Thursday, June 29, 2017

And June's nearly over!

Can you believe it's almost the end of June already? Is it just me, or is time going faster and faster? Seriously, things need to just slow down a little ...

This has been a big month for me. First of all, I finally finished quilting on my Caswell quilt!

If I've done a lot of marking on a quilt, I always like to immerse it completely by washing it in the washing machine after it's done - this way all the blue washout marker is removed, and with hopefully no chance of it returning. Putting it in the washer this time was a bit of a heart stopper, as there was a fabric (I had realised half way through quilting) that was definitely going to run. I put two full boxes of colour catchers in the machine with the quilt, and I'm entirely thrilled that there is no sign of dye in any place it shouldn't be. Whew!

So my quilt is bound, labelled, has a hanging sleeve and is all bagged up ready for its next adventure. I'll keep you posted.

While I was working on the binding, my Bernina was playing up in the very worst way, so she's gone for a visit at the Bernina Health Spa, so for fun my other favourite playmate has come out for a visit:

I realised after piecing for a little while that my (still unnamed) Featherweight also could probably use a service *gah* so I've moved on to Bernie the elder ... and thankfully she's running like a trooper and I'm piecing happily on some little blocks.

These are blocks that my sweet friend Betty was working on from a Jo Morton/Kim Diehl book, and I just loved them. I've made some size adjustments to make the block a little larger and so far I've put about 30 together. It's so much fun to be machine piecing again!!

There are a bazillion projects I want to work on, but I'm managing to fill my days at the moment - all the things I've put off until 'after the quilt is finished' have been rushing at me at once.

For example, I've wanted to do some redecorating in the family room for a little while, but haven't had the time to go around and look at bits and pieces ... now I have the time, and I've been busy ordering! Today my Dad and I went and picked up some kitchen chairs that I bid on at an estate auction. Our kitchen chairs were showing their age and getting a little wobbly from kids rocking back and forth on them. I think Marty was sick of the sight of them from repairing them so often, so they're now replaced: Here are the chairs I purchased:

The table was part of the auction, and I don't need it, so I've passed it on to my sweet friend Lizzy, and she is happy to have the old chairs too, they'll tide her over until she finds her forever chairs. I'm super happy with my win, and when I've decided on the perfect fabric I'll have them reupholstered.

I've also been trailing around indecisively looking for a new lounge suite for the family room. This has been the most difficult thing for me, as my home is really quite traditional in style, but I've been loving some of the retro looking lounges that are kicking around and the moment. I definitely knew I didn't want leather, as we have chesterfields in the front room, and just thought a more casual look would be better ... I even had a quote to get our current lounges reupholstered ... and the quote was DOUBLE the price of new lounges. Baffling!!

Anyway, I've finally decided on the new suite - it's much more traditional than I thought I'd go for, but it's supremely comfortable, and that's never a bad thing! Here is a not great picture:

This picture shows up a little darker than the fabrics are in real life. Originally our plan was to get a blue fabric, but the options were all really blah, and I decided to have something more neutral. Soooo I've selected the linen look fabric over the right back cushion. I just need to go in and place my order tomorrow.

Once the lounge is not too far from delivery, I'll be ordering a new rug, and perhaps a different coffee table, and then I really better stop spending for a little while!!

This month was also a milestone for my little guy. Camo turned 15!!

I can't even believe that he's 15 already - those years went by sooooo very fast. I love him so very much, he's growing up to be such a nice young man, one that I can be so proud of. He's already just over 5'10" (8 inches taller than me) ... it's very likely he'll grow to be taller than his dad! Hard to believe that this time next year he can get his learners permit and he'll be on the roads! Tomorrow he'll be getting braces, another rite of passage for teenagers. Lucky for him he won't need them for as long as his sister.

Last of all, I wanted to share some pictures from our most recent cruise with you - even though it was a couple of months ago now. I don't seem to have taken very many pictures which is irritating - I guess we were having too much fun. My Mum wanted to have a girls long weekend and take Nanna, so on Friday morning, Nanna, Mum, Amy and myself boarded the P&O Pacific Eden for a short four day cruise around the gulf.

Here's the ship as we approached the passenger terminal. It's a much smaller ship than we're accustomed to, almost hidden by the building:

We had a lovely big room, a suite - and though I didn't manage to get any pictures of the actual room for some reason, I did get one of the balcony, which was massive:

It'll be hard to go back to regular sized balcony cabins from now on!

And here's a snap looking back to land as we set off:

And for baffling reasons, the only other picture I managed to snap was one of the theatre while we were waiting for a show to begin:

We were obviously there good and early, as this place was usually packed!!

I will definitely have to do better taking pictures to share with you going forward, sometimes I'm soo busy having a good time that I forget to break out the camera. Next year Mum is planning another family cruise - we'll be flying to Hawaii, spending 3 days there, and cruising back to Sydney via New Zealand. I am genuinely looking forward to that one - it is safe to say we are all completely addicted to cruising!

This week I learned that a lovely friend I just adore and don't see too often, regularly checks in on my blog - I didn't realise this, and it makes me so happy to know they're interested. Big hugs to them, it was lovely to chatter and catch up with you. So now that I have a little more free time on my hands, I'll be sure to post updates more often. Famous last words eh?? 

Well, that's it from me for now, and I promise to check back in soon xoxox


Wendy Caton Reed said...

The quilt is absolutely sensational! I know some people probably cringe when you tell them you put it in the washer, but I wash all my quilts that way too and have never had a problem that I couldn't remedy with a second rinse. Can't wait to see photos of it hanging in a show! Enjoy your summer and take time to relax.

AnnieO said...

Congratulations on your months long dedication to the masterpiece quilt--it is gorgeous!
Happy Birthday to Camo. My "boy" will be 32 in August, unbelievably. We need to replace our living room furniture but the costs definitely are a deterrent. We did order a new console for the TV (I don't want it hung on the wall) and it's taking 8 weeks to arrive. Four to go...
Your Hawaii to NZ trip sounds like a wonderful trip.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I use the blue wash out pen too and put my quilts in the washer - never used a whole box of color catchers :) but usually toss in 3 or 4 and no problems with color bleed or the blue lines and I put mine in the dryer when done.
your cruise looks lovely!!

Lynn S said...

Beautiful, Beautiful quilt. Can't wait to see all the wonderful shows it will take by storm!

Kyle said...

Your quilt is spectacular and a beautiful treasure. I would have been freaking out about putting it in the washer. I'm glad you added two boxes of color catchers and all went well. Despite your limited pics, I can tell you girls had a great time on your cruise.

Janet said...

Fantastic finish. Can't wait to see the ribbons. You do such BEAUTIFUL WORK. Really like the chairs. You can't go wrong with a neutral piece of furniture. The cruise sounded lovely. What beautiful waters and that balcony is lovely. I bet you wished the cruise were longer. Thank you for sharing.

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Goodness you have been busy! A friend of mine has just completed the Caswell quilt. Hers is in much more subdued Civil War type fabrics.
What a lot of work!

Gretchen Weaver said...

Caswell is beautiful. What a treasure. Enjoy your redecorating.

Paula DiMattei said...

Your Caswell quilt is exquisite. Thank you so much for sharing. I totally agree with you that it seems that time speeds up the older we get. Congratulations on all of the rites of passage your sweet son is now or will encounter. I am going with my daughter today for the first fitting of her wedding gown. She is my youngest. How does that happen. It feels like just yesterday she came home from the hospital. Enjoy your redecorating but don't spend all your $$. You need some to buy fabric now that your beautiful quilt is complete.

Karen said...

Your Caswell is gorgeous! Congratulations on finishing it. I have one block started. I stopped because I felt the fabric choices were not making me happy. I think I just need to change out a green but in the meantime, other quilt designs called my name and I was off and running on other quilts.


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