Preparing for the second term at school

I couldn’t do any patchwork or prepping blocks this weekend as it is the last weekend before school reopens again on Monday. I cannot believe it is the end of the holidays 😦

Yesterday I cleaned the house, tidied everything in the sewing room (and everywhere else – it seems as if fabric took over my house). Today I had the slow cooker going, cooking meals to freeze for those days when I am too tired after school to prepare a meal. And it is always good to have casseroles in the freezer for the cold days. It was already much colder yesterday and today, with snow in the South Island and even some in the North Island. It is going to be a cold winter.

I won’t be able to do needlework for a while and will focus on the cross-stitch Afghan blanket I am working on. I have decided not to fringe it when finished, but rather give it a backing, using soft fleece. This will make the blanket much warmer and it will be used more

The Monarch butterflies are also still active, there are still about 5 chrysalis hanging around

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Monarch butterfly
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I will get there!!!!!

It amazes me, when I read the blogs I am following, how quilters seem to be able to complete a quilt a day……….and I am taking weeks and weeks to plan and prepare, and I’m not even at the cutting stage yet 🙂

Today I have been sidetracked again. I couldn’t sleep last night and thought about a colleague who’s wife is pregnant. I decided, if it is a little baby girl, I want to make her a little smocked dress. So off to the fabric shop this morning and came back with fabric for a little blue dress and for a little pink dress, as well as thread and buttons and ribbon. I couldn’t pick only one colour and there will be another baby somewhere who needs a pretty smocked dress. The fabric has been washed and is now drying (I always wash fabric before smocking)

In the meantime I have started planning the blocks for the patchwork and made a list of the pieces and sizes and colours I need to cut. Am I maybe too organised?

My other hobby is photography and I have been keeping an eye on the Monarch butterflies and the Swan plants on the deck – at the moment there are about 7 chrysalis hanging around. But I have also managed to capture the whole cycle of the butterfly, from the eggs to the birth of the butterfly. What an amazing thing to watch.

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Butterfly eggs
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Caterpillar
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Ready to transform
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Chrysalis
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Butterfly emerging
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Just out, not ready to fly yet
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The underside of the wings of the Monarch
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Tiny little butterfly feet