt. What a lovely wedding gift too.

Tiffy's quilt looks bright and cheerful and I look forward to seeing it when finished.
Hope you can rest up over the weekend.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Love, love the quilt Kris....and e-patterns fantastic idea...

Sew Useful Designs said...

Hi Kris! :-)

Hope you feel better soon sweetie! Your completed quilt looks gorgeous, absolutely stunning! I had to giggle about the teddy quilt without the teddies! It's looking lovely and I look forward to seeing it finished.

Hope you feel better soon and enjoy the wedding!

Hugs!! Vikki xoxo

Astrid said...

Hope you are fine and kicking after the flu. The quilt is gorgeous (I've wated to make one like that too, but I'm not there yet). Love the colors of the other one too. Happy quilting and a wonderful weekend to you!

JO said...

Love the quilt Kris and sorry too hear you havent been well.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

I pray you are feeling all better now, Kris! Midsomer...almost as good as Miss Marple or Poirot. Perfect for stuffy nose days. :-)

Judy S. said...

Hope you're feeling better today, Kris, and that the wedding was fun. You surely created a beautiful gift!

julia said...

HI Kris!
I hope you feel better by now! Girl, don't you know that you don't have to raise your hand for every cold that comes along Toowoomba?
The wedding quilt is GORGEOUS! I just LOVE 'Odyssea'...have to get my hands on these fabrics before they're all gone...hehee...and the spotty fabric is just fabulous, so is the quilting!
I'm sure Tiffy will love her birthday quilt - you still have time to finish it....!
{reminds me of a quilt I have to finish around the same BFF moves to Australia at the end of November and I wanted her to take a quilt along...I should start soon, don't you think?}

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