Friday, February 26, 2010
This is a quaint expression my mother used to say, and I believe it's quite common now. I've been a bit blah lately and feeling overwhelmed so all quiet on the sewing/blogging front. Just been getting through work and a few home chores/family stuff as best I can. It's been so hot and so dry - drought dry. Headaches and blah - I'm sure you all know what I mean. So I'm trying to keep up with enough water but even as we speak my poor fingers are sweating on the keyboard - and the AC is on... sigh. So I am going to go and have another glass of water with a dash of lime, a cool shower, and absolutely force myself to do something - anything - in my sewing room to try to kick start my motivation. Heaven knows I have enough to do...
But maybe a nap first...
(Photos by Google Images)
Thursday, February 11, 2010
My mother-in-law has made me numerous potholders over the years. She stuffs them with old tea towels. She says you need to use three layers of toweling because two will allow you to burn your fingers. These are the real workhorses of my kitchen. The top pair is the oldest. Well-used and needing a wash by the looks of it...
They're not fancy, and not made with tea towels... I used two layers of cotton wadding. I know she will actually use these, and that's the whole point. And they match her kitchen...
So family gatherings are photo ops. Here I am with my two oldest daughters. This is in the grounds of a private high school where my brother-in-law teaches.
"Mum and Dad" with their four children. Mr Fixit is on the far right.
The 'immediate' family, less a few who had to work or couldn't get there.
And my gorgeous youngest daughter who couldn't be there. She said I had to use this picture because she looks cute in it...
Well, off to the day job. Thursday I do the late shift. Hope you are all surviving this very weird weather!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
This one measures between 13 and 14 inches square. Construction is by hand with hand quilting. The wadding is very thin now. This one was made by my mother or her mother, but it was my mother's as a child. I played with it as a child too.
You can see the construction is a half square triangle and a four patch. The binding just scooted around the corner somehow.