Friday, October 22, 2010

For Myra

Why do I love buttons  

- for their amazing variety of colour
Because of their  unique character
especially the old ones...
what is this one made of???
 the textures..
white is white but every one is different

 the size and shapes and creativity
that has gone into making them
 the memories you cherish of buttons received from family and friends
 and bargains of Trade Me of course

but the best thing about buttons is you can share them with special friends like I have with Myra. 
We both have a gorgeous button like this now and despite being 8 hours apart everytime I look at my button I know that Myra treasure's her button
Just as I cherish our friendship.
And anyway it's all Myra's fault I have these addiction's like quilting and button collecting.. hehe
Myra taught me how to quilt and she has buttons for Africa... around her home with wooden cottonreels and fabrics and wow, it's such a cool place to visit... 
I sew can't wait to win the Lotto and build our apartments with adjoining studio  !! 

May the beauty of your button brighten your day Myra and bring you the 'magic' you deserve!  x

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Warm Toes

Last weekend my brother came and laid the secondhand carpet for me.  I can't believe the difference it made to the appearance of the rooms.. having a lighter colour on the floor seems to make them prettier.. even my grey bedroom doesn't look quite so bad.. still ugly but liveable.  And it's warmer.  Now to make the curtains and I'll be cosy as. 

Gavin taking a well earned break.  He stretched it with a 4 x 2 after all it is a rental and who can tell now with furniture in there.
Wellington Quilters Guild had their 20th anniversary exhibition and Gavin, Mum and I went to see it.  (My brother had heard about it and wanted to go!)  Here are some of my favourites but only some .. there were so many lovely quilts

Friday Morning Coffee by Phillippa Doyle  - Notice the dollies and tray cloths..

I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat by K-J Dillon

Herakles - Labours of a Quilter by Many Ann Georgious 
Indonesian Inspiration by Jane Dagger

Baltimore Album VI with stars by Fyvie Murray
This was my brothers favourite - hmm not sure if he'll ever get one like it! 
Convolution by Nanette Clough

Ditsy Daisies by Anne Read

Blue Kisses by Anne Prussing

Just blue-tiful - quilt shows are great for inspiration.

I've been a little naughty on trade me lately and have spent all my earnings off it on buttons to add to may 'little collection.  I have enough fabric to sink a ship so now I'm buying buttons????
I love these buttons.. there are 3 of them but I've sent one to my friend Myra who didn't get good results from the CT scan and surgery has been cancelled.  Myra loves buttons too so I suggested every day she puts a special button in a small jar, and then when thats full tip it into a bigger jar and fill that up too and so on.  And when she's cancerfree (cause she's gonna fight fight fight it) We can make something to display all the days she fought until she won!!

Just a few more I won on Trade Me.  The fabrics are for a house block which HAS to be done today.  It's a swap and I need to take it to a group on Monday night.

These green buttons were my Aunt's.  She loved greens and yellows and autumn colours.  These are so precious.I've been thinking of a way to display some of them. maybe a wallhanging but hmmm in squares or a tree pattern or what... it's a one day job!

My sisters are both back home from their overseas trips.  Deb and Rick went to Italy, France and Greek Islands and I can't wait to catch up with them tomorrow.  They bought me fabric from France!!!   Yay, so excited.  Raelene and Philip went to Israel for the 9th year but have decided to have a real holiday next year and no volunteer work.  They are going to be grandparents in February so I think that will keep them closer to home for awhile.

Today I have to finish a few jobs so I'm turning the computer off.
* Heart Blocks to make for Myra
* Finish Deb's knitting bag
* Sew up the house block
* Make Myra a bag with selvege hearts (so she can take a book or a rug to chemo with her)
* Find fabrics for a quilt as you go class tomorrow.

Have a great weekend everyone