Sunday, 15 February 2015

Crochet Morning

This week it was my turn to host a crochet morning for a few local mums. Now I'm not much of a crocheter really, but there was zero interest in a quilting morning and a get together with company, coffee, cake and crafty is a lovely way to spend a morning. Especially now my little one's at nursery 5 mornings a week and the house feels like a ghost ship. So, crochet morning it was.

So Monday morning I dropped in to the local wool shop and let my daughter pick out some yarn, and by Saturday night I had the finished article.

The company was good, the cake was pretty good and best of all, my little girl loves them.

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Hug-a-Bit Quilts

Sunday, 8 February 2015

A Quick Finish

I've had one of those moments where I've realised how far I've come in the last year on quilting.

My neighbour's had to go into hospital for surgery and is expecting to be in a few weeks. While I think the NHS is amazing and I'm incredibly grateful for the life saving work of the workers, there's no doubt that they are pretty dismal places to stay in, even for a few days.

I wanted to make something to make the place a bit less clinical for her, so grabbed some soft lilacs from my stash and in under a week have pressed, cut, sewn, basted, quilted and bound the quilt.

While a tumbler pattern and the quilting may be basic, I like the balance of the quilt, the corners meet beautifully and the quilting's got decent tension throughout, with only a few tiny puckers on the back. All of which would have been a real challenge this time last year and would have taken 3 or 4 times the time.

It's not life changing, it's never going to set the blogosphere alight, but it's a real pleasure to be able to take a small stack of fabric and make something for a really warm and friendly woman who's having tough time.