A little catching up

Well, I thought the Children's Class was going to be a flop.  We only had a few kids enrolled and then on the day a full class turned up on the doorstep.  Today is our second day and we are expecting a few more.  I am interested to see just how they decorate their monogram.  I put out a few kits for the helpers and they came up with different takes on the design as well.

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One other thing is the learning Italian.  As I said before, I am not good with languages but learning with Duolingo is effective, if slow.  (The slow part is my brain.)  I have just about got to the end of level 1.  Being a perfectionist, I do not want to move on until I can do each lesson and get 100%.  I'm still getting mixed up with the "they eat, we eat, I eat etc.  It's not the they, we, I, it's the eat, a different word for each subject.  Just like Latin back at school.  And I find my spelling is as bad in Italian as it is in English.  I had hoped it would improve!  But having said that, I keep having 'brain flashes' with the lyrics of Italian songs I memorised so long ago.  The meaning will suddenly flash into my mind of some obscure phrase from long ago.  I went back to some of those pieces and checked the translation on the music and although their meaning was right my translation was better.  Amazing.  I have a long way to go, but, Rome wasn't built in a day.

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The other thing that is good about this course is the flash cards (tiny cards).  We, use these when teaching little children to read and write but I have found them just as effective with adults, or me anyway.  Now after all these years I actually think that I will be able to learn other languages.  I actually feel I am going to achieve this.  It was one of those things I wanted to do and never thought I would, but kept hoping.

 The next thing is Christmas, it's coming and I need to get ready!!!






Good news.  My lost project has resurfaced at my sons home. So I have finished the section I was working on.

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Just a small amount  on the accessories for the casket this week.  Side one of the scissor fob.

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My eyes really protest at this fine count fabric.  I have to keep to short bursts of stitching so my eyes don't go out of focus.  And because I thought I had lost my project I started on the Kogin cushion cover.  I ditched the fabric that came in the kit because the dye wasn't stable, even after I soaked it in salt water.  Looking after the children gave me some time in the evenings to stitch.  Now I didn't expect that.

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A cute idea

Living on an island seems to see most people owning a boat of some description.  But what do you do with them when they have had their day?  Some people just dump them or leave them to rot on the beach.  But I found one family who have reused their's to hold a vegetable garden.  Now that's a good idea.

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Week 8 - Placemats for charity

Along with the jelly-rolI I also have the end of a bolt of fabric that I love.  It is Shadow Play by Maywood and is just the best quality, I had bought 6 bolts of this but didn't use all of this one.  But it also has been sitting there for 10 years so it needs to be used as well.  It is no good looking at it and saying how lovely it is.

Very mixed results with this weeks offerings.  This will have to be put down to experience.

Mat 15

I just used different sized circles to quilt this.  Not the most successful outcome.  (Cross that one off the list.)

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Mat 16

I love this quilting pattern.

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It doesn't suit the pieced front of the mat.

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Onto week 9!