Thursday, 26 November 2009

Plodding along...

It's slow going here in Wigan, but I have managed to complete the second block for the Joseph's Coat quilt along I'm taking part in. I'm a bit behind the pace, but I have simultaneously been looking after my sister who's been in hospital and teaching first year undergraduate palaeontology. I am so looking forward to my Christmas break - just me and Mr Quiltification and time to knit and sew and tat...

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Roses are red...

Roses are red... or pink or yellow or almost any colour you can think of. I love roses, though I am not overly successful at keeping them alive. This one is red and pink and yellow - a little like the Joseph's Coat variety of rose. The pattern is "Wild Rose" from Mary Konior's A Pattern Book of Tatting and it is tatted, appropriately enough, using Yarnplayer's size 20 "Roses" colourway. It should last longer than the ones in my garden.

With that, I have completed 25 motifs in the 25 motif challenge but I'm not ready to hang up my shuttles just yet.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Joseph's Coat Quilt Along

This weekend I had the chance to start on my first block for the Joseph's Coat Quilt Along that Kellie at Don't Look Now is leading. I've not yet sewn down all my pieces but I enjoyed choosing my fabrics and arranging the pieces so much that I wanted to share my progress so far. I'm not sure I'll be keeping up with the keenest students, but I will plod along at my own pace enjoying the process as well as the result.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Green fingers

Phew! That was quite a busy weekend. Saturday saw me exploring a nearby garden centre with a two-pronged mission. First, to find a suitable shrub for my next door neighbour in remembrance of her husband who died earlier this year - I bought her a camellia with pink double blooms. And second, to buy some plants for new window boxes at the back of our house. With the nights drawing in now, I ended up planting these in the dark with just the light through the windows casting an eerie glow over me (it was Halloween!). So when I woke up on Sunday morning and saw them though the window, I was very pleased with how they turned out.

On Sunday, Mr Q and I drove to Chester to an Art Deco collectors' fair. It was my birthday treat. Mr Q had overcome his ambivalence to chrome and geometry and was planning to give me some birthday money to spend on whatever Art Deco delights I wanted. Imagine his delight when all I wanted were some buttons! Not just any buttons, you understand, but fabulous vintage buttons that I plan to use as bag closures. Still, far cheaper than he had been anticipating. All in all, we were a bit disappointed with the fair - there were only about 20 to 25 stalls mainly selling decorative items and ceramics. I am a big fan of late 19th and early 20th century design, but I think I'd have enjoyed a bit more diversity than what was on show.

On the plus side, it gave us a chance to have a look around Chester city centre. I spent a little time and a little cash in Liberty Bell - a cute gift and quilting shop. And Mr Q bought this beautiful necklace for my birthday. I hope it's washable as I may never take it off!
Other than that, we performed our usual medley of chores and "homework", and I managed to get a few more cushion covers sewn for my etsy shop. And finally, I drafted the pattern for the Quiltalong at Don't Look Now that I am taking part in.