Despite being a bit quiet over the last week I have been managing to work on a couple of projects. One I cannot show you as it is for Kate North's 'Another Little Quilt Swap' which you can link to from the button in my side bar. The other piece I have been working on today is also fro Kate and is for her Stay Home Round Robin.
I have added the bottom strip of 3 rectangles, one measuring 6"x5" and two measuring 5"x5" (excuse the slightly wonky photograph). This strip now completes the basic quilt top but Kate has 5 more stages for us to go through before the quilt is complete. When I started this piece I didn't have any plan at all, I just followed Kate's instructions for the block sizes but slowly the colours and patterns evolved. I have so enjoyed this project thus far and I can't wait for the chance to add stitching and embellishments to the surface. I will, of course, have to wait for Kate to tell us where and when to embellish and stitch. Can't wait! Watch this space!
Very many thanks to everyone who has sent me good wishes for my Mum's returning health after her stroke. She has made some good progress in some areas, her right arm is stronger than it was but she still has little sensation in it and this is causing some problems. We've managed to get rid of the walking frame and come down to a stick and occasionally Mum forgets the stick indoors and manages without so that is progress. She is still sleeping a lot but not as much as immediately after the stroke but her short term memory does seem to have been affected and is causing her some confusion. The next step is to try and get her back to her own home with the support of social workers so I will be going with her for a hopefully short while until a care package is set up. I am already exhausted with caring for Mum so far (as I have my own health problems unfortunately) so, as much as I want to carry on looking after Mum, I know I have to hand her over to others to decide on the range of support she needs. I have the feeling that while she stays with us Mum will feel like a guest and not make the effort she needs to make to take over more of her own care. Fingers crossed she will get her wish to stay in her own home and we can support with more frequent visits.
While we're on the subject of poorly people (sorry for the 'p' word Laura!) our dear friend Grace is still having a bumpy ride and has spent time at home and time in care. Hard to believe she is now in the 100th anniversary year of her birth! Life is not really being kind to her as she has had one problem after another to cope with, none of them serious in themselves but all combining to weaken her. She can still crack a smile though.
At the risk of becoming tedious, here's another pic of our gorgeous great-nephew enjoying his Christmas dinner,
If all goes well I may be getting a cuddle at the weekend (as long as social services don't need us in Essex before then!).
Ooh yes, I nearly forgot, my Sketchbook Project has left for America! Can't wait for the first email that tells me someone has borrowed it. I left some half completed pages so I would love it if someone couldn't resist adding their own marks here and there.