today was my first patchwork class
… a bear is nice
… an ikea catalogue is very jolly
… and flowers for Moomintroll to dance through are such bliss …
but then, a curly, sneaky thought began to lurch about in my tummy … was tonight the first of the scrappy group patchwork classes?
YES!!!!!!! And I had not finished preparing for it – in fact, it had utterly slipped my mind. I had actually been sitting, dappled in sun, needle in hand on the back verandah, planning a lovely slow day, a companionable afternoon with Little A followed by a quiet and yummy dinner for the two of us (Julian’s in Melbourne), an hour or so of reading The Brief History of Montmaray and then into bed for her, and Grand Design for me. A very nice day.
No! Not to be. Instead, there’s nothing like having to pull a rabbit from your hat to make you finish a project super quick – in this case, the pattern for the Spring Chinese Coin quilt
Then off to Officeworks, after collecting Little A, to buy more photopaper (waste of time, I could NOT get the printer to work), white card, etc. etc. Then frantic baking …
of raspberry and rhubarb muffins for the class, frantic dropping off of poor Little A (who had to spend her 2 hours at home this afternoon listening to a ranting, raving, this-bloody-printer-won’t-work lunatic for a mother), frantic picking up of Carolann and then a desperate attempt to arrive at the class looking composed and feeling enthusiastic, cheerful and calm. That last bit was super tricky.
The muffins were plonked down in the middle of the work table – on one of Nanny Dougall’s plates of course; Putamayo’s French Cafe was set to tinkle in the background – good ambience music; and Dolly (Stacy’s assistant at Peppermint Stitches) prepared my special hot chocolate mix for the class participants.
And we cut and sewed as well! Well they did. I drew applique templates – some students wanted to make Christmas Chinese Coin quilts with puddings, holly and presents, and others wanted spring time flowers – daisies, tulips, and Jacobean thingies.
All in all it was a nice success I think. The class is returning in a month for the next scrappy project and everyone went home late and pleased.
holy dooly! I sure need to find some organisational skills – and I’ll have to spend hours telling Little A that no darling, please don’t do as mummy does – i.e. fall to pieces at the first sign of difficulty and curse everything under the sun – do as mummy says, and approach life with a smile, remembering that nothing difficult lasts for ever and that we really are very blessed … deeeeeeeep breaths, lily, deeeeeep breaths.
p.s. here’s the recipe for Lily’s Special Patchwork Chocolate
2 heaped teaspoons of the best quality organic cocoa (NOT drinking chocolate but straight cocoa)
1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
pinch of paprika
1 cup of full cream milk
Heat the milk until hot – not boiling. Mix the dry ingredients together before adding to the heated milk. Add to the heated milk and stir thoroughly. Drink whilst hot – and savour the delicious chocolaty sludge that pools at the bottom of the mug! :-)
Oh and guess what! Now I finally have a pattern to put up on blockaday. I just have to wait for Julian to get home and work this bit out for me. But he’ll need to forgive me first for shrieking at him down the telephone when the printer wouldn’t work. Oh dear.