Monday, July 25, 2011

And two weeks flew by!

Some would say that I'm obsessively hand quilting away on my Nearly Insane quilt. I prefer to say that I'm consumed by the quilting. Utterly and entirely!

I took a quick snap when I moved the hoop the other day - apologies for the poor quality - flat battery - used phone camera and all that :-) At last count I had quilted 58 of the blocks in the centre (and some of the zig zag border). I must confess that I'm starting to stress a little that I won't have the quilting done by my (self imposed) deadline! Wish me luck friends, I'm going to need it!

Today has been the last day of my kids's school holidays. Amy and Camo have both had a lovely time - and in very different ways. Camo has been to Mannum with my Mum, and to Yalpara with Marty, and on Thursday last week Camo, my dear friend Chris and I went to visit our lovely friend Prue at her farm.

We had the nicest and most relaxing day - Prue provided a lovely lunch, and then we settled in for a little stitching together. Camo made a new friend of Prue's son (never mind the 15 odd year age gap) and settled in for some TV time.

I took some happy snaps - once again with my phone camera. But still nice for friends from afar to see a little slice of Australia.

And what was Miss Amy doing while all this was happening? She was living large on a school trip to the snow - Mount Buller to be precise. Doesn't it look delightful?

She learned to snowboard for the first time - and she and her friends were entered into the SA Interschool Snowsport championships. Can you believe it that Amy placed third?!? How amazing is that? And her school won the gold group medal. We're so proud. And you can bet that she'll want to go back again next year. How fun!

Well, that's my update for now - I'll get back to the hand quilting, and hopefully I won't take two weeks to get back to you. Chatter soon!


Anonymous said...

Haven't you all had a lovely time this hols? And the farm looks so lush and green! And you can tell Amy from me, I love her competitor's number - great year that!!

Spice said...

Your quilt work is amazing!

Lynette said...

Wow! Mount Buller looks like a gorgeous place to visit! I'm in awe that you're hand quilting a Nearly Insane. Good for you!!! (And yours is gorgeous)

busyascanbe said...

Oh my Gosh! Your quilt is amazing!

Katie said...

You are quite insane. But it's an oh so beautiful quilt! :-)

Browndirtcottage said...

OH MY!!! What wonderful 'eye candy' your quilt is!!! I am a hand quilter too and I applaud your efforts. What a wonderful heirloom you will have when you are finished!!!

AnnieO said...

Glad you've found all the hand stitching time so consuming--it looks even more beautiful.

How nice to get away from home for a while--seems pretty idyllic there on the farm!

Congrats to your girl for her snowy triumph :)

YankeeQuilter said...

Your nearly insane quilt looks wonderful even in a camera phone!

Lynn said...

Congratulations to Amy. Your quilt looks lovely and you are making good progress. I love it that you post photos of your part of the world. That is one of the perks of the internet and blogging and reading other's blogs.

Dawn said...

Beautiful and inspiring.

Teresa Rawson said...

Your Nearly Insane is so beautiful! If I were working on that, I would be totally consumed quilting it as well. It will be such a wonderful heirloom!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Clare said...

It's stunning. How far have you got now?

Way to go Amy!

Linda C said...

Gorgeous quilt, Tazzie! A masterpiece work like a Dear Jane, really. I can see why hand quilting it is time consuming but so worth it in the end, don't you think?

I have a small hand quilting project that could be entered in a fall quilt show if I just did a block a week but it is hard when other things need tending. My simple cross hatching, shouldn't take that long, LOL.

Sue said...

Ahhh Love, love, love it! Very well done!!
Hope mine turns out as well.
Have been trying to figure the sashing fabric. How much did yours take?

ria vogelzang said...

Thanks for those great pictures of Australia! We just met a niece of my husbands; also from Australia. So great to meet her!
And your NI is looking so wonderful!!
Enjoy your quilting!e

OzRose said...

So Tara, are you nearly insane??! LOL Wont be long and it will be finished!!

Sandra Kaye said...

Wow!! Tazzie --- What a beautiful quilt. That is alot of work. Keep going, you can do it. I will live vicariously through you on that quilt:):):) Have a super day. --hugs--Sandie

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh it is looking wonderful! And I love your slice of aussie land. Man I loved it there!


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