Where did the last week - and a bit - go? In a haze of frantic stitching mostly! I was determined to get my Festival of Quilts entry finished if I possibly could so I set aside the best part of two days to get on with the quilting. I appreciated Sandra's suggestion that I make printouts of the photo of the quilt top and try out some quilt patterns and thread colours on it but in the end I just made a couple of samples and trialled some threads before deciding which to use. In the end I settled on a pale lemon and blue variegated thread and a wavy line design.
The quilting took two days as it was very tiring with all the pushing and pulling through the throat of the machine. The binding is one of the hand dyes I had used in the quilt.
You may be able to see the colour change in the thread in the photo above. Some of my wavy line stitching got a bit erratic but I've chosen not to let that bother me.
I'm really pleased that the back of the quilt came out neatly, despite a slight drift in the vertical line. (Note to self, don't use a clearly vertical pattern next time!)
I'm really pleased to have got the quilt made and I feel freed up to play now that it's finished. I just have to remember to post it on time!
When I haven't been working on the quilt I have been busy making a fabric postcard for Emma who lives on the Isle of Skye. Emma is celebrating her 50th birthday this week and asked for 50 people to swap postcards with her. As Emma has now received her card from me I can now show you it.
You will notice a bit of a similarity to my quilt. I also decorated the envelope for Emma which you will see if you click through to her blog. It's worth having a look at all the beautiful cards Emma has received so far, there is so much variety from so many very talented artists.
I had a lovely surprise a couple of weeks ago. I received an email telling me that I had won a book in a prize draw. My first reaction was that it was spam as I couldn't remember entering a prize draw but I suddenly spotted a name I recognised and followed the link to the original posting and the light dawned! I had won!
This was my prize. This gorgeous and inspiring book is by Joanne B Kaar who lives in the far north of Scotland. The book is beautiful in itself as well as being informative and has some beautiful images inspired by the sea and shore. So it's definitely my kind of book. Joanne has a blog which promotes a crofter's cottage museum in Caithness and she has recently staged a huge exhibition in conjunction with an artist in New Zealand inspired by the voyage of the 'Westland' from Tail o' the Bank Scotland to Port Chalmers in New Zealand.. The book covers paper making and book making and I fully intend to try some of the projects in it. Meanwhile I shall enjoy the beautiful illustrations.
Now that I've finished the quilt project I thought I would join many others in becoming part of the Sketchbook Project. For a fee you are sent a Moleskin Cahier notebook to work in according to a theme which you can choose yourself or have selected for you by the organisers. The idea is to send the sketchbook back by a date in January next year (so no keeping the work you make) and the sketchbook will then form part of a permanent collection at The Brooklyn Art Library. I have chosen the theme "This is not a Sketchbook" as I thought that would put the least amount of pressure on me and give me plenty of scope. Apparently my sketchbook is in the post so the fun can begin!
I don't have a photo but my DH does so if you click here you can see our lovely baby blackbird that fledged about a week ago and is still hopping about the back garden. His Mum brings him down to our pond to get a drink and it's lovely to watch them. I don't often look at my DH's blog as I am so busy with all the other blog's I look at (shame on me!) but you might like to have a bit of a look around while you're there as he has some lovely birdie photos lately.
I hope you're enjoying a bit of summery weather wherever you are in the UK and if you are not in the UK I hope the extremes of the weather systems in certain parts of the world are not affecting you too badly. I won't be blogging again for a few days so have a lovely weekend and I'll see you soon. (It's pleasure not pain to explain my absence. DH and I are going to Durham to visit the cathedral and Crook Hall for his birthday this week. Tell you all about it next week when I get the photos organised.)