Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The last few months are just a blur, so busy with trips back and forth to see the family; when I'm home I'm playing catch up, trying to do all the things I should have done, instead of running away for cuddles with Isla.

But I don't regret that, I'm so lucky to have unlimited access to my granddaughter; two of my friends don't have the luxury of being allowed contact with their grandchildren.
 I treasure every moment I spend with my baby girl.

 I've also managed to catch every cold, flu and germ out there, so it's been five months of coughing and illness; Isla had three months of illness too, so we were both sick together.  She's over it now, and I'm on my 5th course of antibiotics.  Something has to work soon....

The weather has been kind, lots of rain to keep the garden alive, but the weeds went mad, and it's taken me several weeks to restore order.  We've had such a mild spring, only 3 or 4 hot days, it's like a miracle!  I hope summer is just as kind, and we don't have to struggle through the temps of 43 and higher.  I'm so over the really hot weather, can't deal with it at all.

I've been doing a little bit of sewing, but I spent most of the winter spinning fleeces and knitting.  Knitting is so portable, great for travel, but I hardly finished anything.  I'm not that fussed, I've enjoyed the slower pace without the pressure of finishing stuff.  It will get done.

I've almost finished the Ocean Waves quilt that was on my design wall, just borders to go.
I was so overwhelmed by all those intersections to match, it was nerve-wracking lining things up every freaking inch-and-a-half. I'm amazed that it went together as well as it did, because I was not caring much by the end of it.
I don't think I'll put my hand up for anything like that soon.  I need some easy patterns, and some carefree sewing.

DD has actually said she wants a quilt for the baby, so that will be a fun thing to do.  I have a design brief of pale pastels and lots of white, so I will be raiding the stash and doing a bit of shopping for that; it will be fun to make a more modern quilt.
My leader-ender quilt was bumped into primary place, and that's now a finished top.
It didn't use up all the scraps, so I'll have to come up with a new pattern.  But not right away, I want a leader-ender that uses bigger pieces, so I may go back to my 2" squares and make some brown nine-patches.  And to think I used to hate them so much!

Bonnie's first mystery clue comes out on Friday; I don't think I'm going to do it as I have very limited time this year, but I will make a few of each unit.  It's nice to just play along without any pressure.

Mereth and I are still helping out with the mail deliveries, despite quitting more than once; it's such a horribly busy time of year, and they haven't found anyone to replace us right away, so we are still working.  We each do 6 days a fortnight, and our boss fills in for whichever of us is having the week off.  It's such bliss to get up late, stay at home all day, or decide to take a trip somewhere.  After Christmas they will be training a new person, if that person manages to get their motorbike licence; that's the thing that precludes so many people from doing our job. That and the police check.....

I have a new project on the design wall, no pesky intersections, and I'll be back with pictures later.
I really hope I can get back into the habit of blogging, the last 5 months are unrecorded, and that's sad....


Mary Johnson 12:23 PM  

I love that my blog is a record of what's happening in my life and it's not all quilting. Like you I love that knitting is so portable for those times I just can't be home.

We're lucky that we get to see all our grandchildren but my oldest son works a lot harder to spend time with us so I see Rae a lot more than the other two. I feel guilty sometime but I make the same effort with both boys, the difference is that Chris makes sure to visit wherever I am.

I'm about ready to make another plus quilt!

regan 2:05 AM  

Isla is a little doll! What a sweet little smile! And your quilts are beautiful!

Sue SA 6:41 AM  

Sorry to hear you have been so unwell, hopefully this will be over soon. With such high unemployment in the country I find it sad to think they cannot find an upstanding motor bike rider to do your job! So pleased with have had a cool spring here as well. Your ocean waves looks great, but can seen the hours of work in it, with such small pieces. Leaders and enders is another great quilt, but can see why you want to upscale the next one!

Gypsy Quilter 1:28 AM  

Your granddaughter gets prettier every day. So glad you're getting to spend quality time with your family. We've missed you and look forward to seeing which ever project you're working on.

jude's page 5:46 AM  

Good to see you back in blogland, missed your posts, but good that you spent time with your little one, they grow so fast.

Tanya 10:30 PM  

Glad to see you back blogging i missed your posts. Love on that beautiful grand daughter while you can the quilts will wait.

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Bag End Gardener 4:58 AM  

Isla looks like an absolute darling and I am glad to hear you see both your grandchildren, so terribly sad for all when little ones and grandparents cannot be together.

Love your leader-ender quilt, very pretty.

Do hope you feel better soon, I know what you mean about it being sad that 5 months are unrecorded, but in the great scheme of things, your health comes first. I am the world's worst for not replying to email (blush, ashamed . . .) and letting my blog get behind when I am not 100%.

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