Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Marching on to April

Life has settled down a little since last month, the party was great, it's wonderful seeing old friends and talking over old times. There were quite a few laughs about some of the things we used to do when we were teenagers, not all of which I would put into a blog!
The garden was looking great for the day!

Here is the before photo from last December when lawn and gardens were ripped out and we started again.
Sewing has not been on the agenda for a while but I finally got into March's One Block Wonder. I used fabrics from my stash and played with the setting a bit, here is the result.
Not a great photo, the pink is actually a bit brighter than it looks.
Looking forward to April's block, thanks Sandy up there in Canada for all your hard work designing these blocks and providing me with motivation to try new things.
We are moving towards winter here in New Zealand, the nights are cooling down and everyone is out gathering firewood. I guess this means that those in the northern hemisphere are moving towards summer, I wish you all as good a summer as we have had this year.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Hot, hot January!

Wow, the weather has been so hot and humid. We have been painting the house with a lot of help from the kids and grandkids in preparation for celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary on the 12th February. The newly sown lawn is green and lush and the garden is generating weeds as fast as they are removed. A garden party is planned for Saturday the 13th, the food is ordered, sun umbrellas are hired and all RSVP's have been received. My bridesmaid Pam is arriving from Australia with her husband on Thursday and we are getting excited now!
All of these preparations haven't left much time for sewing but I managed to spend a day making these blocks earlier in the month. I love this block pattern and got quite carried away until hubby walked in and I suddenly realised that the evening meal was completely non existent! Oh dear, never mind, that's why takeaways were invented!
Thanks Sandy for such an amazing block, I am very tempted to turn this one into a quilt for the spare room.