This is cute – I read it over at Persnickety and thought it might be fun – the Lily Abcedarius.

And besides, I can take this opportunity to show you all the quilts from the Treasury of American Quilts that I must make before I die.

maybe just one

(maybe just one star – as a feature – hanging on the wall – with 2 inch half square triangles)
Oh and by the by, check out this divine Eric Carle Hungry Caterpillar fabric – must have some of this or else.

black for patti

(now that I’ve discovered black I must have this quilt – it’s on fire!)

Accent: colonial english picked up from primary schooling in Malaysia

Breakfast or no breakfast: oh my goodness yes, I’m starving by then – pancakes, toast, eggs, bacon, museli, whatever’s going as long as it’s with coffee.
Chore I don’t care for: washing windows
Dog or Cat: grew up with cats but allergic to them, have Simon the cavoodle whom we all adore

monkton planted these

(i think Monkton planted these near the trout stream)

Essential Electronics: couldn’t be happy without laptop and kitchenaid mixer – well, less happy!
Favorite Cologne: Calvin Klein’s Eternity – completely sucked in by the dreamy ads – and nice florally fragrance
Gold or Silver: gold, especially rose, but also fond of silver when paired with my favourite amber.

oh the intensity

(this is what my brain looks like – it certainly feels like it!)

Handbag I carry most often: plain-jane red despite all the hip ones my mother keeps giving me ;-)
Insomnia: never – I fall asleep in seconds.
Job Title: mother with a touch of boarding mistress
Kids: gorgeous girl, 10
red and white

(this is soooooo coooool – maybe next week)

Living Arrangements: tumbledown house (circa 1920s) with a creaky floor, not enough room and no wardrobes (staircase too steep and windy!)
Most Admirable Trait: the patience to read to my little girl for hours and hours on end
Naughtiest Childhood Behavior: painting the outside wall of our house in Malaysia because it looked dirty – I was not allowed to go to a birthday party being held that afternoon and my sister was, despite being an enthusiastic helper, because she was little and I was big and should have known better!

colour wheel

(i’m thinking colourwheel effect – next week, after I finish the one above ;-))

Overnight hospital stays: so many for asthma, pneumonia, whooping cough etc. that it’s boring – except for the whooping cough in 1977 when Elvis died and all the nurses were crying and I was cross because no one came back to get the thermometer so I broke it!
Phobias: hideously claustrophobic – have had to walk blocks for Julian and Little A to pick me up because I could not get into the shopping centre lift to get to the car. Then there was the day I had to do a 30 point turn when I realised they’d made the tunnel into another carpark longer and I couldn’t see the end of it …. actually maybe I’m carpark phobic – definitely stairwell phobic and a little bit lift phobic, and aeroplane phobic …
Quote: “You can keep your willpower frog, I’m going home to bake a cake.” I have none.


(hey!  let’s make this sampler – who wants to join me?)

Reason to smile: my lovely life.
Siblings: one little sister – she lives in Vancouver, Canada. It’s a bit fraught – remember, she is the little sister and I am the big one who should know better ;-)

Time I wake up: soon after the sun but like to stay in bed and read or stitch or knit … or read blogs.
Unusual Talent or Skill: good at stripping paint, putting together an IKEA bookshelf in under 10 minutes and can play the oboe.

this has my name on it

(this has MY NAME on it – isn’t this gorgeous – definitely next week!)

Vegetable I Refuse to Eat: can’t think of any
Worst Habit: i hate making phone calls and will put it off and put it off and put it off …
X-rays: lots of chest x-rays but not for years and years

are they trees or critters

(are these trees or critters from a Japanese anime? – this will be on the table for Christmas)

Yummy Stuff: so much – bacon, rice pudding, anything roasted, fresh warm bread and butter, german doughnuts, and all washed down with a glass of full cream milk – I like food!
Zoo Animal I Like Most: meer cats – I love how they stand up so straight, with their beady eyes on the lookout for danger and manic intensity – bit like me.

ooooh pretty!

(one day ….)

the abc of me

8 thoughts on “the abc of me

  • May 21, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Have to comment on the quilts! The one with the houses and trees is wonderful. I have been looking longingly at a photo of it on a bed. I took it out of Country Living magazine, I think. But I could not see the whole thing. It is without a doubt on my list of quilts to make before I die, and I even started making some houses (different color scheme) and freehand drawing the tree. Is there a pattern for it in your book?

    I took that same photo of the Dresden plate quilt, because I am thinking about using the 20 Dresden plate blocks that my great-grandmother pieced and making something like that. But I hesitate because it is almost *too* bold. I love it, though.

  • May 21, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    I chuckled at your comment about the “Malaysian” accent!!! :)

  • May 21, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Love your quilt choices, Lily! The Dresden is one of my faves–so bright and cheery. Who doesn’t love bright red polka dots? The pieced child’s quilt with the stars and chintzes is wonderful too. I enjoy finding the stars among all that print. And I HATE the phone.

  • May 22, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Cutest post ever. Loved it and the quilts are darling too.

  • May 22, 2008 at 4:39 am

    Hold on! I have the very same book which is pretty amazing given that the copyright is 1982!

  • May 22, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Great post – and I love the quilt with houses and trees too – I’ve never seen that combination before!

  • May 22, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Oh wow! I love that quilt with the houses and the trees! So so pretty… And the sampler! Are you serious about making it? It would be so pretty!

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