5 August 2006

Quilter's Paradise, Bank Manager's Woe!

After that desastrous trip to that local fabric store, I decided to venture a little further to a proper Quilting and Patchwork shop, very worth my while. I spent just under $150 ... too bad for the other folks! Plus at my new favorite shop, they do classes and evening quilting circles.

My new fabric's already washed and off to be ironed. Yippieh!

4 August 2006

Aaaargh, Shopper's Woe!

So, I planned my entire morning around a trip to the local fabric wholesaler. I had been there once before and didn't find selection all that inspiring. Their service is disinterested at the best of times. So, why in Heaven's name did I go back? I really don't know.

But I went, equipped with scraps to match the colours. And they had nothing, zilch, nada, rien for me. I'm so frustrated now. And I have vowed to not return.

Hmpf! Do I really have to start another project as a stop-gap until I have time to go another store?

3 August 2006

Much happier with the layout!

It's not perfect, it will never be perfect and therefore it will be an excellent exercise in letting go.

Tomorrow, I will buy fabric.



When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn´t go and doesn´t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we´ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I´m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people´s gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go.
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We will have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too surprised
When suddenly I am old and start to wear purple.

Jenny Joseph

(Found this at Krawuggl, who's got more patience than I do, posting in both German and English).

Look at that!

Courtesy of Amy at Happythings

I love everything about this quilt, especially the quick and stunning backing solution!

2 August 2006

Oh, the hard graft!

For days now, I've been mentally going over the final layout of my Turning Twenty quilt. I'm just not happy with the dark red. But it's there and the idea of quilting is to use up old scraps of fabric, so it stays. But what to do with it?!?

On Friday, I hope to go and purchase the fabric needed for the edging and the backing of the quilt. Until then I need to have a viable layout. Recently, I've been toying with the idea of having Scottish-style checkered or pastel/cremy tartan fabrics for the backing and a leafy style fabric for the edge. But to counter the red, I might use red edging ... then, what to do with the backing.

It's endless ... oh well, I'll go and finish squaring them off so that I can tinker with the layout. And I'm thinking that on Friday, I need to swing by the DIY store to pick up some insulating board to make myself a design wall Jan-style.

(And Blogger is acting up, threatening to eat this post not once but twice ....!)