My March ALYOF project

ALYOF logoI decided I needed a break from working on WIPs I have on hand (I like to think of it as time off for good behaviour in the first two months of this year), and have chosen to start a new quilt for my March ALYoF project 🙂

DSCF7149 croppedI fell in love with the autumn colours of these fabrics last year, and have taken them out many times since my purchase to stroke and admire them – as I know you all do with fabrics which speak to you 🙂  And then while I was looking through some patterns today, trying to decide what to do for my March project, I came across one for a Wonky Block quilt, and immediately thought of these fabrics, which I reckon will be just perfect for it.

So I’ve made a start this evening on a twin size quilt, and my aim is to have it completed to at least the flimsy stage by the end of the month.  If I get further than that, all well and good, but there are still a lot of cricket matches to go in the Cricket World Cup, which doesn’t finish until Sunday 29 March, so I didn’t want to add extra pressure by saying I was aiming for a totally finished quilt! 🙂

And talking of cricket, I am excited and delighted to say that the Black Caps won the match against Australia yesterday!  To quote from one of the reports:

 “The game had everything: perfect weather, a full house, a flurry of early boundaries followed by eye-popping collapses, sensational swing bowling, clever spin bowling, and perhaps the calmest batsman in the world hitting one of the fastest bowlers in the world for a straight six to seal a one-wicket victory for New Zealand.”  It was so exciting (and also stressful at times, particularly towards the end!), poor Henry Lee got quite sick of me yahooing and carrying on when the Australian wickets were falling and Brendon McCullum (our captain) was smashing the ball here, there and everywhere! 🙂   Of course it wasn’t so much fun when it was our wickets that were falling, but Kane Williamson kept us on course, hit that wonderful six to win the match, and the whole country breathed a huge sigh of relief.

The Black Caps have a week off now, with our next match on Sunday 8 March, against Afghanistan, in Napier on the east coast of the North Island.  The extraordinary summer we’ve been having has encouraged good crowds at the matches, although I have to confess I prefer to watch it in comfort at home, where I can turn on the fan when it gets too hot, and get up to replenish my drink without having to squeeze past a row of people and hike up and down countless steps and wait in a queue 🙂

Thanks for putting up with all my cricket comments – I’m just enjoying the World Cup so much I can’t help myself! 🙂


9 thoughts on “My March ALYOF project

  1. Pingback: One more, just one more game! | Me 'n' Henry Lee

  2. I smile when I read about cricket. It’s such a foreign language to me. My son follows it, but I never get the hang of it. LOL I love your fabrics and wish you the best in getting your twin top done. You have a great sense of humor.

    • Cricket is still a slightly foreign language to me too, don’t worry! I still don’t know what all the positions are called, nor the terms they use to describe some of the balls that are bowled – but it doesn’t stop me enjoying the game 🙂 I also enjoy the exchanges and gentle ribbing between some of the commentators, some of them have a very dry sense of humour which just adds to the fun! Meanwhile the quilting is going well, I’ve now reached the stage of starting to add on the borders, so making good progress 🙂

  3. The same here, I don’t know much about it. I guess it’s because I didn’t grow up with it in Scandinavia. It was all about winter sports, running, track and field and football 🙂 But happy you enjoy the World Cup! Your new project looks promising – wonderful autumn colors!

    • Thank you! It’s going well and I’m pleased with how it looks and the progress I’ve made so far. The Black Caps play again this Sunday, so that might slow things down a little, but pretty sure I’m still on track to meet the end of the month deadline 🙂

    • Thank you! Our Black Caps cricket team hasn’t always been the most consistent or successful in past years, so it’s wonderful to see them performing so well at such a crucial time! 🙂

  4. I don’t follow cricket, but I know how it is to be following a team in the “finals.” I’m a baseball fan and it’s hard to quilt when there is game almost every night!

    Good look to you on your new quilt, the colors are fantastic!

    • Thank you 🙂 Autumn is absolutely my favourite season, so I guess it’s natural that these colours appeal to me 🙂 And yes, it is hard to quilt when there’s a game on! Although the one-day cricket that’s on at present can go for approximately 8-9 hours in total, including a break of about 35-40 minutes between each side’s innings, so that does mean there are times when it’s possible to do a little quilting … And the replays of any exciting moments also mean that you generally don’t miss out on any really important action 🙂


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