Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Quilting... and Fractions!
I've done it! I've signed up to Loft Creations fabulous string quilt challenge, which is basically encouraging bloggers to make string quilt projects between now and June.
I was nervous about this, because I don't quilt - I've done one fairly basic quilt in my life - and I'm scared off by the thought of placing the wrong fabrics together. But after cutting some strips, and watching my daughter merrily placing them together randomly, I decided to try the same route and put aside my nerves about it. I was pleased with the first block I did:
And I've now completed four.
I have to say, it is hugely addictive.
We've had a brilliant time over Christmas and New Year, and with the snow. We couldn't find a toboggan so my lovely hubs set to and made one in half an hour. I know he's good with wood.
But all the same: Wow! We were impressed.
It worked really well, and we've now got it in case it snows again. Snow and kiddies is a lovely combination, it really is, but I'm glad it appears to be turning to slush. I feel sorry for all the people who have been trapped by it.
11 year old has settled back into school really well. I've been worrying about her understanding fractions. They are tricky for children. So I bought her this:
We were sitting looking at it, and guess who came on Radio 2, talking about the difficulty of children learning about fractions?! Carol Vorderman herself. Coincidences like that are very funny. Anyway, 11 year old seems to have responded well to the first instalment of 'fun with fractions', so hopefully we're going to crack it.
The other thing we managed to do over New Year, was pop and see the horse we used to share. He's so loveable. He's now around 35 and fully retired and living out his life in a good way, which is better than what happens to a lot of old horses. It was so nice to see him again.
He deserves a long and happy retirement, he really does.
Right, I'm off to do some more stringing!