Sunday, January 22, 2012
here to read. That's a long time waiting to get finished! The funny thing is that I really was not even motivated to quilt it at all because of the piecing of this quilt. It was one of my first quilts and I think only the second top I completed here? I was always disturbed by the border and nearly took the whole thing off at one stage. Then last week I figured I would just quilt it and then cut some of the border away to stop it from overtaking the quilt. In the end, because I had been looking at what one of my customers did to finish her quilt by scalloping it, I thought this would be a good opportunity to try this technique out. It was a bit more fiddly--especially in the fact that I had to make the binding biased, plus I had no idea how long I needed to make it to be enough for the curves. I just decided to make it really long and hope that would be enough. So, after all that, I love this quilt! I love the Japanese indigos, the colors and especially the quilting!!! Those butterflies were very very fun, even though they took a long time to stitch out!! By the way, if you are still interested in my special long arm quilting price (until the end of the month) you should contact me soon because the 2$ price will move to a permanent $2.50 per square foot. thequiltingplatypus(at)gmail(dot)com I have a catalog of patterns that I can direct you to online.
Anyway, I am quite please with how this turned out and just goes to show that you never know until the last stitch is stitched whether or not you will really love or not love a quilt... My husband loves it even with the girly colors:)
As far as farm life goes we shear lambs next week, but after that things will slow down. I don't mean to leave the impression that life of the farm is not good, it is and I wouldn't chose to be anywhere else. It's that it is different than the life I grew up with and it does take adjusting to get used to. Attitudes are different here and it takes a while to figure it all out--why things are the way they are and how to get along with it all. Quilting has been a wonderful thing for me to do here. It gives me the opportunity to focus on something other than the daily life. I find that because of my interest in quilting I seem to get along with the rural life much better than some other farmer's wives who are imported from urban environments (there are a lot of us as many country Australian females flee to the cities instead of marrying the local farmers;0 ).
Anyway, my tooth had dry socket, which I can tell you is less painful than trigeminal neuralgia or childbirth but still painful nonetheless. I drove back to the dentist on Friday to get it dressed and now am about 20% better. Thank goodness for Ibuprofin and clove oil as well.
I haven't gotten too much sewing done this week other than long arm quilting for customers. I did finish quilting one of my own though and am working on sewing the binding on that one today! I also did my two blocks for the Orange and Aqua Bee. I love that we were able to do free form piecing on these. Once I get started doing free form I realize how much I enjoy it. One day soon I will make a quilt for myself all free form. I've got an idea in my mind to use my Japanese fabrics for this idea, but I'm not exactly sure how I will execute it. Need to think on that one...
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
|Oliver Helping Mom on the Computer|
|Alexander getting ready to go to Grandma's on Boxing Day with his new wagon.|
I often read posts from friends on Facebook that are busy enjoying "date night" with their husbands. No such luxury here. Living so rurally, there is no one here that we can get to watch the boys at night--maybe soon when they are just a little bit older and not so much is involved. But then, where would we go? There is no where to actually go out on a date. Hmmm. Another one of those adjusting to life in the country when you are from an urban environment. So, it has been over three years since we have eaten out in a restaurant. Forget taking our kids out that would be a nightmare I don't want to imagine. Instead we have had every meal at home, which means every meal must be cooked, all dishes must be washed, no breaks, no Sundays off, every day, day in and day out.
I miss getting together with friends and having people to share experiences with and to have conversations/ discussions. I started this blog years ago to help me deal with living rurally. I wanted to be able to connect with people and friends back home, but I never really break out of my shell. I'm still very much reserved in what I express even here. I am like that in real life too. I let others talk, I listen, I ask questions, but I fail to share much about myself. I have a lot I could share with people, but I often feel that I don't want to interfere in other people's lives. Don't know why, just always felt a bit like a lone wolf character without a 'pack'. I really do want to get to know people, it's just hard for me to keep up sometimes.
Anyway, there goes the phone, my husband calling to tell me that he won't be back until after nine tonight as he needs to get a bull organized to get picked up in the morning. Ongoing, please tell me when it ends???
On the other hand, the main thing I want to focus on is what makes me happy. Not that I really need a reminder, my boys are my angels that give me joy all through the day every day. Yesterday, when I was feeling a bit down (major wisdom tooth pain mainly) Alexander grabbed my cheeks and said, "mama, I love you--I love you all the time." This is from a not quite 3 year old! He really knows how to make his mama happy. My husband said to me, "I love you with all my heart." The thing is he is not a man that believes in lip service so he really does mean it. I have everything, although I do miss my mom, I wish she would come and visit us again;0 Reading this mom??
Dang teeth, make me all reflective and soppy. I think "wisdom" teeth means we don't gain the wisdom until we get them all out. I've got one left. I wasn't wise enough to listen to my dentist and get them all taken out at once when I was 19! LOL.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
The second quilt is also one started long long time ago. It's from a Moda line called Climbing Jacob's Ladder. So, of course I felt inspired to use the fabrics to make a Climbing Jacob's Ladder design. The quilt looks civil war, but I really do like it. I love the pop of blue! My husband likes this quilt a lot so I believe since it has no specific home that it will stay with us for a while. I quilted this one with an all over feather design--this was only the second quilt I did on the long arm, but I didn't have any issues luckily.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
If anyone is curious how to make one for yourself, I used this tutorial here.
Happy New Year Everyone!!