Time seems to be passing very quickly at the moment. With my Mums health requiring our attention, we have spent quite a bit of time out of town. This means of course that all the usual weekend activities get compressed into mid-week time-slots, leaving me feeling a little tired, frazzled and over-whelmed. I forgot I had arranged for my best friend to visit this morning, leaving her to have a conversation with Daughter #1 for 3/4 hour, until I turned up from grocery shopping.
Quilting has consisted of trying to catch up on my 1930’s Farmer’s Wife Quilt, and falling further and further behind. I am about ready to call it a day, and hang up my feedsack apron strings on this one.
I am finding I just do not have the requisite concentration levels at the moment to make these blocks, and somehow my latest effort ended up quarter of an inch too small, despite using the templates, and my points are not matching well. I might just make a few more simple 6 1/2 inch blocks, then with the benefit of some sashing, sew the blocks into a cot or bassinet quilt. Book for sale, anyone?
Instead, I have moved back to my Gypsy wife #2, since I find that piecing a bit more relaxing. Just a few blocks to be done, then it’s time to put them all together.
This last weekend we managed to fit in checking in on Mum, picking up our new dog Miko, and attending the Taranaki Rhododendron Festival. Oh, and checking out a new quilt shop in Hawera.
Firstly, the quilt shop. I had been informed a few years earlier that there were no fabric shops left in Hawera, only a shop selling a little wool. Since Stratford is only half an hour away, and in possession of a very fine patchwork and wool shop (In Stitches), this was only a small problem. I felt sorry for the local quilters of course, imagining them marooned in their small town, without the benefit of fabric acquisition at a moments notice.
While sipping a mocha, and wandering down the main road in Hawera on Saturday morning, I noticed a new(ish) sign advertising fabric. There was very little cotton fabric for sale at Gabrielle’s sewing and alterations, but the owner handed me a small card, and gave directions to a local quilt shop. As it turns out, I have passed Wildflower Creations every time I drove through Hawera for the last four years. They have a lovely large classroom area, lots of lovely fabrics (including a box of $10 specials), and stock a wide range of Clover accessories, embroidery threads, and notions.
I restrained myself since I had The Hubbie in tow, and he was making rude comments suggesting I had no willpower around fabric. I shall go back without him at some stage!
We dragged Mum out to see some gardens, mainly to take her mind off the Rugby World Cup Final (which NZ won!). The gardens in the Rhododendron Festival were gorgeous, as always. Since we had limited time this year, we targeted the gardens of Bells Block and the surrounding area. Last of all was the garden belonging to the owners of Big Jim’s Nursery. It was splendiferous! We had to rush since the afternoon was coming to a close, having only an hour left in the day, but lingered in the New Zealand themed garden. We enjoyed a seat overlooking the river…
The shadows falling around the birch trees bought to mind all the quilts I have seen over the last year using these straight, mottled trunks as inspiration.We returned home on Sunday with our new dog, Miko. Tonight we start obedience training, where hopefully we can learn some new skills. I am used to farm dogs which don’t require walking, never come in the house, and spend hours in their runs waiting for their next job. It is going to be very different keeping a dog in town. Since she is an ex-farm dog, we have to teach her to play, and instill some confidence in her that disobedience will not result in physical punishment.
Wish us luck!
Linking up with WIP Wednesday and Lets Bee Social.