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My name is Kaye and I am 58 years old. Unbelievably to me, at my age, I have now just embarked upon my third career - as a History Education Consultant! I love to cross stitch and quilt, especially with my kittens, Furio and Milo "helping" me. I also love to read, I have a passion for history and I have been cooking since I was about 12 - move over Junior Masterchef! So, this blog, which started out as a cross stitch blog sometimes morphs into a reading journal or a history lesson (sorry, I used to be a secondary teacher before I became a publisher and now a consultant) or a post about my cooking mojo. Whatever it is, this blog is alway about me, my family and my life here in Eaglemont, Victoria. I have been happily married for over 30 years to the most wonderful man and we are blessed with three beautiful grown up children.

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Crafty update.....


On Saturday morning I picked up this quilt which I had professionally quilted and bound through Somerset Patchwork and Quilting (luckily for me this shop is situated in the suburb where my Dad lives - lucky hey?)


Now there is a bit of a story to this quilt - I started it over 10 years ago for a friend's 60th birthday.  But somehow the birthday came and went (I did give her a lovely present of a beautiful tray) and the quilt was never quite finished.  The years came and went and finally, finally, finally I got my act together and took it to be professionally quilted, as I said.  My original plan was to hand quilt it all myself but life got busy, it was a daunting proposition as the quilt is a very, very large square quilt and I sort of lost interest in patchwork and quilting and fell in love all over again with cross stitch.  

But anywhere, here it is....  Voila!


The centre toile square.

Detail of the quilting and the back (a green toile pattern).



Now I just have to hemstitch the binding to the back (oooh, I hope it doesn't take me another 10 years!)


As well as the thrill of picking up the quilt, I managed to get lots of stitching on Liberty Lane done this weekend.

Here is where I was up to on Friday.



... and where I was up to when I went to bed last night....

I am having a bit of a race with myself as I am not sure that I have enough of the GAST thread (the blue and red) left to finish the stitching (I have ordered more but it may not come in before Easter).  Somehow I feel if I stitch fast enough I will beat the thread and it will not run out - silly aren't I?

I also made another batch of Italian cookies - these go down a treat with my lot!


So join me for some morning tea later today?  (it is 7.15 am here on Monday morning and I am getting ready for work (or at least I should be!!!!)

Have a good day everyone,

hugs,

20 comments:

Chris said...

What a lovely quit and yummy cookies.
I have just been catching up on your travels. It looks like an amazing trip with lots of wonderful memories.

Linda said...

What a gorgeous quilt Kaye. Something I have never been interested in doing. You have made such wonderful progess on Liberty Lane.

Where are your updates on all SAL pieces?????? LOL

Linda

stitchersanon said...

Oh durr...and I sent you sewing advice on a mug rug??? Sorry! The quilt is totally amazing. I love toile and I love the quilt. It really is stunning. Great progress on the stitching and yes: I would love a cookie too!

Christine M said...

Your quilt is lovely Kaye. Liberty Lane is coming along nicely. It is such a lovely pattern. I'd love to join you for morning tea but I'm taking the boys down to the Peninsula! Those bikkies do look very yummy.

AnaCristina said...

Good day!

Margaret said...

The quilt is gorgeous! Wow! Such lovely colors! Love Liberty Lane as well. The baking looks delicious!

Barb said...

Your quilt is beautiful.. I'd say you were very smart to have it quilted. It took me 8 years to hand quilt a large quilt. I now do only cross stitch-no more 8 year projects for me!

Melody said...

Such a beautiful quilt and those biscuits do look delicious.

Sarah in Stitches said...

That's a beautiful quilt! Great stitching too - I hope your threads don't run out! :D

Shirlee said...

The quilt turned out lovely. Whoever did the machine quilting knew what they were doing ... great job! Gotta tell you, I had some quilts (8 of them I think) machine quilted by a lovely lady in the quilt group I belonged to in Michigan. I need to make the binding, stitch it on & they will be finished, but I've been carrying them around from me since 2004 & still no binding! Liberty Lane is coming along nicely, but oh wow ... those cookies!!!

Justine said...

Your quilt and cookies look wonderful! I had to laugh when I read that you were stitching faster to beat the thread as that is something I do too. Lovely progress on Liberty Lane.

cucki said...

Wow your quilt us so beautiful..I love it so much...
Great progress on liberty lane..
And I love cookies too..
Cucki x

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Lovely to see the quilt so very close to finishing, come on with the hem-stitching!

I did laugh at the stitching faster to make sure you don't run out of thread. I just start counting stitches and trying to work out how many I need to get from each piece. And saving every spare inch of thread too!

Thoeria said...

Yummy cookies......gorgeous quilt....and great progress on Liberty :) You have been busy Kaye!

Pull the other thread said...

The quilt looks absolutely between. The colours are so pretty. Great progress on Liberty, it looks lovely. Those cookiea look just delicious. I bet they don't hang around too long.

Vickie said...

Gorgeous quilt. You don't want to wait on the binding another 10 years, now do you? NO! ;)

KimM said...

The quilt is beautiful! And those cookies made my stomach growl ;)

Valma said...

I love your quilt, it's very beautiful !! :)
xxx

Catherine said...

What a gorgeous quilt! And those cookies ~ yum!

Simply Victoria said...

The quilt is just, just beautiful! You are really making great progress on Liberty Lane. I love the colors in it.

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