It`s been a week since I last posted! With still not feeling 100% and a visit last week to the Midlands to see family and friends, I am still hopelessly behind with emails and blog reading. I promise to do better although I think I said that last week.
I do have a finish. The first of the year. I calculated that last year, I made 5 quilts - yes, five! I finished Zaki`s quilt, made a quilt for Elicia, the Across the Seas quilt for Mr. LRP and me, the Marrakech Rose quilt and the Red City quilt. In my book that`s quite good considering that I didn`t have a machine for 6 months of the year and didn`t touch quilting for 2 months because it was too hot.
I haven`t resolved to make a certain amount of quilts this year but one a month would be nice.
I brought Baby George`s quilt top with me and basted it on Christmas Eve. Last weekend I machine quilted it by echo quilting the crosses, keeping it light so that it was soft and snuggly for Baby George to roll on.
You may recall that when I made the top (using 1001 Peeps and a touch of Terrain) I felt it was a bit flat - a bit matchy matchy. The hazard perhaps of using a line of fabric. Many of you left suggestions and a couple included handstitching the crosses in a contrasting colour. I did try this but didn`t like how it came out on the back of the quilt. Having heard much of the delights of perle cotton, I picked up some in a vibrant orange and outlined the scrappy border only going through the top layer of fabric. It has survived a wash. I`m hoping it will survive George and his wriggling and rolling.
I bound the quilt in a burnt orange binding, which ties in with the perle cotton. While many of you made the brilliant suggestion of using a binding which would pick up on the chartreuse colour of the onion domes in one of the prints I liked the orange because this is a baby quilt and seemed less grown up.
I backed it in a simple green candy stripe fabric.
Now it`s ready to be handed over to Baby George later this week. It measures 41" x 41".
What are you up to on this Sunday? For us it will be a quiet day in front of the log fire, perhaps a walk or a wallow with Zaki at the local pool, roast chicken and then curling up in front of Sherlock!