Thanks for all your kind messages, it's great to hear from you. I hope you're enjoying your weekend, time to put your feet up and make something. It's time for a crafty update!
Having finished my blanket, I still have some wool left, a lot of clashing colours, which is being turned into mandalas. I'm hoping to finish the wool soon as otherwise anything resting on the furniture will have a little mat underneath it - it could get totally out of hand.
In a fit of tidying up and rationalisation, I came across one of my old patchworks at my Mum's and decided to bring it home and join it as a backing to another patchwork currently lounging about upstairs. I'll have to make another 208 squares to make them the same size and get some wadding to go in the middle and have a go at quilting.
Here they are fresh out of the washing machine, all crumpled up! with some more dresses I've made for good causes, a couple of chicken beanbags and mandala wheels. I decided to add a touch of nostalgia to the photo and have made it look all washed out!
Looking at the squares, all sorts of memories come flooding back. Here's my school 6th form summer dress.
I made a skirt and halterneck top from that blue material which I wore to college in that really hot summer of '76 and I made a dress for my grandmother from the green squares/flower material and another from the green material above.
The skirt I made from the red flowery cotton used to have some dangly beads hanging from the belt. Each piece has a story to tell.
Here's all the bits and bobs ready to start on the extra squares. A red summer dress, a couple of Mum's aprons and some scraps I bought at last year's Alexandra Palace Knitting and Stitching Show.
It may not be quite as planned and expert as some of the quilts you see, but it means a lot to me.
Thanks for dropping in.