Saturday, October 23, 2010

Lollipops and Roses

Hmmm, a little bit to chat about today - all you lucky girls at Queensland Quilt Show - congratulations to all the winners and I hope everyone is spending lots of money, lol! Now this is only prepared and stuck on - just had to try working on large pieces using Kaffe fabrics! Wow! A bit of a shock at first - that fussy-cutting certainly needs a lot of the fabrics that are just right!

It has been a fun day and now I will be able to have a lazy evening! Red Emperor fish from Exmouth for dinner, yum!
I've been doing a little thinking about time-management in my life. I really have no reason to be slack now - I just have to accept my disability and get on with things that have been too hard - I can use my left hand to manoeuvre the handbrake on the car now. DH is still happily preparing dinner each night - sometimes a little groan and then he's back to thinking about it next morning. So, I've been thinking - maybe computer time has to be more organized - it is too easy to spend time browsing - I know every store in the world and every line of fabric they carry, lol!Hmmm, blogging time - I was very busy the other day doing Replies, then had severe guilts and deleted everything in my Inbox. If you are waiting on an a answer to a question please forgive me and write again. Also, seeing I am doing so much appliqueing lately, I think it will be nice to Post just once a week - let's see how these plans go! I'm even going to get into the garden tomorrow and dead-head the roses in this glorious weather, but do you really want to know that, lol! It's a big buzz for me as it is going on eight months since I last got my hands dirty!
I told you I know what's in every quilt shop in the world - now isn't this interesting, in a nice way that is! Could I live with it? Trust Kaffe to lead me astray - with the dollar being so good, this might be my last Kaffe purchase for 2010!
I just might make some pumpkin scones tomorrow if I can find the recipe.

27 Lovely People said ...:

Fadinha da arte said...

Oi Lurline...
Muito lindo! Decididamente tens mãos de fada.
Bjs
Fátima

"Fadinha da Arte"

By Hoki Quilts said...

I think you are very brave using large pieces of fabric from Kaffe. I really struggle using his fabrics and have decided that maybe I'm just a 'grey based' girl stuck in her 'country' rut.
I'll look forward to your newsy once a week posts Lurline.
hugs
Miche'le

Jackie said...

So glad you are getting to do more things. Your applique is gorgeous!! Right now instead of dead heading plants they are all just falling apart themselves. It is getting colder and colder everyday. I would swap for your weather any day. Enjoy your gardening!! And by the way, I agree Kaffe can make you do anything with his glorious fabrics!

Margaret said...

Love your lollipops so far! I like the idea of my DH cooking instead of me too. lol! It must be frustrating for you to get used to your limitations. I think you need some Kaffe! Love that quilt you're tempted by -- where did you see it? Amish Kaffe style -- so cool!

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

The applique is going to be a stunner! Can't wait to see it come together!

Miriam said...

Thank you for the glorious yellow roses, Lurline!
I'm glad to hear your left arm is still improving.
Beautiful fussy cutting on your Lollypop block.
I have never made pumpkin scones! I look forward to hearing how they turn out! :)

Jen of ReannaLily Designs said...

I'm totally diggin the lollipops!

Bunny said...

Hi I just spent the last 20 min or more reading your blog. Happy to hear your hubby is fine and you are on the mend. Love all your quilts and your Kaffe fabrics adore his work. Your work is just amazing Love your Lolli pops just beautiful.

Bunny said...

Hi I just spent the last 20 min or more reading your blog. Happy to hear your hubby is fine and you are on the mend. Love all your quilts and your Kaffe fabrics adore his work. Your work is just amazing Love your Lolli pops just beautiful.

em's scrapbag said...

All the fussy cutting is paying off. I'm loving it!

Ann Champion said...

Your fussy cuts are beautiful, as are your roses!
Time management is difficult. I find it works best for me to be online in the morning, to check/respond to emails, and then again in late afternoon or early evening. In between I turn it off. I get a LOT more done. ;)
It's hard getting used to the changes in your life, but you'll find a routine that's comfortable. Seek out the things that bring you joy! :)

Nedra said...

Beautiful use of Kaffes. And I applaud your desire to organize your time. I think we all need to reprioritize from time to time.

Barb said...

Have fun getting your hands dirty....I love your fussy cutting and what you are doing with it!

Teresa said...

Hi Lurline,

Your lolly's are beautiful! I am learning a lot about how to use those lovely Kaffe fabrics from all you talented gals!

Time management is a difficult nut to crack. You are always so lovely and gracious to reply. It would not offend me at all if you took me off your reply list...I love visiting your blog and will still leave comments, but would rather you spend that time sewing more lovely things to post and inspire! Most of my commenting on people's blogs is meant as acknowledgement and encouragement...a way to say "wow, you are fantasic! I appreciate you sharing with me so much!" We all appreciate those kinds of things, but at least for my part...thanks is not needed. Balance is hard to find...blogging shouldn't get in the way of enjoying quilting!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Micki said...

You are definitely Kaffe's biggest fan...I love your applique!
Micki

Grethe said...

Be proud,your Kaffe is great.Super quilt,to be!
I have yet to make a Kaffe one,but saving his fabrics for a long time. Like your stripes- quilt there as well:-)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Happy fussy cutting! Love the look.

Lizzie said...

Love your lollipops Lurline, the colours are wonderful..! I agree with Teresa, there is no need for replies sometimes and I understand the computer guilt too. I have cut down on computer time and have more sewing time, I'm loving actually getting things done instead of dreaming about doing things I see on the computer....
Lizzie
xxx

Gari said...

I do limit my computer time. I read Email early in the morning and read blogs while watching tv (I don't do hand appliqué) in the evening. If I didn't set some rules for me I wouldn't get any sewing done. Oh, and I only blog 1-2 times a week. I sure love your appliqué!

Julia said...

Beautiful fussy cutting Lurline..
Time management is the way to go.. too much time can get taken up on the computer.
So glad your left hand is a lot more comfortable now..
Julia ♥

John'aLee said...

Your work is amazing!

scraphappy said...

The colors on those fabrics are just delicious. You are so patient to take the time to fussy cut, I'm sure it will be worth it in the end. Good luck with the pumpkin scones.

Denice Barker said...

Fussy cutting is so intimidating - I want to use it all, not just a circle or so here and there! But in the end, as with your piece, it's what makes it fabulous! When I look at something just a little ho-hum, I think it could have been fantastic if it were fussy cut. Kind of like putting up wall paper but not matching the seams! My former sister-in-law did that once with a FERN patterned paper!!! It made you dizzy to look at it!

sewpam63 said...

Wonderful fussy cuts, Lurline! ; ) Glad to hear you've been making improvements and finding a new routine. Not easy. Did you get your hands dirty?! My husband says I'm happiest with dirt under my nails, sand on my feet and threads stuck to my clothes...it's ALL good!!!

Robyn G. said...

Oh yes this is wonderful!!!
Looks so good Lurline :-)

Heather said...

I love your color choices, gorgeous! :)

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Love when you show those blocks in Kaffe. I just am not good at picking them out. But I love to see what you do with them.