I have to sit quietly and let my arm heal at the moment, so I have been busy crafting. This afternoon I put the next strips around the final three blocks which I am putting together at my patchwork class on a Wednesday. The design is Pineapple Log Cabin, although you would find that hard to work out right now. It will be a lap quilt, and those gorgeous little stitching ladies in the middle were a birthday present last year from Dawn McHugh, who has a great blog which catalogues life on her Welsh smallholding, where she is NEVER idle for a minute!
Above, I sewed these hexi's yesterday morning whilst catching up on the new Series 3 of Outlander. BLISS!! They are destined to finish off an unfinished 1970s patchwork quilt top I bought last year. Then I cast my eye over it again and realized these should all have velvet centres . . . That's tomorrow's job then - busy with the stitchripper and some fresh velvet centres.
I do have one of these (a quilting ruler), somewhere in the house, but damned if I could find it when I needed it this week, so I had to buy this one. Imperial measure as I'm a feet 'n' inches gal. It came in the most ginormous box, which we will use for apples (which we have in abundance, as always).
Dawn wrote about my taking up lace making on her blog (she gave me my first lesson recently and got me started). Her mother-in-law read her blog and kindly brought over a starter-kit for me when she came to stay with Dawn and family this week. I am VERY grateful. The round item is the lace pillow, and the blue material (thanks Dawn) is to cover it with - blue is the traditional colour. I have now (naturally) lost the stapler, which lived in the bottom of my food cupboard for at least 10 years, but is now MISSING . . .
This pretty bag is a special cover for the lace pillow, to keep it clean and everything in one place.
A dozen pairs of lace bobbins with pretty dangles, to help me get started. I have about 13 pairs which I have collected in recent years, so am well on the way now.
It is Torchon lace I am starting on, and Dawn's m-in-law kindly photocopied a few basic designs for me to work through, and the blue card is the pricking for this first pattern.
I am close to the end of my first piece of lace now - not without its faults! - but when it is finished I will show, and also the start of my next lesson.
Finally, I have blown the dust off this quilt which I began for Elder Daughter two years ago, but it got sidelined as some of the blocks weren't an accurate size and I got frustrated with it. Now I WILL get it right and finish it, along with Middle Daughter's quilt . . .