Even faster than expected…

I know February is a short month but wow that went fast. I have barely com up for breath over the last few weeks and the constant go go go is taking it’s toll. I have been barely able to stay awake lately which has made any craft time etc after work nigh on impossible.
I would have done my wrap up for February a little sooner but well I was stuck in the wilds of Victoria on Year 7 Camp last week. Ok not so wild we were only in the Dandenong ranges (about 1.5 hours out of town).  While it sucks being on call 24/7 the camp is generally a great chance to spend some time with my students outside of the stricter confines of the classroom, which for the students generally means a cognitive conflict or two about what their teacher is like.

I think the Quote of the week last week was “Miss you’re just not like other teachers…”

All in all it was a bit of fun, a lot of exercise (dropped 0.8kgs yay!) and generally exhausting week. I had to come back a day early in order to attend a conference on the Friday that was going to outline changes to the Year 12 curriculum for this year but unfortunately not early enough to allow me to attend the second of my quilting lessons.
The lovely Miss Sharon spent the day with me on Saturday though taking me through what was covered in the class… Dresden Plates.. can you say Applique!! eep not to mention funky new rulers and SO many pieces. Sharon’s quilt is looking fantastic and I am loving the way that the blocks look so different when put together in different fabrics. I have loads of homework before the next class but there is also a long weekend before now and then so who knows… I may just catch up.

So what did get done in February.. I thought I had kept my goals simple

1. 25 repeats of the blanket … nope! but I did get 14 repeats done and it is looking good (even if I do say so myself)

Shale Baby Blanket - End of Feb 2013
2. Was to put 100 stitches each week in to Shaz… The first couple of weeks went really well but then the wagon and I parted ways. But I am not ready to give up yet and March is a new month 🙂

Rose of Sharon End of Feb 2013

3. Last but not least .. my homework for the quilting course. Technically I didn’t get this all done in Feb as most of it was completed yesterday but seeing as it was before this update I’m just going to roll with it and include it :D.

I managed to bring my finished blocks to a total of 4: The Ohio Star (From my last posting)

Churn Dash
Churn Dash (Block 3)
Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob's Ladder (Block 2)

and finally Annie’s Choice

Annie's Choice (Block 4)
So in total I have four blocks. I was a little concerned about hte fabrics but I do love how they are coming out. I have removed one of the fabrics from my palette (the grey smoke pattern) but hopefully since I picked up a bit extra of all the others this week I will have enough to get me through the rest of the blocks. Borders, and sashing… I’ll worry abou thtat when I get to it.

Sampler Quilt - First Four

So with February quickly fading in to the blur what are my March Goals?

  1. I would love to get to 18 completed blocks but really I would be happy if I could make it to 12 that in itself will be a feat.
  2. 43 repeats of the blanket (Eeeep)
  3. 100 stitches a week on Shaz

Basically a repeat of the previous goals for Feb but with loftier crazier ideas. All of which really need to happen if these projects are going to get done when they need to be.

Why yes.. I am mad!


  1. Comment by Sharon on March 3, 2013 3:33 pm

    I love how your blocks are turning out, especially Annie’s Choice!!! Can’t wait to see your Dresden Plate made up 🙂 never mind about Shaz, at least you got some stitching done on her which is better then none at all. Love the blanket, the recipient is one very lucky person

  2. Comment by Nic on March 3, 2013 10:30 pm

    Wow, great blocks. Love the fabric choices. My favourite block is Annie’s choice. And now I’m thinking a two colour quilt (black and purple) may need to be added to my list.
    As for fabric, it’s always great to make decisions about sashing and borders once all the blocks are done and you can decide what will work best. So you’d possibly end up changing your mind even if you had the fabric to decide now.
    The blanket is looking lovely. And if it ends up being a little late, well I’m sure the parents will still love it. And it will still see much use.
    Hope March is a little less crazy for you and you have time to do more of what you enjoy.

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