Tuesday 19 February 2019

A busy but very enjoyable few weeks!

It has been a very busy few weeks here.  Since I last wrote, we have had quite a number of visitors which has kept me out of mischief!!  It has meant I haven't had as much time for stitching but there are times when that has to take second place!!

We had a lot of snow at our Chalet but the sun came out after the snow had fallen and it was a beautiful Winter Wonderland.  It is always such a joy to be snug inside looking out at the beauty and to go out and breathe in the pure, fresh air.  Makes you feel good to be alive and very lucky!!

Among our visitors were my eldest daughter, her boyfriend and some other friends followed by my son, his wife and my cute little grand-daughter.  It was fantastic to spend time with them all and to have lots of cuddles with Sophie.

Before they arrived (well, actually on the day they arrived) I managed to get the second cardigan I was knitting for Sophie finished.  Luckily it did just still fit her (she has grown a lot since I last saw her).  

The house felt very empty after they all went home so, I have been filling my time with finishing off the quilting on the last of the four baby quilts that I pieced before Christmas. 

This quilt was for a friend's daughter and I used Tilda fabrics and quite simple piecing. I wasn't sure about it when the piecing was finished and it took me a while to decide how to quilt it.

In the end I quilted alternate blocks with straight line quilting and the blocks in between with an orange-peel pattern.  As soon as I started the quilting, it made such a difference to the quilt.  It really brought it to life and by the time I had finished it, I was really delighted with the end result.  Now the quilt is on it's way to it's new home.  I hope they will like it!

Here are the four finished quilts.  I have been really pleased with how they all turned out and was very happy to be able to practise my free motion quilting.  It is something that you need to keep practising!!

I have also been working on a little quilt from a pattern by Suzy Quilts called Mojo Minis.  This is a very different style for me but it is exciting to try new styles and ideas.  I have been hand quilting it and, after all the free motion quilting, it has been nice to get back to some hand work too.  It is not finished yet but, I'll show you more next time!

Thank you for visiting! Until the next time..... 😊