Thursday, 6 December 2007

Bite the bullet

Well this is it I have joined the masses and started a blog. Im sure I will never have time to put something on everyday, I will do my best.

Recently I joined Bonnie Hunters mystery quilt on Quiltville. I just love mystery quilts even though I have been known to wait till the end before I start so I can peek at what it should turn out like!! easy to choose colours that way lol.

This time I'm gonna do it right. So let the fun begin

Having gone through the angst everyone else has done over the choice of colourways .... oh and having tossed all strips!! well as far as I was concerned I already have a heap of scraps cut in various sizes of squares and Im having trouble using those up. I figured I'll never make a string quilt so lets just get rid of the strips... bad move ! So here I am musing and muttering ohhhhhhh what will i do shall i do this shall i do that.

So after a long day at work I came home walked my 2 ' cocker spaniel pups' i thought OK make the descion and went to my stash ... ohhh boy did i ever make a boo boo.

I went to the scrap boxes and emptied them all on the floor the puppies thought......oh wowwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeee lets play mum is making a mess...... (twas mess in their eyes) as i was trying decide scrappy, green , blue, purple etc ( where did all these bits come from ) the pups were grabbing bits and taking off!! oh boy who needs this after a days work? so now all scraps on floor and nothing was pushing the right buttons so i decide to look at the Fq's. Boy how does fabric grow so much? Have I really bought all this?

I put FQ's i think might work on floor and stand and look then the pups take off with them, tearing up and down stairs, tumbling and generally having a ball but by now I'm screaming and hyperventilating and the pups give a *************

But I look at what the pups have run of ..........dang u know it might work so am or will use these.

I worked out what I would need and yes one piece will get me enough for the centre strip for 100 rail fence blocks.

Boy do my pups ever want to learn to sew! Having 'helped'me choose fabric they watched as I cut when i went into the sewing room and sat at the machine both sat at my feet till the machine started, Bailey decides this looks like fun I'll just put my feet on the table and watch, so he watched Sapphire decided she didnt like the machine and put her head on my lap.

Of course being distracted I managed to sew a few strips on the wrong side of the fabric, so i rip , as i am ripping Bailely decides this must be a new game and starts tugging on the other end, so ripping took longer than it should since I had to chase him to retrieve the bit that fell on the floor.
Then it was time to press the strips, and there is the brown nose again having a nosey at what is going on ... time to cut into squares and didnt the darn cat land on the cutting mat to see what all the commotion was about... I had to stop cutting .... till everyone settled down then back to cutting and counting.... and I count and recount and mutter and recount and count singly and mutter some more.. I have only 78 blocks. I was using the same green for the centre and I have the smallest scrap of it left (thank heavens I didnt do my usual trick of cutting the scrap into squares)

Now by this time not only have I yelled at the dogs I am now grrrrrrrrrr ing rather loudly and the dogs decide this is a new game and they join in with lots of barking. Time to stop.

This morning before work it was a case of back to the cutting mat to cut strips and sew again. All I have to do tonight is press my bits and cut and just hope I have 22 bits if not I'll have to sew another 50 to tone in.

1 comment:

Di said...

ROFL - they sound like dogs that are fun to have - I can just picture the mayhem!!

I'm tossing up about the mystery quilt - so far it's easy peasy but lots of work - have I the time this close to Xmas???

You and the puppies enjoy Part 2!

Di, Brisbane, Australia