Wednesday, May 18, 2011

This weekend, Part 2: Sewing and Ramblings

Got a bit of sewing done this weekend as well, given Sunday was disgustingly windy and not suitable for anything out-of-doors.


I have quilted the spring 9 patch baby quilt I was working on and should have finished hand binding it.


Instead I spent some hours cutting out a new baby quilt inspired by some lovely fabric sent to me by the darling Diana. Focus, Kirsty, focus.


Thank you for your comments on the last post, glad to hear you are still enjoying the armchair travel. It's been great motivation for me to get the photos sorted and to document the trip before my memory fails me.


We do quite a bit of travel - we push ourselves to, really. As we're only here for two years (three years at the most) we are making it a priority. We try to make things easy for ourselves - researching before we go (internet and the Lonely Planet guides) and not overfilling our days (which stresses the kids unnecessarily) This keeps it fun for everyone which is important, otherwise it becomes a chore.


There's not much Supermum-ing going on (but thank you so much for the compliment Maaike!) - I let quite a few things slide to make time for sewing and blogging. The only thing that gets ironed regularly around here is quilting fabric, and I'm afraid I lost the battle with the cobwebs, windows and garden a while ago. But I do my best to stay organised with lists and anything that makes life easier (i.e. ordering my groceries online and having them delivered). It's probably apparent I was a civil engineer in the time before motherhood? Even so, I often feel like one of those cartoon characters you see running over a bridge while it crumbles behind them - I make it to the other side, but just in the nick of time.

It also helps that the mister is super supportive of me - he's really happy I'm documenting our stay here (and that he doesn't have to do it!) If he didn't like me sewing or spending time blogging it'd be hard to justify the time it takes. It would also be hard for me not to use his toothbrush to clean the toilet.

Lauren asked if I would share what camera I use - I thought I would go one further and do a little photography post if folks are interested. Not to teach anyone anything (I'm not qualified to do that) but rather to outline what I use and what works for me. I know when I first looked at buying an SLR I loved reading what other bloggers were using. Anyone interested?


  1. I'd be very interested in a little photography instruction and tips!! I'm new to blogging and just realized how lacking I am in the interesting photos department. Your pictures are always so beautiful.

  2. Would be interested in your photo hints, even if I don't have an SLR! Be careful running over that bridge-make sure it's not the kids trying yo keep up with you! LOL!

  3. You get your quilts to look so perfect! That appliqued name is such a fab touch for a quilt. I can't wait to see it in full.

    My husband is the same. He was just asking last night why I've stopped sewing. I tend to get stuck on one thing and find it hard to change back. I really must pin a quilt but I do hate that stage!

  4. I'd love to hear your thoughts on cameras/photography. I look forward to the day when I can buy myself a fancier camera. :)

  5. Would love you to share your camera and photography tips.
    Love the quilting on the 9 patch, looking forward to seeing it in it's entirety. the new baby quilt fabrics are gorgeous, I can see why you started on them.
    I bet the mister is going to be 100% behind you all the way now, especially if he knows what will happen if he isn't, lmao!

  6. Your quilt is looking gorgeous Kirsty - love the fresh colours you have used.

    Would love to hear your photography tips! I have an SLR but are still working up the courage to turn it off automatic:)

  7. Would love the photography tips! Im a new follower and your photos are stunning.

    So too is that quilt - I'm having sewer's envy!

  8. Yes vote here for the photography post!
    Really like your crumbling bridge analogy x

  9. Dear Kirsty,
    you are doing so much, I admire the way you are organizing life for everybody, and finding also time to travel around, record your life in France, being creative and baking another kid in your very personal oven at the same time.
    I know that this comes from determination and self discipline, sometimes it must not be as easy as it seems from the outside...

  10. Your quilt looks beautiful and sooo neat.

    Just read back a few posts and enjoyed the 'armchair travel'. Your photos are divine.

    Pam x

  11. Yes, photography post, please! :-) I'm still thinking about upgrading my camera and any photography tips are welcome! :-)

    The spring quilt looks great, I love the colours and am curious about what it looks like in full!

  12. I love the fabrics you chose for the next project and I love the heavy quilting. I was just looking at that fabric yesterday and thinking what could I possibly do with it. If only I had a girl... :D


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