Monday, March 24, 2008

What a lovely way to spend the day......



After spending the Good Friday morning at my mum and dad's (oma & opa's) doing the traditional chocolate making, we came back for a lovely afternoon of crafting. Madi (my niece and best friend) is making a quilt using a gorgeous jelly roll. We are going to quilting classes together but she chose a much more difficult pattern (or rather, time consuming) so she is still piecing whilst I'm planning the next quilt!

Emily is finishing off softies for her swap that she has organised with a girl in England. She was a little envious that I was participating in swaps, so she organised her own. More on that later though as it's a secret.

On the quilting front, I've actually finished piecing the top AND I've finished quilting it. The squares in the middle are quilted with giant X's (I really don't know the technical term for it) and then the rest of it is 'stitched in the ditch'. So, I think all that is left do do is to attach the binding which hopefully won't take me too long. The evenings are getting cooler - it will be lovely to have a lap quilt to use soon.


This is the back view of the quilt - which shows the pattern I stitched on. Now I know all you seasoned quilters out there are used to it, but I think the back looks really groovy!


So, what's next you say.......well the funny thing is I just happened to have this jelly roll hanging around (thank you Madi!!) and I'm planning on using it to make a picnic rug.


I'm thinking of making as many nine patches as I can with it and putting borders around in a complementary colour. I'm not quite sure if I'm ready to tackle triangles just yet - so I'm going to stick with squares - but just make them smaller!

On the Easter front - we had a good one but unfortunately my camera decided not to work yesterday so I don't have any photos :(
The boys woke up at 6.00am for the hunt but as Easter was so early this year they had to wait till just after 7.00am to start the hunt as it was too dark.
We all ate a bit too much but we have survived. Now I just have to convince the boys that they can't eat chocolate all day....

To top off a very nice long weekend, we managed to get to the Northern Lights!!!! I took photos on my mobile but they are really bad, so for those who do not know what I'm talking about, check out this on You Tube.

Happy Easter everyone.

l
x

19 comments:

Chookyblue...... said...

wow wish I could come over to your house for the day looks like heaps of fun.....

Gina said...

I'm glad you had a lovely Easter and managed to fit in so much crafting! The light show looked amazing..love the big cobweb! Gx

Jenny said...

Glad you had a great long weekend. It does look like fun at your house! Your quilt turned out really well-you must be pleased:)

Kris said...

Wonderful quilting! I really loved Northern Lights too. I think it's brilliant that they extended it so more people could see it!

Sarahs Home said...

I love the photograph at the top. It is nice to have people to share your hobbies with. I loved the You Tube clip, stunning...

de vliegende koe said...

The You Tube clip is wonderful! Thanks for sharing the Norhtern Lights Festival. So much colourful inspiration.
Quilting with friends, what else do you want!? You’re right to be proud of your quilting!

Poppy & Mei said...

Sounds like you are having a wonderful time. Happy Easter! Xxx

this is my patch said...

I haven't ever heard of the Northern Lights in Adelaide. How do they do it, it must take ages to plan? Thanks for the link, I wouldn't ever have known otherwise. I know nothing about quilting, but I do know about chocolate, I hope you have had lots over Easter. x

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Sounds like you have been having a great time! I've just spent today trying to sort my craft stuff now I just want to sit down and make something!!!!

Lisa said...

Your addicted, you've officially got the quilting bug! Your first quilt looks great, I hope the weather stays cool so you can enjoy it once the binding is on. Love the new jelly roll, very envious. Wish I could have come over and sewed with you guys over the weekend.

Chocolate is good for us, makes me feel good but the next day I do have a headache if I've indulged too much. Lots of walking coming up.

Barbara said...

Your crafting with your niece looks such fun and so cosy. I love those jelly rolls, they always look so inspiring as if you could just about make anything with one!

Yes, chocolate figured quite a bit here too. In fact I'm just eating a piece of green and blacks with my coffee!

Your quilt is just gorgeous and the back looks as good as the front. Did you use a walking foot?

Thanks for the link. What an amazing show.

Bec said...

That looks like SO much fun. I would love to have someone else to sew with (and a desk big enough to accommodate two sewing machines :P) Your quilt looks lovely - and I agree about the back. I love how the patterning is highlighted.

Your Easter sounds a lot like ours. I even have my 20 month old running around all day now saying "choc?" "choc?" They got given SO much chocolate by the extended family it was ridiculous. Of course I'm doing my bit by eating it all as fast as I can :D

corry said...

It's a fact, you're infected by the quilting bug! I agree quilting with friends is so much fun, I love the first photo. And that jelly roll is so yummy too...

Blossom said...

I am SURE I left a post on here.but now I can't find it!!

Anyway...it all looks great and I love the quilting on your quilt!!

WOOHOOO way to go girl!!

Jelly Wares said...

Looks like you're having a great day... I love your jellyroll.. I really must get me one of those one day... Your quilting looks FANTASTIC!!! You must be sooo proud...

Jodie

Phyl said...

Just stopping by to thank you for joining in on my 200th Post Celebration and see what you have been up to:).

Hugs!

emma said...

Oh levin, I got all excited for a minute there and thought that was a photo of you, as I still don't know what you look like! The quilt is looking beautiful...I started one for jasper the other day, but it turned out to be for fin instaed! More on that later.

monique said...

You sure had a lovely time, crafting together!
Your quilt looks great and I'm looking forward to see your picnic rug.
Have a lovely weekend.

Teaching Handwork said...

wonderful!