Been struggling to find the Summer this past few weeks! Today, finally, it looks like we may have made it and my tender plants, optimistically put outside a couple of weeks ago, might no longer need a blanket at bed time.
No shortage of quilts and blankets in this household. I decided not to make a rod for my own back and do three quilts for the Festival as the builders arrive in a week or so, I reduced my entry to two.
One of them is foundation pieced and is not the idea I was intending to do, it just sneaked up on me, inspired by some of the flowers coming into bloom in the garden. Sometimes sneaky ideas are a nightmare to make, other times, they work. This one, so far, is one that is working, despite the over a hundred pieces of paper foundation piecing!
Knitting has happened too- I recently went through all my, I admit, considerable stash of wools and was brutal with my pruning. I kept only the really good stuff I know I can use, the rest- all those odd balls kept 'just in case' went to a craft Charity Shop, someone will love those wools. I never thought I would be pleased to have completed knitting a four ply Shetland wool tweed cowl and had the weather to wear it in May, feeling so cold that I went on to knit matching fingerless gloves, but this May it was COLD.
And then there were more...
tulips..I was teaching the Quilt as You Go Tulip Block I showed you in my previous post at Lady Sew & Sew and my Scandinavian inspiration block, also featuring a tulip. I was so inspired by the blocks the ladies made that I am now embarking on a quilt using the tulip motif - all machined, which is unusual for me, but I have to conquer my fear of machine quilting!
Also sampling some little projects for classes for The West Country Quilt Show in November- one hour long, hand stitching, all materials provided, felt embroidered decorations.