Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tuesday tidbits (and tails)

Another quilt finished. After a very shaky start on this one when I thought it looked, umm, well,....... crap,  you can read all about it here if you really really want to.  Apparently I was the only one who thought it looked crap, so I persevered and I am so glad I did, as it has turned out beautifully even if I do say so myself.  Which proves two things.
1. The beautiful picture in my head of my finished quilt may not necessarily be the best and only option.
2. My fabric/pattern choices are not crap most of the time, and I need to embrace this.

My mum popped by one day and saw the fabric, not the quilt top, and said she really liked it, so that was the incentive to finish it and give it to her for her birthday. Unfortunately all that procrastinating earlier meant that it was a rush to get it finished. I was very lucky to find someone who could quilt this for me at short notice, so that it was ready for my mum's birthday last week.

I chose a simple all over quilting pattern to compliment the floral shapes in the fabric.
My mum loved it and has put in an order for a matching quilt for my dad.  I have picked out all the more masculine patterns from the range and have chosen a different pattern design.  I'll start it sometime between now and next year, when I get my quilting mojo back again.
Much to my surprise, my sister loved it too and has asked me if I could make her a quilt for her **th birthday.  I have two years to finish that.

In other news, I couldn't resist a couple of bargains. The first one is so cute, however it's knit your own dog, not crochet your own dog. I'm either going to have to knit again or try and use the patterns to crochet dogs, yeah I can really see that happening!  But they are soooooo cute!!!!!!

The second one is 125 Japanese Quilt  Blocks, absolutely fabulous blocks in this book but it will probably take me years to be proficient enough to make any of them. In the mean time I can dream about them.

Update on the puppy.

It chewed through Bitchypoo's phone charger cord so she has had to buy a new one. Hmmmmmmmm.

The next one comes under the heading eeeeeeeeeewwwwwww.
I have stood in dog poop ( bare feet) three times so far, not happy. Mrs P has suggested that it could possibly be an as yet undiscovered miracle ingredient in keeping looking skin youthful. In that case my feet should look like a 20 yr olds. Until I know this for sure I will be looking at the floor at all times when walking.

ETA - Today we only had a few mms of rain, but from Friday afternoon to yesterday afternoon we had 328mm of rain (just under 13 inches),..........we are still here!!!


  1. I'm glad you persevered with the quilt, it IS lovely. Can you just tell me - do you wash the quilt before you gift it to someone to made it soft and cuddly? I have only made one quilt - for myself - and it is on my bed but it is not soft and cuddly ( it doesn't need to be in this case ) I am in the throes of making a lap quilt for my son's partner to snuggle under while watching TV and I would like it to be soft and snuggly. Thought I would back it with flannelette to this end too. Any tips and suggestions?

  2. I'm glad you listened to the rest of us instead of yourself on the quilt--it's gorgeous! :-)

    Very cute knitted dogs. I'll be eager to see what you do with those patterns.

    Sorry about the puppy poo. Ewww indeed! Maybe Mrs. P is right though.

  3. I love the quilt as well. I have one that I don't like at all that I made even though others tell me it is ok. Nothing they say convinces me.
    The japanese blocks book looks amazing. The doggies look a bit cute and maybe a bit creepy as well. At least one or two of them, but then I'm not a great doggy lover and the poo story tells me I'm right!!!! Life is too short to clean dogshit out of your toes!

  4. The quilt turned out so pretty! I love it and can't wait to see its counterpart for your dad. I had a quilt like that that I was really disappointed in when I got the top finished, but just LOVED after I finished the quilting and got it washed.

    OH, and love that Japanese quilt blocks book! That looks really fun!

    xo -El

  5. You know I love this quilt. And yes it's just as well you didnt listen to yourself. The pale aqua/turquoise was perfect.

    On the up side if you knit your own dog you wont have to worry about stepping in poop from it.

  6. Beautiful quilt - especially loving the colours

  7. Oh, Marg, you should not despair, the pictures in one's head never ever match what the reality is! But this is a really sweet quilt and will be treasured, obviously.

    The doggies are hilarious!

  8. I bet your mum loved the quilt, its beautiful and those knitted dogs are adorable - love the bulldog - pity i hate knitting!


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