Lots has happened of course - Baby Ben has been born:
But now he looks like this:
I've been on holiday from work this week - off work and on my own has been a rare thing over the past year. I had an enormous to-do list which is only slightly smaller but I am totally chilled now. I've pieced a quilt for a friend but won't post a picture until I've given it to her.
For a long time I have wanted to make a strippy quilt. I love hand-quilting and it's a long time since I made a traditional quilt rather than a patchwork quilt. I'm busy marking it up today.
First of all I vacuumed thoroughly. The quilt is a shabby-chic floral and ivory strippy quilt and my floor is always fluffy!
I always tape a strip of white paper to the table so that I can see the designs through the fabric.
|Gathering together the designs|
I chose a Weardale Chain because you can put small designs in the centre. I'm also using a four strand cable for the floral strips because it is more effective to have a crisp design. Too much detail becomes lost.
I am using a traditional Durham Rose for the spaces in the Weardale Chain but I'm interspersing these with designs which are personal to me:
- A strawberry and beehive (who would have guessed?);
- A robot (Will, my oldest son, built lots of robots when he was younger and we travelled the country for competitions);
- A rugby ball for John (I spent many cold but happy hours on the touchline, and many hours in casualty too....);
- A butterfly for beautiful Steph;
- A bunny for Ben, but it should probably be a jack-in-the-box;
- A swan for my oldest friend Karin (it was her maiden name);
- A diamond for my lovely friend Alison, aka Mavis.
Last time I made a Durham Quilt it took me nearly ten years. Hopefully this one will be quicker. I'll keep you posted.
When I get myself more organised I will be posting blocks for my new quilt -
Picture the Year
It's about 34" square and intended to be a wall quilt but I will be making some individual blocks which can be made into little cushions or bags.
I better get on then.