So, here it is, still drying on the washing line! Apologies for the scruffy background, but once it was actually dry, the sun was so bright that my other photos look a bit washed out, but I'll show you anyway!
I absolutely LOVE this quilt! It has turned out exactly as I had hoped and it is so very, very me! It's probably the simplest quilt I've made - no precise or complicated cutting or piecing, no matching points or squaring up of blocks. In fact, some might say it's a bit lazy and slapdash - (to which I would happily admit that I am both of those things!) - but I prefer to think of it as more... organic.
Inspired by Indian Kantha quilts, I did two wide bands of intensive hand quilting, using a mixture of perle cotton colours (pale blue, silver grey and pink). I was very happy to take my time handquilting this one - I am not a fast stitcher and I could only manage about 3 rows at a time before my finger started to tingle (I don't use a thimble).
The rest was "organic" straight line machine quilted using an off white Aurifil thread. I had a little bit of trouble with this as my basting leaves a lot to be desired, so I had to keep re-adjusting it as I went along. And let me tell you, trying to re-baste a quilt that has already been partially quilted is a real bitch! Urgh! Next time I think I might bite the bullet and send it out to be basted for me!
The binding went on beautifully, thanks to Susan's great tip! I've been winding my bindings onto an old cotton spool for ages but it had never occured to me to put that spool on the spare holder thing on the machine while I stitched it on!!
It worked like a dream! And I absolutely love how the binding looks with the rest of the quilt - if you remember, I made the binding before I had even started on the quilt!
It measures about 51x58", so perfect snuggling-up-on-the-sofa size, although of course it's far too hot for that at the moment! But that's fine, for now I am very happy just looking at it, draped over the back of my chair.
Today I finished stitching the binding on the Back to Front quilt. Last week, whilst half of blogland was busy preparing for the FQ Retreat, it somehow gave me the motivation to give the final push on the quilting - not easy in this weather, I'll grant you, but I was on a roll so I went for it. Then this morning I hand-stitched the binding, which is probably my favourite part of the process.
You can just see the fan in the corner there, which was blowing on me constantly as, despite the thunder storms last night, it was still rather on the muggy side here, so the breeze was essential! So the quilt is finished, but still has to be washed and dried, so you will have to wait a little longer for the full reveal, but I am soooo happy with how it has turned out!! Watch this space...!
Whilst the search for a dog is continuing, last weekend we were lucky enough to have a little visitor come to stay, when some friends appealed on Facebook for someone to look after their dog that weekend.
H is the loveliest little dog you could imagine. Considering she had never been to our house, or even met any of us before, she settled in incredibly well. The first night was a bit unsettled, with her coming up the stairs, whining and scratching at our door a few times, but the second night was much better. (Although she did creep upstairs and sleep outside our bedroom door, but she didn't disturb us at all). It was so great to be able to have a "trial run" at having a dog, from the logistics of where she would sleep and where her food bowls would go, to the fun of taking her out for walks and giving her lots of cuddles. J was thrilled to bits at having a furry friend to stay, and I think we were all a bit sad when it was time for her to go home again!
I think she set the bar quite high for the search for our own dog - she was the perfect size, didn't bark or chew up any of our belongings, didn't wee in the house (which I did think might happen due to her being anxious about being left) and was incredibly affectionate with everyone! Hopefully we will find one just as lovely very soon.
Lime green fleece (purchased from here) and dark green wool felt (from here). I've never sewn a cube before but it came together very easily. Just needs another bag of stuffing (that stuff never goes as far as you think it will!) and then he will be done.
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