Sunday, April 10, 2011

Time is a Thief

Reading a few of my favourite blogs it seems that a lot of us wonder where these past months have gone. My focus of late has shifted somewhat in a different direction from my sewing. I have taken up some study, I decided I need to formalise the training I have been doing these past couple of years. Hopefully this will help to ensure I give the best possible sessions to my learners. I have to say I have really enjoyed doing this, I still have to hand in 3 modules of assessments and give a group based training session in front of an independent assessor but I am busy with it , hopefully this will all be completed by the end of May. So I can account for some of the time but it is hard to believe we are in April, heading into our Winter. This weekend we headed up the coast to our shack as we had some gardening that needed some urgent attention. Read Jean shovelled and barrowed 2 ton of garden soil , planted 30 Gardenias, mulched, watered and fed these plants. I did have help from Mr L & R. so I can't take all the credit, we need to get this done ahead of winter , just to give these plants time to settle in before it gets way to cold. Awaiting the delivery of the soil I did manage a little play time in the sewing dept. Here is a peek into my play area, surrounded by my favourite things, the computer playing some great music and fabric spread out across the table . What more could a girl want.
I have started appliqueing the stars and hexagon rosettes for the basket quilt.
I did a little auditioning but have decided to just take the next one off the pile and place it in the next position, I am sure it will come out in the wash so to speak.
Following on with my addiction with hexagons, I have been covering some 1 inch hexie papers using only the French General range of fabrics
I have another purse on the go
This is another Brigitte design, now without revealing too much I think Brigitte and Kathy are cooking something up for the Sydney Quilt Show so I don't want to spoil any surprises.

Just remember a girl can never have too many bags.
This morning was a beautiful sunny Autumn day just perfect for a walk along the bridle path, I was quite taken by the shadows along the way, they looked like zig zags, in fact they are the shadows from the trunks and branches of the gum trees that line the walk.
the water was glistening.
Gorgeous days like this always entice families outdoors to enjoy picnics, it is a sight to behold
This time of the year is rose pruning time and as I pruned the last of the flower heads I managed to pick a few buds. I look forward to spring for the first flush , it sounds like I am wishing my life away but the thought of Winter around the corner isn't thrilling.
I have also been cooking for family and friends of late and as I laid out some of the ingredients I was quite taken by the assortment of different greens.
I have been hooked on this DVD it is fabulous. Annabel Langbein is a Kiwi cook (no bias here :-)

All of the episodes on the dvd are shot in the South Island of New Zealand, the scenery is spectacular not to mention the food she cooks. There is not one recipe I do not like, in fact I was so taken with the DVD I bought the book so I have the recipes, no having to takes notes while watching the show.

Well I think that accounts for some of the time I have been missing. Thanks to all of my readers that have left comments and enquired to my where abouts I do appreciate them, hopefully as soon as this study is behind me things should resume to normal.

To Sharyn and Marlene in Melbourne thanks for the gentle nudges I hope this suffices for the time being.

Lets hope the time thief takes a hike for a while.

until next time

Happy sewing, knitting, stitching



Bertie said...

Good luck with your modules, hard work I am sure.
The hexi's are just lovely, FG has got some fabulous fabrics:)very colourful.
Wow to be able to walk in shorts in your Autumn, gorgeous views and still warm!

Mary said...

LOVE everything you have going on there!!! The Hexagons and Stars are fabulous. Is your background fabric a linen or linen blend? It just looks fabulous! And I love the hexagon project {coin purse}how clever! Thanks for sharing!

Cardygirl said...

I had missed you...good luck with the certainly does take over from valuable stitching time! Those stars & rosettes are to die for...and the new bag is divine. I hope to get to the quilt show & see what they are cooking up!

Sue-Anne said...

Hi Jean, Good to hear from you! I loved watching Annabel Langbein's shows on tv. She makes everything look so easy!

Your hexagons and stars for the Basket quilt look amazing and I am curious to see what is cooking for Sydney???

Beautiful pics of your part of the world, especially with the beautiful weather we have all been having.

Maree: said...

Hi Jean Lovely to hear from you again...
Love what you have been stitching those Fabrics are Fabulous in your Basket Quilt...looking forward to seeing it all together..
Beautiful Hexies too...
Good Luck with the Study...

Di said...

Love the hexagons and the blanket quilt is going to look fabulous. I saw that cookbook in NZ in January while on Holidays but didn't get it due to luggage weight going home etc. I might try and source it here.

broderie said...

hello jean, i along with sharyn and marlene are having a stitching melbourne monday, wish you were here! all your stitching is just gorgeous, talk soon!

Janet said...

Hi Jean, so glad you popped in to feed the blog. Everything you do is gorgeous and oh so wonderful. Best wishes for all the modules coming up.

Robyn G. said...

Jean it's so great to hear from you and to see all that you've been doing while you're studying. I'm studying too this year... but different. All the very best with what you're doing.
I've missed you!! xx

Anonymous said...

deGlad to see your post, i have been wondering where you have been. You have been extremely productive obviously. Well done thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Jean, I, to have missed you as i enjoy very much seeing your works in progress.All the very best to
you and Mr.L&R. Take care from an old very best friend..............

Kathie said...

very glad to see a post, been wondering about you! I know your busy but its nice to see what your up to! oh that purse is going to be beautiful, glad to see your still finding some time to do some stitching inbetween studying, good luck!
The hexies and stars are just beautiful btw!

Vicki said...

know exactly what you mean... and glad you like the DVD so much - knew you would

Cathy said...

Wow, great post Jean, glad to know you are ok, and busy in a different way! Your hexi quilt is divine! Love all the pics. xo

Mannick...91 said...

Jean, a pleasure to read you again.
You still working beautifully ! Your stars and hexagons will be gorgeous and the lovely bag hexies.
At home, the gardens are in bloom, is very nice after the snow we had this winter.

Dixie said...

Looks like you are having fun! Love your hexies and how they are coming together!