Frustrated

Feeling a bit frustrated at the moment because I want to complete the blocks for the Elm Creek quilt, but so busy with other stuff and not getting time to prep the blocks. Had a dream last night about receiving visitors and every single room in my house was filthy. I was embarrassed and, although my house is not filthy, it can be messy at times. So I had a good house cleaning today

Bella relaxed and the couch and got quite fed up with me when I took some photos of her. But, no needlework done today, but I have a clean house

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No……..no more photos!!!!!!!!
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Relaxing while I am cleaning the house around Bella
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Relaxing
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Only 9 blocks left to sew!

I cannot believe that I have completed 61 blocks. Every time I made some I counted the number completed – I have made 12; I have made 10…..today I can see the end and I can now say ‘Nine more’! I think 70 will make a good sized quilt, with 7×10 plus a border.

It is such a good feeling. Ever better when I look at how I started, with this quilting bug biting me in March. I am happy! Yes, there are mistakes, with points not as pointy as it should be, with some square pieces not 100% square; and the biggest mistake that I squared all the blocks to 6″ instead of 6.5″ because I didn’t realise at the beginning that with ‘finished blocks’ quilters meant at the end of the process. But I squared the first 12 to 6″ and then decided the best would be to continue that way. The blocks for the other two quilts I am making are 6.5″ as they should be. I started with this quilt on 7 April this year and was hoping to complete it by the end of the year – I think I’ll reach my goal πŸ™‚

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61 completed blocks – a whole pile πŸ™‚
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No 61 πŸ™‚

Progress

It is winter, with snow covering a huge part of the country, especially in the South Island. We had a dusting here in Wellington, but mostly cold rain. Sleeping in every morning is still a priority, with the rest of today sewing. I have made progress with all three quilts. 53 blocks done of the blue Elm Creek Quilt, and 13 each for the two Farmer’s Wife quilts. My aim is to have 55 blue blocks done by the end of next week and 20 for each of the Farmer’s Wife quilts.

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Two Farmer’s Wife quilts – 13 blocks for each done
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Elm Creek Quilt – 53 blocks and Bella the cat

Holiday

It is vacation time – two weeks of sleeping in, reading lots, photography and needlework. And I started very well by taking not just one, but two naps yesterday

Saturday I went out with the photography group. We visited the St Gerard’s Monastery. Β They used to have an open day once a year and I always missed out. When I heard they now offer guided tours twice a week I couldn’t wait. It is a landmark in Wellington, well lit up at night and you can see it up the hill from so many places in Wellington. I enjoyed taking my camera out again and am very happy with the photos. What an amazing place

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View from both sides of the verandah
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The Church
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Bicycles in the monastery

Today I made 5 blocks. One for the red/black/white quilt, one for the blue/black/white quilt and three for the blue quilt

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More blocks for the three quilts