Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Tempus fugit......

Time really does fly doesn't it.    I swear I blinked and missed most of May and half of June.  I have been super busy but when I look back it's hard to see what kept me so busy that I couldn't find time to spend in blogland.  

I did have a mini break at the beginning of June.   The girls (Chris, Sally and Kitty) and I travelled to our favourite cottage for a week of hyper sewing or just plain hanging out depending on the mood of the day.
   
Day one and here's my little workstation all set up and ready for action.....


Three days of snail sewing later I had this.......


A finished quilt top!!    It's ages since I had one of those.  No one can accuse me of being prolific!     The pattern is Sweet Pea from The Pattern Basket.... it's a really nice one to piece.  No hassle... which is exactly what I needed.

Chris occupies the work space to my right (we are creatures of habit).   Day one and she continued working on a gorgeous Dresden quilt she's been busy with.


We crossed the finish line together......
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impressive eh!    Chris is gifting this quilt and I reckon the recipient is going to be thrilled to bits with it.    Problem is.... her DH loves the quilt too so guess who's going to make another one.

To the right of Chris is Sally's space.   Day one she was getting down to the serious business of making her first wall quilt....


some piecing and some beautiful applique later here it is.....


Don't you just love it.   The pattern is  Prairie Spring from Cornbread and Beans Quilting.  I have a vested interest in this project... Sal borrowed my pattern.   Does that make me part owner?   Maybe she'll let me put it on my wall for half of the year.   Maybe I just better make my own.

To the left of me is Kitty's space.   Day one and she's starting the week with a four patch set on point with sashing and cobblestones.   Believe me there were a lot of patches to be stitched for this one.   Fortunately Kitty is the machine sewing equivalent of Michael Schumacher ...... she is fast!

 

Didn't take her long to finish her first project....


Reckon the 5 stars on the gate refer to her quilt as well as the cottage!

Flushed with success we all worked on a second project.   This is how mine arrived at the cottage nicely organised and packed ready to sew.


This is how it looked just as we began packing for home......


It isn't finished.    The girls helped me lay out the blocks till we were all happy with the arrangement then stack them in rows ready to stitch.   Well.... hold onto your hats.... this is how that top looks today......


I unpicked it!   Brave or plain stupid eh?    I just didn't like it.   I love the fabric (Flora by Lauren and Jessie Jung)  I love the pattern too.   I've just fallen out of love with the combination.   Not to worry.... Flora will find a home in a new quilt.... a scrap quilt... and I'll have the pleasure of sewing it all over again.   Being a process person does have it's advantages.

That's it for the quilty stuff.     I can't show photos of the girls second projects because in the rush to pack at the end of the week I forgot to take some.... duh!

Actually it's not quite the end of the quilty news.   I'm still sewing away on Natures Journey.  My May blocks are all done and dusted .....


and I'm about to make a start on June.    I'm still loving this one but have to admit that wasn't what I was saying when I was making those strange flowers.

Things have been very busy on the home front.   Any sniff of fine weather has us outside trying to catch up with all the chores outdoors.   Take a look at the courtyard....


Looks like Mac is building an aeroplane out there doesn't it.   It's actually a fancy new metal shed to replace two old, battered wooden ones.    I thought it would be a good idea to dismantle them (Mac wants to keep the wood panels) in situ but he had other ideas.   He wanted to try out his new  ratchet winch.  He roped a shed to the winch and the winch to a convenient tree and began the move.  Problem!   He'd used his old climbing rope which is stretchy.   I stood waiting for the huge "twang" that would hurl the shed into orbit along with Mac still hanging on to his winch.  

Three days later..... the sheds have moved 3 feet and boy have they suffered in the process.  Believe me they weren't this dilapidated before Mac had his bright idea!


Right now I'm working on the foundation for the new shed base.   Got my Bob the Builder hat on again.   Love must be  in the air..... Mac bought me a mini cement mixer!   It's banana yellow and very girly.   Who's a lucky duck then.

These poor plants are not so lucky.   I'm still working on clearing and laying bark and membrane on the long flower bed.   The previous sunny spell we had was short lived.  The rain returned and work on the border came to a halt right after I'd bought these plants.   They are all dressed up with nowhere to go at the moment.    I'd better get a wiggle on with the shed base and get back to the flower bed before they croak!       


One of the reasons I've not been around for so long is that I attempted  to stop taking the Anti Mac and Anti Mum pills.... with the Dr's permission of course.   Turned out to be a big mistake.   Seems I need to be drugged up to cope with them both.

I was just about holding my own till the day my mum took delivery of an Electric Wheelchair. Great... now we can go for walks.  Well..... we made it to the supermarket on a wing and a prayer.  I had cause to remember that when my mum drove a car she was a speed queen!     Problems started when we left a home store in the town.   First off I had to persuade her it was not a good idea to power the chair up the middle of the car park access road.   I finally won the argument and guided her to a long pedestrian ramp up to the pavement.  Success.

At the top of the ramp a group of people were standing talking alongside a very large (4 foot tall) rubbish bin.   I reached the top first and turned back to see mum powering up the ramp towards them at full tilt.   They managed to jump out of the way just as mum careered into the waste bin!  She wasn't hurt.... the bin was empty.   To say those folks were gobsmacked was an understatement.     Mum simply smiled and told them it was her first time out with the chair.   By the look on their faces they thought it should be her last too

Apologies complete we carried on towards home.    Without warning mum took off like a bat out of hell.   I chased after her yelling....  "Take your hand off that knob"!    She took not a bit of notice.   An elderly couple walking  towards us stopped and watched in horror as mum found more speed. Her wild ride came to a sudden stop when she steered into some poor guys garden fence.  It was a miracle she wasn't thrown over it into his flower bed.   As I was running to see if mum was alright the old guy yelled at me.... YOU WANT TO GET THAT WOMANS LEGS COVERED UP!!!    OMG.... what had he seen!

Mum was totally fine.... totally unrepentant and chastised me for fussing.

I'm back on the pills.

That's about it from me for now.    Hopefully I'll be around much more from here on in.  I'm looking forward to catching up with all your antics.

Hope you are all enjoying the season Summer or Winter
See you soon.....

Hugs
Josie xx

18 comments:

kiwikid said...

What a beautiful view out the window of your sewing retreat!!! Wow I would spend the day gazing out the window!! Well done on getting things done...very brave you unpicking..... I had to laugh at Macs and your Mums antics..... I can understand you need to be back on your pills!!! Your Mum sounds like a speed freak, I hope she learns to slow down a bit, if only for your sanity!!!! Good luck with that.

Mdm Samm said...

your projects are lovely, your story of your MUM in a new wc, oh my goodness...lol

paulette said...

Thanks for the chuckle this morning!! I didn't mean to laugh (out loud) honest...heeheehee...seriously...

Jeanette said...

Love the projects. Thanks for the chuckle. Hugs,xx

Christine M said...

All the quilts are just gorgeous, Josie. There's nothing better than time away to get lots of sewing done. That was certainly a story about your mum and her wheelchair!

Maria said...

You have been busy while away great post....

Cath said...

Lots of quilty yumminess! I love your quilt top and because I am particularly fond of Dresden plates, I love that one too!

Kaye R said...

Thank you for the giggle at your expense. You always have an extraordinary gift of telling a fabulous tale. I would buy the book of anecdotes........ However as always I eagerly await your next post......

Yvonne W said...

I know you needed to get back on the pills and can understand why-- but I had a good chuckle reading your blog! Thanks for sharing the antics of your mum and Mac. The retreat was a great success and what a lot was achieved-- impressive. I am such a slow stitcher, I cannot get over how much you girls manage to get done that weekend.

margaret said...

plenty of stitchery done on your break, how good to be away with fellow stitchers can imagine a lot of fun was had as well as creativity. Unpicking no fun but the right thing to do if you are not happy with the design. Some lovely things have been made here.
Wonder how Mumis getting on now with here wheel chair, hopefully she has slowed down a bit, was having a chuckle visualising her antics init, amazing really she did no harm to herself, bit too old to be flashing though

marina said...

you poor thing, It's a wonder they didn't double the mum/mac pills with those antics!!
love all the craftiness you and the girls got up to. your sweet pea quilt is gorgeous, boy I thought I was bad but I don't think I've ever unpicked a whole top? You need to be happy with it though.
I'd say very brave.. Your nature's journey blocks look great.
hope you make it back to blogland soon!

wish2stitch said...

You've had an action packed time. Beautiful projects produced on your retreat. Perhaps your mum will get better with practice, here's hoping anyway.

Ondrea Delahoy said...

You achieved a lot with your retreat. Love the quilts. You poor love, I think I would be on drugs too! Can't send or receive emails but would like to email you when I get back to Australia in 2 weeks. We saw your lovely Highlands, Loch Ness and Glencoe. It wasn't as cold as I had anticipated. The views were breathtaking and so picturesque. Absolutely girgeous. We stayed in Haymarket Edinburgh. We are now in Chippnham, Wiltshire England after a day in Cardiff Wales yesterday.

Flickenstichlerin said...

What a fun post and how man beautiful projects.
Greetings,
Sylvia

Chookyblue...... said...

good to see you back.....lots of lovely projects worked on here by all the girls.......I can' believe you unpicked that quilt.......OMG........he NJ blocks look good.......and goodluck with the shed demolition and rebuilding....

Marie said...

It looks like you and the gals had a great getaway and lots got done. Good for you for unpicking your quilt. It takes guts to do that, especially when you are so far along, but if you don't like it, you don't like it. Quilts are around for a long time so no point putting lots of work into something that you will not use.

Jindi's Cottage said...

Stay on the pills...you've earned them! Maybe you could sell the Mac & Mum adventures to the BBC or Hollywood, certainly wouldn't need writers to come up with "situations" for each week's episode!
Loving your Sweet Pea quilt...a lot...you girls certainly get productive on your weekends...great finishes all round...

Anthea said...

Josie, you know what they say about not going off the pills unless the Doc says so!
The cat yoga position is definitely NOT the Downward Dog, ha ha!
Lovely to see all the beautiful work achieved at your little Cottage, everyone is so clever