Sunday, 11 March 2012

OK , Slow to Post Again........

I have an excuse.  My laptop died.  I was calmly sitting here a few weeks back, the screen flickered, a few messages came up and that was that.  Just over two years old and it was gone.  Fortunately for me the local IT guy was able to back up some files and get some of the data off, but gee I don't want to do this again. 

Moving forward I guess I should tell you it's been quite liberating - I'm amazed at the amount of work I've done.  I finished all the panels for my Growing Up quilt and have started quilting them (far from my favourite pastime), I've even started planning which project I finish next (yes, I do have a few).   Disappointing however, I haven't been able to start working on the FMQ Challenge for February.  The tutorial was done by Diane Gaudynski and I bought her book Quilt Savvy - Gaudynski's Machine Quilting Guidebook a few years ago and refer to it often.  If you haven't seen or read it, it is well worth getting a copy.  I will, I will, I will make time shortly.

This past week has been particular fun.  Sandy from The Silver Thimble at Barcaldine mentioned on her blog that the Mt Isa quilters were convening a quilt display of red & white quilts with any funds raised to be donated to their local aged persons facilities.  I think this is wonderful, so my lovely friends Peggy, Evol & myself  have gotten together and have now put two quilts together to send them.  Here's our sweatshop-

(I'm very good at telling them what to do - much better at this than actually doing it myself - LOL!)

And... here's today's efforts...
(Oops, I think I have it on the wall sideways).

Evol has already started quilting our first quilt, so we should make the March 30 deadline to have them in the post.  I've got to tell you it has been a lot of fun to work with two very talented ladies on a project such as this.  If you're wondering, the design was inspired from a quilt we saw in the book "9-Patch Pizzazz Fast, Fun & Finished in a Day by Judy Sisneros, a great little book I've had in the cupboard for a couple of years just waiting for a wonderful opportunity such as this.

Cheers, Bev

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