Monday, July 21, 2008

Winter is here

Sorry for the unintended blogging break, winter has arrived here and the time has just slipped away.

We took Thomas to the snow last weekend and tried out his new European style sled, a lovely Christmas present from my uncle. Thomas was hard to miss in his charming 8o's ski suit, which we bought in a community sale. He loved the sled of course.

Warren and I loved it too. It is the closest to downhill thrills I am going to get this winter - I've decided that skiing is just a bit too risky in my whale-like state.

I have been spending most of Thomas' nap times working lately, and have not had time for any crafting, but I have been doing a lot of daydreaming about quilting, and did find some time to research some online fabric sites. It seems easy to justify the occasional purchase when the exchange rate is so favourable and prices are about a quarter of the cost of fabrics in our local shops. My favourites so far have been Hancocks at Paducah, for their range and specials, QuiltHome for a great variety of older Kaffe Fassett and Amy Butler fabrics hard to find elsewhere, and their design board which allows you to play with colour combinations, and Quilters warehouse, for $1.99 fat quarters.

My problem with quilting is that my ambitions and ideas tend to outstrip my patience for actually cutting piecing it all together, let alone the binding and quilting parts. I already have so many projects in mind, like a batik kaleidoscope quilt, a wonky log cabin wallhanging, cot quilts for friends babies and something with appliqued butterflies. I think I'd better get started while the enthusiasm lasts!


Leah said...

What a wonderful sled! And a lovely stack of fabric potential - have fun with it.

susan said...

thomas looks like he is having so much fun
its hard to think of there being snow by you when it is so awfully hot here
lovely fabrics

Kate said...

That sled is fantastic - looks like great fun!

Cascade Lily said...

Oh yes, the sled is FANTASTIC! And LOVE the 80s ski suit - well he won't go missing in that!

Rae said...

That snowsuit is hilarious! I love it. Thanks for the QuiltHome link, I'd forgotten about them, and you're right, they have really good Amy Butler prints that no one else is carrying.