Tuesday, 30 September 2008

September Deadlines !

I have been sewing flat out lately to meet the September deadlines for various swaps . I managed the Birthday Block swap and Kate's ATC Challenge with plenty of time to spare but only just made it with my FPC for Brigitte ! What I hadn't managed was to complete my Journal Quilt for the challenge I joined on Suzanne's blog some weeks ago and thereby hangs a tale !

The challenge was to make 3 journal quilts over 3 months all depicting 'Nature' - now I have never made a journal quilt, managed a couple of journal pages a while back, but not a quilt, so this became a double challenge! All was going well on a landscape I'd put together and was busily thread painting and near to completing it when disaster stuck in the shape of William

(innocently !) aided and abetted by DH !

One rule I 've always had is no drinks allowed in my sewing room other than water - until Disaster Day that is!! DH, thinking he was doing me a great favour appeared in my room bearing a cup of coffee and because I was engrossed in what I was doing, I said to put it down and thank you very much, meaning to take it out again once I'd finished!! What I failed to see was where he had put it down (next to my JP) and that I also had a second visitor - William! Well, we all know what happened next - Will jumped up onto the work surface , collided with the mug of coffee which promptly changed my landscape from a quilt in progress to a soggy mess and no amount of soaking or gentle persuasion made any difference to it , and into the bin it went !

My own fault you are saying for having the coffee there - and yes, I do agree with you as this is typical of what happens when you break rules !! It still didn't alter the fact that I was one JP short and running out of time. Having made my apologies to Suzanne and the rest of the Group thinking I would never get anything done in time, especially as I had no heart to try another landscape - I suddenly decided yesterday to change tack slightly and came up with this

Not quilted or bound yet ( but it will be in the next day or so) a little fun item to represent the bounty and colours of Nature. Raw edge applique and some TP, not quite what I started out to make in the beginning, but I am quite pleased with it and have managed to post about it hours before the deadline! Phew!!!
And before I forget yet again (!!) I must say Thank You to Jo in Tas for the lovely parcel of Christmas goodies that arrived last week after her give away! Christmas FQs, ric rac, buttons, bells and the smallest hanger ever ! I can certainly see an extra something in the stocking for one of the younger family members thanks to Jo !!

Blogger's done it again - turned the picture and won't space between the paragraphs!!!!


Elizabethd said...

Oh dear...naughty William! Well, he didnt mean to do it!
Do pop over to look at a giveaway on my blog.

Jo in Tas said...

Love the alternative you created!
So pleased you can use the goodies I sent

Wil Opio Oguta said...

The jq is looking good! And even despite William you made it before the deadline :-)

Gina said...

love the quilt

I haven't done mine. I've thought about it and I know what I want to do, I've just run out of time. Never mind today's a new month.

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Suzanne said...

I am glad you were able to create such a beautiful jq in such a short amount of time. Poor William! I have a rule about liquids in my studio too...the only time I broke it, I ended up with a glass of water all over the cutting board.

Looking forward to your October creation!