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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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In An Ideal World

In an ideal world, I would have unlimited time (and money) to do everything I wanted to do.

I would be perfectly creative – quilt seams would never have to be undone and re-stitched. Quilts would come together quickly and beautifully.

Photographs would turn out exactly the way I’d envisioned them, with no need to use a polarizing filter (!).¬†My photographs would be amazing and people would want to buy them, without trying to beat my prices down.

I would know how to do things instinctively, without having to learn them and making lots of mistakes along the way.

There would be no housework or other chores to be done Рthe house would clean and tidy itself (or never get dirty). Visitors would always take their shoes off at the door without being asked. The bed would never need making.

There would be no need to go grocery shopping. Delicious meals would appear miraculously on the table every night (my husband would probably disagree with this as he likes shopping and cooking!).

We could eat what we wanted without having to worry about our weight or the dentist bills. Dishes would never need washing.

My cup of tea would never get cold because I made it then got busy doing something else.

I wouldn’t break things, lose them, or forget where I put them.

Piles of paper wouldn’t build up on flat surfaces,¬†but instead sort and file themselves. There would be no bills to pay.

The cat would never miss the dirtbox; in fact he would always go outside so there was never a need to empty the box.

I would never have to run to get the clothes off the washing line because it suddenly started raining, when five minutes beforehand the sun was shining.

No weeds would grow in the garden. In fact, we could have the garden landscaped beautifully at no cost. The neighbours would offer to put up a new fence on the boundary at their expense. The same neighbours would never be noisy when I was trying to sleep after a night shift. Better still, there would be no night shifts.

The traffic lights would always be on green when I was running late.

I could have all the sleep I wanted without feeling guilty, and always wake feeling refreshed.

I would be energetic and highly-motivated, and never be in a bad mood, sad or irritable.

I could say whatever I liked in my blog, honestly sharing my thoughts.  I could be real and honestly share what was on my heart, without fear of offending anyone or bringing ridicule on myself.

Everyone would like, understand and¬†appreciate me (or, if there were difficult people I wouldn’t have to deal with them). There would be no misunderstandings, arguments, frustration, resentment¬†or rejection. I would like myself.

Family relationships (of all kinds) would be loving, supportive and respectful.

We would win the lottery  Рwithout having to buy a ticket. Or, we would have a great income without having to work (except if we wanted to).

We could follow our dreams; pay off the mortgage, keep the house and buy a motorhome, travel…

On a more serious note, there would be no child abuse; car accidents; disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis; cancer; or children dying of starvation. ūüė¶

I’ve just scratched the surface of what my ideal world might look like. Many of the above comments are a bit tongue-in-cheek, but who hasn’t dreamed of a world where everything was right, easy and beautiful. Especially when going through difficult times – and I know the difficulties I find myself facing are comparatively small. Most things I’ve mentioned are only¬†minor annoyances, with a few majors thrown in for good measure. I’m sure everyone could add to this list.

However…

The perfect world might also be very boring. Where would we be without challenges? What would I talk (or write) about?

I guess the difficulties and struggles (both minor and major) are intended to make me grow into a better person – and I could certainly do with being more patient, forgiving and humble at times. Not to mention disciplined and organised. And happy!

I’ll keep working on it. ūüôā

If you are struggling through life at the moment, what helps you cope with it? What would your ideal world look like?