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Saturday, 25 August 2012
During our mid week post flu break, I stopped by a giftstore and found these tea towels. Of course, I wasn't looking for tea towels, I was actually after some special wool fat lip balm I usually pick up in Ballarat (and can't find anymore). But when I saw these little characters, well, I couldn't resist:
Luckily I also found these oven mitts. As soon as I saw these, they were mine! I instantly fell in love with the polka dot ruffle and floral print. Now, these oven mitts are really an economy - because although I said I wouldn't buy anything when I went into the shop to look, the fact is, we needed oven mitts.
Our old ones are looking rather desperate and shabby. And most importantly, they don't protect our hands anymore as the thermal lining has disintegrated.
Well, I added Make Oven Mitts to my WIP list and even planned on going shopping to buy the thermal lining...and now I don't have to, and the gloves were cheaper than I could have purchased the material for. Talk about excellent shopping!
these birds really caught my heart, they are so dear
I have a soft spot for birds and all of my quilts end up having one in the design somewhere
these charming characters are drawn / designed by "Madeleine Floyd"
isn't she super talented? I'd love to invite her to my house and give her an entire wall to work on
and the tea towel brand is Ulster Weavers Linen Tea Towels
this is their website
I know that if I had seen these on any of my daily blog lists, I'd have rushed out to buy it
it almost makes wiping down surfaces enjoyable
so I also purchased the matching apron...because who has enough aprons??
and the only thing that disappointed me was that there was no matching cups
I'd love some tea cups with these sweet drawings
but I should be careful what I wish for because I just took a moment to look at the website
and oh no, I think I'd like to overhaul my Tea Towel Cabinet
all of them
and start all over again, exclusively with Ulster Linen Tea Towels
because I've had a long planned make fabulous quilt fabric tea towels WIP
on my mind...and now I think, hmmm, Ulster Weavers would be nicer...
but more importantly
what did the little birdy tell me?
Go home and tidy your kitchen!
Friday, 24 August 2012
There I was, just browsing through my usual blogs...and look what I found:
Thanks to The Quilt Show for listing my quilt.
If you're interested in viewing my other quilts,
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
Magnolia: I was really undecided about which background to set the Magnolia block on. I'm making 2x of the same quilt: one light and one dark background, so each month I have to select the right block for the right quilt.
The Crown of Thorns was an obvious choice because the colour really stood out against a dark background, but I had to consider the flowers that came before, and to achieve balance of the quilt overall. It's an unusual choice for such a flower, but it works on my quilt.
I edge turned all the pieces and then went back in with coloured pencils to create depth and shading in the petals. As with all my blocks, I will be embellishing the block further when I reach the quilting stage.
Crown of Thorns: Again, all the pieces have been edge turned and I've used coloured pencils again for shading. Only the thorns are raw edge as I will be stitching over them for effect.
These are blocks from Part 7
of my free 2012 Mystery BOM Forget Me Not
Wednesday, 15 August 2012
WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
Part 7: Forget Me Not BOM is launched
I'm feeling better today but still rather tired. The flu has really taken it out of me and I could use another month in bed just recuperating. I'm looking forward to seeing what you all do with the BOM blocks this month, it's always exciting when the photos start trickling in. If you're not already a member of my Yahoo Bom Group, it's always a good time to join. There's always some beautiful work going on.
Crown of Thorns
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
When did August get here?
This is the best I've looked for the better part of a month!
but I'm still taking it easy, I'm totally exhausted. And I'm thinking about the rest of the year and starting a priority list of things to do. Because there's so much to get done and I really want to see as many as possible WIPs become finished pieces to enjoy. I also have a lot of clearing out and generally tidying up to do. I might even start a completely new WIP to motivate myself. Anything to get going again.
Hopefully my next WOW will be full of doings instead of recovering.
How's your wednesday?