I have finished my quilt for the Doll Quilt Swap! Today I made and attached the binding, and all that's left to do is make and attach a label. I'm so please with it! I shall be quite sad to say goodbye to this one. The backing is just a self striped white fabric with a pink pieced strip running through the middle of it.
I kept the quilting very simple - partly because that's what I feel comfortable with and partly because, with two very different styles of piecing, I didn't want to try anything that might make it look too busy. So I just stitched in the ditch around the log cabins and hexagons, and then stitched another line through the white sashing strips. I used Perle cottons for the quilting - this is the first time I've used it (previously I've used stranded embroidery cotton) and I LOVED it! It just seemed nicer to use and had less of a tendency to tangle.
For the binding I used this very pretty pink and grey fabric from the Dolce line by Tanya Whelan. I'd had this in mind from the beginning but, as the quilt progressed, I wasn't sure if a solid binding might be better. Once I had made and attached the binding though, I loved the look of it, so I'm glad I stuck with my initial choice!
So that's it! The quilt is done but I can't send it off to it's new owner until the end of August, so at least I will get to look at it for a little longer! I now need to think of some other little goodies to make to send with it but, apart from those, there probably won't be much in the way of crafting from me for a while.
The kids break up for the summer next week and, although William will probably be off out with his friends most of the time, I need to devote some real quality time to Joe. We had his report on Friday and, while he's doing ok in reading and maths, his writing level is still way down and is his main area of concern. We had his transition meeting also on Monday and I found out that, unfortunately, he will not get to keep Katie, his lovely 1-1 helper! I am really disappointed about this but he will have someone else, who I also know slightly, so I will stay positive and see how he gets on. His new teacher for year 3 is a really lovely male teacher, who I am very happy about (as is Joe - always a good sign if he likes the teacher!) I'm normally fairly laid back about homework in the holidays but I need to really put in some effort with Joe this summer, to try and give his writing skills a boost, as well as trying to fit in all the other activities, swimming, days out etc, so I may be fairly quiet on the blog in general. I will still try and keep up with my favourite blogs (I foresee some late nights coming as that will probably be the only time I can do this!) and will try to at least post some pictures here, if not many words.
For now though, I hope you all have a fabulous summer!
P.S. Sports Day actually wasn't too bad! The cloud cover came over at just the right time so it was pleasantly cool. Joe still didn't want to take part but he behaved himself fairly well and enjoyed some time playing in the long jump sand pit and cuddling a friends baby!