Monday, 15 February 2010

A quick update

Here's my Mariners Compass with the extra borders - not sure if I've finished yet. It's on the back burner for a while until I decide.




In the meantime I'm working on a UFO. Last year I had a charm pack which I decided to make a chinese coins quilt with. I had sliced the charms in half and sewn them together into 4 rows. BUT now I have decided against it and have spent a little time unpicking. I have a plan......



And my stash busting plans went awry when I visited the fabric warehouse. The last few times I've been the selection was very poor and I came away empty-handed. but this time I was tempted and bought 15 yards - all washed but with nowhere to put it yet.



And it is a big day tomorrow - do you remember the quilt I raffled to raise funds for dd Jess's trip to Africa ? Well tomorrow she flies out and I am feeling very emotional. I know she is sensible and it is all well planned. We have had the AIDS and drugs talks and safety briefings etc but she is still my little girl and I know I will worry for the 2 weeks she is away. It is SO hard letting them try out their wings...
She has a very full itinerary - helping out in the orphanages and shanty schools - and I'm sure will have an amazing time - but I sure hope the time goes quickly for us at home. And also thanks once again to those of you who bought tickets and helped to make this possible for Jess.

Take care xxx

29 comments:

Jan Hatchett said...

My goodness, that mariner's compass is fabulous! Love it! I am definitely not in the league to produce something like that, yet.

I will pray for your daughter's safe travels and return. I know it is so hard for us Moms to let them go. We just love too much!

Gail said...

Beautiful Mariner's compass! I'm sure Jess will be fine (Mom to Mom pep talk here) and will return with a different perspective on life.

Ali Honey said...

Be a brave Mum now and send her off with a smile. I wish her well.

The M's compass looks Great!

Carolyn said...

Beautiful quilt, you've done a great job on it! You must be so proud that she's heading off...it will be hard, but think of what she'll be learning there. Congratulations on your part in getting her there!

OzRose said...

Love the Mariners compass - lovely job. I am sure that Jess will be fine, my friends daughter goes there in a couple of months - they will all be fine and learned at the end of the day I am sure. xx

Jude said...

Mariners Quilt, well! what can I say...it's gorgeous! I know I can admire but I just haven't got the skill.
Jess will have a fab time and you'll be proud of her, smile and keep the tears for later when she's gone.
Take care
Jude

Gene Black said...

I love your compass.

I would tell you not to worry about Jess...but I know you will anyway. I will say, be proud of her for putting her good intentions into action. More people in this world need to do that.

heather said...

Wonderful Mariner's compass quilt. I really like the border that you chose for it.

gamawinkie said...

The mariner's compass is more beautiful than I imagined!

About Jess, I do understand. I had to let my "little girl" try her wings and relocate 5000 miles away from home. (for college). It was perhaps the hardest thing I have ever done. It made her grow up and me to "let go". Prayers are with you.
Renea

claudia said...

The Mariner's Compass is amazing. I just keep staring at it. There is so much depth to it!
I will keep your daughter in my thoughts and prayers for a wonderful trip and a safe return home. I am so sure she will be just fine though. It will be a great trip for her, in so many ways.
Can't wait to see what you decide to do on your quilting. I went to a fabric store yesterday, coupons in hand and plenty of money earmarked for fabric...I cam home with one piece. I just could not decide which ones would come home with me...Frustrating!

LC said...

Your mariner's compass is wow! Great job, and good color/value selections.

I'm thinking your daughter is as safe there as she would be anywhere when the prayers of God's people go with her. He is in charge, at home in traffic or on the other side of the world. I read Jeremiah 29:11 this morning - how it fits when we worry about the future!

Gina said...

Love th Mariner's Compass. the border is fabulous.
Give Jess my love as she flies out. I'm sure she'll be fine Andrea but I know how you feel. A mother's job is to worry.

Love and hugs Gina xxx

tich said...

The Mariner's Compass is beautiful!
Jess will have a fantastic time. Loads of chocolate and cups of tea will help until she comes home safe and sound!

Floss said...

Love the Mariner's compass. I am sure Jess will have a great time and you should try no to worry too much.

Chookyblue...... said...

I would love to have a go at a mariners compass.............yours is looking great.........

Andrea said...

Marvellous! your Mariners Compass is GREAT! Congratulations!

A Time for Stitching said...

The mariners compass is wonderful. I especially like the way the border looks 3-dimensional.

Your daughter's trip will be the experience of a lifetime and I hope she enjoys and makes the most of every second!
Teresa x

sewkalico said...

Wishing Jess a safe and enjoyable trip. Wishing you lots of pleasant distractions until she returns.
Your Mariner's Compass looks great and those are fab fabric finds!

Jessilynn said...

Your Mairner's Compass is stunning!! and don't worry too much about your girl...she will do fine and will come home with wonderful stories...It is great that she wants to travel and help others. My youngest went to Africa a few years ago and it was life changing.

Chocolate Cat said...

I am sure Jess will be home before you know it full of wonderful stories of all she has seen and done.

jindiscottage said...

Wow Andrea - your Mariners Compass is awesome. Best wishes to Jess for her trip (and to you while she is away). Annette

Meredith said...

hopefully it will not seem like she is gone that long. Your compass is fantastic.

anne bebbington said...

Bon voyage Jess - you will come back a different person - enjoy the experience

Guðrún said...

The Mariner´s compass is gorgeous. I know it is always hard when your "little" children go somewhere ALONE but they seem to be stronger than we think.

Meggie said...

Good Luck to Jess.
I adore your Mariners Compass, it is wonderful.

julieQ said...

I love your compass!! Wow, that is not an easy feat. Hoping safe travel mercies for your baby.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh I love your mariners compass quilt! It is beautiful!

L. Gray said...

I have always wanted to have a go at a mariner's compass wallhanging. Would you consider posting the pattern/magazine details for this version? It's lovely and you have selected perfect fabrics to make it as gorgeous as it is. Excellent!

Lynda said...

The mariners compass is stunning. I love the 'mountain' border.