Yes, I talk wool for a while and then I want to talk fabric, love flicking between the two, love creating with both. I have a couple of quilt tops ready for the sandwiching stage, where quilt top, wadding, backing and thousands of stitches becomes a finished quilt. Thought I'd share a couple with you in the hope that it inspires me to finish them. Good thought, let's see if it works!!
This first one, 'Hopscotch Harriet' is a stash buster, using a favourite pattern called 'Rebekah Amy Quilt' by Rosalie Quinlan. Maybe it's still in its unfinished state because I cut out and sewed three versions of this same pattern at the same time ... whatever was I thinking?
Love the colours. Want to see the other two versions, the other two finished versions? I think it's just the 300 squares of hand quilting required on each quilt that I'm resisting. This next one, made for Girl 1, is called 'Milk and Honey'.
And for Girl 2, 'Strawberries a Go-Go'. They look so completely different in the different colourways. Do you have a favourite?
Then there is 'Iced Cupcakes' which I started in 2003 ... yikes, that's a confession and a half. Designed by Leanne Beasley of Leanne's House, it consists of lots of stitchery and applique, neither of which I had done before. It was a monumental task!!
And of course, my recent 'I See Red' quilt is in the queue, and may just jump to the front!
My current hand-quilting project really needs some time devoted to it. I've almost missed the best time of year to hand quilt, when it's cold and the near-finished quilt is all snuggly on your lap ... ahh, bliss. Looking over in the corner there, I see a very sad sight. My neglected project sitting sadly on its hoop ... like an old party frock that no longer fits, but still hangs in your cupboard reminding you of slimmer days. Constantly reminding you!
So armed with all those reminders of unfinished quilts, I really shouldn't be thinking of making any more right now, should I?!! But. My two girls are now wanting their own bedrooms and when girls go into new bedrooms they want to decorate it exactly as they want (yes, I'm scared already!!) and they have asked their Mum/Mummy to make them a special quilt for their new rooms, one will be green and one will be pink, I know this already. So the other day, out came the necessary tubs of fabric.
And from those tubs of fabric, young fingers picked favourite pieces of fabric. And we ended up with a green pile of fabric and a pink pile of fabric. A little tweaking needs to happen, shh don't tell them!!
Okay, now just to find a few more hours in each day, and I'll be set!!
Wishing you all a fabulous weekend.
It will be fabulous here, hubby's home from hospital, and we're celebrating Fathers Day!!