Wednesday, 19 October 2011

When the going gets tough......

the tough get sewing!!

Actually I didn't get that much actual sewing done.... some stitching but no actual sewing.   Mostly I dived into this....


Honestly..... how much fabric do you really need to prepare a little bit of applique?   Obviously I needed this much to prepare these.....


I've prepped not one but FOUR more blocks of Boys Story.   And that's not all..... I've completed FOUR more of the stitcheries too.   Sorry for shouting but I'm just so cock-a-hoop nothing short of a slap in the face with a wet kipper will bring me back down to earth! 

This stitchery is Mac too a tee.....

It even looks like him too.... the tin guy with the sword that is.  The Dragon will remind him of..... well let's not go there...

Speaking of Mac.... he's holed up in here


trying is best to be invisible!     Somehow I have to persuade him into the car to go to a Doctors appointment this afternoon.  It's not going to be easy.  I could try putting a bag on his head and leading him into the car backwards I suppose.

You see.... I'm married to a hermit!    If this was Victorian times I'd be considered lucky indeed.  Hermits were very 'de rigueur' back then.  Victorians used to pay them to live in their gardens.  Heck we were born in the wrong times.... I could have made a fortune back then hiring him out as a garden feature.

Transportation would still have been a problem though....he's not one for straying more than a few metres from his workshop door.   If ever I needed a cunning plan it's right now...... wish me luck! 

While we're on the subject of luck...... I came across these


and you wouldn't believe how happy these little Mylar circles have made me.   With them I prepped the applique trees on this.......


and this.....
and the wheels on this....


and I did it all in no time at all.  Compared to last time that's nothing short of a miracle!   Check out the video tutorial here .   Bet you buy some once you've watched! 

Now..... all I have to do is stitch the whole lot down!   Perhaps later when I get back from taking Mac to the Dr.   Which reminds me......   better go look for some rope!

See you soon.... if I haven't been jailed for cruelty to hermits that is.

Josie X

8 comments:

Linda Coleman said...

love those blocks. Can't wait to see the finished article

Angie @ Summerfield Quilts said...

I love your work. I hope Mac didn't give you too much trouble.

Karen said...

Your applique project has a very whimsical look. Well done.

Raewyn said...

Beautiful circles!! (I didn't realise there were so many helping quilting videos out there sothanksfor the link). And beautiful prepping - your Boys Story is going to be so nice. I love your description of the Hermit... I thought mine showed hermit-like tendencies but not quite to Mac's Victorian-like habits! Hope you have fun with the handsewing :-)

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

Thanks for the link, very usefull. Love your Boy STory Quilt also.....Hoping to start mine in the new year so yours is eye candy and inspiration for me :o)

Charlie and Wendy said...

I will have to check out the tutorial, I just came home with a disc by Sarah Fielke so I hope that helps me too! I love how your Boy Story quilt is looking. I hope Mac survived the Drs visit.

Janet said...

Your blocks look great and those mylar circles are a lifesaver (or sanity saver). I love mine!

marina said...

Have had fun visiting your blog. So much to see and lots of giggles. Love your boys story quilt. The colours are gorgeous.