And yes, I have made both a frog quilt and a panda quilt!
Friday, 26 October 2007
And yes, I have made both a frog quilt and a panda quilt!
Thursday, 25 October 2007
I was a bit stuck about where to take it once the centre was sone, until Lily's comment about it looking like Dutch irises. Since they're my favourite flower (and just happened to be blooming in my garden at the time) I started photographing and got inspired. This is the result.
I really enjoyed free-motion-quilting the irises. None of them are perfect, but I don't mind. They're original at least!
The corner photos and label were printed onto special printable fabric, and I'm really happy with them.
Monday, 22 October 2007
And yes, while I was taking this series of photos, she wee'd on her quilt, which has been washed and is now drying on the airer!
She gives us lots of smiles, especially in the 10-15 minutes after a feed, when she loves to lie in my arms or be held sitting on my knees and smile and chat. She's quite a talkative little thing now that she has worked out how to make noises more easily.
She really watches what is going on around her - usually James running past! She will lie content on her change-mat on the change-table for hours (and I've spent a lot of time standing there with her!) I can move the mat around, but apparently it's not the same!
She went through a stage of being really hard to settle in the evenings, and I was up until about 2am each morning for a week. But she seems to have got over that with just a night of two of us being tough and letting her cry for a couple of minutes. Now she's back to settling herself as long as she's calm. She generally goes down at about 9.30 for the night, and usually sleeps until about 7.30, although the last few nights have involved quick early morning feeds. She also fed about every 2 hours on Saturday, so I suspect it may be another growth-spurt!
Below is a bit of gallery of the last week or so:
Snuggled up against a quilt I was in the middle of binding on Sunday:
Mid-week while she was especially cheery...
...and being given a hand by James!And today's special photo session - I try and do this every few weeks. 'They' say you always have less photos of second and subsequent children, but I can't see that happening here; partly because I'm getting better at coming up with ideas for photos, partly because the camera is always out, and partly because, as Simon told me, I'm obsessed with photos! Anyway, for this series of photos, I remembered a large piece of gorgeously soft fake fur remaining from making a friend's costume several years ago. I think she liked the feel of it - I do!
Thursday, 18 October 2007
And at the same wedding, here are Gran and Grandad with all their grandchildren, and most of our partners as well.
This is Simon and Grandad at Perisher Blue in 2003. Gran and Grandad had come to stay with us in Canberra, and I think it was just ebfopre the ski season started. Anyway, most of the lifts weren't running, but there was quite a bit of snow, and some of it groomed, and the Ski Tube was running free. So we went up to Blue Cow and Grandad had a final ski, aged about 80, using Simon's equipment. It was a few years since they had skied, so he did have a few tumbles, but did well and was thrilled by it.
Lastly, here he is in our new spa, in January 2005. He wasn't well by this stage, but that didn't stop him joining in with everything and enjoying himself.
James loves looking at photos, in albums and on the computer, and can recognise most people he sees regularly. He's also starting to recognise photos of Grandad. I hope that when Gran gets back from South Africa in a few weeks, he'll be able to tell her 'Grandad' when he sees a photo of him.
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
Saturday, 13 October 2007
Thursday, 11 October 2007
I'm actually pretty proud of what I've done so far. I drew a few trials on paper, then did one on a scrap sandwich before getting stuck into it. I've done about 8 so far (some are better than others) and there are plenty more to go. This is quite a departure from what I've done previously. Ages ago I did do free-motion quilted vines in some sashing, but usually the free-motion quilting I do is limited to simple things like swirls and waves. And more often than not it's not even free-motion; it's in-the-ditch, gentle curving lines or something similar. I'm also all inspired by Helen and Joy and am going to finish the ends of the quilting properly when I'm done!
I finished the log cabin blocks the other day, and here are a few of them laid together; just so I could see if the cool/warm contrast worked. I am still debating the layout, which will eventually use some other blocks as well. Eleanor hit 3 months on Monday, so here is the next in the series of photos of her on her quilt. It's hard to believe how fast she's growing! And one taken last night, just because I couldn't resist!
In the first week:
James 11 months old:
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
And next, today's delights from eQuilter. Another 8.5yards, which I think brings my stash to 620m.
And to combine the two, I had a delightful breakfast this morning of the leftover pie I made for dessert last night! Spanish Tart; one of Mummy's recipes. Basically grated apple and lemon rind mixed with a little batter (egg, butter, sugar) and poured into a pie dish onto a sheet of frozen pastry. Easy and so yummy. Mmmmm.
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
Saturday, 6 October 2007
Friday, 5 October 2007
Gran and Grandad met during the war when they were both serving. Their first conversation was an argument about duties!
Not that I really need to go that far back! Here she is on their Diamond (60th) Wedding Anniversary in January 2005:
For the big family dinner, I chauffered tham with 'diamondy' wedding ribbons on the car. I did the same for their 50th, only with gold ribbons (and P plates ;) ). I made them a quilt for their anniversary; a spiralling diamond design, using I-can't-remember-how-many different rainbowing fabrics and seemingly millions of coordinating seed and bugle beads; the last of which were finally stitched in place only a day before the event!
And here she is only a few weeks ago with Eleanor:
As I mentioned in my second ever post , it was Gran who taught me quilting, although since then she has focused on the cross-stitch I taught her in return. She also makes cards, and used to spin and knit.
Here she is holding me in early 1979 (that's strawberry birthmark near my eye; it faded entirely by the time I was about 2):
And here she and Grandad are skiing in 1980. They used to come with us every year, and only gave it up well into their 70s. We even got Grandad on skis again just a few years before he died in 2005, and he was delighted. I've always been really close to them. Gran continues to be busy and active, and just the other day flew to South Africa for a few weeks, where she is meeting up with her sister who still lives in England.