Monday, December 31, 2012

Round-up / Wind-down

Well it's the end of another year and we all survived the end of the world, which has got to be a good thing! At the end of 2011 I did a challenging list of things I wanted to complete before the said end of world, and I've successfully completed precisely none!

In fairness it's been a challenging year all round ... my marriage finally disintegrated in mach, and I started dialysis at that time too. Then in April I got pretty ill with peritonitis, a dialysis-related infection, winding up in hospital for 2 weeks and deciding that I'd be better off back in the UK where I had family and friends in case of emergency, and to help me get out and about and doing fun things :)

So all those things came and happened and got in the way of any quilting. Then in november I got another mild case of peritonitis, followed by a not-so-mild recurrance that landed me in hospital again for 3 days just a weekend shy of Christmas ... luckily under an extended dose of antibiotics it seems to have cleared the infection and won't need more drastic treatment! Phew!

But enough of the excuses, the short story is that I haven't sewed a stich this year ... but I do hope to re-visit this year's to-do list in 2013 and complete at least a handful of the projects.

... And to help me in that I received a nice giveaway prize from the Talki' Tuesdays twitter chat, which is a scrap pack from Jan DiCintio / DAISY JANIE organic fabrics for hobby & home. I had a choice of scrap packs from her website, and after some very helpful advice from Archie the Wonder Dog I decided to leave the selection up to Jan herself! I mentioned being able to see strong contrasts and geometric shapes, and the pack I received was, i suspect, hand selected along those lines. I am delighted to be able to see the general patterns on all the pieces, which are a really good size so I should be able to get several squares from each piece, and they all fit well with the fabrics in my stash picnic-basket so should quickly find thBeir way into a quilt! .. So what better way to end the year than with a photo!

photo of a selection of scrap fabric pieces, each with strong contrast colours and geometric shapes.