On Friday I finished my first quilt in a year. I made it for a wee girl's first birthday, so I didn't want to show it off here until she'd received it.
I used a stitchery pattern from Bronwyn Hayes' book "Sunshine in My Pocket". I had actually stitched this many years ago, and found it again the other day. My original intention had been to border it with 1930s reproduction fabrics, using similar colours to the stitchery. So that's what I did.
I cut a couple of one inch strips from 6 different fabrics, sewed them together and then trimmed them into 2.5 inch "blocks" which I then sewed together again to make up the borders. I added a cute lilac tulip print for the corner blocks, and machine quilted it very simply in the ditch around the stitchery, and then in even lines around the border.
A label is always attached to the quilts I make. I'm usually hopeless at labels, but I have a little helper. It's a book of iron-on transfers for quilt labels. I iron the print onto homespun, and then lay the fabric on a sandpaper board and draw over the print with fabric pens, and then I feel really clever.
I've got the quilting bug again. And this is what is so nice about not currently working - having the time and freedom to dream and play. I wonder what I'll make next?