Saturday, 22 February 2014

Painting, quilting and sweltering!!

Oh my goodness, it has been so hot here this week...we have had about four straight days with the temps in the early 30's Celsius.  I guess it is not that hot in the scheme of things like Australia, but we had winter here about 10 days ago.  These hot days are a bit of a surprise and the humidity is much higher than we are used to in Hawkes Bay.

Been a busy girl this week, what with the new exercise regime...I am just loving the swimming.  Went for a 2km walk yesterday but my body did not like the hard surface.  With quilting on top of the walk it was not nice by nightime.  Oh well, aches and pains become a part of your life as the deterioration increases!!! lol.

Managed to get this lovely summery quilt of Sue's finished today.  The pattern is "Tickle Too" and it is just perfect for this quilt.  Sue had done square corners (not sure what you call them actually) and I had never quilted these before. I had about six different threads spread out on the quilt while I auditioned them and settled on a lovely So Fine blue 473 (I think).

All set to go!

The square corner.  I tacked them down very close to the edge so they didnt get caught.

The pattern has some lovely swirls and echoes in it and is a pleasure to quilt.

The corner came up perfectly.  I was a little worried about whether the borders were nice and flat, but apart from a little bit of movement they came out well.

The back looks good too.  I used Bottomline Sage green which was soft enough to sit with the blue without any pokies.

One more view.  I am sure Sue will be pleased with this quilt.  The border fabric is a lime green stripe with a dark green.  It definitely makes the eyes go awol!!

Just to finish my day off I went home and helped Kerry with the house painting.  I have been doing a couple of doors inside that never got finished.  One more to go plus one set of wardrobe doors.  Oh, and the frame around the front door....oh and maybe the back door too!!! That's the thing with old houses, there is always something to do.

In January my friend Eve gave me a plant that she called a "Blood Lily" which had very large green leaves that were similar in shape to Dumbo the Elephant's ears.  They died off and then it just sat there looking odd for the last few weeks.  Evidently they dont flower until the leaves die and then these funny little red things started poking up and turned into the flowers below.  Interesting, but quite small in comparison to the leaves.

Well that's my lot for tonight.  I need to try and get to bed and sleep instead of being so hot you wrestle around for hours as I  am on projection tomorrow at church.  Last  minute call to help.  If I am too tired who knows what they may end up

Thanks for reading and catch you all later.


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