Sunday, July 20, 2008

Just grabbing a few minutes........

........to let you know that, although I've been chasing my tail at an alarming rate of knots, I have managed a teeny weeny little bit of creativity amongst the mayhem that is chez bebbs at this particular portion of my life.
I've been making little churn dash blocks for the miniature booty swap quilt - they will all be set on the slant like the completed one in the middle pinned very unceremoniously to the lovely mini-quilt that Suzie sent me (sorry Suzie, I'm sure when you put in all those hours of dedicated hard work you didn't anticipate it being used as a design board) - but I really needed to pin them up out of the way so I didn't lose them as they're only 4.5" square and the pile underneath them in the photo is at least 18" tall, which is what happens to my sewing area when I don't sew regularly but people still keep dumping things there!
I've also got my summer Four Seasons effort quilted - photo to follow - and hope in and among today's family commitments to get the bindng made and machined on ready to take it to my quilting group tomorrow morning.
I'm afraid I still have so much to do at work before we break up on Wednesday (of course some lucky people finished last Friday, but it wasn't to be for me) that I shall have to go straight into work after quilting on my day off. However no matter what stuff still needs to be done I refuse to miss the final quilting session for the summer - how else will I hope to maintain my sanity this week?
Nick has had 'Activities week' at school this past week - a pretty standard thing across the board at most English senior schools - a week of doing lots of different and often fun things
He had plumped for 'Craft activities' on the Wednesday and Friday - best of a bad list of choices in his opinion I feel, but we don't need to go into that. The offshoot of it was he came home on Wednesday with a decorated t-shirt - usual stuff, lots of writing in fabric pens about his favourite football team etc. However he did let slip that he could have tie-dyed this particular t-shirt. So always with an eye for the main chance I sent him into school on the Friday with a largish strip of white sheeting and told him if he got the chance to have a go at dyeing it for me.
Here are his results - not bad eh? I'm loathe to cut them down too much, especially the 'snail trail' effect ones, so I'm thinking up some sort of quilt to use them in without cutting them up too far.
Maybe my boy has hidden talents in the craft department after all :o) - but don't hold your breath, this afternoon it's back to lively outdoor things again with the Scouts raft race - thank goodness it's warm and sunny here today!

11 comments:

Karol-Ann said...

Great churn dash blocks! Love the dyeing. Why not use them as backings or all together as a single backing (then you don't have to cut them!)
Hope this week goes well for you. I miss your chatty self!

jovaliquilts said...

Your son's tie dyes are very cool -- I just love that look, maybe because it was so popular when I was growing up. Hope your week goes well!

andsewitis Holly said...

He did a great job tie dying. Great quick thinking on your part, too, seizing that opportunity :) Love the hearts in the middle of the churn dashes.

ForestJane said...

Nice tie dye! Tell him he's got a future in fabric design. :)

And I couldn't help but grin at your 'chez bebbs' doesn't it sound like a snack food? Maybe I've got cheese curls or cheez puffs on the brain... lol

meggie said...

Those little churn dash blocks are cute! I cannot believe how many small things I have been noticing on blogs lately.
I suspect my patience is too short for such tiny designs, & yet I used to love painting the faces on my porcelain dolls. That requires endless patience!

Libby said...

A clever quilter is always thinking up ways to get fabric! Love the story of getting the tie dye *s* Hope you catch a breather soon.

Violette Severin said...

Wow, I love the dyed blocks. The churn dash ain't bad either.

Karen said...

Love that you got your son to do that tie-dyeing; it really looks good!

kcamou said...

Nick has talent indeed! You must be really proud. ;)
I love the churn dash blocks!!! They are so sweet and putting them in a "wonky" layout makes them even sweeter!

Cascade Lily said...

Well done Nick! I know what you mean about chasing your tail...but I FINALLY finished work today!

Tanya said...

Hey, those tie-dyes are fantastic! Nick could to into the business! I'm sure a few of us quilters would find great ways to get them into a quilt! He could be an entreprenuer! Food for thought?