I should begin by reassuring you all that we do have water. It came back on 2 days after my last post, so we were waterless for 6 days in all. But I have water now and, as Gorgeous Man pointed out, at least this year we have electricity.
My quilting mojo seems to have returned with a vengenance after it’s long leave of absence. I’m very slow, and I can only work on my current quilt when Gorgeous Girl is asleep
as my design wall is the floor. Please forgive the dirty carpet. We are having some internal doors put in to the house (I’m trying to insulate the main living room a little better, and one of our bathroom doors didn’t close at all) and so there’s been boots tramping in and out all day.
This quilt is turning out really fun, now that I’ve sorted out the mistakes I made with cutting etc.
My leaders and enders project while I’m working on this quilt is sewing one inch blocks into nine patches. I haven’t worked out quite how I’m going to set them yet. But they are looking really cute.
We had our Free Radicals meeting yesterday and I asked the ladies to save their scraps for me that they would otherwise throw out as being too small. The consensus was that I am insane.
The group has decided that we are going to start the Dear Jane quilt. If a group of us are doing it then we will be able to get help from each other. I probably won’t start mine until I get back from Australia. I’m torn between making one out of blue shwe-shwe (South African indigo), batiks or reproductions. I think that the reproductions are going to be a little hard to source here though, so it will probably come down to the batiks (there are some fabulous locally produced batiks) or the shwe-shwe. Thoughts and opinions (and links to examples of DJ quilts) gratefully received.
I have silk lace blocking as we speak. Now for it to dry… blocking in winter is never a good idea. The sun is shining and I’ve got the windows open so hopefully it won’t take too long. I’ve nearly finished a scarf from my green handspun. Pictures of that when it’s blocked and ready to go. I’m procrastinating knitting the thumbs on Kerin’s fingerless gloves. I’ll have to force myself to do that tonight and then I can pack them in the ‘personally carry the handknits to Australia’ bag.
In other news, I had a weigh-in at the gym today. It must be miracle season. I haven’t been to the gym for a few weeks since we’ve had some car issues, but I’m down another 2 kilos (4.4 pounds). It’ll be good to get back into the swing of going everyday now that the car is sorted out.