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Friendship

With the same motivation I referred to in my previous post, I have also completed Block #12 – the final block of the Wildcraft Farm ‘Made with Love’ quilt.

The stitched word on the original pattern was ‘admire’ ; I replaced it with ‘friendship’, something my other half and I both agree is a necessity for a good marriage. We have shared interests and enjoy doing things together. I also appreciate having someone to debrief to when I’ve had a difficult day at work, or need a sounding board and some wise advice, and hopefully I can be as good a friend to him. ūüôā

Block #12 appliqué and stitcheryBlock #12 appliqué and stitchery

Block #12 appliquéBlock #12 appliquéd flower and hearts

Block #12 stitcheryWord

Block #12 on the drawing boardThe last block (#12) ‘on the drawing board’ – cut and ready for sewing together

Block #12 centreBlock #12 – centre part completed

Block #12 with bordersBlock #12 with borders

Block #12 with squaring-up bordersComplete with squaring-up borders

Now onto the next stage… ūüôā

The Quilt Project so far:

1 –¬†Beginnings

2 –¬†Quilting Lesson #1

3 –¬†Attempts at Appliqu√©

4 –¬†Words

5 –¬†Quilting Lesson #2

6 –¬†Words II – To The Bride & Groom

7 –¬†Appliqu√© ¬†Again

8 –¬†Quilting Lesson #5 / Words III

9 –¬†Quilting Lesson #6 / Words IV

10 –¬†Out On My Own

11 –¬†Quilt Project – Colour Choices

12 –¬†The Next Step

13 –¬†Slow and Steady (Wins the Race?)

14 –¬†Showing Promise

15 –¬†Two Ears

16 –¬†Three Months

17 –¬†A First and a Tenth

18 – Number 11


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A First and a Tenth

This week I completed Block #10 of the Made with Love quilt. Again, its been several months since the last block was completed. I only have two to go now, and have purchased the remainder of the fabric needed to complete the top.

The original words on this block were ‘Warmth’ and ‘Fancy’ – I have replaced them with ‘Patience’ and ‘Kindness’; two more qualities necessary for a strong marriage, or in fact any good relationship . ūüôā

Block #10 appliqué and stitchery

Block #10 appliqué and stitchery

Block #10 appliqué

Appliquéd flower

Block #10 stitchery

Words of the week (?!)

Block #10 centre

Block #10 – centre part completed

Block #10 with borders

Block #10 with borders

Block #10 with squaring-up borders

Complete with squaring-up borders

On 9th May WordPress notified me that I’d reached an important date – the first anniversary of this blog. Thanks to all who read and follow – I appreciate your support! ūüôā

The Quilt Project so far:

1 –¬†Beginnings

2 –¬†Quilting Lesson #1

3 –¬†Attempts at Appliqu√©

4 –¬†Words

5 –¬†Quilting Lesson #2

6 –¬†Words II – To The Bride & Groom

7 –¬†Appliqu√© ¬†Again

8 –¬†Quilting Lesson #5 / Words III

9 –¬†Quilting Lesson #6 / Words IV

10 –¬†Out On My Own

11 –¬†Quilt Project – Colour Choices

12 –¬†The Next Step

13 –¬†Slow and Steady (Wins the Race?)

14 –¬†Showing Promise

15 –¬†Two Ears

16 – Three Months


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Three Months

Its hard to believe that the Made with Love quilt (original design by Wildcraft Farm) had come to a standstill for that long – but yes, my last post was Block #8, in October 2012!

Today I finally completed Block #9. The stitched word on the original pattern was ‘Embrace’; I have replaced it with ‘Forgiveness’. A lot of water has gone under the bridge¬†since October, including events and difficult relationships which are still challenging me to forgive, let go and move on. Taking the time to be creative certainly helps with this process, bringing hope and peace to replace the discouragement and anxiety I was feeling.

Block #9 appliqué and stitchery

Block #9 appliqué and stitchery

Block #9 appliqué

Appliquéd flowers & heart (some stitching yet to be done to complete the flowers)

Block #9 stitchery

Word for the day

Block #9 centre

Block #9 – centre part completed

Block #9 with borders

Block #9 with borders

Block #9 with squaring-up borders

Complete with squaring-up borders

Here’s to continued progress in 2013 – I have a deadline fast approaching!

The Quilt Project so far:

1 –¬†Beginnings

2 –¬†Quilting Lesson #1

3 –¬†Attempts at Appliqu√©

4 –¬†Words

5 –¬†Quilting Lesson #2

6 –¬†Words II – To The Bride & Groom

7 –¬†Appliqu√© ¬†Again

8 –¬†Quilting Lesson #5 / Words III

9 –¬†Quilting Lesson #6 / Words IV

10 –¬†Out On My Own

11 –¬†Quilt Project – Colour Choices

12 –¬†The Next Step

13 –¬†Slow and Steady (Wins the Race?)

14 –¬†Showing Promise

15 – Two Ears


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Two Ears

Yesterday I completed Block #8 of the Made With Love quilt from Wildcraft Farm.

The stitched word on the original pattern was ‘Love’ but as I have already used this on Block #5 (‘Love, Joy, Peace’), I’ve replaced it with ‘Listen’.

I have to admit this is something I personally need to work on. Its important to really listen to the other person – let them have their say and do your best to understand – rather than waiting for them to finish the sentence so you can jump in (or worse, not even waiting, but interrupting). As they say, we have two ears and only one mouth for a reason. Unfortunately my husband reads this blog and will be agreeing wholeheartedly!

Block #8 appliqué and stitchery

Appliquéd flower

Appliquéd hearts

Word for the day

Block #8 – centre part completed

Block #8 with borders

Complete with squaring-up borders

Listen, listen, listen! ūüôā

The Quilt Project so far:

1 –¬†Beginnings

2 –¬†Quilting Lesson #1

3 –¬†Attempts at Appliqu√©

4 –¬†Words

5 –¬†Quilting Lesson #2

6 –¬†Words II – To The Bride & Groom

7 –¬†Appliqu√© ¬†Again

8 –¬†Quilting Lesson #5 / Words III

9 –¬†Quilting Lesson #6 / Words IV

10 –¬†Out On My Own

11 –¬†Quilt Project – Colour Choices

12 –¬†The Next Step

13 –¬†Slow and Steady (Wins the Race?)

14 – Showing Promise


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Showing Promise

Well that’s what¬†he¬†said when he saw the latest quilt block taking shape. ‘He’ being the other half of course. ūüôā

Anyway, I have more progress to report: I’ve now completed Block #7 of the Made With Love quilt from Wildcraft Farm.

The stitched word on this one was ‘true love’ and I have replaced it with ‘promise’, hence the tongue-in-cheek comment above. I left out ‘true love’ not because we don’t have it, but because the quilt already has other references to love. ¬†‘Promise’ reminds me of the vows we made to each other on our wedding day, and the potential our relationship has to be increasingly strong and good.

Yesterday I enjoyed a brief catch-up with my youngest brother & nephew. They live 2-3 hrs drive north of here (depending on traffic conditions) and had some wooden garden beds to deliver to clients in our area. We were comparing notes on creativity while I watched him put together two of the garden beds and breathed in the smell of macrocarpa. He told me he had no interest in woodwork while at school, but now he’s enjoying designing and making things, and has lots of ideas for new products – although he has to make what will sell. He was taking care and had obvious pride in what he was doing.

I also struggled with sewing classes at school (as mentioned in one of the earlier posts on the quilt project); lacking in both knowledge and confidence. After leaving school I did a little sewing and realised I did have the ability to make things. Later I took up cross-stitch, and again was surprised I could do it; like most things, it’s easy when you know how – although if you didn’t have some patience, perseverance and attention to detail it probably wouldn’t be your ‘thing’. Now, after not having used a sewing machine for many years, I’m slowly putting together a queen-size quilt – and looking at other projects I might like to take on when this one is finished!

We agreed that the lack of pressure makes it much easier and more enjoyable to be creative.

I remembered afterwards that my husband is a cabinetmaker by trade and currently designs & assembles kitchens. And my brother’s wife is a dressmaker who designs & sews amazing clothing! So they may be smiling at our small efforts. However we will continue to enjoy our creative pursuits… ūüôā

Block #7 appliqué and stitching

Appliquéd flower

Appliquéd hearts (yes they are meant to be sideways)

Word for the day

Block #7 – central part completed

Block #7 with borders

Block #7 complete with squaring-up borders

The Quilt Project so far:

1 –¬†Beginnings

2 –¬†Quilting Lesson #1

3 –¬†Attempts at Appliqu√©

4 –¬†Words

5 –¬†Quilting Lesson #2

6 –¬†Words II – To The Bride & Groom

7 –¬†Appliqu√© ¬†Again

8 –¬†Quilting Lesson #5 / Words III

9 –¬†Quilting Lesson #6 / Words IV

10 –¬†Out On My Own

11 –¬†Quilt Project – Colour Choices

12 –¬†The Next Step

13 – Slow and Steady (Wins the Race?)