The weather has been absolutely horrible but I know every quilter is secretly jumping with glee inside – we can’t wash therefore no ironing – we don’t have to take the children to cricket/soccer/tennis – we don’t garden in the rain but are very thankful that the plants are receiving water – what more is there left to do other than sew. My darling Stephanie would say cook dinner but that never changes no matter what the weather does. So it turns out that this horrible weather for the rest of the family is just perfect for this member of the family.
The shop is still in birthday sale mode and we have a wonderful collection of fabrics still available – it is a fantastic time to come and grab gorgeous fabrics for the backs of your quilts at bargain prices. As I run my hands over what is left I find myself contemplating– the quilt I had planned to make (never quite getting there obviously) – how beautiful the fabric would be in a shirt or better still a skirt or cushions and pillowcases – I love that the desire to create never stops flowing through my body. Sometimes it gets a bit stuck when there is stress, deadlines or general busyness around but it is a drug when it starts flowing: new fabrics – new designs – start now – that project can wait – I need new!
So with the desire for new, we decided to freshen up the shop for the start of a busy 2012. Time, as we all know goes so quickly and this coming May we will have been in our new home for 3 years – so it is well and truly time for a Summer clean. If you haven’t been to visit for a little while then pop in and see the new layout – amazingly, not quite sure how – we have ended up with a lot more free space within the shop – it is open, fresh and definitely not so squeezy! I know that you all can’t just pop in for a visit, so here are some images that I hope will give you an idea of how cozy yet welcoming the shop is. Of course if you can’t stay away we would love a visit and the chance to say hi over a cuppa and a homemade treat!
When my DH married me he didn’t exactly get “Little Miss Homebody” – I do love a clean house, the washing and ironing done and put away, the windows sparkling and a good evening meal on the table – it’s just that I am a little more interested in my quilting and the occasional: gift shop/theatre/movie/book shop/kitchen shop etc. I get by with the basics around the house so in an effort to improve my game this year I have decided to take more interest in one of my household duties and of course the most interesting is food. So this year I am taking some cooking classes – the first of which was today and I have to say that it was absolutely one of the best things I have done. DH will be awarding gold stars if I can replicate my learning at home – on the menu was a Champagne Cocktail, Vietnamese Chicken Salad, Pan Fried Salmon (lemon butter) on a bed of kifler potatoes, beans & almonds with a homemade lemon and chive mayonnaise. Of course there was desert, which was a twist on the classic Aussie Pavlova – all washed down with a glass of lovely crisp white wine. I can hear the “yum’s” escaping your lips……….. I can’t wait to go home and share this newfound knowledge and skill with family and friends.
Go along and see the girls at Sauce and book into a class you too will be amazed at what you can achieve and if you are already a smarty-pants in the kitchen go anyway for the experience, fun and new friends. To prove I can cook here are the before and after photos (just in case you thought it may have been inedible).
Above is another lovely quilt from our Dali Lama of quilting – Kay. It is Lucy Boston, which is all English Paper Pieced. Kay brought it in to share with us all and to inspire her to finish piecing the border – which is so close to being finished. Another gorgeous quilt to encourage us to keep working on our projects – the delight you feel in the accomplishment of finishing is like a drug (different to the drug of choice when starting a new quilt) but still just as effective. I hope to feel it one day soon. I have been fearless in stick ability in respect to my orphaned UFO and am one star away from finishing the hand applique border. Soon it will have borders attached and be off to the quilter for the next stage in it’s renewed life. I really am excited to be finishing this quilt – quilts bring different things to a home – in earlier times it would have brought warmth and protection to women travelling by wagon, to some it’s sole purpose would have been beauty, but to me this quilt brings a sense of warmth and love – I am very much looking forward to being wrapped up in it.
If you are stuck in the middle of this rainy spell I hope you have some stitching and the love of family and friends to keep you company.
The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. Dolly Parton