Thursday, 7 July 2011

Whip-crack- away!

Oh! The Deadwood Stage is a-rollin' on over the plains,
with the curtains flappin' and the driver slappin' the reins.
Beautiful sky! A wonderful day!
Whip crack-away!, Whip crack-away!, Whip crack-away!
Bet you are singing along right now.....

Yup..... mention cracking the whip and I launch into my best Doris Day impression.   Good job Tilly hasn't got a gun in her sewing kit or I'd be dead meat by now for sure!   Someone once said to my dad I should be on the stage.  My dad agreed.... the first one out of town!   Shucks!!

It's been a funny old few days in Deadwood.   A bit of work... a bit of rest and of course more than a bit of play.    I did make a start on the re-make of Block 1 of My Town....


I'm getting there..... slowly but surely.    I got my measurements a bit wrong when I made the little quilt for the block.  Guess I could say it shrunk in the wash!

Did a tiny bit of stitching on this too......


Not a lot but some progress is better than none eh!

I'm turning my attention to Vignette today and I'm really looking forward to a day of piecing.  There's been so much hand sewing lately Pfanny (my sewing machine... Pfanny Pfaff) is feeling neglected.  I need to earn my 'go faster' stripes again. 

Tilly has been busy working on this......


She finished it last night.   The photo really doesn't do it justice... it's lovely.  The moon is actually silver foil it's a trick of the light in here that it looks gold.  There is foiling on the reflection in the water too.  The ship is layers of net with couched threads.  Click a couple of times for a real close up... you'll see the little silver stars in the sky then too. 

The pattern kit is called "Sailing Home" and it's from designer Pat Archibald.    I know she's going to have a booth at Birmingham Quilt Festival and she's teaching there too.  Bet you can't look without buying!   Bet ya! 

Another Tilly Triumph......


She finished off another stitchery for her Life is Beautiful quilt.   I love the fabric and threads she's using.  She's already pieced the fabric blocks using some mouth watering Batiks.  I can't wait to see the finished quilt... it's going to be gorgeous.    Maybe I should crack the whip over her...... makes a change!

We've had a couple of shopping expeditions too.   I couldn't resist this.....


It's a little lunch bag that is just perfect for carrying small sewing projects.  Can't look at it without smiling.

Then I found this.....


The prettiest case for my specs that I've ever seen.

Heck..... it's 9:30am and Tilly is still in bed!!!    Some whip cracker she is eh!   More shirker than worker.... (shhhh... don't tell her I said that) 

Well.... at least one of us is ready to make a start.....

Till next time

Josie X

8 comments:

Tilly said...

Whip cracking is an exhausting business.....xx

Kaye R said...

I know what DVD I am watching while sewing today hehehe........ I love the work on the boat quilt.

Charlie and Wendy said...

You and Tilly have done some gorgeous work, sounds like you have lots of fun too!!

Sue Bone said...

What is the multi coloured thread used in the heart stitchery please?

rosie said...

Lovely work Miss Josie... poor Tilly, you have exhausted her!!
The red thread is gorgeous, I'm with Sue, what is it called??xx

Raewyn said...

wow busy busy busy.You and Tilly are being very productive!! Good to see that restart on 'My Town' :-)

marina said...

love the threads used for the lib block, a gorgeous effect. Your stitcheries for the vignette blocks are wonderful, as your boys story block it too. Lots of lovely craftiness to see on your blog.

Q said...

I just recently saw a Doris Day Tribute show at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and I was singing along to the top part of your post...

I'm not sure why 'we' are re-making block 1 of Homespun's BOM though... May have to read back to catch up :)

Stop doing that!