Sunday, 15 July 2012

Sweet Pea, details

Sweet Pea

This is a block from Part 6 of my free 2012 Mystery BOM Forget Me Not 

Select fabrics to suit your background
I'm using this Sweet Pea block on my yellow background quilt

Turn edge applique; it's faster and even easier than it looks

Considering using this method?

I'm actually using Floriani stitch and wash fusible which doesn't need to be removed
(freezer paper does) but the method is the same

The Sweet Pea is actually 3 layers of fabric
the base fabric is turn edge
the two upper fabric pieces are raw edge

 Graduate your Sweet Pea fabric colours to your own taste
Sweet Peas come in quite a few shade options

Stitch in the tendrils
The stems are raw edge as I will be embellishing them with stitches
at the quilting stage, you can also opt to turn edge the stems if you wish

the finished block

This is a block from Part 6
of my free 2012 Mystery BOM Forget Me Not
You can download this month's block via my website or my Yahoo Bom Group 

Saturday, 14 July 2012

FMN Part 6 is launched

Forget Me Not Part 6 is launched
this month you have the option of

Morning Glory
Sweet Pea

Which will you choose??
stay tuned tomorow for detail block pics

Part 6
of my free 2012 Mystery BOM Forget Me Not
You can download this month's block via my website or my Yahoo Bom Group 

Friday, 13 July 2012

Home Again

out for a stroll

It's nice to be home again. I'm still a little travel weary and jet lagged, but overall I'm glad I managed to spend so much quality time with my elderly mum. She's 83 and has had a really rough time lately; a broken pelvis, cracked spine and is waiting for her second knee replacement. Every day spent with her was really precious to me.

Something about my mum - she's full of beans, always busy and always doing something. She just finds so much energy to get things done. She looks after a large house and vegetable garden daily. Her garden is half of what it was, and it's still so productive (and large in my opinion).

her vegetable garden as of last week
she also has a flower and fruit garden

She's also a bit of a cleaning freak. I'm really not. When she couldn't use the vacuum cleaner any longer because even the smallest unit was too heavy, she went out and found a kind of non electric hand glider that collects dirt and dust from the floor. It's remarkable how serious she is about getting those daily chores done! I don't need much of an excuse to get out of my housework...I've often thought I'm this way because she was always cleaning when I was growing up...but that might be an excuse!!

I should really take a leaf out of her book and do more. Sometimes seeing how much other people do makes me realise how much more I could get done. I really think I need to organise my time better to get more from my day.

Another thing she repeatedly told me was that I need to lose weight...and well, I can't argue with that! She also still likes to tell me how to set the table the right way for lunch (her way). Actually, it was quite funny because I see a lot of my DD's behaviour in her stubborn ways as I've never really been too concerned about things like that. It's funny how the older you get, how much more you see.

I took lots of photos as she went about cooking and getting ready to go out. I had to take a snap of her waiting for me to get ready... and it was an opportune moment because after matching her sandals to her dress...she had to make a last minute handbag change before we left!

Now that might be something I have inherited I have a fair share of handbags myself! 

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

WOW: Travel WIP 6

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays

Yes, I'm back; just. Jetlagged and still expecting meals delivered to my room...

For me, today still feels like a travel WIP because I haven't even stepped into my sewing studio yet. I'm doing the washing, opening mail and today I hope to download all my photos and check my emails.

I could really do with a few hours sewing, I missed those creative hours spent in my studio. It feels like something's been missing. And I have so many sketches and pictures of things here and there which caught my eye that I know I've got lots and lots to do and create...more WIPs on the way.

This is an image taken inside a hotel elevator, the scrollwork reminded me so much of my own work that I had to have a snap of it!

And this is an all too common pose of mine, looking at details. Here I'm outside the opera house in Vienna looking at some more scrollwork. What can I say? I love details!

Friday, 6 July 2012

Excess Luggage

 I'm thinking about the trip back...enjoying the room service and looking at my luggage.
I started out so well: with my travel backpack and a small case and my strict
'no more than I can personally carry' rule

And did this happen???

It's multiplied

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

WOW: Travel WIP 5

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays

If I was at home I'd be working on my new quilt design and actually I do miss my sewing afternoons.
It would be nice to pop into my studio and do some creating inbetween all the travel and eating, but I can't complain as I've spent invaluable time with family....and I haven't seen a spot of housework in weeks

and of course I do love a good country drive with my DH
just taking in the view

and is this the cutest bus stop you've ever seen??
I definitely thought it was blog worthy!

How's your wednesday?

Sunday, 1 July 2012

a Quick Hello

Thought I'd just post a quick hello...

We've been driving through the Croatian countryside

it's been very hot 36C!!

but so nice to drive along and admire the lush summer fields
These fields are in Lipik

not forgetting the storks nesting on powerlines!

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