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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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Number 11

A couple of weeks ago, with the added motivation of losing the Bernina sewing machine to it’s rightful owner at the end of the week, I finally completed the Made With Love quilt block #11. ¬†Amazing how a deadline can lead to action…

I’ve used the same words on this block as in the original pattern.

Block #11 appliqué and stitcheryBlock #11 appliqué and stitchery

Block #11 appliqué Appliquéd flower and heart (a little more stitching needed)

Block #11 stitcheryLoving words

Block #11 appliqué panelCentre panel with appliqué

Block #11 centreBlock #11 – centre part completed

Block #11 with bordersBlock #11 with borders

Block #11 with squaring-up bordersComplete with squaring-up borders

More to come! ¬†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


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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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Looking Back / Looking Ahead

Its that time again, when we tend to look back at what’s happened over the past year, and look forward to what the new year has in store for us.

I’ve appreciated reading other’s summaries of the high & low points of their year, so I thought I’d write a list of my own. Rather than letting the year fade into obscurity it would be good to remember and appreciate what 2012 held for me (or alternatively, be glad its over! though thankfully not too much of that). Some of these I’ve already written about in more detail, others may become blog posts in the future. Here follows a mix of good & bad:

Shared meals during the year with family, celebrating birthdays, Christmas and ‘just because’.

Missing other family members who live overseas, and appreciating the technology that enabled us to make a Skype call to some of them last week. It was a nice surprise for my parents, who didn’t know why we had invited them around!

The sad loss of my brother and sister-in-law’s baby at two days old (Elijah had Trisomy 18).

Extended family (and non-family) dramas and confrontations that I could have done without. Hoping 2013 is a year relatively free of stress in this area, though realistically we expect some of it will continue well into the New Year. I just need to learn how to deal with it more calmly!

The occasional coffee outings with a supportive friend; very necessary at times to keep my sanity. ūüôā Looking forward to more of these in 2013.

Injuries of various kinds, which made us appreciate parts of our body we would normally take for granted (e.g. shoulders, toes!).

The privilege of holding my nephew’s hand as he went under anaesthetic for surgery on a fractured toe this week. Even though I’ve worked in paediatrics for a long time and in operating theatre for a year (way back), it’s quite a different feeling when your own family is involved. All went well and he’s back home now.

The children’s ward where I work moved to a new environment mid-year; hopefully the last move for some time.

I joined a beginners’ quilting class back in May and started to make my first quilt, then attended a couple of quilt shows and had my eyes opened to the amazing creativity, variety of patterns and colour combinations out there. Later in the year I learned what a Postage Stamp Quilt was and participated in my first swap as a newbie – see Treasures in the Post and Treasures from Around the World. Progress on the Made with Love quilt has come to a standstill recently, but I plan to have a more positive report soon.

In May I also started this blog and have since ‘met’ other bloggers from around the world with shared interests. I have enjoyed their humour and been inspired and encouraged. Thanks to all who have read my posts over the year, liked, commented and followed. You are much appreciated!

We celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary in September.

Around the same time I joined¬†a Christian women’s book group and read ‘One Thousand Gifts’ by Anne Voskamp; although I missed a few of the meetings I did finish the book and highly recommend it. I look forward to seeing what’s on the agenda for the group this year.

Early in the year I changed from a PC to a Mac computer, and felt as though I was learning a new language for a few months!

I learned how to use the movie capability on my Nikon D7000, and the Mac programme ‘Fotomagico’ for the first time to put together a fusion audiovisual (digital photo slideshow with music and video incorporated). Christmas in July has some of the images I used in the AV and gives the background story.

Over the year we have photographed hair models and family portraits, and learned more about drawing out shy children in front of the camera.

In early November, I attended a photographic convention out-of-town with friends from camera club, which meant being away from home for four days without my ‘other half’. The convention was great, but I missed him!

A Garden & Art Festival was held here in mid-November. Thanks to friends I received a free ticket for one of the days; we visited some beautiful gardens to which I did not do justice with my camera.

I resigned from the position of webmaster for our camera club website, after 11 years; the End of an Era.

I also decided not to renew my subscription to a B&W photography magazine after almost as many years. This doesn’t mean I’ve lost interest in B&W photography, just that I have quite a number of unread magazines and it seemed silly to keep buying them when I wasn’t keeping up!

My darling (he suggested I call him this rather than the impersonal ‘other half’) recently introduced me to the brain training website ‘Lumosity’ as an attempt to keep us young and sharp. Challenging but great fun. ūüôā

With some help from a friend, we survived a swarm of bees which made their home in the wall of our house; see Bees in my Bonnet and Fake Rain.

Last but not least, we successfully raised and released a grand total of 128 monarch butterflies from caterpillar stage in November / December. I celebrated the 100th with this post. Our swan plant is slowly recovering and the next batch of caterpillars are growing up, but we’ve shut down the ‘nursery’ for now. I love seeing butterflies flying around the garden. ūüôā

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So goodbye 2012, welcome 2013.

Happy New Year everyone!

What’s on your list? I’d love to know! ūüôā

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