Photo above - stormy skies started the week here. It poured in monsoon-type showers on and off, and I put back my planned walk!!
Whilst confined to barracks, I have spent a couple of days (when I should have been doing housework really!) getting on with the Christmas quiltmaking. The top for Gabby's quilt is now pieced and I am on the borders. It is good to not be unpicking all the faults I made into it 3 years ago! It's not perfect but I am not looking too closely at some of the point joints on the Pinwheels!
Below is what will be the outer border. The inner border is plain white, and I've sewn one side on this morning. I began on the outer border on Monday afternoon and although the cutting and piecing is a fairly slow process, it's coming together.
Today was my patchwork class, and I finished the red and white cushion (which used the spare pieced top that I then hand-quilted). It's been years since I last did any hand quilting so I need to get more practice in.
Below is this afternoon's work (I was surprised I did so well with it). It is a table topper in a design called "Round the Twist" and came complete with materials (the 5" squares were pre-cut, which speeded things up no end!) and instructions. However, the instructions were somewhat confusing and I really needed the help of my patchwork teacher as I couldn't make sense of some of them! No homework on THIS piece as the next stage involves cutting out off centre squares using a template we have transferred onto clear plastic so you can see the alignment of the main guidelines (it just doesn't work properly if you were to use the card it's printed on). I guess if you are familiar to this design, it all makes sense, but after a night of broken sleep (again) I needed all the guidance I could get!! I really love the colourway used anyway, and such pretty prints. It was an indulgence at the time as it wasn't cheap, but no regrets.
Tonight I rustled up some plain mince (Keith) which will do for two meals, and for me I made what was going to be a Chilli, until I found out I had used the last of the Kidney Beans, so they have been added to my shopping list and a tin of Taco Spicy Mixed Beans bunged in instead. That should be really tasty and filling now the cold wintery nights have arrived.
I will try and remember to put up the recipe for the Venison casserole I made for Keith's birthday celebrations last week. It is from the stable of Antony Worrall Thompson and very rich. No photos as we ate half and the other half is in the freezer.