Thursday, October 30, 2008

I've Been Boo-ed!!

Mel got me! Now I'm going to get some of you! Here are the rules: Go to as many friends as you want and tell them they've been "B00-ed." Have them link back to your blog to pick up their Halloween Treat (picture) and tell them to Boo their friends. Then put the picture in your side bar so everyone knows that you've already been "boo-ed" and to send the picture to someone else. Have a great Halloween everyone!

We don't really celebrate Halloween in Australia, but I'll join in the spirit.

No progress yet on my border as I decided to do a pieced border for my Disappearing Nine Patch and I've been spending all my time cutting. Hopefully a progress report tomorrow. Off to work now!!



Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Home Day!!

Tuesday is normally my day off but I seldom actually get a day at home, but today is the day!! I am going to continue to work on my sewing room and I am going to actually turn my machine on and sew!! I have several quilt tops that are "almost" finished - only need to add the final border. Now borders aren't that hard, but actually putting them on means sandwiching and quilting, and those are my least favourite quilting tasks. I have yet to learn how to hand quilt, and I have a top made specifically for learning, and I do want to learn, but ... other things seem to always come first. So when my eyes popped open at 5:10am, I thought I should do a border day!! I think that listing my goals and putting them out into the ether helps to keep me focused and working, and I am quite good at procrastinating.

I've been debating if I should show you the state of my sewing room. I took some photos yesterday before I started tidying and putting things away. I am going to show you two sets of photos. The first is the bedroom that the bulk of my fabric etc is now in. This is the one I'm working on putting in order.

As you can see, I have my work cut out for me. I made good progress yesterday - I can actually reach the bed now. I will bring my sewing machine out to the kitchen table for today, and I can actually find everything so hopefully will be able to show you my progress either tonight or tomorrow after work.

The second set is my old sewing room (closet) that is now Hannah's study room, but with mostly my stuff in it as well.

While this room still needs some work, it's not urgent. My Hannah loves being in there with her ipod and I suspect once we get the internet connection cable through the wall she will like it even more. Hannah is the one most likely to take up quilting one day. She appreciates the colourplay and texture of fabric. She's had a go at sewing up nine patches about 5 years ago on my old Pfaff but lost interest and she has too much energy now to sit and sew. She'd rather be kicking a footy ball around.

I thought I'd show you another small quilt. This one measures 8 3/4 inches square and was completed while on holiday in October 2002. The pattern came from a quilting magazine, but I can't remember which one and I didn't put it on the label.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Why Mumsyblossom?

This is a good question. I have three wonderful daughters. As happens from time to time, the first name that pops out when I am speaking to them is not the correct one. So a series of little names was used i.e. petal, blossom, chickie, flower petal, possum etc. My fabulous second daughter, Corbie, coined the phrase mumsyblossom. And since I am the best and coolest mum in the whole world, I accepted the name with grace and humour. Actually, I looked up "mumsy" in the Oxford dictionary only recently and it's not a very flattering description, but it does fit me enough. From left to right is Jessica (22), Hannah (15) and Corbie (19).

The weekend activities went ok and with lots of busy-ness. The tree came down *sigh*, the bedroom got cleared out, laundry got done, vacuuming etc. Alas, no time for sewing . Sunday was church, then we had visitors for lunch, and then a family BBQ with all the relies at the in-laws. (Relies = relatives).

Today I will spend some time sorting out my sewing room as everything random has been tossed in there and it's a huge job but at least I can make a start. At 12 I will go to work until about 8 tonight. I work as a medical receptionist/secretary. It's a small practice so I do all tasks and I must say I love the work. I've been there for 14 years now.

Here is a picture of a small quilt that I made to practise my machine botton-hole stitch. I call it "Take a Bite Out of Life".



Saturday, October 25, 2008

Weekend Activities

Today we have to take out a lovely bottlebrush tree. It's in the way of the curved driveway we want to put out the front of our house. It is so sad to see it go but my husband assures me we will plant another in a better location. We have a bulk refuse collection on Monday so it is a good time to have someone else cart it away instead of numerous trips with the trailer ourselves. It's in bloom at the moment so hopefully the bees won't be too angry, but it's been raining so it may not be a problem.

Also today my husband will be picking up an elliptical trainer (cross trainer?) so no more excuses for not getting fit! I'm extremely sun sensitive so I have to ration outdoor activities so I will be able to pop a dvd on and puff away. I'll keep you informed of any progress.

My oldest daughter Jessica is moving back home in a couple of weeks. My stash has kind of exploded all over the house into every spare corner so I have to finish re-stashing it somewhere else so she can have the bedroom back. It's been like finding old friends. Some of the fabric I have had for nearly 30 years, which is scary. I know I should just get rid of it - if I haven't used it by now, will I ever? But the addiction is strong and I still have hope that one day, one day....

And sadly, there is still housework to be done *sigh*.

After all that I'm hoping to still have the energy to work on one of my unfinished quilts, of which I have many. Here is one I started at a workshop at the Parkerville Baptist Church's charity craft day. It is a "Disappearing Nine Patch". My youngest daughter Hannah really liked it so I am going to enlarge it with pieced borders.

My husband has the chainsaw ready so off I go with my layers of clothing and sunscreen and hat!



Friday, October 24, 2008

First Post

Welcome to my very first posting. I am excited to be entering the wonderful world of blogging. I hope that this will be an exciting adventure as I put my thoughts out into the world. I hope at least a few of my readers can share in this joyous event we call life.


PS I'm just mad about patchwork and quilting!!

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