Tuesday, 1 November 2011

What happened to October.............?

Oh boy, so today is the 1st of November, and I'm not quite sure what happened to October.  School holidays, trip to RWC, lots of illness for me and the kids, and busy days on the farm might be part of the answer.

By now I'm sure you've heard that WE WON the Rugby World Cup 2011!  Didn't the All Blacks do so well, but there's nothing like keeping us in agony until the final whistle blew.  It was such a close game and I did feel for the French, to lose by one point is cruel!  However, rugby fans all over New Zealand have been rejoicing to finally have won the Webb Ellis trophy again, it feels great!!!

The main stitching around here has been of the secret variety, my gift for my SSCS exchange partner is well underway, and I have a few ideas kicking around in my head for the Christmas ornament part of the exchange too.  This morning I had a play with one of the Ruby charm packs I've been hoarding, and decided to try pinwheels, something I've never had much success with, all those points usually drive me crazy.  So far they are coming together well, I'm going to work on a couple of baby quilts for some dear friends who've just had twin girls recently.  I found this tutorial over at Moda Bake Shop, and thought I might try one in 'Ruby' and one in 'Bliss' fabrics. They will then be similar tones, but with enough of a difference for each of the babies.   I'll also be attempting prairie points for the first time ever in these quilts ....................... which could go one of two ways!

I planted out some vegetables over the weekend, the girls and I had sown lots of seeds earlier in spring, and they are all planted outside now, we are starting to enjoy some yummy fresh salads, it's so nice to have grown some of it yourself.  The girls each have their own patch in the vege garden, some of their sowing is a bit hit and miss, but they are enjoying it and learning lots by trial and error.   They did learn that a late visit from Jack Frost can sneak up on you when you least expect it, the girls have some rather blackened potatoes to prove it!  They should have been slack like me and only planted them a couple of days ago. LOL 

I hope you're having a great week ...................till next time ......................... Nicky

26 comments:

Ali Honey said...

I hope you are all well again now. That's great that the girls are learning to garden. What a b..... about the frost.

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Hi Nicky
Lovely to see you back.Am I imagining it or have you had a blog revamp? At least a new header?
Don't stress about the P Points - easy peasy
Cheers
Linda

Michelle said...

Hope all the ills are over with now and you can look forward to summer!
Your pinwheels look great... you've encouraged me to give them another try.
Your girls will reap the benefits for their whole lives it's so neat to hear about young ones getting in the garden... who I am calling young ones anyhow WE are both still young ones right? :OS

Cardygirl said...

Great pinwheels...love the fabrics! Glad things are brighter there!

By Hoki Quilts said...

I just love pinwheels and that Moda tute makes them so foolproof. These designer people are so clever eh?
Yeah for the AB's and yes it was an edge of your seat game but I'm glad I watched it from home as I suspect the stadium wouldn't have given such a good view.
Yolu get well soon Nicky, Summer is on it's way - sometime soon, really.
hugs
Miche'le

StitchCat said...

Not sure what happened to October...it went pretty quick. Love your pinwheels, I look forward to seeing what you do with them :)

Fiona said...

If you find October please ask for a rerun.... well done to the AB's - very well deserved(If Wallabies can't win you can!!)
Love the pinwheels.... will be beautiful...
Hugz

shez said...

lovely fabrics there Nicky and its great you are teaching the kiddies about growing their own veges

suzitee said...

October's finished already? LOL...I'm with you, it's gone waaaay too quickly! Anything in Bliss or Ruby is bound to be gorgeous...I love those fabrics so much! Would love to see some pics of your vege patch :)

rosie said...

I just love Ruby and Bliss... I love your quilt on the previous post, it's gorgeous...
I totally missed October too! Where is the year going??

Annie said...

The pinwheels look perfect to me! I'm sure you will have no problem with prairie points. They make a lovely border.

Sounds so great to be thinking about spring. We had a surprise October snowstorm last weekend here. Just a taste of the coming winter.

Raewyn said...

I'm with you -- where did another month go?! Your pinwheels are gorgeous - love the fabrics you are using - good luck with the prairie points, you'll be fine they aren't too tricky!

Wendy said...

those pinwheels are brilliant, even after making an entire table topper from them, I can't get the points to match! I loved Bliss and now I'm madly in love with Ruby... unfortunately it's not out here yet - I don't understand why we have to wait ;0(

Susan said...

Glad you're back on deck. It is scary how fast the years going...at least we will all have one pressie done - the sscs!!!! Those pinwheels are so sweet for the babies.

Josie said...

Your pinwheels are perfectly pieced and looking fabulous in those gorgeous fabrics. I can see two happy babies tucked up in those quilts.
Hope you are on the mend. I thought your silence might have been due to a mega hangover after the World Cup win!! Hope you and yours are on the mend soon...

Jeanne said...

Your pinwheels look perfect to me. I just dropped off a quilt yesterday for quilting that had an unbelievable number of pinwheel blocks to be made. I started with almost 700 half-square triangles - I'm not ready for more pinwheels for awhile LOL.

Bev C said...

Hello Nicky,

Heres to a healthy November. Love the quilt you are working on now. Good luck with the girls and yours vegie patch.
Happy days.
bev.xoxo

Charlie and Wendy said...

Poor you, getting sick in the holidays is no fun! Hope you are all feeling better now. Your pinwheels do look perfect, I have long admired that quilt pattern!

Chookyblue...... said...

yeh yeh we KNOW you won........rub it in........
October disappeared for me too.......

the quilts will look great........you'll do fine........

Karen said...

Love your fabric choices. You're doing great on the pinwheels. I really enjoyed doing this MBS pattern too. I'd never done prairie points before and they came out fine.

Grethe said...

Hope Jack Frost is staying away! (I know he is just around the corner here up here north)
Love your pinwheels!

Debbie said...

Love the colors, look forward to seeing your progress.

Siobhan said...

Your pinwheels look great! I LOVE those fabrics!

Lurline's Place said...

Such beautifully accurate pinwheels!
Hugs - Lurline♥

donna said...

Love your pinwheels. They look perfect.
Hugs
donna

Lara said...

The prarie points nearly killed me when I made that quilt :) It wasn't so much sewing the points but the iron and I got very well aquainted... Thank goodness for Rawleigh's salve ;)

Looking forward to seeing how these come together. I know of 4 other sets of twins born this year... is there something in the water? I like your idea of using Ruby and Bliss. They'll compliment one another without being the same :)

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