Tuesday, 15 May 2007

Getting started

Last week I was very disappointed because I heard our personal belongings (including my sewing machine, fabrics and notions) coming by boat from The Netherlands will take another 3 weeks at least to reach us. Luckily Pam, a very nice lady living near us, learnt about this through the quilters mailinglist and offered me the use of her old machine. She even drove to our place to drop it off! Pam, thanks very very much!

So now I'm getting started on the alphabet quilt I wanted to make for our boys. The idea is to use animals that start with the same letter in both English and Dutch. Most letters are easy, but there are a few tricky ones, like the N (I can only think of narwal), U (can't think of anything at all), V (can only come up with a velociraptor) and, of course, X (will probably just put a question mark next to it). Suggestions are very welcome!

I am going to use Margaret Rolfe's Animal Kingdom CD-ROM, which is in the boat as well of course... But in the meantime I have borrowed her book Quilt a Koala from the library and have started yesterday on the emu! The K is provided for in this book as well - I'm not sure yet if it will be the koala, kangaroo or kookaburra, but definitely one of those 3! I bought some fat quarters at the Stitch and Craft Show last week, so I hope to be able to finish these 2 blocks while waiting for my stuff. As soon as I've finished one, I'll show it here, of course!

I borrowed Kaffe Fassett's book Glorious Patchwork as well and spent an hour drooling over it ;-). What gorgeous quilts! The rosy quilt is definitely on my 'quilts I want to make one day'-list.


Nicole & Phil said...

N Numbat (do a google picture search...it is an australian animal

U Ulysess Butterfly

V Velvet rat

X Xmas beetle

Anonymous said...

Hoi Linda,
meteen even laten weten dat ik over je schouder meelees. Ik heb ooit toen ik in amerika woonde ook zoiets geprobeerd, met tekeningen (ik quiltte toen nog niet) Suggesties voor de letter N: Nachtegaal, Nightingale
Voor de X heb ik geen dier, maar kwam ik uit op de Xylophone. En de V weet ik niet meer...
In ieder geval sukses!

bettsylyn (Lynda) said...

Welcome to Brisbane - I am not so far away from you. If you need anything, or just want to ask a question, you can use the email from my blog. Lynda.

Anonymous said...

'k Zie dat je erg hartelijk ontvangen bent in de Brissy quiltersgemeenschap! Leuk!