Monday, 23 August 2010

I must be mad!

Last week was the Exhibition of Quilts at the NECand I had a fabbie-fantastic time! The good thing about living here is that the NEC is just 20 mins away. I went with this photo of an Autumn runner with the intention of buying the fabric to make a throw for the little settee in the conservatory in this pattern.
Of course I bought more than I needed, but you know what it's like you see one that's just right and then you see some more.

I love it all and I can't wait to get started. This chart was in a quilting magazine that I bought in America when we were on our honeymoon four years ago
And this is the BOTM I have signed up for which comes all the way from Australia.  I actually saw this this on saturday at the NEC displayed by another Aussie shop!! And they also had another one so beautiful I could have bought it there and then but........
I have four Cross stitch WIPs  and 2 charts kitted up and ready to go so I need the winter time to stitch and sew!! At least the garden won't need much doing to it.
But the most important thing in my life at the moment is that I am no longer leasing out my house.
So we returned to my lovely house in Billericay, we stayed there for five wonderful days.. it's  such a pretty house. The garden is now just trees and shrubs all the flowers appear to have been choked by the weeds of four years. However extra-ordinarily the damson tree was absolutely loaded with fruit. Mike picked 17 pounds and there must be another 17 pounds still there!! I was amazed and delighted as that was a little tree bought one evening on my way home from work from good ol' Woolies! The apple tree hasn't done as well but with some TLC I am sure we can get it fruiting.
This is one side of the garden showing the damson tree. When I bought this house in 2001 there was just some tumpy grass, a shed that was rotten and an old concrete garage. Inside of the house was horrible but when I saw the size of the garden, I could see the potential of the house. It took three years to get it how I wanted and the best thing was my raspberry pink carpet all through the downstair rooms, hall stairs and landing. A very girlie thing!!
Then I had the huge extension built  for my dream kitchen and as it was to be my home for when I retired a
downstairs loo.
We will be travelling back  and fro for a few days each month, so lots of stitching time there although we would like to change the deco it looks clean and tidy, I have a carpet cleaner booked second week of September and the original bathroom fitter that fitted my bathroom suite as well to do some repairs after the last tenants.
So with all this going on I am quilting I must be mad!
But isn't that life and the busier it is the better it gets! I say a prayful thanks each day to God that I can enjoy my life and that it is full of happy days and the love of my DH and family.
Hope this next week is full of happy times for all you bloggers out there!


Kathy A. said...

Love love love your Autumn Leaves!
Oh how lovely - to be able to return to your dream home. I hope you have many wonderful memories in your home.

Parsley said...

That runner will be absolutely lovely!

amelia said...

Where is the house in relation to where you live now? I'm from England originally but don't recognise the name Billericay.

You are so talented with your quilting, it must be a gift because I can barely sew on a button!!

Brian Miller said...

thanks for popping in and the birthday wishes! congrats on the house as well... i hope you have a wonderful week!

Katya said...

It must be amazing to come back to your old house. The garden looks so green and spacious! Congratulations Chris.
What does the tree with all the fruit look like? I have never seen a tree like that before.
The runner looks very promising, just in time for the Fall.

Julie said...

Beautiful fabrics you've purchased.

Enjoy your time at 'home'