I've had a frantic few weeks. Okay, couple of months.
We've finally reached a detente on the crappy weather here - we're getting glorious summery weather interspersed with mank - pretty typical in June here really.
I've been busy making a quilt. I didn't realise making a quilt could be a full time job and more but boy did I work on that quilt for weeks for many many hours a day. However, until it reaches its recipient, you can't see the quilt.
Instead, I offer you a bit of knitting. It's a cardigan, believe it or not. I started off with a bold choice for me - burgundy and gold and white stripes. And I hated it. Not me. Not colours I wear or have stuff to wear under it. So I changed it, overdyed the gold yarn to make it green, changed the burgundy for blue and SURPRISE! Colours I will wear happily.
|This is not an FO|
I've had some quilts done for ages. I'm having a bit of a love/hate with the first one - I love the fabric, I think it is so pretty and lovely but I'm not so pleased with the fabric designer. It's not a personal thing, mind, it's just something that made me somewhat more of a Tula fan.
|I have fun with my free motion quilting. I just do stuff as it happens.|
When I'm doing the backing, I often like to have co-ordinating fabrics and also use up scraps and excess blocks from the front. Sometimes I have to cheat. I nearly always do pieced backings, though the most recent finish doesn't have anything from the front on the back. This one does.
|The back - this is a really badly centred shot, sorry!|
|One day I'll stop relying on phone shots of the quilts for blogs.|
That day has not yet come.
|Front or back?|
|Front or back?|
I've got some other quilts done earlier in the year so I should share them. Some of them need to find new homes too. I've done a bucket-tonne of knitting too. It occurs to me that I don't have beauty shots of the knitting. Should get them.
Finally a few shots of happiness and joy in my garden. Some Austin roses and hyoooge poppies like we are not allowed to have in Australia. We can have Flanders/Corn poppies and Californian ones and Icelandic ones but we cannot have ones that look like opium poppies. Woecakes!
And strawberry season has arrived!