Absence makes the heart grow fonder

I have been absent from my sewing machine for a few weeks, other than to do a running repair yesterday! My over-indulgence over Easter, three morning/afternoon teas, and our wedding anniversary dinner with delectable dessert, meant I needed to add a bit to the elastic waist in one of my outfits!


My excuse is that it was always a bit tight, but I will be tightening the belt on food over the next few weeks. I wish the supermarket would stop advertising Half Price specials on drool-worthy ice-creams!



The sewing machine has been idle only because life has just jumped in the way. Our Church had computer and software problems so I spent many hours trying to sort all that out. Then we had two delightful days with family visiting - a rare occurrence as the majority of them live very long distances away. 



Then there are the emails to answer, the medical appointments, minutes to take and type, and all that goes to make up the life of a retiree!  How did I ever have time to go to work???


But absence does make the heart grow fonder. I spent some of my waking hours last night dreaming up a new quilt! Then I have little sticky notes hanging off my computer monitor. One of them is to remind me of all the things that were in the diary for the last month or so and still haven't been done. The other is for the next project I want to make.


A while ago I promised to make available a couple of my quilt patterns for sale in my Craftsy Store. It really was time to do something about that before I start anything new.


You can now find Joyful Juggling Quilt here


and Fruit Salad Quilt here

I have scattered some photos throughout this post to show you what I was working on before life's interruptions. (My apologies to Fb and Instagram followers who may have already seen some of them.) The fabrics are from the Tilda Sunkiss range which will be released in stores on Tuesday. The fabrics are delightful and I am eager to show you the completed projects soon.


Meanwhile, happy stitching!
Val

6 comments:

Nanna Chel said...

Goodness me Val, putting on a bit of weight must be contagious at the moment as I am having the same problem :-) How lovely that you got to see your family. I love the Tilda fabrics.

Rosemary said...

As I read through your post, I would stop and sigh over the blocks scattered about. I am anxiously awaiting the final result. Put it on my "must make" list!!! Thinking back on raising 5 kids, working full time and maintaining a home makes me wonder how on earth I made it to 80 ... but maybe that's why I made it this far ... so I can quilt, sew, enjoy the last few years of my sunny life with this terrific family!! Thanks for sharing your talent!!

Little Penpen said...

LOL on not having time to work a job. I know what you mean!!! But it is so freeing to be able to say 'yes, I can do that for you'.... without having a job to interfere, isn't it? I love the fruit quilt (both of them really) and am going to check out your pattern now!

Teresa said...

Oh my goodness, I want to make a quilt with those pretty fans. They are beautiful and so delicate!

Carol O said...

Love your stacked plant pots, so cute! Thanks for sharing

desertskyquilts said...

I don't care if I see them on IG and on the blog! They are worth looking at more than once. =) I do like your new Tilda project and look forward to seeing what that is. I hope it's something I can buy online. I like it already!