Friday 25 January 2019
New kid on the block, and hand sewing
The cat with no name. I have been watching the progress of this tom up our valley for the past two months - alternating between Annie Dol-y-Bont's and almost to the A40, heading in both directions. WHY they have to turn left over our bridge is beyond me. They just seem to be programmed to keep turning left! I thought I wasn't feeding him until I noticed him driving Miffy away from her food. That's the trouble with her being an outside cat and not coming indoors to be fed. I am hoping his testosterone will take him off in the spring . . .
I couldn't progress with the Baltimore quilt until I had material for the next border which is incorporated in the stars and as there was still a sale on at the patchwork shop in Llandeilo, I bit the bullet. This gorgeous Liberty print matches many of the other colours in the prints I have used. 30% off made it not too expensive. I also got a speckly grey-blue for the outer border and the "windows" around the applique blocks.
Shhh. This work in progress is being hand quilted each evening (I LOVE hand quilting). I can't show you the entire design as it is a Christmas present for next year for a family member (or two, I may split it). I just love the jewel colours - the perfect antidote for grey January days. Most of the loops will eventually be outlined.
Above and below, one of the 4 Baltimore panels for the current quilt. I've made three but have to draw up and cut out a further one. I'm using a simple small blanket stitch to edge it all. Not as satisfying as the gentle running-stitch of the quilting, but therapeutic all the same.
Now, I need to dash as we need to pack for the Botanic Gardens Antiques Fair and then set up later on.