Friday, 25 December 2015

Have yourself a Merry little christmas

Have yourself a Merry little Christmas. Hope that you are all having an amazing day doing whatever makes you happy. I have being having such a fun creating my family tree. I have learnt so much as well.

I have got to the point where I am starting to think about my next quilt. I have to admit that I have lost a bit of enthusiasm over the quilt I was creating. I was rushing through the blocks instead of savoring the journey. This is why I normally take a break from sewing in November and December.
The time off allows me to reconsider what I am making and whether it is a quilt that I would be happy to call my own. 
I hate not finishing projects. The question is whether to try another quilt or start hating quilting. I am addicted to fabric and it makes me sad thinking that quilting is over. 

I have the most splendid collection of Kona solids. What I need to do now is actually come up with a design. The design needs to be bright enough to make a statement. I want my dear Jane quilt to look like a faded dishrag in comparison. 

We have done the first part of Christmas. My eldest daughter and her husband came over and we have morning tea, nummy eats and received our presents.
I was given awesome gifts by my loving family. Joy Joy!. In an hour we are going to go to the before mentioned eldest daughter's house for Christmas lunch. This will be the first time in more than 20 years, where my husband and I have not hosted the Christmas celebration. It is a strange feeling sitting here at 11'o clock on a Christmas morning and not doing the entertain, get lunch ready, juggle.

Wishes to all for a day that makes you happy. A day where thing large or small fill your heart with gladness!

Have a good one!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

HO HO Holidays

Just 12 more days to go and then Summer holidays... I am so looking forward to it. We will be at home, and oh how much fun we all have when we are home together. I will hopefully get some sewing in.

This last month was a bit of a disaster where making blocks is concerned. I always find that November is not a good month for doing anything that requires concentration. I normally make Christmas tree decoration or something else fun. This year, I have been playing with Ancestors.
I do not have huge ambitions of trying to follow my genetic contributors from the point that they came out of a cave. My ambition is actually quite modest. The time frame that I am looking at is only 180 years. This covers the period where most of my ancestors left England and came to Africa.

Click on picture to have a look
This is part of the problem. Although record keeping was not a problem, digitizing said documents seems to be almost insurmountable. I have started a new blog on which I am sharing what I find. It is still quite chaotic, but I can see that eventually I will be able to solve the riddle of my ancestors.

My mother told me tale when I was a child. This was a very long time ago and I have overlaid these memories with a whole lot of other sound bytes. I was also the youngest child so these stories were seldom told to me directly.

I think that is why I am trying to write it down, I not trust oral histories.
The other thing is that history always reflects the teller.... 

Hopefully I will found out lots of details. What I have realized is that settlers of any country certainly lived the saddest lives of all. I find myself being quite moved by their struggles. If you would like you may have a read. It is as I say very rough.

I will spend some of my holiday time on this project and more blocks.... I need to get back to making blocks.

Hope you are all having amazing weather and have great projects to keep you entertained.

Have a good one!!

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