15 March 2017

Progress Report and a Template


Sorry this block is coming in dribs and drabs, but I am wondering if I am meant to finish it the way I am going.   I did something to my back getting out of the car last night and I'm not sure if sitting or standing is better at this stage the only way I'm not in pain is I lie flat on my back.

I have decided to release the next lot of templates which are the leaves and the critters.  At this stage I don't plan to add any bees but the templates are there if you want to use them.  The plan is for 4 birds, 3 dragonflies, 4 butterflies  (2 different types of butterflies).  Once the block is all complete I will update the instructions with the finishing detail and add the photo of the finished block.

Thank you for your patience.

09 March 2017

Managing Expectations Again Sorry

Hi everyone, I've been pretty quiet on the blog front.  I'm working away on filling in the centre block and it may be a few days late.  As you can see from the progress photo below I still have a few leaves  to stitch and then I can start on the critters.   I have prepared the templates for these but have to pull fabric and stitch there are lots of tiny pieces which may prove to be a bit scary but we will see how it turns out.  I could post the templates on the 15th but I would prefer to have a finished block picture to post with them so it may just be a few days late.

Last week I was fighting a sinus infection and narrowly missed having to go to the Dr's to get antibiotics I was giving it one more day on sailine treatment and then I was going to make the call when it righted itself.  During that time I couldn't wear my glasses and my eyesight is getting worse and I can't see enough to sew at night without them.  I have that problem where my arms aren't long enough 😆.  Sorry for the excuses but I really was under the weather and every time I put my head down the pain.

I've been thinking long and hard about my next BOM program and I have decided that once this BOM is finished I think this will be my last free BOM for a while and I will change it up next time.  I know we all love free stuff however in order for my business to continue I need to sell patterns, so next BOM the block's will be on sale for half price for a month then go up to full price.  That way I can cover the cost of the running my website and maybe actually pay for the fabric to make the quilt.

As I will be selling the patterns from the outset the lead time for the next BOM will probably be a little bit longer as I will want to get most of the quilt finished before we start.    I know that this will mean I will probably lose a lot of subscribers but in the end this is my business and I need to make enough money to keep it going which sadly isn't happening at the moment.

16 February 2017

OOPs

Sorry everyone I loaded the wrong template yesterday.   Please head to the page and download the correct template which is ready now.

15 February 2017

Celtic Tree of Life Block 7 Part 1


I tried everyone but it just didn't happen, there was a week in there were I was just too tired from over thinking to sew. 

We are back on track this week and I am about ½ way through doing branches.  There will probably be some more added next month but you get the idea with this picture and we can fill in the blanks next month.   

Just remember that you will need to download the pattern again next month as it will be updated with additional instructions and there will be more templates. 

Head to The Celtic Tree of Life Page to download this instalment.

10 February 2017

What a Week


Its official my brain is fried.  Not only from the heat this week but all the stuff we are dealing with at the moment and our aircon died then resurrected itself.

It seems like we work out how we are going to deal with stuff and pay for care and we have had our head buried in government websites for over a week no.  We thought that we were probably in the clear with how it was all coming together then our understanding of the information is all wrong because of course the wording can be taken 2 ways.  We are screwed.  

When you are old in Australia and you have to go into care you either have to have a lot of money or non at all, god forbid you have a house that the family wants to keep hold of because then you a triple screwed.  



03 February 2017

Schools In

Let me say that at least the return to school has been uneventful which is a good thing because there are far to much crap going on in the home front for us to deal with any stress with the kids at school.  Though Maestro has come home today requesting a change of class from one of his elective subjects (the one he was most excited about mind you).  But I think he is big enough to deal with that on his own.

MIL is still in hospital but we have been told that she needs to be in a nursing home as she needs more care than be provided at home without help and the waiting list for in home services is long.  Due to all the thinking about how we do this and going through government regulations about what the cost will be I have had a couple of sleepless/restless nights over the last week.  DH went back to work today (probably for a rest) but after being on leave for 6 weeks I don't think he will be getting one.  He will probably need more time off to see government people about getting age care placement for her.

Despite this the Tree of Life Block is progressing and I will have the tree portion of the block done by the 15th as I wrote last week.  I working on the last section of the trunk and will start working on branches soon.  Next month will be the additional critter templates and leaves, I haven't decided if flowers will be involved as well so I'll surprise you.

Mo goes back to tennis tonight, she only had one hit out during the holidays so it may be an interesting or very quick match.

Here is some blocks I am working on for a baby quilt.  They have to be trimmed yet and i probably have enough blocks for 2 quilts we will see how enthusiastic I am about making 2 probably with all going on not very
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28 January 2017

Birthday's and Back to School

Mo turned 14 today, I can't quite believe that.  I still think of her as my little girl.  She has always had a pretty strong personality within the family unit, but is quiet as a mouse to the outside world.  the control freak in her has reared it head over the last few months.  Genetically she has got a double dose of it so it was bound to come back and bite us sooner or later.

The Vegan experiment comes to an end when she goes back to school, but she is still going to avoid red meat and probably dairy to a certain extent which is ok with me, the fact that she will be introducing a bit more protein into her diet will be good.  

I am amazed at the variety of food that she has added to her menu in the past couple of months.  She didn't eat a big variety before and would never eat tomatoes (except on pizza).  She has even tried a red sauce on pasta but she said biting into a tomato still makes her want to vomit.  We were having hamburgers one night so she made vegan patties from black beans, I had one and I enjoyed it better than the red meat hamburger.  The great thing is that she is trying lots of different foods and eating whole foods and has cut out a lot of the processed stuff so at least she is eating healthy.

We went to lunch yesterday to Veggo Sizzle yesterday in the city and had a Vegan lunch, it was a bit of a wait for our meal but all the dishes were lovely.  Today she made us Vegan pancakes for breakfast and her birthday cake was a vegan cheese cake which was really yummy.

Poor hubby is spending between 6 or 7 hours every day at the hospital with his mum this last week and although she is starting to move around, the general anaesthetic has had an effect on her dementia and conversations are repeated every 20 minutes or so.  The boys are now seriously thinking about a nursing home as BIL probably isn't going to be able to look after her at home to the extent that she now needs.

School starts back on Monday so we will be back to routine and running around.  It has been nice to not worry about having to be anywhere at a certain time for a few weeks but all good things have to come to and end sooner or later.