Friday, 30 March 2007

My QP doll is here!

This is my QP Doll friend. We are doing a doll swap on our Yahoo Group. The dolls are all prettey well the same but we are dressing them up as ourselves and sending them off. Mattie is now here with me! My own QP self still needs to be dressed.

From This:

To This:

I think it sold for perhaps $125, all to support a worthy cause.

Friday, 23 March 2007


I have to retype a set of instructions for a workshop that I am going to demo tomorrow at our guild's Kids' Quilts Bee. I wrote these out originally in 2002 and have since changed computers. Yes I made back up files; they are on floppy disks and this PC does not have a floppy disk reader. So, ... good thing paper still exists. Very good thing that I have some idea of what is in my many piles of papers. I considered OCR, I even looked in the manual to see if my current scanner had that software but nooooo, so back to typing it out. As a further diversion of course I had to stop at a few of my favourite blog spots and found this time waster.

So if you have better things to do and don't quite feel like doing them yet, play along....

You Have A Type A- Personality

You are one of the most balanced people around

Motivated and focused, you are good at getting what you want

You rule at success, but success doesn't rule you.

When it's playtime, you really know how to kick back

Whether it's hanging out with friends or doing something you love!

You live life to the fullest - encorporating the best of both worlds

Tuesday, 20 March 2007

March has been a great Quilting month

(This is the result of 40 hours of quilting time)

There are still 11 days left (as I write this) in the month of March and I am already thrilled with its quiltiness! Earlier in the month I was extremely fortunate to be able to spend a couple of evenings with Robyn Pandolph. Robyn was our guild's - The London Friendship Quilter's Guild - featured speaker. I used one of my very few vacation days so that I could take Robyn Pandolph's workshop on Needle Turn Appliqué. Definately worth the sacrifice!!!
Robyn is so sweet, encouraging and warm. I'll post photos of that project another day.
I also managed to start and COMPLETE a wall hanging that I have donated to a Silent Auction Fundraiser for My Sister's Place (London Free Press Article , community newsletter feature). I really did cut into those special fabrics that I have hoarded against any future failure of the world cotton crop.

The label on the back

Here are some close ups of the Chinese Characters Embroidered on the setting squares:
Peaceful Harmony
Celestial, Sky, Heaven

And because I have been told there is life outside of quilting, My honey and I attended the local Orchid Show. Absolutely Stunning Flowers. I had to share a few of my favourites:

I bought a baby just like these dark orange orchids. It will be 6 months however before it will produce a bloom.

Monday, 5 March 2007

Cutting into the special stash - I will , I promise

Ouch, it hurts. I made the personal commitment to work with what I have as well as I am able. I also promised a donation for a charity fundraising effort, a wall-hanging. Now this is for my DD's MIL (in plain English, the mother of my son in law- both of whom I like very much).

After much internal debate and a nearly endless soliloquy to the monitor I tell my self that I must use the special stuff, I cannot go out and buy more fabric. I have lots of special stuff, enough to share. and so out come the magazines, patterns and the Orientals.

I choose a kimono wall hanging pattern, I have 2 and since I recently made the PP smaller kimonos for a RR , I am going to use the strip pieced, larger blocks and make this 42" x 48" wall hanging. (Kimono Medley, copyright 1991, Marge Burkell)

But it will be OK, there are lots left in the special pile....

And I guess that instead of blogging or watching Strombo, I could have been pressing and cutting.