>They gotz mee surroundedz

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>Two down

>One to go
although I do rather like the effect of the two

… and I have to allow myself a brief moment of hubris … please notice that they are exactly the same length and hanging straight and square to each other.


My daughter would no doubt comment ” and so they should after 28 years practice ” but trust me, it’s harder to achieve than you might think.

Mind you having written that, I have undoubtedly totally and completely jinxed myself for the third one
which may well end up as a tablerunner after all 🙂

>It’s not ALWAYS about the quilting

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current travel knitting:
gee whiz, what a surprise … it’s a SHAWL!

pattern – improvised
yarn – mystery 8ply machine wash wool of some sort, from the magic back room of special discounted delights at BWM.
A trip through Dorothy-the-Dinosaur in a nice hot bath of Landscapes Clematis, Sarsarilla, Wild Rasberry and Night Blue has ensured that it now bears absolutely no resemblance to its original cream shade.
needles – 5.5 mm KP Harmony

>and it all started so well

>It was an absolutely perfect Spring morning

The obvious response was a leisurely breakfast in the garden with David, and the full complement of domestic retainers for company.
Breakfast over, I could have perhaps headed back inside and done dishes, made beds, dealt with laundry and the rest of the never-ending roster of housework but … come on … Sunday morning, sun shining, bees buzzing, birds singing, and the garden chiming in with its own siren song, so I bowed to the inevitable, slapped on a hat and the 30+ sunscreen, unfurled the garden umbrella and settled in with the current book.

Reading-in-the-sun segued into an hour or so of weed pulling

later there was even knitting

but then for some totally inexplicable reason, I decided to get to grips with the long put off and increasingly pressing need to find the septic tank, based on the incredibly vague location supplied by the previous owner [and I’m just hoping it’s not now buried under a flower garden ]

So here are the things I learned today:

dawgs are just as attracted to quilts in progress as the cats

but I already knew that

umm … how about

People who have spent a goodly part of the day swinging a pick-axe probably shouldn’t attempt after dinner free-motion quilting [ with or without said canine accompaniment ]

and

If my surgeon didn’t want me to swing a pickaxe, he should have added that to the list of banned activities. Like splitting firewood
Strangely I don’t think this even occurred to him.

So that was my day.

My agenda now involves hot shower, a wheat pack, mega doses of magnesium, bed, book, decaf mochachino, and quite possibly large doses of industrial strength painkillers… and porridge [ oatmeal ] … I have a sudden and overwhelming need for porridge.
So if you’ll please excuse me, I have a date with the microwave.

>This is your official warning!

>As of today it is THREE MONTHS UNTIL CHRISTMAS DAY
TWO months until the Christmas decorations start going up

You may now all proceed to panic!

Okay stop that!

Now if you’ve been here for a while [ or know me in the real world ] you will just possibly be aware of a certain prediliction for the Christmas stuff … and quite possibly you also know that I mostly run to fairly traditional Chrissy colour schemes: deep reds, burgundy, hunter greens, that sort of thing.

I used to say that I [ the queen of all things blue ] didn’t go blue for christmas because
the whole [ last ] house was blue anyway, so who’d notice ?

and then, early last year I treated myself to a stunning Jim Shore Nativity Set – January Sales y’know – and it’s mainly blue

It did go out last Christmas, but given that I was still recovering from some very major surgeries, the decorating was slightly scaled down [ well by my standards if no one else’s ]

but now I’m back firing on all cylinders, and I’ve decided that what I need is a blue Christmas themed wallhanging to put over the vintage sideboard behind the Jim Shore.

Anyway, I blame OzJane.

She was the one who sent me the link to one of Stitch-N-Frame‘s famous [ or should that be infamous ? ] Thursday specials. This arctic Saint Nick was sooooo cheap, I had to have him
and of course I’d been merrily churning out those red and black stack & stash Japanese blocks, so I decided to make a set of 6 stack & slash stars in blues to match him.

Stack and Slash lends itself to making blocks in sets of 6,
so
I thought I’d put 3 large stars down each side of the panel

Then I did the maths and worked out that I could make a set of 6 teeny ones to be a top and bottom border and it would come out the same length as side sets of 13″ ones.

We have a plan!
[ just ignore the red Japanese blocks, okay ]

Well, then the next thought was ‘ why not quilt each of the three panels individually and join ’em up after ? [ quilt-as-you-go]’
Followed quickly by ‘Well, why not just quilt ’em and bind ’em separately ? That way I have more freedom to change the arrangement if I change the furniture.”
Plus the two side sets of stars make perfectly good table runners in their own right !
So I guess we have plan version 2.0

All of the fabrics for the stars are from the stash, and I decided to go with prints that complemented the Saint Nick but which weren’t actually Christmas print
… so snowflakes, stars, and pine branches all on blue.
The stash also supplied a fawn-splodges-on-cream that toned in with the panel as if they’d been designed to go together – even though all of the stash fabrics I chose were all several years, if not decades, old.
Backing and batting also from the stash . I’d be feeling positively virtuous … if I hadn’t bought about 20 metres more fabric this month

I’ve quilted and bound the first set of stars, so I have, in essence, a finished table runner, and because none of the fabrics are actually Christmas print, I can use it right now

so when is a finished object NOT a finished object
The aim is to have that tryptych for Christmas.
Maybe not THIS Christmas. but certainly A Christmas


Oooh decisions decisions decisions … should I do the other set of stars next, or Saint Nick ?

oh and Nadie? I hope you don’t ever decide to reclaim that navy-blue-with-snowflakes long skirt that you made in High School. I used it as one of the star fabrics and as the sashing between the blocks as well.

>because Marcie asked

>Susan’s pumpkin & spud soup:
As near as I can remember

gently saute about a half tablespoon of minced garlic [ or mash a couple of cloves of the real thing ] in a tablespoon or two of olive oil
add 6 cups – or thereabouts – of vegetable stock
half a Jap pumpkin, cubed
1 large carrot, sliced
2 medium boiled potatoes, cubed *
a couple of shakes of ground coriander
same of ground cumin
a goodly quantity of freshly ground black pepper
a 400 gram can [drained ] of chick peas
the merest pinch of chilli powder

simmer until the veggies are soft enough to mash / blend / or pulverise in whatever manner you see fit.

* the spuds were a late addition when the soup was a bit thin, so I preboiled them … you probably shouldn’t need to.