Tuesday, May 28, 2013

By crikey,I almost let a whole  month go by without a post.  There's just too much going on, I never seem to find time to sit down and write about it. Will try to do better.

A couple of weeks ago we went to our mate Deb's place, the old bank building where I use to live. We were celebrating the 80th birthday of a dear friend, and we had a splendid afternoon tea for the occassion.  I just hope I look as good as Flora when I get to be 80.

Deb has renovated the building, doing most of the work herself, I'm amazed at soome of the things she's done.  She actually replaced the ceiling in two rooms, there's no way I could do such heavy work, and at such a height.  The whole place looks fabulous.  The hall was green when I lived there, but I much prefer this cool gray.  I left this sunburst quilt hanging here for safekeeping, and because Deb loved it.  Now she just tells everyone it's hers, and I would give it to her, if it wasn't for it's history.  I made these blocks during long phone calls to Mereth, when we lived thousands of kilometres apart, and only got to see each other every 2 or 3 years,  It's a bit special, but I think I might just make another one for Deb, to replace it.  For now, this quilt can stay in these gorgeous surroundings.
I've been sewing on the Mitchell St blocks, and I've finished all 20. 
They are up on the design wall, in my sewing area, and I'll sort out the sashing soon.  I'm muddling about with lighting solutions, and I think I've found a set up that works.  I'll be glad when I can throw myself back into sewing with a passion, it's been months of somewhat desultory piecing.  My heart hasn't really been in it, with all the other work claiming my time.
I do love odd colours like this purple/brown/grey colour next to the ninepatches.  It's so subtle, and it goes with everything.  Alas, I don't have much of this left, I have to be careful with it.  On my next trip to a patchwork shop I'll have a look for somethimg to replace it.  You can't buy colours like this online, the monitor colours aren't true to life.

The chrysanthemums this year were wonderful, but most are finished flowering now, and I have to pot the ten (10!) new ones, and cut back the old ones.  I would like them to flower more often, but I don't begrudge them the garden space.  They make such a glorious display for two months, it's worth it.

2 comments:

Karen 6:25 AM  

There are lot of pieces in each Mithcell St. block. Requires lots of accurate stitching and you are doing it well.

Sue SA 12:44 AM  

Love seeing the Mitchell St blocks with such a pale and dark sashing, really love the different effect it produces.

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