Thursday 27 October 2011

My stupidest ever question ...

 ... so there we were, Bilbo and I, chatting on the telephone after she rang me.  Remember that, it's important.

Bilbo:  I'm just emailing you my new mobile number as we speak.
Me:    OK, got that.  Have you got my number?

There was then a deafening silence from Bilbo, followed by a question of her own:

Bilbo: What are you holding up to your ear right now?
Me: Oh yeah .......

See what I mean?  Probably the most stupid question I ever asked.

Tuesday 25 October 2011

Only 3 more sleeps ...

... until my friends Bilbo, Sewali and Mrs Flummery arrive.  We haven't all got together for just over a year, and I am so excited about it.  None of us are really ones for planning what we're going to do, but we do seem to have a plan this time.  The plan is in several parts:  we've planned what we're going to eat for dinner on Friday, we've planned what we're doing for breakfast and we've even planned what we might have with our tea and coffee.  You're probably all amazed to read that a plan from me includes food!

Sunday 23 October 2011

And the moral of the story is ....

.... a couple of days ago Mrs Nomad gave me some cooking apples from one of the trees in her new garden.  So I've been pretending that I'm a domestic goddess, and baking.  I've made about 2 dozen apple and cinnamon muffins, 2 apple pies and a big apple cake.

So just what is the moral of the story?

Well, if you are baking, always make sure you wear your glasses, otherwise you could do what I did with the apple cake.  I put a tablespoon of what I thought was vanilla essence in the mixture, only to realise as I was pouring the essence into the cake mix, that I had picked up the almond essence instead.  My excuse is that the bottles are just the same, it's only the labels that are different.

Saturday 15 October 2011

Thank you ...

... to everyone who responded to my SOS in the previous post.  There were some very useful suggestions which I think we will be trying out now.

Wednesday 12 October 2011


... I need help.  Yes, I know, I can just hear what some of you are saying...

Anyway, look at this great quilt.  This is  J's first quilt, and I think she's done a great job with it.  If you remember, I've been helping her and F to learn to quilt.  Yesterday we had another playday, but unfortunately F couldn't be there cos she's visiting her parents at the moment.  F, if you're reading this, we missed you.  Anyway, I'm digressing.  This quilt top became a sandwich yesterday, and quilting decisions had to be made.  After trying several things, J went back to her original idea of quilting an allover Baptist Fan pattern on it, which is going to look fabulous, BUT ... the problem is, how does she mark it?  We tried wash out pens, chalk markers, pounce, almost everything that has ever been invented for marking and none of them showed up on such a variety of fabrics.  Cos I'm not a scrappy quilter, I am at a loss, so I said I'd appeal for help here.  Any ideas anyone?  Please?

Sunday 9 October 2011

Another busy day …

20111009_2Today I have made the remaining 2 quilt backings and their bindings. 
I know I said yesterday that I had 6 tops waiting, but I can't count.  I had five.  Anyway, they're all ready now for when Big Bertha comes out to play.

2 Dec 2009.  2 Do you remember this picture?  It was taken as we were having our back garden remodelled in December 2009.

20111009_1Now compare it to this one.  Looks very similar doesn't it? Yep, this weekend, while I was having fun at the Christmas QAL and Mr Fixit was in his workshop, poor Ken, the gardener, started on remodelling our front garden.  Oh dear, what can I say?  Sorry Ken, is probably the only thing.

Saturday 8 October 2011

Christmas QAL Post 5

It's about 7.30 pm here now.  I've had dinner and am going to settle down now for the rest of the evening with my stitchery.
I've just finished block 2 of the SAL.  (Please excuse the marks that I haven't removed yet.)
Next up I shall go back to my snowmen, This is the 7th block so I'm going to have to start thinking soon about how I'm going to put them into a quilt.

Christmas QAL Post 4

 Three down ....

So, I take a piece of fabric that's say 40" wide by 200" long.  I want a piece which is 80" x 100", so I cut the length in half and sew the two pieces together.  Brilliant.  Then I measure it, and guess what I've got?  A piece measuring 40"  x almost 200".  Whaaaaattt????  Yep, I sewed the wrong edges together.  Am I the only one who is capapble of being so stupid?

Christmas QAL Post 3

A picture paints a thousand words, they say
so guess what I'm doing now?

Christmas QAL Post 2

You remember how I hate adding borders?   If not, go here to read all about it. Well, the next worst thing is making the backings.  I now have about 6 quilts that need them so I can get Big Bertha out to play, so I'm off to do that now.  Well, some of them anyway.

I have done some baking this morning, and it smells gorgeous and I'm having trouble leaving it alone till it's all cooled down!

Christmas QAL Post 1

Just hear those sleigh bells ringing 
and ting ting tingaling too.

Come on its lovely weather 
for a sleigh ride together 
with you.

Yes, it's that time again.  The last but one Christmas Quiltalong day for 2011.  Cos I'm in the UK I don't think our hostess, Cathi is up yet, and it would be very rude to turn up on her doorstep when she's still in her pj's, so I'm off to do some baking while I wait.  See you all soon.

Friday 7 October 2011

I couldn't help myself ...

When I saw that the Quilting Gallery's theme for this week was "Fall Splendour", I just couldn't resist entering this quilt, called Autumn Sunshine.  You can go here to see all the quilts, and then vote for your four favourites, and hopefully one of your votes will be for me.

Even if you don't want to vote for me, there are some lovely quilts there to look at, which will help you to pass the time until the Christmas Quiltalong tomorrow.  Oh, and that reminds me, several people have emailed me about the word penultimate in my last post.  It just means "the one before last".

Thursday 6 October 2011

How many???

79 that's how many (or how few, depending on how you look at it).  

Are you ready?  Got all your presents made and wrapped?  Nope, me neither.  

Don't forget to join us on Saturday for the penultimate Christmas Quiltalong.  Cathi is our host this month, and don't tell her I've told you, but I think there's going to be some exciting news!  Sshh, it's a secret until then.  

Sunday 2 October 2011

You know what?

I think I've been robbed.

Someone has stolen two or three months from 2011.  If the guilty person is reading this, please can I have them back 'cos I'm not ready for it to be October yet!

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