I've been quite busy soldiering away this week. Some progress has been made on the favour for a friend quilt. Not much, it's true, but some. I'll take some pics next week of the blocks so far.
After finishing off the dresden plate, and whilst I wait for the lovely Christine to work her magic on it quilting wise (she is off to the US for some classes and things in a week or so, so she asked if she could hang on until she got back to start it. In case she learned some amazing new thing that would be perfect for my quilt) I've been at a bit of a loss whilst watching TV at night. A couple of secret things have been finished, but I can't show you them just yet. My hands like to keep busy on the sofa, so I needed a new hand sewing project to keep me sane.
The Hexy MF (remember the song by Prince? Singing it makes hand sewing fly by, it really does)
I've made a start, but I have a long way to go and I'm not entirely sure what I want for borders. I've ordered some grey cross weave but a pin dot might be nice. Maybe in brown. Or black. Or something. I'll decide when I get these flowers sewn together. I'm not doing the traditional 'path', I want a busy flowerbed, full of these bright Anna Maria Horner flowers. I'm using little folks voiles (the dots for the centre are so textural, really lovely to touch), some good folks and a little bit of bohemian. It's a festival of Anna Maria Horner!
Speaking of which....
After spotting the single most amazing pin cushion in the world on flickr and coveting it for a little while (those tiny hexes actually give me goosebumps). I thought I'd give one a go, although my hexes are much bigger. Hers are like fairy hexes. And the needle book? Gaspity gasp. I think I'm in love. Actually, click on the link and check out all of her pictures, it's a full on goosebump festival. I'm working up to the tiny fairy hexes. Or down? Either way, I'll get there, just not quite yet. They scare me a little bit, my fingers aren't nimble enough.
Whilst I'm in the mood for getting things done I thought it was high time I cut out the templates for the single girl quilt by Denyse Schmidt. I'll never get round to making it if I have to cut out templates too, will I? I will admit, I cheated a little and copied the pattern so I could glue the shapes onto card stock and cut it out that way. The tracing was making me queasy, especially as my lightbox is my dining room window, and having to have my arms up for any more than a few seconds makes me feel very tired. Upper body strength is not my forte. I am more of a champion sitting in one place for hours at a time kind of girl.
All in all, I feel like a successful week was had this week. And the Easter holidays started too, which means I should have both monkey children running about. In reality, the oldest has disappeared to her best friend's house (where she even has her own bed and 'stuff') and I am unlikely to see her unless I go visit. And even then, she might only peer down the stairs, say hello and disappear back upstairs again. I wonder what on earth they have to talk about for so long. Apparently it's just 'random stuff'.
Hope you all have a lovely Easter, and that the Easter Bunny brings you lots of eggs. It's actually sunshiney here in the usually wet and windy Yorkshire. Result!!!!
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