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October 2015

Don't tell me.

My daughter keeps doing dangerous and outlandish things and when she goes to tell me about them I say" I don't want to know, don't tell me." 

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If I know I will worry.  So she sends me a picture.  Here she is  80 foot up the main mast of a tall ship chasing the halyard that someone let go.  (That's the wire that takes up the main sail.)


I still don't want to know.

Some fabrics via Houston Quilt Festival

Everyone seems to be having a great time in Houston without me.  Just look at Pammie's post In fact it made my eye's turn green.   (There are some wonderful images here.)  One of the images that she posted was of Ella Blue's booth.

This  set me looking up the website and the fabric designers, Emma Jean Jansen in particular.  Then I hit the shops.




I love this design.  It is from last year but I am on the hunt for some more of this fabric.


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This one is from another range but I liked the colours.


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As you can see I really got carried away and even then I didn't find all the designs that I liked on the web page.  I will have to start trolling the internet shops next.




Update time.

Knitting block No 1 Finished.  That tension will need to improve.


Crochet block No 12.  Finally starting to get these to actually look like blocks.  Again, the tension needs to improve

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The Cross stitch is all complete to the centre point and continues below that line but still a lot of work to go.


Fusion - I have again had trouble with putting the pattern on.  That purple pen just faded too quickly so I have had to use the blue pen.  It fades fairly quickly as well so just 1/4 completed.  I tried all kinds of line stitches but came back to stem stitch. 

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I am using 1 strand of the cotton thread and 2 strands of the silk.

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Busy doing nothing

That's how it seems at the moment.  Earlier in the year I lost my car keys and thought it would be a good idea to get a back up set cut.  All went fine until I had to have the security pin.  That was attached to the set of keys I lost.  That set of keys is at the bottom of the bay somewhere.  I spent a whole day trying to get the pin.  No joy at all.  I will have to take a trip into the car dealership to see if they can help me.  One whole day lost.

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Then we had a meet your neighbours lunch on Saturday.  I spent ages trying to prepare some food to take with me.  I am so slow with this hand.  What would normally take and hour  took 2  and a half hours.  I ended up so frustrated and when my husband said that the fruit an veg man was outside I yelled at him that he was no help at all.  We went to the lunch and stayed far too long.  You know my husband can talk, that was why we were there so long.  Then my daughter came to stay the night, which meant we had to go out for dinner.  Another day and no stitching.


Today, Sunday, we had to go out to breakfast with my daughter and her partner, morning gone.  Then I thought I would download a lesson I had bought from Craftsy.  Now I'm not sure if it is the company or if everyone is on the internet but I haven't had any joy downloading this.  I have watched the introduction over and over but can't get past that.  I think I will try again tomorrow.

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 I did finish my first knitted block.  That has taken 3 weeks nearly, because I am so slow.  I then moved on the the next block which is in purl and found a whole new group of muscles in my hand I have to exercise.    I also have a full hand compression glove which takes down the swelling and I can crochet, in wool any way.  I just couldn't put up with the disappointment I know I will feel when I get to a finer cotton.


So here I am with nothing much to show for my last few days.  I hope the week gets better.





Yet another year has come around and I am not able to travel to the Houston Quilt Market.  Next year will be the year.  At least I can't lust over all the fabrics I would like to buy and I might get some work done on those unfinished quilts I have in the cupboard.

I got an Email from Red Brolly saying that they will be there and they are going to release a new quilt pattern there.  Mermaids.

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Now I have a grand daughter who wants to be a mermaid when she grows up.  Even though I'm not going to Houston I think I will have to buy all these patterns.

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  I have had all kinds of problems getting the outline of this pattern onto the fabric.  The biggest problem has been that the fabric had a pattern printed on it.


This has made seeing the pattern through the fabric difficult.  So my first attempt was to use carbon paper.  A complete waste of time.  Luckily, the bits of the pattern that did transfer were able to be brushed off.


I then went back to my original drawing and made all the lines thicker.  Set up the lamp under the slot in the sewing table and tried again with a fading pen.  As I had drawn the design in 4 sections I decided to just trace 1 section and stitch that.  I think that this is going to work.


Also, a few more stitches in the cross stitch.  I don't think I will ever see the end of this.  Those stitches at the bottom are the edge so I must be past half way to getting this finished.

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A bit behind with everything

I am and there are a couple of reasons.  Firstly I have an assignment to complete for my online University course.  I thought that I would just write it off the top of my head but it is taking a bit longer than that.  Added to this is the difficulty with the typing.  So I have written it long hand and will have to type it and then submit it online.  You have no idea how nervous this makes me.  You would never think that I have a Master's Degree.

The second reason is that I went away on a religious retreat for the weekend.  I really needed this time to separate myself  from all the hassles I have had this year.  It was wonderful to be with friends and just spend the time in contemplation.  I went for an early morning walk along the waterfront at Scarborough on the Redcliffe peninsular where we were staying.  This is about three and a half hours drive away at the northern end of Moreton Bay and it was interesting to see the same red rocks and trees that we have on the island. 

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What is different is the number of people around.  I see no one on my walks on the island but here there were bike riders, walkers, swimmers, and people digging worms.

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It was interesting looking into the courtyards of some of the villas.  Some were very conventional while others weren't.


The third reason I am behind is because I spend every spare moment doing hand and arm exercises. My typing has improved, although my hand does ache.  I can use a knife and fork again and not have to get someone (my husband) to cut up all my food.  The knitting is almost perfect again but the crocheting is still problematic.  I will just have to keep at that one. Washing up and drying dishes are still beyond me, as is making beds, ironing and doing the vacuming.  (Isn't that a shame!) Today was my day in town and my physio tells me that because I have kept trying to embroider my fine motor skills are far better than is to be expected.  See I wasn't wasting time with that cross stitch, although I don't seem to have made a lot of progress.

The Guild is closed for repairs at the moment so the Tuesday group met at the city library.  What did I do?  More of that cross stitch.



After being laid up for so long at home with this arm, meaning that I can't drive, I decided that I needed to get the bus into town.  This means that I have to be on the ferry at 6:30am to catch the bus that goes into the city.  There are only three in the morning and the same number return in the evening.  There are no other direct services available and if you get a later bus the trip takes 3 hours each way. This early express bus only takes about an hour and 15 minutes.

Actually it is quite a nice trip and I intend to take the bus once a week to go into the Embroiderers' Guild.  I have to change buses in the city and this week I found a food market set up at the end of the mall.  Some lovely fruit and veg on sale.



Along with fresh bread.



Some Turkish goods.



And flowers.


A lovely way to start the day.






One other quilt

I had forgotten to post on Robin's other quilt, the chook one.  It was actually quite charming with a series of hens each with their own hen house embroidered on the block.  I also liked the mixture of monochromatic fabrics used in the background of each block.


This quilt won a 3rd place in the applique section.


I always have to remind myself that all of Robyn's quilts are completely hand stitched.  That means all the seams, applique and quilting.  I have trouble completing one machine pieced quilt in a year and she manages to turn out several hand sewn ones.


The quilt was called birds of a feather but there were a few cats in there as well and one hen that didn't belong with the others.