Monday, June 28, 2010

What I did in June.

After 6 months of looking at diesel Hyundai i30's, I've bought a Honda Jazz! Snap decision but sometimes you just have to go with the flow. So far am very happy with it.

Painted the walls and then installed the old kitchen cupboards in the laundry. Laundry looks sooooo much better now although haven't found a home for everything just yet.The sink is in, and no leaks! Must take a finished photo though....

While I was painting, I figured I may as well paint the hallway too. And the feature wall in the lounge didn't take long either.  :-) Just have to work out which prints are going on this wall.

Went to see Shrek Forever After and Toy Story 3 - both in 3D. (I'm a bit over the whole 3D thing actually; didn't detract but neither did it really enhance either movie.) Both were good but Toy Story 3 was just lovely.....a fitting end to the franchise. And even though they have left it open for more movies, I really hope they leave it there. Loved, loved,  LOVED spanish Buzz!

It went together really quickly, but actually quilting the Wedding Quilt has been a slow process. I'm machine stitching the binding....think it will turn out ok. And now my thoughts have turning towards the next project - dog coats! But not quilted ones....

And naturally there has been the usual round of drama classes, Scouts, netball, maths tutoring etc etc etc.... School holidays start next week, and Miss R will be away for 4 days in the first week on a Scout camp (cold and wet, I imagine) and Mr G will be home with her the second week. Wonder what July will bring??

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Wedding Quilt

I'm making a quilt for my cousin's wedding. I always think of her as a young person - I was a teenager when she was born; that makes her around 30 now so I guess she's officially an adult! Anyway, she's getting married in July so even though we're not invited to the wedding (in Sydney), I decided to make her a quilt in a desperate attempt to reduce my stash.I ask my mother to make gentle enquiries into the bride's fave colour and the response was green. Now you may recall that I made Mum a lovely green quilt for Xmas (which I'm happy to report she does actually use now that the weather is cooler) so I assumed that my green stash was sadly depleted and subsequently bought a few more bits and pieces when in Melb for the Quilt Convention. But when I actually checked my stash, I had HEAPS of green! LOL Isn't that always the way??

In the end, I decided on a palette of green, grey and black, and once I decided on a pattern, it came together surprisingly quickly.

I only started sewing it together last weekend, and last night I basted it ready to start quilting today.

I especially like the back....I've used an Ikea fabric with houses on it; the centre panel in the white colourway and the grey colourway around the edges. I thought this was appropriate given that the happy couple have just bought their first home together. I'm even going to sew a label onto this one.....something simple like their names and wedding date.

I've been procrastinating about getting started while I think about the 'how' of the quilting but now that Miss R is in bed, I'll go stitch the first rows.Hopefully there will be 'finished' photos soon.