Just this morning we were laughing about being "Hunter Gatherers" and I realised I certainly am in at least 2 ways. Fabric for one - I hunt it down and then gather it. In the photo you can see the now complete 2 piles ready for my class on Friday. So yes, Andrea I am ready but can't start till then. ( there are 120 purple rectangles, each 2.5" by 9" and 120 green rectangles the same measurements. ) In preparation I have cleaned thoroughly and oiled my machine and packed it and all the gear I need in my 2 trolley bags . I have wound extra bobbins; renamed my gear where it was rubbing off and now hope I haven't forgotten anything!( I better check my requirements list one last time ) Isn't it strange how colours in photos change, with the light, I guess, but when I compare the photo of the fabric here and the one in the last post they appear different. IN the flesh so to speak, I really like the colours so hope they go well together in the quilt.
What we were really talking about with hunting and gathering was all the things we collect in Autumn that we grow.Some you know about the Kiwifruit and Avocados and Walnuts but we also grow other things. See here the basket of Persimmons - one of my most favourite fruit. They are not perfect like shop bought ones but they are off our tree and I had to pick some before the birds took them all - they are mean they start eating way before the fruit is properly ripe so if I want any at all I have to pick them early. We are also collecting Chestnuts and roasting them in the microwave. This year they are lovely - that's not always the case, so it has to be to do with the weather, amount of rain and early heat. We have a Sapote tree that the possums are enjoying so we pick some of them too. They don't keep well so it is no use picking lots at a time.
For the hunting part we set traps and poison bait stations for the possums and DH shoots rabbits - but that's about as wild as it gets - no big game!
Inky is almost back to normal the bald spots are covering over and he seems fine.( not limping ).
For quilting at the moment I am still handquilting the flower quilt and would you believe I am unpicking a large top I made some years ago that I don't like. It was made to use up scraps and I also introduced nice big pale blue 18" squares. The scraps spoil it so it is coming undone slowly cause I want the fabric back to use somewhere that I like it. All the other bits can go back in my parts departments ( ziplock plastic bags for various sizes actually ) When I iron the big squares out they still have plenty of potential. Never thought I would do that; but there ya go!
Roll on Friday!