As the title suggests, this will be a random bunch of stuff that has happened over the past week. Last weekend I went to Bunnings for – well, I forget, and it’s not really that important anyway – and found this little guy faithfully waiting in the car for it’s owner.
Oh, I did buy some seedlings, which started flowering this morning, so I have a little bit of prettyness near the front door. Still need to go and get some vegie seedlings at some stage – now that the weather is starting to cool down a little, some plants might just survive longer than two weeks.
This morning I decided to trim the hedge out the front. The first time I did this, it took forever and my hands were wounded for days. Now, it doesn’t take nearly as long, and I’m not quite so delicate (or maybe that’s because I just cut off shoots instead of whole branches now). Anyway, I was hacking away, and was close to finishing when I noticed this. The nest was so well hidden, and had I seen it in the beginning I probably wouldn’t have started cutting. Now, I did put in a picture to show what the end product looked like but, my issues with Hello being what they are, it’s not there. I’ll include that in a minute…
And changing the subject completely, I have now banned myself from buying any more fabric. Except when I find stuff I really like. And when there is a sale on. Like here – this stuff cost me $1.50 (there is about a metre of each). Don’t know what I’ll do with it yet.
But I did manage to finish this yesterday morning. Didn’t have enough fabric for the binding that I wanted (and only realised this after I had cut out, sewn and ironed the binding and found out I was about 1m short), so I raced to the shop where I had bought the stuff and, of course, they had run out of that fabric. But I was lucky enough to get something that matched. The clamshell quilting on the borders was inspired by the amazing work of Finn (hope you don’t mind me borrowing your idea, Finn) and I love it as something different around the edges. I always say that a quilt is not “real” unless it has some mistakes in it. So best not to zoom in too close because, my God, there are some whoppers of mistakes in there. I just don’t understand how, when you have pieces of fabric exactly the same size and you sew them with exactly the same amount of seam allowance and then you join the strips of pieced fabric together, you can end up with a 2cm discrepancy. I’m not kidding. But this quilt has taken me months and I’m just glad it’s done.