Mum’s Christmas parcel turned up on Friday – posted October 17, 2007! One advantage to having it turn up now is that Gorgeous Girl is a little more alert than she was at Christmastime, when she was only 11 weeks old. So we gave her the present to ‘open’.
Everything was given the taste test.
Speaking of gifts, I finally got all of the fabric I was given ironed and put away.
The white fabric at the bottom and the dark blue fabric on top of it are stretch knit material and I’m thinking that I’ll try and make some dresses and pants out of them (try being the operative word). Gorgeous Man’s mother brought me some decorative ric-rac from Australia that should embellish them nicely.
From the patterned material upwards is cotton, but not quilting material, but I think bags and softies would work well, each patterned piece is only 40 or 50 cm square, many are the same pattern in different colourways and are obviously fabric samples of some sort – maybe furnishing or curtains. The middle section (from the stripes) is quilting quality fabric. I’m thrilled with the off-white calico (muslin). The purple fabric has been stored poorly and is quite dirty – washing didn’t get the marks out, but it will come in handy as the base for the string quilt that I want to make ‘one day’.
Once again I feel very lucky to be on the receiving end of another woman’s clean-up and de-stashing process.
I finished another quilt block this weekend and should get another one done before the day is over if it cools down a little. I also finished sewing down the hearts on the block for Clare. So that’s ready to go in the post in April. I put in another appeal at my guild this month and told them I’d be posting after the April guild meeting. I received one block last month 😦 I’m hoping a few more quilters will come to the party in April, we’ll see. Given the reception our idea of a quiltathon for charity got, I’m not holding my breath. I’m not going to go into that here, but was quite riled up at the attitude displayed by some of the members. We are still going ahead with the day though.
I’m feeling like the blog is getting a bit boring because I’m just working away on the same projects all the time, (and I’m not very fast) and I don’t want to keep posting pictures of the same things. This began as a craft blog, but it’s kind of morphed into This is my Life and I’m not sure you all started stopping by for that.
Anyway, there’s also been reading going on.
2008 Book List
11. The Traveller by John Twelve Hawks.
I really enjoyed this book (except the ending left me very unsatisfied – as Gorgeous Man said, ‘it felt like half a story’). It’s science fiction, but the society described is so close to our own and so familiar it really makes you pause and think about issues of privacy and public surveillance.