OK, many apologies for long absence from this place: just too many other things happening which demanded urgent attention, mainly to do with my dear elderly mum-in-law's health breaking down over the past two months, necessitating many, many hospital visits and general rushing around. She is now in a lovely nursing home and not doing too badly, all things considered.
But I don't want to dwell on that side of things in this blog, which is a place to escape to where I can think about happy, creative things over which I might have some small amount of control. And I do want to wish you all a very happy and healthy 2017, where you get all your quilt tops finished promptly and don't find your stash encroaching into all corners of your living space or your clothes always covered in stray threads...
So, in view of these thoughts and my best wishes for you, no surprises for guessing what my own New Year resolutions might be. I am not sure I will make much progress on achieving them in 2017, or ever, but if I don't set goals I have no way of assessing whether I have achieved anything at all when I look back. And this blog is so helpful in this respect: even just looking at my last two posts, I am astounded that I actually managed to sew anything at all as recently as October - it seems aeons ago that I spent any time at my sewing machine!
Nonetheless, I do have a finish to share with you this 1st January, though more thanks to my longarming friend Chris who kindly returned the top I delivered to her (mentioned in this post) beautifully quilted with a swirly feather design and ready for binding.
I wanted to give the quilt to a very good friend who was visiting us after Christmas, so having spent most of the festive season in the kitchen, cooking and clearing up, I found myself late on the evening before her visit stitching on the binding. I didn't quite get it finished in time so we agreed I would deliver the completed quilt before the end of January, to give me a bit of leeway as I still have all the kids at home and we are definitely not yet back to normal after the holidays.
So my first New Year resolution I guess I can say I have kept: I finished handstitching the binding this afternoon, and the quilt will be packed up and hand delivered to London well before the end of the month - hooray!
My friend has already seen and said she liked the quilt so I am able to post these pictures, taken outside on a very dull grey afternoon, just before it started to rain. So hard to get enough light at this time of year for photos, and I hate the yellow cast I always get with flash. Guess I should learn a bit more about photography to be able to correct that, but there always seem to be other things to do...
Here are a few close ups to show some of the scrappy fabrics used, including a few novelties. I never consciously choose to buy novelty fabrics nowadays so not quite sure how they end up in my scrap bag: one of life's little mysteries, but a nice one in a fun quilt like this!
Dalmatians and strawberries.
Debbie Mumm flowerpots from long ago and a variety of stars.
Hearts, and Amish buggies in the border (above) and gingerbread men (below).
Must away to play a game with my quilt holder and his sister: they are all grown up but still enjoy a game, and it is still Christmas-tide - reality doesn't really start till Twelfth Night when we take the Christmas tree down.
Hope you enjoy whatever holidays you have left with your loved ones, and snuggling up in a cosy quilt too.