Sunday, July 09, 2006

A home for my quilts

Yesterday I worked on more of the nine patch scrap blocks, I have just over 40 of them now. I think I will stop at 60 and send Linda's 30 off to her along with another treat I have for her. The pile doesn't look like that many blocks, and hardly seems to make a dent at all in the box of 2" bits. It's amazing to me how much you can actually make from your scraps, and given how many quilts I've been able to make so far, I wouldn't be surprised if I really don't need to ever buy fabric again!

Last night just for fun I went to the movies with 3 of my girlfriends. We saw the movie 'The Break Up" with Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughan. I won't tell you anything about it in case you're planning to see it, but I will say that we're all glad that we left our husbands at home. It's really a girl movie, girls would just get what the movie is about. It would take a special guy to really enjoy it I think. We all came out of the movies analysing our relationships too ... not sure if that's a good thing or not. It was a fun night out, and we saw a preview of 'The Lake House' and we've decided we'll have a play date and go see that too! Mmmm Keanu!

Anyways, because of my scrap blocks, and the movie, I don't have anything interesting that I worked on yesterday to show you, but I have taken two pictures just now to share with you. I have a cabinet in my dining room where some of my quilts live when they're not in use. The top two shelves have quilts on them, and the bottom shelf has my two featherweight boxes. Only one box has a featherweight in it, as you can see the other one is on top of the cabinet. To the right of the cabinet, you can just see a teeny bit of my Sarah Johnson quilt draped over the little bannister there.

I love the pictures that are on the wall. On the left is a picture of my grandparents when they got married. It would have been in 1948, Nanna was 19 years old, and Puppa not much older. It's a lovely picture. On the right is my Amy. She would have been less than a year old, I remember at the time of the picture she was not walking or crawling, and barely sitting up properly. We had to keep balancing her so that she wouldn't fall over. That means the picture was taken in 1995. It seems like such a very long time ago. My how time flies!

I should also tell you that the sage green colour on the walls is a recent addition. I have been painting the house as I get the time, and the dining room was the only room I had not finished at the front of the house. I wanted to get it done before we had Cameron's birthday party. There is nothing like an influx of friends and relatives to give you the impetus to get home maintenance done. I finished it with a couple of days to spare, and I love the result. I'm thinking about painting more of the house in the same colour.

On top of the cabinet you can see my featherweight, it's the older of the two that I have, made in around 1949. I'm not sure why it looks so dull in the picture, but the goldwork on the machine is just lovely. I was so pleased when I found it. On the fold out bed of the featherweight is a fat quarter bundle I purchased at the Piecemakers store in 2000. It looks so cute I didn't want to use it, they made it up so pretty. The little quilt under the machine is a kit that Linda made up for me to stitch while I was on holiday with her recently. The fabric is all from the Jane Austen range. I managed to get it cut out while I was with her, but I finished and quilted it when I got home. It's the sweetest little quilt ever, and it was just made for that spot there. Thank you Linda!

Melanie asked me what the weather is like here right now. We're in the middle of winter, and it has been a very cold winter compared to what we're used to, it doesn't ever get cold enough to snow in Adelaide, but we've had some nights at 0 celsius. We haven't had very much rain, which apparently makes it colder?? I don't really understand the ins and outs of weather, that's just what hubby tells me. Generally, Adelaide's climate is very much like that of California.

Well, that's it for me ... I have to get to the supermarket. I've been very lazy shopping lately, and there is almost nothing to eat in the house. I don't much care for grocery shopping, I'd really rather be quilting ... who's with me??

6 comments:

Norma said...

Count me in--I think grocery shopping is a necessary evil. I have to drive 20 to 25 minutes one way to get to the grocery store so it always seems to eat up half a day when I need to go by the time I drive there, shop, wait in line to pay, and drive home. I could do som much more quilting in that time!

Screen Door said...

But everyone would starve...so grocery shopping is a necessary evil. Thanks for the weather report...It's good hearing about life in other places. Love the quilt cabinet. It's just beautiful. I can tell quilting is an important part of your life....
Melanie

quiltpixie said...

what a little corner of heaven right there in your dining room...

The Calico Cat said...

What a lovely way to display your quilts! (I need a cabinet...) That mini one one top is just perfect with the FW...

Linda_J said...

Lovely home and I really like your wall color selection. I'm stuck with all beige primer, thanks to my husband and hate it. The only room I could paint is my bathroom and it is a sight to behold, LOL.

I don't mind grocery shopping and normally it is part of my Monday routine. The part I dislike is trying to figure out what the heck I want to fix/eat 4 days from now. I end up going back later because I have changed my mind and am now missing an ingredient or two for what I want then.

BUT I have tons of time to devote to sewing so that gets me out of the house and away from the machine for a bit.

Lucy said...

What a wonderfull picture from your featherweight.. and what a cute quilt !

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