Yup, I'm bopping around the sewing room singing Oh Happy Days cos I'm excited about a new project for the first time in a very long time. For a little while there, I thought I was losing it (my patchworking obsession I mean). Nothing inspired me. There has been a rash of new free BOM projects, each of which I would excitedly read about and then just go cold on the whole project. I'm not interested in cutting up a million little pieces of fabric and sewing them all together...been there, done that. A couple of applique projects caught my interest for a little while, but no, they weren't what I was looking for either. And then yesterday, wonder of wonders, I totally fell in love. With a project of course, not a bloke!!! My god, I'm not THAT crazy!
On my Bloglines, I saw that there was a new blog posting from Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs I adore Anne's designs and love reading her blog, so I nearly jumped right out of my skin with excitement when she said that she was running a free BOM this year and that the first block had been posted. Oh be still my beating heart! So I took a little peek at the first design and knew that this just had to be a project for me this year. It is adorable (as you would expect from from Anne).
So this morning I have been happily rummaging through the old stash finding just the right fabrics to begin working on block 1 which I will do in needleturn. I don't have a piece of white felt, so I've put the call out to my friends for a teensy piece 3" square if they have one.
So while I've been busy sulking about not feeling inspired about sewing, you'll notice that I also haven't been blogging. So I'll take this moment to wish you a Very Happy New Year. Don't pay any attention to all the doom and gloom being predicted for this year. Your year will be what you make of it. Okay, so that got my little lecture out of the way too.
I had a wonderful Christmas/New Year week as my older daughter Rhyll came to stay for the week. We didn't feel like doing any of the touristy things down here, so we decided one day to take the dogs to the dog beach at Kingston. Well! Was that ever fun!! For us and the dogs. From then on we kept going each day till Rhyll returned home to Canberra. Molly didn't seem to think that Rhyll's departure was a reason to stop going to the beach and she can be mightily pursuasive! So heart in mouth, off I trotted to the beach with Molly and Ebony...and it was fabulous! I love it! Every morning we bolt our brekky down and off to the beach we go for fun, fresh air, doggy smells, sand between our toes, lots of running (the dogs not me). I meet lots of lovely people down there to chat to while our dogs go nuts. So I can see us going down there daily for a very long time to come. I tried to take piccies, but it's all a bit too frantic to do that successfully. I'll have another go one day.
We've had gale force winds a lot down here, hence summer still hasn't really arrived. Yesterday I looked out the window to see my poor roses being battered by the wind, so I went out and brought some of them inside. Beautiful aren't they.
I was rummaging around out in the cabin/studio/shed (it is called various names according to whatever comes to mind) and found this little wallhanging I made years ago. I made it as a place where I could attach all the various pins, badges etc that I collected from friends, from shows, etc. I thought it was a great idea rather than losing them or just throwing them out for want of an idea of what to do with them all. So now I shall continue to find little items to decorate with. It is now on the wall in my sewing room.
And last, but not least, as it is the only sewing I've done lately, here are seven little blocks I've made of the third row of my Dear Jane quilt.