The last few weeks seem to have passed in a blur of activity, but this morning I am thinking what shall I tackle now? I finished my double bed quilt, which I was very pleased with. I free motion quilted the main part with daisies and did a large leaf design along the borders. My free motion quilting skills aren’t great yet but they are definitely improving the more I do. The only thing I wish I’d done differently was buy more of the floral fabric so I could have had wider borders. I was pleased with the colours though, as I think the gold centre squares really lift it.
I have made a few other smaller things in the last couple of weeks. I finished my bag with the mandarin duck embroidery. It is really pretty and I was very happy with it. I chose a plainish turquoise/green for the main bag fabric and embroidered a small butterfly on the closing tab. Inside is a white cotton with bright flowers. I would really like to keep this bag, but plan to sell it.
My daughter and son-in-law came for Easter with 2 of the children (the other 2 had gone to their dad’s). We had a lovely time and the children enjoyed an Easter Hunt on The Naze on the Saturday. It is a brilliant open space that is a big nature reserve. They had to find golden eggs tied to trees and exchanged them for a prize. A great way to explore the area!
I also made a small cross body bag for myself for when I don’t want to carry a big bag around. I have been volunteering a lot for Essex Wildlife Trust in the last couple of weeks and when I am out manning an event a small crossbody bag is ideal.
I went to a patchwork and quilting fair a few weeks ago with my eldest daughter. We had a lovely time and I came back with some fabric of course. One is a really beautiful floral piece that is just like a summer cottage garden. I want to turn it into a summer bag. I need to find a pattern idea that will be more of a challenge than my usual designs. I also need fabric for the inside of the bag so this afternoon I will visit my local little fabric shop. It is a real treasure house of everything crammed into a tiny space. I am sure to find something to match there as they have a huge stock of cottons, and their prices are great!!
I have been baking this week and entered a baking competition held by a local cafe in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. I made an elderflower sponge with white chocolate ganache and sugared real flowers on top. I was very surprised to hear I’d won!! This morning I went to collect my prize of a special apron and baking utensils. My grandad, who was a master baker, would be proud of me as this is my second baking competition win!
So I think my summer bag is going to be my next project. It won’t take too long and I’m sure I’ll soon find something else I want to try making.