The ramblings from a small quilt shop on the South Islands West Coast of New Zealand

Monday, April 11, 2011

7th Time Lucky?


This is my seventh time of trying to load a post to Blogger.  Goodness knows what is going on but between the modem throwing a hissy fit, telephone lines down, power cuts and then Blogger just refusing to let me load anything I sat back and sulked.  Not a mature thing to do but what the heck, things were against me so I’m hoping this time works.


Mmmm, so after all that effort what have I been up to over the last couple of weeks? Well, a new cast has been put on 004my ‘gammie’ ankle, a shiny black one and I for one was very excited to see what my foot looked like following the surgery, as for the last three years it had been just plain ugly.  I’m pleased to say it looks normal – yeah and I can even wiggle my little toes, something that hasn’t happened since the accident six years ago!

002On the 1st April I got to celebrate yet another birthday.  I don’t know about you all but these days birthdays are creeping around a lot faster than they used to.  I got very spoilt indeed and the wonderful presents continued to arrive for a few days after the 1st.  My dear Miss Deb sent these beauties – will you just look at the vibrant colours, absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much dear Deb, and I do know what grief the florist gave you by not delivering on time.  On the up side, they are still alive and still just as gorgeous.


In the last couple of weeks I have been flitting between projects.  The SAL April blocks are done – just not loaded onto the blog yet (sorry Chookyblue), a few other little stitcheries have been played with and then last week I started playing with applique007 again. 

Applique is my most favourite when it comes to my stitching, especially the freezer paper technique.  After having all of those precious Japanese Taupe's tempting me I decided to try a few blocks using similar colours but not the taupe's – I still can’t bring myself to cut into them.  Anyway I had a lovely package of applique blocks to choose from so that is just what I did.  I haven’t quilted the wall hanging yet but I have done a wee bit of trapunto type work and the odd bit of beading.  Once I’m a little more mobile I’ll pin it out and get onto the quilting. Can you see the hint of blue?  I thought I needed to add a touch of ‘something’ so a little bit of blue filled the need (I think).

So there, that’s it, how I’ve spent the last couple of weeks – sort of,  You ought to see the fabrics that have crept through the door of the shop lately though.  But that’s another story for when I can get back on blogger.


a name Miche'le


  1. Glad you had a happy birthday Miche'le, and its great that your ankle is doing what it should be. Your applique blocks are gorgeous - those colours are working very well together, and I think the touch of blue is just perfect.

  2. That little blue border is just what it needed. Love the piccy of your tootsies - I'd just LOVE to sign that cast of yours in a pretty gold pen he he he.
    Love n hugs,
    Joy :o)

  3. hey Miche'le...........glad to hear your going well........and some TTS blocks are stitched......

  4. That's a very sytlish and sensible colour for a cast on the foot. So glad you are healing well. ( and toeing ! )
    Your blocks look lovely, I like the curly leaf stems.

  5. Sounds like you have had a frustrating time....good to hear things are going well with the what you have done with your applique....take care Miche'le

  6. Happy belated birthday!!!! Glad to hear you are doing well after the surgery.

    Your applique blocks are gorgeous!!!!! I haven't have the courage to try appliqueing yet, definitely want to learn to do that!!!

  7. Pleased you like you gerberas, nothing like a birthday AND a gammie leg to win sympathy!!
    Hey I think you should definitely decorate that cast also- ric rac, bows, hot glue buttons, the end is a long way away

  8. Happy Birthday- sorry I didn't know. Give me the date hun so I can catch you next year.

    Fab flowers from the dear Deb- great colours.

    The Jap stuff -yep I now have the mental picture. You're sitting there aren't you your leg up and resting, with a bowl of the fabrics in your lap stroking them, possibly even talking to them "soon my pretties" ROFL. Like a James Bond badie and his fluffy cat. Come on use them! A fabric isn't really a decoration until it is sewn! :-) Giggle.

  9. Hey Miche'le! SNAP! Two dodgy ankles/feet! :0) Looks like you've been a lot more productive though! Tee! Hee! Hee! Hope your foot is soon helping you race back into things ... though it doesn't really sound like it's stopping you much! I'm hobbling off to have another cup of tea! :0) Bear Hugs! KRIS


Thankyou so much for popping by and leaving a comment. I enjoy reading your thoughts and ideas and will get back to you if needed, hugs - Miche'le

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