22 May 2017

Block 8 Progress at Last

This week I have been working on block 8 of Celtic Tree of Life.  I'm going to have to do some work on the final template but the block is looking pretty spectacular.

I am also waiting on the arrival of the fabric for block 9 which I will get on to as soon as Block 8 is all stitched.

There are quite a few photo's on Instagram of the block coming together a couple are here.  I got about ¼ of the way stitching yesterday and last night so will be powering on again tonight.  I'm hoping by end of next weekend I will have the block finished and ready to release.

Yesterday my sewing buddies and I had a sewing day we were trying to do this regularly but life just gets in the way sometimes.  I know I really needed it and so did they.  We picked fabrics for Delilah by Jen Kingwell.  I even managed to cut one block.  The other girls did way better but I was wanting to do a bit of everything.

I also started working on the MO BOM which I now have all the blocks for, most of the fabrics I loved for this BOM except their choice of background fabrics.

The day went way to quickly always the way when you are having fun.  It had done wonders for my sewing mojo which needed a big rocket.

I'm off to do some more stitching.  Fingers crossed I'll catch up again at the end of the week.


12 May 2017

Celtic Tree of Life

Sorry the pattern updates have been a bit slow the last couple of months.  There is quite a bit going on behind the scene which has sapped the sewing mojo.  But I have the top and bottom rows sewn together and the border for the central block completed.

Those of you who have teenage kids will understand some of the stuff we are going through, they are complicated creatures and both hubby and I have wanted to find an escape from adulting on more than one occasion over the last few weeks.

On top of this having to dealing with my MIL decline which is harder on my hubby than me.  At least she is only a 2 minute trip in the car to see her or a 5 minute walk which is a blessing if she is sleeping or is completely off with the fairies (which is more the case than not now) and he can come straight back home.  Just found out she has had another fall today.

I've been crocheting a blanket the past couple of weeks, originally I was thinking of giving to my MIL however things tend to go walkabout at the nursing home so I have decided that I won't be giving it to her and I won't ever give her one of my quilts. We did purchase a nice quilt cover for her and thats been missing for a while now even though it was well labeled.  Mo's put dibs on the blanket now, she pretty much puts dibs on everything I make 😉 especially if she can snuggle up and keep warm with it.  I'm at the halfway point now and it should make a great blanket to throw over ones legs while watching TV sprawled on the lounge.

Back to the Celtic Tree of Life, here is the top row sewn together and the central block all bordered.  The side panels will be 8" x 36" finished and I haven't quite decided if they will be celtic knots or pieced blocks.  First I will have to see if I have enough light fabric to make the panels.   I had already picked out rectangular knots so we will just have to see if we can get them to fit.


As you can see I haven't stuck to the original block placement.  I don't know whatI am going to do for borders.  I originally thought I'd do an appliqué border but it is kind of losing its appeal. 




07 May 2017

New Author


I'm 2 books deep into this series and I'm hooked.  It got recommended on Penny Reid's Facebook group by quite a few members which is good enough recommendation for me.  The series is 5 books and they are all out so no waiting to finish them before you move on to the next one.    If you love the Harry Potter books you would probably love these though the characters are older and more sophisticated.

It has everything, a strong female lead, time travel, a prophesy, shape changers, seers and vampires.  There is a battle against evil across time and real moments in history.  Book 1 jumps between the present time and Victorian England, Book 2 jumps back to pre Elizabethan England.

Bubbling in the background is a love story 125 years in the making.

Book 1 is free on Kindle, or you can get the first 3 books for the price of 1.  I went and purchased all 5 books so that I could just keep reading.
I saw a review that recommended it for teenagers 14 years and above.  Mo is on book 5 of Harry Potter at the moment and I have told her she should read these but she won't read on a kindle or ebook format and to get the paper copies of these books is $$$$ unfortunately.

02 May 2017

Going Slow

I guess the school holidays has been a time to just slow down.  Can't say I have had much sewing mojo unfortunately and have been crocheting at night.

I have trimmed the centre block down to 32 ½" square and am working on the square within square blocks to go round the edge.  There are 132 of them so if you want to get started you can following the same instructions as for the corner appliqué blocks there are just more of them.  As the centre square is pretty light, I have been using darker greys for the background of the square within a square blocks so that they form a defined frame.


Mo hosted 6 girls for a sleep over.  They usually meet up every school holiday and it usually at one of the other girls houses who has a separate room outside for them all to make noise in, but they expected that friend to be away this time so Mo volunteered us for the event.

We did a Costco run and got a big platter of sushi.  I also came home with a small fortune in other food stuff.  Mo went nuts in the fresh food fridge section and Costco is pretty good for some of the healthy food options she likes to partake in (nuts and nutmeal, raw cocoa, chia seeds etc).  All the unhealthy option were put in the trolly by Maestro.

The sleepover was Friday night and Mo cleaned the house while I was at work and got everything ready.  She even made breakfast for the girls in the morning.



I've probably told you that Mo has got into running, in a big way and she runs about 12km every other day.  She has been having problem with blisters lately, and she sent me a picture while I was at work yesterday of her bloody sock and the terrible state of the ball of her foot and it really broke my heart it looked so painful (I won't treat you to any gory pictures).

She had planned to run after I left for work an we discussed the state of her feet and put a pad over the affected area and thought this would do the trick as she said it wasn't sore.  She did it only really stung for a couple of minutes when she was running so she was surprised at the state of it when she had finished.

I ended up booking her into the Drs just to make sure there wasn't any infection he has just said leave off running... which is going to be hard because as soon as it feels a bit better she wants to run again.  In the meantime DH worked with  a guy who runs marathons and he asked for some advice and he sent us a heap information about what he does and link to website about blister care and prevention for runners.

So I did a crash course last night in what to do with blisters and went to the chemist in search of hydrocolloid dressing which we found and gave her immediate relief and covered the hole in her foot.        The stuff is kind a like skin and helps the body to heal at the same time.    We are heading to a specialist running shoe place on the weekend to replace her shoes and I think I will be spending a small fortune on socks and other blister prevention products over the next little while and try and keep her from running for a week 😔.

20 April 2017

Big Day - I think I may need to sneak off to bed early

Its school holidays at the moment and Mo has been booked into have her braces off for a few months now, they told me they could come of at the end of January but I have been putting it off because (well they've only been on for 12 months) initially they said 2 years (maybe longer because of problems with her jaw).  So we budgeted to pay them off in little under 2 years (not 1) and in order to get them off you have to pay the balance which at the time was $2k+ plus fork out for the gold wires an extra $700.   We also had to do it 3 appointments over the course of the day as she had to get some removed so I decided the school holidays would be it.

So my day went like this.  Wake up 6.30 do my walk, have breakfast, have shower get ready to leave the house at 8.30 as there is a lot of road work on our side of the city and her appointment is at 9.30 in the city.  Go to put the dog out so she can do her business then bring her inside and notice a piece of cotton jutting out from her foot (I'm thinking OMG needle).  I pull on it and she starts to whimper and carry on I start to panic, I feel her foot around the toe and I can't feel anything in the foot and even when I push on the toe she seems fine, I pull on it again she cry.  If I leave it alone she is ok so I put her to bed and leave its 8.40 so I head out all the while feeling a bit sick thinking of the X-rays and vet bills that are going to be on top of today's dental expenses and there is no way I'm letting DH know about this as he is always making comments about needles (which I am pretty careful with).

We head into our first dental appointment and the Orthodontist decides there is a gap in her bottom teeth that they'd really like to close before this afternoon (WTF).  So they take the top wire off and the bracket that needs to come off the tooth that must be built up by our regular dentist then proceed to wire the bottom teeth up with various bits and bobs.  Mo's eyes are watering as the bracket was stuck really well due to the smallness of the tooth and the amount of cement they used and the wiring up is ok she says but hurts a bit.

We head to our regular dentist who builds her tooth up and does a really good job but she isn't happy that they only removed one bracket because she would like to make sure that the teeth match and she can see them with all stuff still stuck to her other teeth.

By lunch Mo's a bit emotional about having to go back and have the rest of the brackets removed.  Orthodontist has ask us to get there early so they can do more tightening up and assess if they are going to take the braces off now (more WTF is going on in my head).  We arrive 20minutes early  end up waiting another 20 minutes after our set appointment time to see someone (well and truly over this now). They then proceed to wire Mo bottom teeth up a bit more but decide they can take them all off today (like this gap couldn't have been taken care of in the 14 months the things have been on instead of the last 3 hours).  1 ½ hours later we head home to deal with the dog.

Dog is still in no destress, piece of cotton is still there stuck in place.   I ring the vet and book and time to head down I tell them I suspect she has a needle in her foot but she isn't in any pain.  I said I will try and see if I can determine if there is actually a needle in her foot or not as it is an hour before they can fit us in.

I end up laying on the dog and pinning her under me with her foot sticking out and hold her leg still and have a good look at the cotton and the toe.  To my utter relief there is no needle just the cotton caught on a rough piece of her claw and when I was pulling on it, it was pulling her claw causing pain.  Further embarrassment and big vet bill avoided.

It about 4pm and Mo wants to do grocery shopping.  Mo does all our cooking and she makes me a shopping list every week.  Today as it is school holidays she wants to come with me... no shopping list because there isn't much we need apparently.  My regular shopping trip takes about 45 minutes   by the time I go to the supermarket and the fruit and veg store (a bit longer if she send me on a goose chase for something obscure).

Mo is really careful about what she eats and she likes to read the labels.  We are an hour in and only about halfway through the supermarket.  My hubby texts me to say he is on his way home.  

I'm at the end of an aisle (she also doesn't like it if I go ahead and she is reading and trying to decide if she is going to get veggie pasta or wholemeal).  My hubby is in no way a patient man, he will not stand in a line for anything no matter the incentive.  He said they were ¾ hour in a health food shop yesterday when he was on parenting duty.  We managed to make it home just before 6.

I think I'm going to bed now with a good book which I will probably fall asleep before the end of the first page.  
 




17 April 2017

Putting it all together

As discussed in my last post, this pattern will be updated from now until the end of the quilt as I decide how it will go together.

Again we have been dealing with a few family issues and people being unwell including me now with Mo kindly sharing a cold with me this Easter.  I hope to get back out to the sewing room today for more background blocks.  There is lots of them so they will keep you busy.  



Here are the first 2 blocks all finished.  I now have to decide about the centre row and how that will come together, it will have a border of blocks as well I am just unsure how big the two side blocks will end up being and wether they will be enough room for another 2 celtic knots or not.  

Its was hubby's birthday yesterday and Mo has been baking again.  




She made him a cake that looks like a pizza 😜

31 March 2017

Planning the Finish - Celtic Tree of Life

The rest of this month I will be working on the top and bottom rows. This pattern will be available from now until the end of the program as it will end up being the last pattern of the month with border options.

I now how I will frame each of the appliqué blocks but have been a bit stuck with what I will do with the celtic knots, but I came up with an idea in the shower this morning (where all brilliant ideas are born).  It incorporates the finished border which until this morning I wasn't sure there was going to be one but I think now there will be and as with Flowers with Alison it will be huge.

So stay tuned.  The top and bottom rows will give me an idea of the size of the two narrow side blocks for the centre row which will be the patterns May and June.  Then there will be no more patterns until the border is finished.
 
Blocks all trimmed ready to frame.