Maudie is still here, and as crabby as ever!

Holy crap, it has been a very long long time since my last post. So much has happened that quilting and designing has sorta taken a back seat for a good long while. Luckily, my attitude has remained upbeat.

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We have been through a lot –

Alan’s long illness and recovery, saying goodbye to our beloved Cali (who we still miss every day), taking care of some items on the bucket list, surviving the Polar Vortex hell of a winter,

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and finally, returning home after the vacation of a lifetime to Australia and the South Pacific (oh my God, is there anywhere more beautiful???).

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Now it’s time to settle in, and get some serious work done. I did manage to get a table runner pieced while I was away. I am teaching this runner as a class the day after I get back (yes, I am going to be beyond tired, and probably quite stupid that day), so I thought it would be a good idea to have a sample. It is a free pattern from the Internet.

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A million and one thank yous to Co-Instructor Iona for also making a sample for the class. I would be lost without her. So happy she’s there with me.

As a side note: I learned a valuable lesson on colour placement and mirror images of blocks by straying from the original pattern’s instructions and using multiples colourways. I don’t remember how many times I ripped out a row because the colours were backwards. Grrrr…..finally got smart enough to make a chart!

I  learned to curse in fluent Australian as I made this. Also learned how important it is to make a sample before publication as the size squares to cut given in the instructions were all off  by about 1/8″ – every block had to be trimmed down to one size before sewing together into rows. Pattern testing is very important. Ended up with enough extra blocks to make as long pieced strip for the backing….I hate to waste fabric!

Missed my local Guild’s quilt show by a week – we were still traveling. I am sorry that happened as I love supporting, and visiting quilt shows, especially my home town one. Summer is almost here (????), at least the calendar months say June, July, and August but it is anybody’s guess if we will actually have any warm weather. Guild will soon be on holiday until September, but the tiny quilt show on St. Joseph’s Island happens every August long weekend, and I plan on being there again this year. With bells on.

My comfy pillow is calling me now…..still wanting to get up in the middle of the night to have supper, and to go to bed in the middle of the day. I’ll be back to normal soon, if there is such a thing!

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