Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Chilling in June

June is here and so is the chilli weather.

This cats have become extremely friendly and can be found most nights doing a cat pile in which we all contribute warmth.

All of the leaves are falling in the garden and our swimming pool looks like a witch's cauldron rather that a sparkling oasis. We retained a new pool cleaning company 2 years ago. The first winter they managed to keep the pool a delightful blue. The romance has obviously faded and the pool looks sad. It seems that you need to change companies annually to maintain the sparkle. The previous pool company and us parted ways after 7 years. The last year that they maintained our pool was a study in green. It was interesting to see how many shades you could get in one pool.

Our pool is the middle one.
I am still cutting up blocks of fabric which will be the basis of my next few quilts. So far, I have 1 and a half tubs of squares. The fun part will be when I heed to sew them to paper. There are still 4 tubs of fabric to go. I will set myself a challenge in getting them done by July.

I am still playing with the family tree. I am trying to find documentation for all of the people in the tree. I have been able to deduce so much from Death notices and grave stones. My heart can break with what pioneer women went through. I wonder if we retain within us the handed down sorrow that they felt?

Hope the top part of the world is enjoying their summer and the bottom half their winter.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

May you have a happy good worker day!

See the teddy, her name is Wendy Boston and she is 57 years old!
It has been a while since I visited my poor neglected page. 
Well hello. 
I Have been doing some quilt related activity. I have started creating squares out of each of the pieces of fabric that I own. I am cutting either 5 or 6 block of each colour. I am onto my fifth large box and I still have 7 boxes to go. I mark each box with masking tape to show that I am finished with it. This may be either the largest quilt that has ever been made or I will be using these blocks for years to come.

I have always been fascinated by postage stamp quilts, and I think this should get it out of my system. I will attempt to the first one as a completely random exercise. Well I say completely, but, I was thinking of separating the blocks into light and
dark and then have the coloured randomly collected from either the light or dark box. I think this may make the whole quilt pop.

The other thought is to get a picture, pixilate it and then try and recreate using all of the colours in my block rainbow. I have some software that I used in the past to create cross stitch patterns. I am sure this would work.

The scraps that I have collected
These are not urgent decisions as I may be making blocks for a whole lot of months. The cutting of the paper square is going to take a whole lot of effort as well.

The family tree is coming along nicely. I am now trying to get all the documentation for each person. It really is interesting what information is out there if you look for it. When I hit a brick wall I have even found that Google can answer these sort of questions.
What I do find frustrating is that women are often not reported on.
Most men have a death certificate and yet there seems to be a lack of this basic information for most females. There are only two things that I think are happening. Firstly they may not have enough money for the government to need to worry about it, or secondly they probably outlive their husbands and their children are just not that efficient. 
I have also found that the hints of information can be the most frustrating. When you can almost see what happened and then there is nothing to prove it. I have found head stones to be the best as they have information cut in stone... 

Hope you all have been stitching in the last two months. I am please to have joined you again.

Have a good one!

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

March marches in 2016

I am sure that I have used this heading before. That is one thing about knowing your self, you become predictable. I was just about to go to sleep when I was shocked to realize that I had not done my first of the month post. 

Work has been chaotic. I was drifting off thinking that it is three weeks to the Easter break and that I really must decide what my next quilt must be. I don't think that Kathy's quilt is a do-er.  I really hate to give up on a quilt, so maybe I will keep the blocks to make a lap quilt or wait for inspiration. What has come to mind is a post stamp quilt. I already have a whole lot of 5cm by 5cm blocks covered. This may be a good idea. The blocks are the left overs from my Irish chain.

I could just ease into it by covering a whole lot more blocks and then just start with doing a grab bag and see how it goes. It will soon be the start of Autumn and the cooler weather will soon be here. 

The family tree is almost there. There are still some relatives that will have to remain a mystery. I have resolved my husbands family and found out way to much about a family that share my ancestors' surname but are not related to us. Is it stalking if the people lived 100 years ago but you have their photos and all their info? I hope not. I almost feel obliged to do their family tree. Weird the information that is out there that can be found out. 

It is time to do some stitching. 

Hope one and all are well.

Monday, 1 February 2016

February - flies in

 
Lake on ancestors farm - Loche Athlone
February is here. I don't know whether to happy or sad about this. Jan flew by. I went on a road trip and drove to a town named Ficksburg to attend a court case. It was a long drive down and a harrowing drive back. The harrowing bit coming from the fact that it was raining really hard and the highway that I was taking was full of huge trucks. My car felt the same size as their tires and each time I passed one, my car was buffered with water.


The whole Ficksburg trip caused me to ponder my family tree, as a relative in the past was shot dead there. I have since found out where he fits into the family tree. My genetics was in no danger. It was interesting to see all of the beautiful farm land. My ancestors were farmers and from the outside it really does look like a lovely life. I love modern technology, but the peace and quiet would be an amazing thing to experience.

Quilting has still not happened. I am hoping with cooler weather approaching, the inspiration to sew will return. This is the natural ebb and flow of interests. 
I have been doing projects since I was 6 years old. Television only started being broadcast here in 1976, so I was brought up with the concept of having something to keep the hands busy. The other thing is that in my career, I produce nothing that is tangible. In 20 years time, all the systems that I have written would have been replaced. Not that I will care, as in 20 years I would hopefully not worked for 14 years. 

The other reason for the lack of enthusiasm, is that I have made a quilt for each member of the family as well as few extra. As quilts normally take me about 2000 hours to create, I prefer that there is a need to be covered. My eldest should do her bit and create a grandchild so that I could be inspired to create various bedding requirements for the new family member. I have heard of children being had for all sort of reasons that don't make sense. Entertaining me sounds like a marvelous idea. 

Hope everyone is surviving the harsh weather that is going around. We will soon be in Spring and Autumn and hopefully the extremes will settle down.

Hope you have a good one.

Friday, 1 January 2016

A very happy 2106

Hope you have all welcomed in the new year. And are now awaiting the next  five hundred and twenty seven or so minutes that will make up this year.
I hope that many projects are completed and few exasperation are experienced.


I found this amazing quilt this morning. Inspiring and maybe an inspiration.

It looks like the perfect quilt for the time that we are now living in. We are now in the future. 

I do wish that the world stops being such an aggressive and violent place. 

Well that is about it except to wish you a good one !


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