Monday, May 31, 2010

The Day After the Weekend Before



I won’t lie and suggest there wasn’t an amount of stretching of the comfort zone boundaries in the lead up. It’s not every weekend I zip off to spend 48 hours with eight other women I have barely, or never met, or only somewhat bloggily know. It’s not every weekend I do this, only partly because the sole parenting Mr has collapsed on the floor, doing heavy paper bag breathing at the merest sniff of a suggestion.

It was a fabulous weekend with a whole lot of scrappy, random quilting action...

Beautiful, detailed, the more-you-look-the-more-you-see loveliness from Di:



I’ve-never-made-a-quilt-before-so-let’s-start-by-making-two-and-staying-up-until-the-birds-do-dawn-chorus-in-order-to-achieve-this, Maria. (Maria, oh interweb-phobic one, I apologise if I have just COMPLETELY FREAKED YOU OUT by typing your name twice in a blog post. Maria, Maria, Maria).



And mine:



Inspired by Gina’s scrappy quilt and a recent cushion experiment, I nabbed anything red/black/somewhere inbetween from the stash. Including Auntie Cookie, Pippijoe, Spin Spin, Ink & Spindle, Yardage Design, Kristen Doran, Ikea, a load of stuff from heaven knows where and a Myrtle&Eunice tea towel found lurking in the linen closet.



(Nearly single bed, sort of snuggle on the couch size).

There were the sweetest dolls from Ellen:



3 x Ric Rac elephant parts from me:



Some serious creating going on from a woman who really knows how to craft a weekend, Sooz:





And Nikki, who makes a mean lapel, as well as soup.



There was beautiful, structural, painstaking making from one talented lady, as well as a whole lot of knitty/reading/mooching action happening in front of a cosy fire.

Finally, that frosty looking (ibis?) bird-type personality at the top of the post, kept cawing (or whatever ibis-bird-types do). Certainly making louder demands than the incredibly spiky cactus. Always a sucker for a frosty ibis, a pair of woolly leg warmers were installed before my weekend was through.



I had a ball. Nothing like continuous crafting, wonderful food, belly-laugh-inducing company and a stay-up-too-late partner in crime to prompt a log-like slumber last night. Thanks for letting me come and play.

40 comments:

red or gray art said...

oh thank you for including me in this time of crafting...your photos tell such a story of fun!

Andi said...

Looks like a fab weekend!!
And do I detect ANOTHER quilt in your WIP basket?
I think SOMEONE has caught the quilting bug!!!

Turning Japanese said...

Wasn't it a great weekend. I feel like I have known you a very long time now!! I remember the feeling before my first craft weekend. I felt a bit like a freud as I only really knew Suzie. Is it okay to make your quilt my inspiration next? I do love it an my friend has requested a 'red' quilt! Might be a long time until I make it though.

Kirsty said...

What a great weekend. I just super love the birdy leggies. A craft weekend triumph I'd say. x

Fer said...

Geez what a fab weekend it must've been! And the ibis leggings, pure genious!! (got a good giggle out of me too)

Mel said...

Oh well, like, totally DROOLING over all that crafty goodness! Your strip quilt looks a beauty. I am very excited about the finished result. And the Ibis. Love love love his new leg warmers ;)

Oh so how did breakfast duty go?

june at noon said...

WOW, that sounds like fun. I am such an introvert that I shy away from things like that, but really, it sounds wonderfully wonderful in every way. Love the bird's legwarmers, too, hee!

Michelle said...

Love the leg warmers! Sounds like a great weekend.

Stomper Girl said...

Sounds fun! Sewjourn is just the best. I'm getting super-excited about my next one.

(I was quite nervous before my first one as well)

ecoMILF said...

Sounds like a blast. Those leg warmers are hilarious and charming! Love it! xom.

Bellgirl said...

Oooh squeal- Sewjourn!!! ...and it looks like you've got the quilting bug, hmmm? I'll never see those pins again now (ONLY KIDDING!!!) ;)

One Flew Over said...

And just think...you have a whole 6 weeks to prepare for the next one! ;)

PS: Love your red quilt...stunning x

Lola Nova said...

Sounds awesome, in a 'wish I was there' kind of way. love the stripey quilt.

Cathy {Tinniegirl} said...

Yay for leg warmers and yarn bombing. I bet that Ibis just loves you. Imagine what he's telling all his friends about the new lady in his life making him handknits.

I bought Yarn Bombing on the weekend. I couldn't wait.

Oh, and just so you know I can't take my cowl off. I'm sitting in the office at work wearing it cause it's just so lovely. I know how that Ibis feels.

Gina said...

Revoltingly jealous. And what do you mean you're going on another one in 6 weeks?! (Kate's comment). And how dare you cite me as inspiration when your own version is by far the schmicker one?!

sue said...

Ooh jealous! How fantastic for you to spend your time with such wonderful women and to have a break from kid wrangling too! Love your quilt, the colors are fantastic. I do love those legwarmers too!

CurlyPops said...

I can't believe you yarn bombed poor Mr Ibis! What a crack up... hope he still looks like that when I go to visit.

Jo James said...

What brilliant fun!!!
(Three marks, no less!)

Bella Mills said...

I am so cold here as the winter chill has set in and so this is the first year I have decided to make my very own quilt. It's so lovely to see these pictures as I set out to find fabrics and cut up old clothes that are beyond repair or op shop revival.
Warm wshes. x

Karin van D. said...

Those legwarmers, brilliant :-) Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend!

Tas said...

Considering that my weekend was very similarly spent, I reckon yours must have been as brilliant as it sounds (and that "to do" list of Sooz's is really, really impressive)

thornberry said...

Oh wow Tania, that looks like some weekend! Love those legwarmers. Glad to hear that Sewjourn worked it's magic on you.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Love that strip quilt in black and red ! That's the thing with a good quilt pattern .... as you're sewing it in one colour combination , you can see it in another and can't wait to try that out too .
Those craft weekends always sound great . A good chuckle or two never goes amiss !

melissa said...

Love love love that red and black strip quilt! Can't wait to see it all??

nikkishell said...

It was fantastic! I didn't want to leave ;)

Pippi creates said...

Sounds like a great weekend, love the scrappy quilt, did it get finished? I always love seeing all the projects completed at these weekends away.

Di said...

A great wrap up. Glad it turned out so well for you, and thanks for being such a fabulous driving companion too!

quirkygranolagirl said...

that weekend looks like such a blast! your quilt is amazing. i wish i had a stash like that kicking around, but i'd probably be too chicken to cut any of it up :) you have some pretty cool bloggy friends--thank you for more links to keep me more than occupied today.

sorry about teasing you with the gardening photos on my blog. to be fair, the strawberry photos on your blog were teasing me back in November.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Hi Tania, just found your lovely blog. Glad I did, so much inspiration over here. Must follow you so I do not have to miss your future posts..
Sending many happy thoughts your way for a lovely day! xx

teddybearswednesday said...

OH MY GOD those leggings are inspired! So glad you had a wonderful time xo

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I am green with envy I tell ya! Green! green!! Glad you had fun - much deserved and what a great bunch of talented women.... I HAVE to come down to melb. Have too.

Jodie said...

Those leggings ! You may have started something !
It sounds like you had a ball - and the quilt is a killer.

kirsten said...

yep - i'm trying to type amid the dribble on the keyboards... your quilt is D I V I N E.

and isn't Maria a classic?! i'm just picturing her biting off more than she can chew once more.
jodie + i lauged till we cried with her last craft camp. my stomach muscles ached for days afterward.
xx

Madeline said...

I am definitely envious. That sounds like an incredible way to spend a weekend. And, the bird legwarmers...you are too funny!

Suse said...

You'll have to make a matching beanie (for the stork) in September.

Love the red quilty goodness.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Sewjourn sounds like *THE* place to be!

Such lovely photos, thank you for sharing.

Those leggings, oh those leggings!! So very you, and so very Ibis. I'm sure everyone visiting after you will be wondering how they can get such a nice pair of leggings.

Your quilt - well aren't you becoming the soul of spontaneity!? Loveliness.

Cheers,
AJ

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sophie said...

It sounds so perfect Tania - what fun!! I loved all your photos, but the ibis with leg warmers? I nearly cried from the sheer cuteness of it!

heather said...

you went for it! i wan to be involved in a weekend like that. how DO you get the leg warmers on the bird's legs? and did the man go through lots of paper bags while you were gone, or what?

sewjourn said...

Love the leg warmers!!! They made my whole family smile when we visited on Monday :)