Sunday, 3 August 2014

A Little Romance

Delicate roses bloom
Romantic Roses
We are now in the last week of our time in Tasmania, and what a wild few days we have had this week. Winter finally arrived in Gordon with a vengeance - gale force winds over 100kph ripped through the State downing trees and de-roofing buildings, the heavens opened up and we had 100mm of rain in three days, with snow down to 200m.  Mt Wellington glistens white in the sun that came out briefly yesterday.

Why am I giving you the local weather forecast?  Well, you know that many stitchers, including myself, love the winter - it gives us an excuse to spend more time with our handiwork.  Not that I need any excuses, but I do feel less guilty about spending hours stitching when the weather forces me to stay inside.

Happy spinners and knitters
Latest addition to the Group - this is Wally
Last year I enjoyed the company of a small group of like-minded stitchers and I was delighted to once again meet with them on this visit.  They are a very creative group who, like me, enjoy a diverse range of crafts - quilting, applique, knitting, papercrafts, and even spin their own wool. Wednesday will be my last opportunity to meet again with these lovely crafters and I am looking forward to sharing more ideas and projects with them - and another cuddle with Wally.
 

So today's blog entry gives me an opportunity to share with you the work that I have completed since we arrived in Gordon in the middle of June.  These blocks are part of my current BOM project from the  Faeries in My Garden quilt 'Romance of the Roses'.  I am loving all the challenging bullion roses and French knots.  The thread colours are not identical to those in the original project because I have used colours that reflect my own personality.  They are still soft and romantic but not so 'shabby chic' in tones.  I have now completed seven blocks and can't wait to get home to receive the next set to work on. If you pop over to the Faeries in My Garden site (just click on the pink link above) you can see what the original project looks like

All seven blocks

Block 2 - "L" is for "Love"

Block 6 - "My Love is Like a Rose"

Block 1 - Garland of Love

Block 4 - "Fruits of Love"

Block 3 - "My Secret Love"

Block 7 - "Overflowing with Love"

Block 5 - "Sweet Love"