Well, whoever would have thought that I'd make something like this!
I had two rambunctious boys. Now I'm a grandma to Ellen.
I miss her so much at the moment. I have looked after her every week for 18 months, now I haven't seen her for two months because of lockdown, so I have been sending her little presents through the post. xxx
I have one more bound and ready. This one is backed with a donated duvet cover .
And the next, layering in progress....
The last three flimsies of the current batch have been webbed.
*** The webbing of my bow tie quilt is in progress...
A little bit of cutting-I found this block a while ago, loved the sample and have been cutting the strips for a while. It looks complicated though it is only HSTs and four patches from 1 1/2'' and 2 1/2'' strips.
*** And of course, MORE binding. It has been a week of record temperatures in the UK, so sitting with a quilt on my lap hasn't been an option for most of the week!
I got this silver thimble in a house clearance. It is marked 'James Walker the London Jeweler'.
A little bit of research told me that they were given as a free gift with wedding ring purchases. It came from the house of a 90 year old bachelor! Maybe he had a romantic disappointment. They used to make thimbles in much smaller size increments, this one fits me perfectly. Shortly after, I bought another antique one in the perfect size from Ebay.
At the moment I'm working on 40 lap quilts for an old folks care home. I have had a lot of stuff hoarded for charity quilts but lacked the enthusiasm to do more than one every six weeks or so. Now I have a definite goal as there are 40 residents.
Most of the flimsies are done, I finished webbing these tops and putting on scrappy borders today. I cut the borders at 2 1/4", same as the binding. I love a scrappy binding!
A sample batch of 6 have been delivered, including these .
*** I bound these two this week
There was a hiccup with this one, I cut the backing tooo small, so some orphan blocks came in handy!
*** These broken dishes blocks are my leader enders, cut from 2" strips
I have been doing these for months now and have quite a stack, the aim is a queen size!
I discovered junk journals a couple of years ago and I have been experimenting with various formats and styles.
Yesterday, I made this leather bound journal from a hardback book cover and my sons old sofa! It is not finished yet and is something of an experiment, as I haven't decided if I want a hard or soft cover. It is stuffed full and functional though, with the various notebooks I use!
A diary/ daily bullet journal/to do list; personal development notebook; study notebook (I am doing some free courses with the Open University); general notes and to dos; quotes, passwords and reading list; daily diary, design notes.
I function much better if I use paper to think and plan, rather than electronic media, the act of writing makes it stick in my memory better.
I have used all sorts of scraps to assemble the junk journal inserts. It makes life more interesting and recycles old papers and envelopes #saveourplanet!