Friday, 30 December 2005

C&D Quilt Sneak Peak

C&D Quilt Sneak Peak
Originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.
First things first - C, if you're reading this, your guess about the quilt being blue would seem to be pretty well on the money. :-)

I finished this quilt a couple of weeks ago now, but have only just got around to the sneak peak. Quilting on the M&A quilt is now underway. The weather is disgustingly hot at the moment, so the air conditioner is getting a work out so that I can quilt in comfort.

Sometime in the next two weeks I'll also have to get around to making my dress for C&D's wedding. I've made a test version of the dress which seems to have worked and isn't terribly difficult, so I'm not too worried.

S & T2 Wedding Report

I scrubbed up ok in the end. We couldn't find 4 matching saris that were even remotely what S was looking for, even though her parents-in-law went to 50+ different sari shops in Sri Lanka. So we ended up with buying plain satin fabric off the roll (2 lots of pink and 2 lots of pale green). Since there wasn't any embroidery or beading or pattern which you would ordinarily find on an Asian sari, the effect was actually more Roman or Ancient Greek. Y said that I looked like Juno while I thought she (very slim in pale green) looked like one of those girls who light the Olympic flame at Olympia in Greece.
S was surprisingly relaxed on the day. We had a lovely girlie time in the morning and early arvo while the dresser did our hair, make-up, and then tucked, draped and pinned our saris into place. S's sari blouse laced up at the back like a corset and one of the eyelets busted while I was strapping her in. I managed to sew it back up enough that it held throughout the night.
The weather was ideal in terms of comfort. It got to 36 degrees C (96 Fahrenheit) the day before, but it was a very comfortable 24 C (75 F) on the day. It rained once when we were in the cars on the way to the first photo shoot, but apart from that, everything went just fine and dandy.
I had been tasked with giving a speech which I tried not to think about too much so as to avoid getting nervous. In the end I wasn't nervous - just teary, and I struggled to make it through the gulps. I've become such a sook in my old age! On the up-side, D told me afterwards that my speech was the best - nice and short!
The quilt went over well. I hope to see it in situ tomorrow at S&T2's for a New Years Eve BBQ.

Saturday, 24 December 2005

Paisley presents the S & T2 Quilt unveiled

A quick post before I go off to get wrapped up in sari for the wedding this evening. Here is the quilt that I have made for S & T2's wedding present.

S&T2 Quilt

The colours are a bit richer in the flesh - the photo was taken late in the afternoon and the sunlight washes the colour out a bit. A detail shot of the quilt, taken indoors, is below and shows the colour to better advantage.
Details of Construction:
Begun in March 2005, Completed in November 2005.
Pattern: Red Courthouse Steps by Kaffe Fassett from his book Passionate Patchwork (ISBN 1-56158-650-1)
Fabrics: Quilt top and backing - Collection of various 100% cottons (including a couple of Kaffe Fassett fabrics from Rowan), Wadding - Matilda's Own Wool blend, Binding - 100% cotton handmade bias binding.
Machine pieced, hand-quilted.

S&T2 Quilt detail

Congratulations, love and best wishes to S and T2 on their big day from Paisley Punchi.

Tuesday, 20 December 2005

Facewasher in progress

Facewasher in progress
Originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.
Because I haven't blogged any photos in ages, here is the second Christmas facewasher - in progress.
Watch out for the S&T2 quilt photos - to be unveiled on Christmas Eve, plus an upcoming sneak peek at the almost completed C&D quilt - I'm just sewing down the binding on that one.

Thursday, 15 December 2005

Seven Sevens = Forty-nine

Genevieve tagged me for the Seven Sevens Meme but I'm not feeling a lot like being introspective at the moment - there's far too much of that going around. So in it's place, an old riddle which you've probably all heard before.

As I was going to St Ives,
I met a man with seven wives.
Each wife had seven sacks.
Each sack had seven cats.
Each cat had seven kits.
Kits, cats, sacks and wives,
How many were going to St Ives?

I will, however, list seven things that I say often:

  1. No worries
  2. It is what it is.
  3. Bob's your aunty.
  4. Not a problem.
  5. I think it's Milo time.
  6. Just let me finish this row.
  7. I was hoping to pick your brains.

Still working on the border of the C&D Wedding Quilt. C came around on Sunday arvo just gone and we made a start on making a test version of the bridesmaid dress I will wear for her wedding in January - we discovered that we make great sewing buddies as she doesn't mind doing the ikky stuff that gives me the irrits and vice versa.

S currently has her parents-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law and his wife staying with her and T2 in preparation for the big wedding day (Saturday week which means that Christmas is only 10 days away). Her mother's house is also full of relatives sleeping on mattresses on the floor. Remind me never to complain about having house-guests. I admire their forebearance.

Monday, 5 December 2005

Progress notes...

  1. The C&D Wedding Quilt is nearing completion. I finished quilting the last block yesterday and now I've got some quick and dirty quilting to do on the setting squares - about 4 hours worth of quilting, then the border, then binding. The end is in sight.
  2. Currently shuddering at the thought of quilting the M&A Wedding Quilt from scratch in less than 10 weeks.
  3. In the middle of sewing up the Kyoto jumper - the pieces have been sitting there looking at me for several weeks now but I've got visitors coming this week and I needed to tidy up the sewing/spare room. I've done the shoulder, sleeve and side seams. Still need to attach the sash and the collar. I had a quick try on last night. The sleeves aren't quite as loose as I would like, but they do fit, so that's a relief.
  4. Finished the back and lower front of the Grace top.
  5. Inspired by Taylor Street and Pea Soup, this morning I started making the first of a couple of cotton face-washers which I thought would make good Christmas gifts (wrapped around a nice bar of soap) for the cousins.
  6. I put my Christmas tree up on Saturday (got a great deal on this little 80cm fibre-optic one so you get the fairy-light effect without having to get the fairy lights as well). It's a bit light on for ornaments at the moment so I'm thinking about having a go at making the needle-felted stars as featured in this post by Bethieee.
  7. I've just noticed that Knitty has their new issue up. I like the look of Tubey, Bobblicious and the Mrs Beetons (which don't seem terribly practical - but could be a fun way of getting something tangible with only a small amount of yarn-that's-too-darn-expensive-to-buy-a-lot-of).