bank holiday weekend

With DS and DD2 away at the local Sea Cadet Unit for a training weekend, DH and I were at home with little one, who’s not really so little as she’s now 6. Saturday was rather damp so I thought I’d better catch up on one of my UFO’s , of which there are many.

This one was begun last summer in a fit of enthusiasm until I got to the hundreds of pinwheels in one of the borders. (Not really hundreds, but it felt like it – my centres rarely meet!) I ended up listing it on the Popular Patchwork forum at the start of the year and eventually got the top finished but quilting it was another matter. I had basted it at Easter but that was as far as it got. So yesterday, I cleared the decks, set up my big Husqvarna, and decided I needed more pins…

DH was happy with his laptop and DD3 was busily creating from a pile of junk so I headed off to Rochester. There’s a lovely shop called Homespun there, run by Marion Haslam, and I got some lovely fabrics and new books as well as the pins.

Then I also got some fibres for my embellishing machine and odds and ends in the art shop. One of the many charity shops also had a back issue of Fabrications for my collection.

I came home, quit procrastinating and got down to work.  It’s hard work, even with the walking foot as I decided to make a heavy quilt for extra warmth with a thin poly wadding and a heavy fleece blanket as backing. My shoulders definitely hurt today despite frequent breaks to read my new book and do some sorting of all the stuff that seems to accumulate in this house. It’s almost done and hopefully I’ll have it ready to take to my quilt group on Tuesday to handsew the binding in place.

I’ve also done some work on swaps but pics of those will have to wait until they’ve been received – don’t want to spoil the surprise!

Have a good bank holiday tomorrow! 🙂


About sheppeylass

Mum of 4, I live on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. I've always sewn but the quilting bug snagged me a couple of years ago and now, with the encouragement of my artist husband, I'm spreading my wings into textile art.
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