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Monday, September 20, 2010

Flying too fast...

...I am shocked to see that my blogs are few over the past month or so. Time is zipping by and another Monday is here...I need to do a blog and say hello! Mum is in the final preparation stages of her move...in a fortnight she will be settled in her new home...she is very excited and even has said that she is ready to go. She has been pretty good with this process really. Another trip to see her yesterday & collect a couple of boxes that I had always left at her place...all pretty emotional really with some treasures from my childhood. This is all affecting me a bit more than I expected ( I am a hard hearted thing usually!) and I am sleeping poorly with silly dreams and worries. Life will soon sort itself out no doubt! In addition DS went "missing" for 4 days...not really, just a dead phone & no idea we could not contact him...he was most apologetic when all the messages caught up with him & he realised how worried we were about him...kids- he knew he was okay...LOL! These days it is so easy to stay in touch...we do get very precious when we "lose" contact!
Happily I did a short technique course on Saturday with friends and a great teacher, Nita, at Busy Needles, Singleton. A free project from Don't Look Now. Raw edge applique & quilting. Lots of fun...but I will really need to work on my hand/foot coordination to make quilting stitches look even & nice. Bought a funky big red spot as a background...fun. Might look good with a Dresden or two.
Do you machine quilt? Any handy tips?
Cardygirl xx

18 comments:

Amelia said...

Your applique looks gorgeous Alison! I have a few of Kellie's patterns and wanted to do one of her classes but I don't think I'm up to that level quite yet, so sorry I can't give you any handy tips on machine quilting.
I hope you sleep better soon :)

Chookyblue...... said...

funny I was thinking about you this arvo.......here is an extra hug.......amazing how we manage to leave boxes of childhood treasures at our parents houses for so long..........LOL........chat soon....

Jackie said...

Wow, I so hear you about the worry thing! I hope you are all safe in your thoughts now and sleeping better. It certainly is nothing that a little sewing can't cure, right?

BubzRugz said...

Hi, your cushion is lovely - but now I have HAD to add that to my to do list!!!
All the best with your mum's move - it is an emotional time..
Machine quilting - I am still a learner... my tips - a glass of your favourite wine/tipple (you need to be relaxed) use a pair of quilting gloves - they really do help, do some practice but start something soon just take a stab (the mistakes don't show at the end). I am not very good at mine but I do go into a bit of a 'happy place' doing it!
Hugz

cumquats said...

My parents moved to a retirement village near the ocean, about a 100k away in February. They sold up the family home where they had lived since 1968, which was 15 k down the hill from my place. It was heartwrenching and I did cry the occassional tear.... especially when the removal van backed out the driveway. I was surprised how much I felt the loss too, especially as I haven't lived at home for over 30 years. I'm happy to say may parents are enjoying their new home, and some months on it all good. :) Kim

Maree: said...

Nice to hear how things are..I'm sure your Mum will settle quite well..I felt the same when we packed up my Nan's house in Sydney...she lived in it for over 50yrs...I still feel that sense of loss after nearly 2yrs...but it's the Memories that make you Smile..Love your little Applique..so Cute...the advice I can give on Machine Quilting is...Practice..
cheers

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Gosh, I wish I could find something like that around here. Love to learn how to do Kellie's projects and free-motion quilting.

9patchnurse said...

Ooooooo, I love it!! I recognized Kellie's little birdie right away, I've made him a couple times. Love her bright cheery style. I do machine quilt, not great but passable. It is absolutely true that you have to practice, practice, practice. Stay relaxed and if you have what I call a 'spazz attack', don't be afraid to rip out a couple inches or so. There is a blog called '365 days of free motion quilting filler designs' that has lots of little video tutorials. My kids have had phone problems too, so worrisome! Wish I knew when it would get easier, lol. Love your blog!

Janet said...

It's harder when your kids live in another country and it doesn't seem to matter how old they are either. I love the cushion top but then I'm a big fan of Kellie's patterns. My big tip for quilting, have another little sandwhich to warm up on first and remember that you can stop to think while you're stitching, it helps prevent the spaz attacks.

Chocolate Cat said...

Sorry I can't help you with any machine quilting tips! I think your project looks great. It is normal to be unsettled at this time but once your Mum is moved and happy things will settle down for you too. 4 days is a long time to worry about one of the 'kids'!!!! Glad he was okay!!

broderie said...

Oh life is a mix of emotions day after day. Try to think of it this way, nothing can take the memories away, they stay with us no matter where we house them. It is good that your Mum is looking forward with anticipation, good wishes.
Kellie is a lovely person and her work is gorgeous.

suzitee said...

I can relate...it is such an emotional feeling to pack up the last of the boxes from your parents' house. So glad that she is "ready" though.
Your applique is beautiful...love it...but the red polka dot is to die for :)
Machine quilting...hmmmm. I've done a course with Lee Cleeland, quilted a few quilts, but still aren't happy with where I'm at...so off to the quilters they go :) Totally envious of anyone who can do it...maybe I just need to practice some more. Good luck!

Robyn said...

Thinking of you Alison... ((hugs))
September and the days really are flying by.
Take care and trust all goes well with your mum's move.
Love the DLN project :-) and the red dots!!

Miriam said...

So glad to hear your Mum is excited about her move. Packing up childhood memories can be emotional.
Ohhh kids and phones!!! Glad your son was OK.
I love the little red spotty bird! Too cute!

My hints for FMQ..Practice a little first to get your rhythm, and lots of chocolate!! lol

Karen said...

What a delightful flower garden.

Lori said...

I really like using gripping gloves while machine quilting. And lots of practice!!

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

Your flowers are TOO CUTE!

Kerri said...

Love your flowers. Would love to do a quilting 101 with Kelly but I think my hand eye coronation isnt to good either. Hope your Mums move is going OK. Mine mum is on the move too and I will have to do the same as what you have done