Sunday, 28 January 2007

End of January update


This little quilt is done and now moved on to its home, well until the baby is actually born and I take it back to add the name and date. I did manage to pick up the "Pat the Bunny" book to give with this quilt and I also found a soft and silky cuddly bunny puppet in the same colours.
The quilt label reads "There is no sight as beautiful as a sleeping baby's smile; no sound as wonderful as the laughter of a well-loved child and no place as warm as the arms of loving parents."

I have a few postcards on their way out, I will post photos of them also some day soon. The next couple of weeks will be a bit crazy-busy so there likely will be a bit of time before I can stop and blog.

Sunday, 14 January 2007

Saturday was a good sewing day.






The baby quilt top is done. After a look around for backing fabric I found an unlikely but great match. Surprisingly, in the Christmas fabrics (on sale) there was an uneven narrow stripe fabric that has a blue and green next to each other that really worked with the soft green of the focus fabric. The colour blending does not show quite so true on the screen so I won't load it. So Saturday was good sewing day. If it is snow stormy tomorrow night I will have time to batt it up and I can start quilting later this week. This one I will machine quilt so it can be ready for January 28. I hope I can find a copy of "Pat the Bunny" to give with it. The little bunny reminds me of that sweet book.

(A special nod to Mum, she has been gone from us for 3 years but she is ever close to our hearts)

and just for trival fun, one of those personality tests which tells me I am an ENFJ (and what exactly is that?). This is from a link on Paula's blog .
You Are An ENFJ
The Giver
You strive to maintain harmony in relationships, and usually succeed.Articulate and enthusiastic, you are good at making personal connections.Sometimes you idealize relationships too much - and end up being let down.You find the most energy and comfort in social situations ... where you shine.
You would make a good writer, human resources director, or psychologist.

Wednesday, 10 January 2007

Moving forward, one space at a time

'what can I do, best, with what I have?' I said that was my motto for 2007. Now working through some of the scraps stash and saved bits are the plan. First project happening (a baby due date that is earlier than I expected) is a quilt for a very sweet friend of my daughter's. The baby shower is Jan 28.

For me this is the first of my children's friends having children. It is hard to not to to think of them being teenagers hanging out together, then began the weddings and now the babies!!! I guess we survived the joys and tears of all those years in between.

So DD2 helped me choose some fabrics and a pattern, Four Patch pattern from Ursela Reikes "Quilts for Baby, Easy as ABC". The focus fabric (from a friend's stash) is a very cute bunny à la "Pat the Bunny" story book. It is a bit hard to see but the dark fabric is really a lighter shade of green.

I guess this is what happens as we move forward in life. I first felt this when my Dad died. He was far too young, only 52. There was (always will be) a big empty space in the landscape of my heart. I felt like a tornado had touched down and ripped away a piece of me. Afterwards, I felt as if I lived on a game board and the row that I am part of just moved forward one row. I had felt safe having my Dad always there to go to if I needed him, now there was no one ahead of me, I appreciate and treasure those that still stand beside me.

Pushing me forward again were things like my first child (oldest daughter) graduating University, her friends getting married, then my daughter (second child) marrying the love of her life and now one more move forward... my children's friends having babies.

My favourite Board game was Milton Bradley's "The Game of Life"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Game_of_Life The pink car was mine! I loved the pitfalls and the jumps, filling the car with kids, going to school, getting paid, even paying the bills and taces. I loved the thrill of seeing where I would land and what would happen to me, and what I would be left with by the time I reached the end of the game.

So tonight's space is marked "cut the fabric" and so off I go to follow the directions and keep my place in this game of Life.