Well, that was a longer break than I had intended. Is it really January already? 2011? Remember when the year 2000 was the mystical future? Heck. The years fly by way too fast.
I tell you, Christmas and the school holidays and family and friends and actually having to be sociable don't half suck up precious sewing time.
Today was the first day back to school (deep sigh of relief). As much as I love spending time with the childerbeasts and the husbeast I was starting to (ok, I was more than starting) to get a little sick of the sight of them and the constant cries of 'mummeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee' every 2 minutes (don't tell them I told you that, ok?)
Christmas and New Year were wonderful. Way too much food was eaten, and not enough moving about to shift the food once consumed. We spent time with friends and family and I think it was probably the best Holiday period for a long time. 2010 was a funny year of extreme highs (Fat Quarterly, visiting Quilt Market for the first time, meeting my wonderful friend Beth - the person that introduced me to quilting in the first place - in the flesh in Santa Cruz this summer) and extreme lows (losing my beloved Nan. I will miss her terribly, forever, and not a day passes when I don't think of her in some way). I'm glad it's over and 2011 can start fresh and with vigour.
Part of that intended vigour is the Hexy MF quilt. I've been working on this for most of the second half of 2010. I don't think I'll finish any time soon, but it's nice to know the top is now hand appliqued onto the backing fabric and I only have the borders to applique before I can get it quilted. It's around 80 inches square, I think. Maybe a bit less. I should measure it.
Fabrics are all Anna Maria Horner good folks and little folks and the background is a crossweave by Moda (if you can find some of that stuff snap it up - it's got a great texture, and is a dream to sew)
I've finally mailed my pillow talk swap 4 pillow out to my partner (who is over the pond...that's all I can say). I am pretty sure I'm on the right lines with her style. She likes scrappy, she likes fabrics very similar to the fabrics I like, she likes things that are string pieced and foundation pieced. That doesn't really give it away at all. I made a pillow I love. I actually made a pillow specifically thinking of what I love and hoped it'd turn out ok. Well, I'm making another one because now this has gone I miss it and I want it back. I just hope she loves it as much as I do.
Of course, if my partner loves the pillow I made for her as much as I love the pillow Brooke made for me then I'd be over the moon happy. Because this little baby is spot on perfect. It has been squished a bit flat now because I've been sitting on it when I sew. It's just perfect - scrappilicious. And not a single hideous fabric in there. So you can tell I didn't make it, can't you? lol.
So here we are in a new decade (I will be pedantic about the whole 2011 being the start of a new decade thing - 2010 was the end of a decade, 2011 the start of a new one. Just work with me, ok?)
Let's go have some fun!!!!!!!!
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