Saturday, September 01, 2007

A different four seasons and a giveaway

I've just looked at my dashboard and realised that this is my 300th post - what a gas bag I really am
Anyway for all those of you who leave a comment before I go back to school on Wednesday 5th September I will put your name into a hat for a giveaway - not sure what it will be yet but probably a little wall hanging with some stitchery.
As for today I spent the best part of the afternoon cooking in bulk for the freezer - a huge pan of chilli con carne which we had some of for tea (the rest will freeze into family sized portions to make easy meals during term time) and my largest casserole dish of Pork Casserole with Honey and Mustard - this will be tea tomorrow and of course the rest into the freezer.
Anyway once I'd finished all this I felt like a little stitching
You may recall the block swap I did with three other ladies in the UK depicting our interpretation of the Four Seasons. Mine has been sitting on our notice board for weeks, nay months, with no further work on it.
However DH and I have taken on the role of joint managers of Sarah's Rugby Team and so Nigel decided he really needs to reclaim the notice board to put the planners on to work out all the fixtures.
This was sufficient impetus for me to try and get my Four Season Swap quilt a bit further down the road instead of just taking it off the wall and stuffing it into a bag in the cupboard.
Here it is with all 16 blocks put together with their relevant seasonal sashings and cornerstones. I managed to get the first of the two outer borders on. This one measures 2" finished width.
I now intend to put a four coloured 4 or probably 5" border around the outside, one colour for each season but still with the relevant matching corners. On each of the four colours I shall applique the relevant season's name in the same fabric as its sashing to the RH side of the corner block and applique a relevant collection of objects to the LH side. This will be butterflies for summer, acorns for autumn, snowflakes for winter and...... who knows for spring, maybe little lambs or chicks. A bit confusing I know but at least I understand what I'm talking about.
I do now have to get Nigel to bring down some boxes from the loft to select these four main background fabrics as they will each need two pieces 5.5" x 23.5" so I can't raid the scraps for that.
Tomorrow morning we have to be up bright and early as it is Registration Day at the Rugby Club so apart from taking peoples membership forms and payments the Fillies are running the barbecue making sausage or bacon rolls (luckily we do have some parental help for this). Registration starts at 9.30 so we need to be down there by 8.30 at the latest. So much for a Sunday Lie-In.
Still we should be finished by lunchtime so as tea is already cooked from today that should give me the chance to sweet-talk Nigel into heading up into the loft for those fabrics to at least finish the piecing on this quilt top.
Then I can applique the writing and the objects and of course make that 300th post giveaway gift

40 comments:

meggie said...

Count me in please Anne.
Lovely post as usual. Your 4 seasons quilt is looking good, & the applique idea sounds nice too.

Thanks for visiting my blog, & leaving me a positive comment. I was a bit shocked at the reactions of some!

Leah S said...

Congrats on 300! It'd certainly be fun to win one of your stitcheries, you're quite talent with the needle. :)

chook said...

congrats on 300 posts I love to read what is going on in your world .The 4 seasons quilt is looking very nice .

I would love to be in the draw for you giveaway
kindest regards beth
au

Bren said...

300! That is a milestone!! Your 4 season quilt is wonderful! I am hungry after reading your post for some reason....

Carol E. said...

Beautiful quilt! I got a big chuckle out of your opening... "my 300th post" [then I was expecting a celebration of some kind but instead got this] "what a gas bag!" LOL. Well, we find you to be an interesting gas bag, so carry on!

Finn said...

The blocks in the season piece are just wonderful! Sometimes it seems like we get so caught up in a quilt with a 'theme' we forget the basic 'block' idea of patchwork. I really like yours!
And yes, do include ME for th drawing, by all means *VBS* Hugs,, Finn

Lindah said...

It's nice to see the Four Seasons project out and nearing completion. I look forward to seeing it with all the lovely embellishments you do so well. Congratulations on your 300th! That's a lot of blogging, all of which I have thoroughly enjoyed. Please include me your drawing, too.

Chookyblue said...

OMG Anne it is official, if you have only been blogging since May 2006 and you have completed 300 posts, you are a gas bag but alsolutley one of my favourite "need to visit everyday" blogs so keep at it.....
....your four seasons quilt is coming along lovely.........can't wait to see the finaly borders and the stitching you are going to do on them........I am sure if you pester Nigel enough he will get the fabric down.........
....oh and count me in the draw I always love prezzies..........
Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!

Jane Weston said...

WOW 300 posts...well you know what they say about gas...Better out than in :o)

Judith said...

Your quilt looks gorgeous and gratulations on your 300th post.

carrie said...

Congratulations on your 300th! Gas bag or not, I enjoy reading what you have to say and seeing what you are making

Helen said...

What's wrong with being a "gasbag"? Would be a terrible world if NO ONE talked! Congrats on reaching 300. Count me in!

Lily said...

Great work on that top Anne. I understand what you were saying about the different corners - it'll be a beautiful quilt when you've finished too.

And brave of you and Nigel taking on that role for the club! Hope registration day went well!

maggie said...

I like your 4 seasons quilt and I think it's really going to be beautiful when you finish the applique in the borders.
Congratultions on 300 posts. I enjoy reading your blog so keep on chatting.

joyce said...

Your quilt is looking great. Congrats on the 300th. Lucky it's not a birthday!

Juliann in WA said...

That quilt is lovely. It really is the four seasons. Wonderful work on the part of all. Hope it does indeed get a finish. You know how it is when we hit the back to school/work wall. Enjoy the day.

Sweet P said...

Your 4 Seasons project is adorable. Congrats on your 300th post and good luck with the Rugby team.

Hedgehog said...

Through my name in your hat, please!

Carolyn said...

Congratulations on your 300th post! The quilt is lovely!

Yvonne said...

I had to chuckle at the "gas bag" comment too....lol
Your quilt is lovely.

Karol-Ann said...

Nothing like losing a bit of space to get a project back on the burner! -I should know LOL. Quilt top sounds quite complicated, but will interesting to see how it's done.

ps Just keep blogging, you keep me sane:O)

Libby said...

Love your Four Seasons quilt - what fun to have joined it with others to make such a wonderful piece.
Congrats on the blogging milestone. I know I'm glad to have found you *s*

Linda said...

Your 4 season's quilt is gorgeous, look forward to seeing it completed. Like Bren your talk of all that yummy food has made me hungry.

Miles Away In France said...

Well done on 300 posts.
Please enter me into your giveaway.
Thank you
Racheal x

CONNIE W said...

I'd sure like to be in the drawing too. Congrats on reaching the 300 milestone.

Kieny said...

Congrats on your 300th Anne! I love to see how you will finish the border. Have fun with the rugby.

Clare said...

300th! I've just looked at mine and it's 331. Oh my Gawd! If we were ever to chat on the phone I don't think anyone else would get a look in!!!!

Count me in. I'd love to own a Bebbs special!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

The applique will be inspired touches to an already spectacular quilt; well done! Congrats on 300... hope there's hundreds more...

Jeanne said...

Ah, I remember those Team Parent days! You're going to be BUSY!!

I always like anything 'four seasons' -- your quilt is coming along beautifully!

When you have a chance, tell us more about Pork with Honey and Mustard?

Jeanne :)

loulee1 said...

Hey I like your little quilt, the four seasons are nicely represented there.

gwen said...

Congratulations on your 300th post. You do seem to have a lot to say and to show! I like the idea of your borders for the 4 seasons quilt. Take care.

Meeri said...

congrats for 300th post. I haven't read all of them :) I like your work!

Sue Wild said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog about the footwear postcards that I made, I had a lot of fun doing them.

Congrats on the 300th post. The four seasons blocks look lovely and colourful, hope you had fun putting those together.

Good luck with the new term.

Best wishes
Sue

sMC said...

Its amazing what we find to chat about isn't it. Love your 4 seasons quilt, mine is ready to quilt tomorrow at a Gathering.

YankeeQuilter said...

300!!!! Amazing. This past year has certainly has flown by.

The fourseason top is ocming along nicely. Here's hoping you get DH up into the loft for more fabric!

Kim Bates said...

I've just read some of your blog- fabulous!!! I didn't realize you were overseas! How fun! We have friends who live in Sandwich and I'm afraid I don't know where it is but is it near you at all? I need a map! I should keep up my blog better- how do you do it? Any tips???

Fiona said...

Aaah! I'm all behind with blogreading and nearly missed entering your giveaway - that'll never do. Fiona

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Hi, love the quilt...and thanks for mine!! Good luck with the mabagemant, should be fun.
Well done on the pre-term organisation, it is so nice to start feeling like you are organized! Tracey
Loved the pic of you cooking!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Oh dear, that's what happens when your boy distracts you, he wants the Bob the Builder site!! It should read, good luck with the management!!! And well done on 300 posts as well! Tracey

Tazzie said...

What a wonderful milestone Anne, congratulations on your 300th post.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)