It’s been a while, I know. But my excuse is that I have been very busy. Or at least, quite busy, some of the time.
Today being the shortest day, I thought I would stop reading blogs, and tend to my own for just a few moments in between stitching. What has been happening here down the bottom of the globe?
Well, there has been fruit and vegetable picking with the Community Fruit Harvest scheme…
Then there was our annual Tote and Gloat, an opportunity for our Quilt Guild members to show off the best of their previous years work. Being on the sub committee for events, this one kept me busy for a few days, plus I took one of my quilts out in public for the first time, ever!
Our speaker was Susan Brubaker Knapp, whose talk was very encouraging. Unfortunately I missed much of it, scurrying around behind the scenes as I was.
After T&G, I spent a few weeks working on a new quilt for Daughter #2 (details to come) before running off to Taupo for a much needed break. I quilted for a few days, ran up to Hamilton for a quick trip to Moreland Fabrics, and best of all enjoyed not cooking or cleaning for an entire week. Unless you call pouring boiling water on 2 minute noodles cooking. Yes, I confess I ate three packets of instant noodles. I could only justify buying flash cafe food for so many nights. I promise I ate lots of fruit.
After arriving back I put aside quilting for a while to make cushions to go into the new, “improved” Arts Recycling Centre, re-opening in July. As a volunteer we haven’t had much (any?) input into the changes, but are hoping for the best. Unfortunately, it looks like my days of getting free quilt fabric from ARC are now over. It is shifting its emphasis to creating gallery and workshop space, rather than supplying low cost materials to schools and artists. Meanwhile the contents have been cleaned out in a series of large skip bins, a bit heartbreaking for the volunteers like my daughter.
The last few days I have turned to embroidery and hand quilting, in an effort to finish the My Small World quilt. I am using it as a sampler and trying to have some fun.
Playing with stitches…
At this rate it is going to take me a very, long, time. But never mind. It is mid-winter, the days are short, if strangely warm, and I have many movies to watch on Netflix, to distract me from my sore fingers.
See you soon, I promise.
Linking up eventually with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.