15 April, 2006

Random stuff

As the title suggests, this will be a random bunch of stuff that has happened over the past week. Last weekend I went to Bunnings for - well, I forget, and it's not really that important anyway - and found this little guy faithfully waiting in the car for it's owner.

Oh, I did buy some seedlings, which started flowering this morning, so I have a little bit of prettyness near the front door. Still need to go and get some vegie seedlings at some stage - now that the weather is starting to cool down a little, some plants might just survive longer than two weeks.

This morning I decided to trim the hedge out the front. The first time I did this, it took forever and my hands were wounded for days. Now, it doesn't take nearly as long, and I'm not quite so delicate (or maybe that's because I just cut off shoots instead of whole branches now). Anyway, I was hacking away, and was close to finishing when I noticed this. The nest was so well hidden, and had I seen it in the beginning I probably wouldn't have started cutting. Now, I did put in a picture to show what the end product looked like but, my issues with Hello being what they are, it's not there. I'll include that in a minute...

And changing the subject completely, I have now banned myself from buying any more fabric. Except when I find stuff I really like. And when there is a sale on. Like here - this stuff cost me $1.50 (there is about a metre of each). Don't know what I'll do with it yet.

And this stuff was on sale also. May be the next quilt. Or, it may be the next in the quilt queue. That keeps growing!!

But I did manage to finish this yesterday morning. Didn't have enough fabric for the binding that I wanted (and only realised this after I had cut out, sewn and ironed the binding and found out I was about 1m short), so I raced to the shop where I had bought the stuff and, of course, they had run out of that fabric. But I was lucky enough to get something that matched. The clamshell quilting on the borders was inspired by the amazing work of Finn (hope you don't mind me borrowing your idea, Finn) and I love it as something different around the edges. I always say that a quilt is not "real" unless it has some mistakes in it. So best not to zoom in too close because, my God, there are some whoppers of mistakes in there. I just don't understand how, when you have pieces of fabric exactly the same size and you sew them with exactly the same amount of seam allowance and then you join the strips of pieced fabric together, you can end up with a 2cm discrepancy. I'm not kidding. But this quilt has taken me months and I'm just glad it's done.


Blogger shellyC said...

so clever.....so very very clever.

5:08 pm  
Blogger doubleknot said...

Beautiful quilt.
I know what you mean about not buying any more fabric - mine was not only fabric but any yarn and books - I have decided no more yarn until I get some projects done. Books are now coming from the library - when we moved I had to give up a lot of good books to the library - you would think I had given the libraian a treasure after she looked in the boxes.

7:13 pm  
Blogger Alice said...

Pretty petunias. Do you realise that you are addicted to fabric and there is no cure?

Your quilt is as beautiful as your previous ones --- and I only counted 371 mistakes...lol.

8:53 am  
Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I love the color combination of your quilt...it's beautiful.

That puppy must have been well trained not to jump out the window...And as I sit here on my pc typing this comment I am looking directly into a hedge. I have spotted birds flittering in & out of the green branches, so I can assume they are nesting.

Very nice post...a little bit for everyone.

11:38 pm  

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