OMG Finishes

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Absent Blogger

OMG I can't believe it is two months since I last posted, and two months since we had our huge snowfall. I have been loitering and viewing blogs but just haven't written myself.
It seems alot longer since we had that snow and have since had some glorious spring/summer days. However today it is like winter again and I have to admit I have a fire lit. The temperature has been half what it was yesterday so a bit of a shock to the system.
So what have I been up to-well not much on the sewing front really, and some of it is secret as it is at this time of the year. Work has kept me very busy and I have been working some long hours and also having to cover afternoon shifts-bit of a shock to the system and not really what my job is supposed to entail. Still I can't complain when it involves assisting a new life into the world- what a privileged job I have.
The other thing that has kept me very busy is my garden-it is a long time since I have lived in a house that has such a big garden. The flower gardens are more or less self managing except for having to spray all the roses. However the vegetable garden and tunnel house (a form of glasshouse) has taken the time getting it all planted but yesterday I finally finished planting and can't wait to eat the produce.
I have been stitching Xmas projects over the last couple of weeks and having such fun using up scraps of batting and strips of fabric to produce various forms of these-

 This is making it's way to my mother, a crafter but not a quilter who loves anything I make. I should have ironed it before the photo, sorry folks. These are so easy to make as quilt as you go projects and satisfy the fix of a quick project.
 I have also been using scraps to make alot of these blocks, which will become a quilt that I can practice my skills with my longarm machine. So far i have just been doing practice pieces as I don't want to 'ruin anything'-I know I will just have to bite the bullet and make a start soon.
I have joined an online quilting bee organised by Lizzie, with twelve quilters from around the globe. We each have a month where we choose a block and send fabric out to the others who make a block and return it.
This is the block I made for Vivian who lives in Texas and although it was posted two weeks ago it still hasn't arrived so I hope it gets there soon. It is a Disappearing 4 Patch and was so much fun to make.

A while ago Dzintra showed some Shattered Nine Patch quilts on her blog which gave me an idea for the borders of this quilt. I made this a number of years ago now and love it but could never decide on the borders. I now need to start cutting fabrics.
To end this post here is a photo of Barbara and Shirley. Barbara the little stripey one is coming to live at my house after Christmas. The family who owns the mother cat, Margaret, named them and I am told I can't change her name!!
Be back soon.


  1. Lovely to hear from you Marls...Glad all is well & Your new housemate is so cute...Barbie would suit her..Love all your show & tell...

  2. Good to hear from you Marls..the christmas runner looks beautiful...beautiful scraps..

  3. Nice to read your post again Marls.
    I love your table runner. I am doing a heap for Xmas too.
    I like the colours of your Disappearing 4 patch. I am sure your bee lady will love it.
    Cute kitties too.

  4. Nice to see what you have been doing. It was a huge move & there has been lots to do, but life is settling. Lovely stitching & dear Barbara is super cute!

  5. It's good to read your blog post, Marls! You've been missed. And won't you please share pictures of your garden? And your tunnel house? It sounds very interesting. Sorry to hear you're putting in long hours at work. Hopefully you'll see an end to that, and more time at your longarm machine.

  6. Hi Marls, Good to hear from you! I love the projects that you have posted! your new kitties are so cute! :)


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