Saturday, December 8, 2007

Afghan vs patchwork.

It's official. Patchworking is far quicker than knitting an afghan.
Those of you who have been following my posts for a while will know that at the end of October sometime I foolishly began knitting an afghan on very small needles with fairly thin wool. Lots of wool. I'm a quick knitter, especially in this case where it's only basket weave, and it is still taking forever. I'll finish it, but I don't think I'll do another. I'll quilt instead. Look at what I was able to piece together in one short afternoon....

Isn't it amazing? It covers a couch! Anyway, I had such a good time doing this. The pattern is very simple. I've pieced together all of the big squares in big strips, and today's job is to piece together all of the little squares that run in strips in between the big square strips. I hope that makes sense. I didn't have enough material to finish the little squares, so I popped back to amitie in Centre Road Bentleigh to get some more. While I was there I also bought more material for a quilt for Brennan, a rotary cutter, rectangular ruler and mat. So now I'm committed. The rationalisation for all of this is that I've booked in for a lesson next week and I don't have $25 to waste on another night of rotary cutting, because I learned how to do that last time. So I need to have a quilt ready to attach batting and backing on, because then I'll be learning something new. (Sometimes my frugality kick can be fooled by such blatant rationalising. Plus I suppose I could say it's my Christmas present to myself. ) I've chosen another pattern for the next quilt. It has rectangles in it. I drew the line at triangles. They still look a little scary. I'll tackle them in my next one after the current next one.

After doing this I answered the door (I tend to do that when someone rings the doorbell) and there was a parcel being delivered. My book from HarperCollins that I have to review! Listen to the blurb at the back:

"She should have remained at home with her sour aunt, but Liberty Lane was never one to obey instructions. Eager to be reunited with her beloved father, she headed for Dover, only to receive an anonymous note informing her that he has been killed in Calais.

Thomas Jaques Lane - radical, romantic, scholar, republican, gambler and devoted father- had lead an unconventional life. His movements in the days before his death are a mystery, but of one thing Liberty is certain: he would never have taken part in a duel, for it went against everything he believed in. And if the author of this anonymous note expected her to swallow this lie and meekly obey his command to stay put, he's severely underestimated Liberty Lane.

With no resources bar her own wits, she immediately sets off in pursuit of the truth - and her father's killer. And as the nation prepares to celebrate the coronation of young Queen Victoria, Liberty uncovers a treasonable plot which could lead to another vicious civil war..."

Could there be any more cliches? The writing had better be good, because I'm a bit apprehensive at the moment. The first thing that came to mind was that a young girl in Victorian times would be absolutely stuffed if she was left to her own resources. She couldn't pop into Centrelink to get a Youth Allowance to help pay for food and rent. Plus, if she uncovered a treasonable plot, wouldn't she let it be, if she's such a devoted daughter? It said that her Dad was a republican. Unless that bit was a misprint and he's just a publican.

It's called 'Death at Dawn', and I think it's one in an intended series. It has "A Liberty Lane thriller' along the bottom of the cover. I'll let you know what it's like. They want the review done by the end of December, but I want to finish 'Star Man' first. It's the third in a trilogy, and I'm enjoying it. So I think I'll knock over young impetuous Liberty Lane once school has finished. It'll be a day's read, by the looks of it. (Incidentally, did anyone in Victorian England call their kids names like Liberty? It sounds more like a black American name after the civil war to me.)

I spent the afternoon at Deirdre's house with a few of the people from work. She's just completed renovations, so there was a delectable afternoon tea and an inspection of what has been done. It was lovely. I had to leave at about 5.30. Brennan rang me to remind me that he had an extra guitar lesson to practise with the band he's playing with in his end of year concert on Sunday. I'd completely forgotten. Luckily Deirdre's son is a friend of Brennan's, so he knew where to find the phone number. So I put down my champagne glass with the strawberry and left. When I got home I rang her to say how nice it had been.

"We're still here," she said. "Why don't you come back?"

So I left Jordan in charge of dinner. He was making egg pies in the pie maker, and I went back and had another lovely chatty time till about 8.30. I love that the kids are grown up enough that they can be left for a while. I walked back into the lounge room to the blaring sounds of 'Guitar Hero 3'. I don't think they'd even noticed I was gone.


Marita said...

Great work on the quilting.

Here is another frugal quilting idea - use old T-shirts. I gathered together all my fav. t-shirts that were too manky to be seen in public but that I couldn't bear to part with. Cut out the still good bits into squares - mostly the logo areas, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Guns N Roses etc. Ahh the memories.

You do need to put some good ...ummm I think it is called interfacing... on the back of the t-shirts to stabilize them. T-Shirt fabric can be very stretchy so this is a bit more tricky than regular quilting fabric.

I never got past the cutting out stage due to my ability to destroy sewing machines. But I hope one day to have a quilt full of memories made from my fav. t-shirts that I lived in during high school and uni.

Also if you like Sara Douglass I have a bunch of her books which you are welcome to borrow.

Anonymous said...

The book you have sounds extremely similar to the Sally Lockhart mysteries by Phillip Pullman. Basically your Victorian era tomboy who goes and avenges her father's murder. Pullman's version was quite good. You shall have to let us know what you think of Liberty Lane.

BTW, your quilt looks gorgeous!

blueblue said...

I'm impressed. I only ever got through one quilting lesson...I couldn't understand why sewing little bits of material together was so enjoyable when you could just get one large piece of material and not am a total heathen.

River said...

Lovely when the kids are finally old/wise enough to be left in charge of their own dinner occasionally. I made sure mine knew how to cook and clean at a fairly early age, that way I could get lots of time off, I mean then when they were ready to leave home I wouldn't be worrying about how they would cope.

Frogdancer said...

River, you and I are sisters. I like your caring attitude towards your kids... it so matches mine!

Marita, I'd take up that offer for the books, but I'm borrowing them from the school library, much to the joy of the librarian. He says they take up too much space. Maybe Blueblue could do the tshirt quilt... now I'd like to see that!