QCR initiation and a bit of leave

Laurafmq, QCR13 Comments

It has been a long time between posts, but hopefully that is about to change! After 9 months being flat tack at work giving birth to 7 websites (with the help/hinderance of about 36 people whose greatest experience of writing online was having a Facebook account – shudder), I’m on leave. In Australia, we have the opportunity of long service leave after 7-10 years with the same employer. After 8 years with government, I’ve opted to take 6 months at half pay. So I’m off work till November. Hip hip, hooray!!!!

To celebrate my first day of leave, my trusty quilting sidekick Janine came over to sew. Our local fabric shop had a sale – buy 2m and get 1 free…. and we Β took advantage, as you can see…

fabricshoppingapril14

 

We found some Tula Pink for 3/m on the discount rack (!!!!), and some Sweetwater and Lotta Jansdotter and Madrona Rd… It would have been irresponsible to leave it there and we didn’t want to call the RSPCF…QCRScarlett
I made pizza from my favourite dough recipe and Janine suggested we have a drink to celebrate. I was good and said “No let’s not…” but I followed it up with “leave it in the fridge to go off”.
janinechamp

 

 

Janine and I bought a Quick Curve Ruler MONTHS (maybe even over a year) ago but have both been too chicken to try it alone. With mutual support and a little Dutch courage (Italian really given that it was prosecco), we had a go at the free tutorial for the poinsettia table runner. I like big blocks and I cannot lie…poinsettia1

Mine is white, lime solid and Michael Miller Fairy Frost.

Jenny’s video is brilliantly helpful for knowing how to machine piece curves. I’ve started another of her patterns and LOVE its clarity and simplicity but there were a couple of tricky bits in the poinsettia one. The only thing I’d change next time is leaving more of a border for the binding.
Putting the pieces together was like assembling a puzzle… If we were having a race, I won as Scarlett helped out by disarranging Janine’s every time we got it together…
poinsettiascar
But we got there in the end! Here is Janine’s finished star: Tula Pink Turtle Bay in lime, Simply Color by V&Co and Kona white.
poinsettiajanine

I knew JUST how I wanted to quilt it so I got started right away!
poinsettiaquilt

 

Food, fabric and friends – who can ask for more?!

13 Comments on “QCR initiation and a bit of leave”

  1. 6 months?! Lucky duck!

    I saw that TT has that sale, and extended πŸ˜‰ sooo tempted to go but alas, no money πŸ™ trying to talk myself into waiting for goodies at the quilt show…

  2. Well done with all those curves! What a great pattern.
    Good luck with your time off – it’s fabulous when you know that you don’t have to go back for so long, so enjoy!

  3. Hi Laura! Wow your Super Holidays started! Enjoy and make most of them! the beginning looks great with the sewing and those NEW Fabrics! Hugs to you and your puppies! x Teje

  4. Your blocks are awesome! And that quilting… Seriously gorgeous! But I’ll be singing “I like big blocks and I cannot lie” for the rest of the day now. πŸ™‚

  5. Great way to start your leave. I look forward to seeing what else you do over the next 6 months. In addition to travel and job hunting, of course πŸ™‚
    Good to see Scarlet is her usual minx self but put it to constructive use this time.
    Oh, and beautiful quilting

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *