Friday, January 31, 2014

Where did January go?

Hello to my dear readers...are you still there?

I do know where January went, it was swallowed up with school holidays and everything that they come with....the beach (such a great afternoon), bowling with friends and the movies (Frozen). This week school started again and my youngest started prep, he is enjoying it but comes home tired and it is kind of meltdown central for a bit. I'm sure things will calm down as the new routine is gotten used to. My oldest is now in Grade 3 and seems to be settling in ok, he loves checking in on his little bro at lunch time.

Midnight at the Oasis - Churn Dash block

So what have I been doing creatively? I have been steadily working away at the Midnight at the Oasis quilt and hopefully will be able to share a pic of the finished appliqué border very soon. I did a tiny bit on the double wedding ring quilt, not much to take a picture of yet though.

On the weekend I went to my local patchwork shop and did a class that included a kit with the fabric, so although I am doing the fabric diet I am not counting this because I paid the deposit back in early December.

We started with the batik fabric that is dyed in Bali. Then the cutting began!

It is actually a really simple quilt to make. Basically it is a cheater bargello pattern.

I finished the top the next day with sashing and the final border. It is a really good single bed size quilt, maybe verging into double bed territory even. So, now I just need to get some backing fabric. I am thinking about selling this one when it is finished so if you know someone who likes this look send them my way!

Speaking of "Fabriholics Anonymous" - other than the above fabric I only made one other fabric purchase this month and that was to add to my little collection for the commission quilt I plan to start soon.

Now that I have this Blogsy app you might hear from me a bit more often as it is a lot quicker than turning on my laptop and sorting out photos from different devices.

I think that's about it for now!

Jess :)



barcord said...

Lovely to hear news of your boys. Also to enjoy your summer weather....second hand. The rain is beating against our south windows and it is 4degrees out there...brrrr. The cheater bargello top is brilliant. I love the colours, and the way the pattern turned out. From my cold and windy and rainy world. lovexx

Quilting Dee said...

Clever you! Great way to use the Bali fabric. Worked so well!

Sue SA said...

Interesting result from one fabric! I love school holidays, but I it when they finish also! Its hot here and my Prep boy is struggling a bit also, he told me Friday "it has been a long day"! Love your fabrics for commission quilt, so looking forward to seeing what you make. Lots of tops to quilt, think you better book a date with piecing for now and quilting come May!

Oops-Lah said...

I think your "cheater bargello" is genius. I wonder how you are going to finish it! The tiny block for "midnight at the oasis" is so cute. Did you sew it by hand? And aren't you clever for posting from your iPad!!!

Kirsty said...

The 'cheater bargello' looks great!!
I don't think buying for commissioned quilts counts :)

Outback Crafter - Debra said...

Jess, all of your work looks great.
That cheater bargello is very clever. Well done,

The back to school routine is taking it's toll on my boys too (grade 6 & 4). I am sure hoping the routine kicks in soon.

DeborahGun said...

Glad to hear your boys are doing okay at school :-) I remember those first few weeks of Prep - my youngest had a great time but was so exhausted!
Interesting to see the Bali fabric - I have never seen anything so colourful in indonesia!

prsd4tim2 said...

Wow! Your batik quilt looks amazing! Well done!

Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts said...

I'm so glad you've had a good holiday Jess, and that the boys have settled in to school. Prep is really hard at the start, but it does get less meltdown inducing!
Love your batik quilt, and top work on the fabric diet!