I've been going like the clappers on the double sided horsey quilt in the hope that I can finish it and post it to Mum for quilting before she travels 3,000km to visit me... Otherwise it will be a few months before Mum is home again and can quilt it.
We shall see what I can do... in the last few days I found some horse colouring pictures on the internet and have traced out a few and turned them into blocks. I bought these gorgeous Gutermann Sulky variegated threads to stitch the horses on, but after cutting them out I can see with vivid Kaffe fabrics the outlines will need more definition.
I have chosen colours to give a whimsical fun air, bright and lavish.
This is for one side of the horsey quilt.
I've now stitched 5 horse blocks. I am not sure what size I will trim them to yet. I will wait and see how many I make.
The black free machine applique has certainly helped to define the outlines of the horses.
I have another 7 horse pictures. Let's see how many more I can cut out, fuse and stitch on in the next few days.
Even though they are not quite finished, Shelley and Rhette needed to snuggy under their blankies...
both feeling a bit under the weather, and really, it's all a crafter asks for is her creations to be used, loved and appreciated.
Here is a pic of the robot and dinosaur bunting hanging in situ.
And even though I'd love to get them finished, (and the purple one on the couch which is for my sister expecting her first baby), the mailman brought the horse fabrics to make my little girl's quilt.... and I'm going to try to whip up an original double sided quilt in the next couple of weeks - so that I can post it to Mum to quilt before she leaves (3000km from here) to drive here for a visit. I'm keen!
At the same time as juggling deadlines for the July cushion, I am trying to finish two crochet blankets. When will they be finished? Er. How long is a piece of wool. No really, I want to use as much of the wool as possible. So I will make them as large as possible.
I've just joined on another piece to Shelley's blanket, and it is now doubled in size. It's just big enough to go over her body. Really needs to be bigger. Of course, ends must also be sewn in.
I am loving the variegated yarn. I would be bored silly making the same block over and over if not for the colour changes.
I'd better get cracking on Rhette's blanky now. I need to finish them at the same time you see... siblings. ;)
I've been working great guns on the cushion. It needs to be finished by July for a special gift. Should be a shoo-in..... except that I have a couple of things I want to quickly make that may just distract me for a while... I hope it ends up finished at the right time!
I'm loving the richness of the colours, even though it's an acrylic yarn it is very soft and the hues are vivid, even if they don't glow as wool does.
I am adoring this little bit of handwork. There are a few more blocks not quite finished, and then I feel the caravan stash of prepared applique will have dried up and a top-up from the storage container interstate will be in order.
This blog is a journal of my collected works. Each year I have it printed in hard copy to pass on information to my ancestors in future years. Many old quilts survive today with no information about their maker, or identification of the quilter. Have you labelled your quilts? What is their story?