Thursday, April 30, 2009
For my sisters birthday this year I wanted to do something unusual and give her a big surprise. I decided a unique t-shirt would be well received, so I sent her an email requesting a list of "things that make you happy and that you love". That email really had her wondering what I was up to!
Using the list that she supplied and http://www.wordle.net/ I created a word cloud of her favorite things. I then printed the word cloud onto Epsom transfer paper and then ironed the transfer onto a white t-shirt.
I think she is fairly happy with her pressie, and she certainly was surprised.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
She is currently creating an interactive project in which her blog readers suggest various motifs that they would like to see on Kajsa's fabric picture. Kajsa then draws one of the suggestions and incorporates that motif in her picture. What fun!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I've now finished piecing both the front and back of the Mod Sampler Quilt from the http://www.ohfransson.com/ quilt-along. For my first quilt I'm really happy with the results. My quilt blocks went together well and the rows and columns of blocks are pretty straight. I'm not certain about my rainbow colour scheme. Sometimes I love it and other times I feel it is too bright and 'bitty'. Certainly the next quilt I do will involve fewer colours.
Having the rainbow colour scheme certainly simplified the choice of colours. Without the confines of a rainbow colour scheme I could see myself spending months trying to select colours that worked together. The rainbow colour scheme stopped me stalling and allowed me to actually start my first quilt.
I am now itching to quilt this thing. I'd love to do it on the weekend, but we have guests and it would be best not to rush into the quilting. I'll spend the next week or so practicing and then I'll dive in and stipple the quilt. Everything crossed that it will go smoothly!!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
When you installed your spa right right next to our bedroom you were nice enough to visit us to let us know it was to be installed. You assured us that you would not disturb us with its use and that we were to contact you if there were ever any problems.
Since it was installed it has been installed it has disturbed us on numerous occasions. We have been tolerant and have let these occasions slip by. This morning, Sunday 19th April, your spa woke as at 5:15am. Yes, that's right. 5:15am. Perhaps tomorrow I could blower-vac some leaves by your bedroom window at a similar time. I am sure you would be delighted.
I did telephone your house this just before 6am this morning to request that the spa be turned off. You were not at home. I am not sure if it was your daughter or a house-sitter who answered the phone. I do appreciate that you weren't present when the spa was used. We would like you to discuss suitable spa operation times with the people who look after your house.
While I am talking to you about this matter I'd also like you to be aware that on other occasions we have been woken:
- at 3am by the noises of people having sex in your spa. The same thing occurred for 3 consecutive nights.
- at 2am by someone in the spa loudly singing "The hills are alive with the sound of music". He had a nice voice, granted. However it would have sounded a lot nicer at a different time of day.
- at around 3am by loud music whilst the spa was being used. The music was so loud that you could not hear your telephone.
- numerous other times when you have had a party and the spa has prevented us from falling asleep.
From my research today it appears that spas and pool pumps should only be used from 7am (9am on Sundays) to 10pm. After that, if the noise can be heard inside my house then the noise is considered to be excessive.
Please give these factors consideration.
Friday, April 17, 2009
All blocks for the quilt front are in place. Just need to trim the horizontal sashing, sew four more strips of sashing to form a rectangle around the quilt, and then the quilt top will be complete. The white sashing is a bit start, I have been thinking that perhaps I should have used cream or light grey. Oh well ... I'm certainly not going to unpick it all now!!!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Fantastic. Can I scream now?
We were having a dinner party. Robert attempted to jump over someones legs, but tripped instead. Much screaming followed. The screaming continued for the 20 minute trip to the children's hospital. He was triaged as a priority and jumped the queue. Codeine and Neurofen followed. There was also talk of morphine, but that (thankfully) wasn't required. No fracture could be seen on the xray, but all other symptoms were present so the hospital is assuming that he has a fracture. Apparently the location of this fracture can make it hard to see in an xray. He is immobilised in a "Collar and Cuff" sling, which places the hand up near the neck. We aren't allowed to remove the sling (it is cable-tied on). We have to go back to the hospital in a week to have it reviewed. No idea now long it will take to heal. Fingers crossed that they have it all wrong and it is a bad sprain. I really hope so, but I don't like our chances.
It is his left arm and he is right handed. Whew.
No idea how I'm going to entertain the kids for the holidays now. Bob won't be able to trampoline & bike ride. Normally he spends a lot of time doing those things. We can strap him into his carseat but I'm not that happy with how safe he would be, given one hand is under the straps. I guess we'll use the car if we have to, but avoid it where we can. I'll have to cancel the week of swimming lessons, which was meant to start on the 20th.
Poor little lad.
We've done this before. He fractured his ankle when he was about 18 months. I had a 2.5 year-old and also a 3 month old at home. We dealt with the situation then and we'll deal with it now. This time has to be easier. I think we'll explore a lot of places on the bus and the train.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
All blocks are now complete for the Mod Sampler Quilt-Along from Oh Fransson! . In the above photo I've laid them out on the bed per Oh Fransson's suggestion. I do think I'll tweak the block layout a bit and have a blue block in each column.
Next step is to sew sashing around the blocks. I'll be using white.
Overall I'm fairly happy with how this is turning out. It is pretty loud. Sue to rushing, I had trouble with the '4-stripe' blocks. Initially I sewed them together quickly as I knew how simple they were to do .... however I ended up using a seam allowance slightly larger than 1/4" and the blocks were too small. I decided to do the 'right thing' and unpick all 6 blocks and redo them. Second time around I messed them up again. For some reason the side of the blocks not impacted on by seam allowances was too small and I had to resort to Freezer Paper to make them larger. I am concerned that I've relied on the Freezer Paper too much and that there is insufficient fabric left in the seam. This is hard to explain ... I'll have to add a photo to illustrate.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I know I haven't updated in a while. I've been busy quilting ... and painting the house. Photos and a decent update will come tomorrow.