Sunday, April 25, 2010

A quiet weekend

It's been a quiet weekend here at Chez Bebbs - so far

Nigel and Sarah headed off on Rugby Tour yesterday morning. I waved them off a little wistfully, as I would previously have gone too, but this year Nick's diabetes and my parents' advancing years made it impractical and unfair for both of us to go with her. A bit of a bummer as I'd arranged and booked it all for them - but there you go, and to be honest I still feel a bit delicate after Monday's day surgery so it's probably for the best.

I did smile when Nigel phoned last night as I'd booked them all into a Youth Hostel on the Cornish coast and much to the girls' dismay there was virtually no mobile phone signal for any of the networks. Imagine the consternation of 15 teenage girls aged between 14 and 18 - the end of the world as they know it. Nigel had to accompany them (in his role as Responsible Adult?!?!?) quarter of a mile up the hill behind the hostel so they could get their fix before bedtime. For goodness sake!!! There was no way on this earth they would settle down for the night without!

So that was us down to three instead of five

Then three became two yesterday afternoon as Louise had a birthday party and sleepover to go to. The party was very exciting as it was a Murder Mystery Dinner Party and all the girls were to be a character and go in costume as though it was a 1930s house party

Here she is in her costume - and who would believe it her character of Mademoiselle Cherie Boot turned out to be both a man in woman's clothing and the joint murderer

They had a wonderful time and I was very impressed with the theme of the party - that'll be a hard one to follow

So that meant it just left Nick and I at home - this gave Nick the opportunity to spoil me with an early birthday treat - he took me out to dinner - what a sweetheart - we had a lovely time accompanied by my parents - brilliant!

The rest of the weekend, apart from catching up with the chores before returning to work on Tuesday, I've fitted in quite a bit of sewing

I'm on the final strait of the leaves and berries on Caroline's quilt - about 2/3rds of one side left to go

So my mind turned to what to do next..........

I had thought about Delectable Mountains a la Bonnie but felt they might be a little heavy handed

So whilst browsing through various blogs I came upon a great idea on Gwen's blog - Scrappy Angel Quilts

I've included a copy of the picture here just in case the link doesn't work

The cream lines are very reminiscent of the border arrangement I've used many times before on my little heart quilts - a bit of a faff having to start off with a part seam especially as the centre is relatively small - but very doable - and no dratted triangles - hurray!!!

So I thought I'd give it a go

And here are the first three blocks each measuring up at 8" square finished - three done, 41 more to go for this round

Once they're all completed that will bring the quilt to 96" square - I think a 6" or 8" wide plain cream final border to applique a nice floral vine onto should finish the job nicely


Fiona said...

Sounds like you had a lovely weekend - albeit quiet - sometimes you just need a break!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

It is always a different dynamic when a few family members are off doing something else. It sounds like you had a delightful time with Nick and your parents!

sewprimitive karen said...

What a wonderful costume your beautiful Louise is wearing. I'm sorry you couldn't go on the trip.

AnnieO said...

Isn't it nice sometimes to not have to split your attention five ways (or more)? Glad you managed to fill your day with lots of sewing. Love the new blocks for what looks like a monster sized quilt at finish!

Louise looks adorable in her beret and party outfit. What fun.

Ali Honey said...

Louise's disguise is perfect - she doesn't look like a murderer, she doesn't look like a bloke! She just looks pretty and the beret is too stylish - so she ( and you ) did well.
Shame you had to stay home but sounds like a pleasant time anyway.
Laughr about the phones!

julieQ said...

Oh, I saved that quilt under my favorites...and here it is again in lovely colors, on your blog! I think you will love it, and what a nice size. Your daughter is a is fun to live a little through our babies.

Michelle said...

Isn't it someones birthday today and isn't it a biggie? Much love today and always.
x Michelle

YankeeQuilter said...

Your DH's costume was brilliant! What a fun idea.

ForestJane said...

That quilt pattern would look cool in brick colors, with mortar toned thin strips. ;)

In fact, it almost looks like the brick pavers a few posts down.

Meggie said...

What a nice treat to go out for dinner.
Love that quilt you are making.

Tanya said...

Glad to hear that you are up and around. Please take care. Louise looks so grown up in her costume! And how nice to have a date with your son!