Sorry - just couldn't resist it !! I am so excited I can't tell you but more of that in a minute. Here is my little crocheted effort. My daughter Jess who is 17 and not at all understanding of mummy's little hobbies took one look at it and said " What is THAT ?" Lol. Quite cute I thought and I enjoyed doing him. One of my cats Marley keeps giving him the evil eye. So funny - he has really took against it... I will put him in my sewing room next to the little gingerbread man Jeanne made me for our Secret Santa swap. He will be safe in there from Marleys claws.
And the reason I am so excited is I have a finished quilt. Yippee. Quilted, bound and everything.
I love this quilt for a few reasons. The main one being it reminds me of a very kind lady - Gudrun. Some of you will know this but for those who don't. I admired a bag made by Gudrun on her blog and fell in love with one of the fabrics she had used. I asked her where she had got it as I REALLY wanted some. A short while later Gudrun emailed to ask for my address as she had been to the shop where they had the fabric and bought me two metres. Amazing !! I was so touched by her generosity. So Gudruns fabric is the star of this quilt. It is wonderful. Funny because I had a few emails agreeing with me and asking the make and number of the fabric.
When it came to the quilting I decided to quilt in the ditch around all the blocks and across some of the 16-patch blocks but I wanted to do a little extra in the alternate blocks. Because I have just started doing some stitchery I have been buying embroidery floss everywhere I go to build up a collection of colours. On Mothers Day a couple of weeks ago I had a little present from Patrick. 20 different skeins of floss in colours he'd chosen. So I decided to do something I'd never done before - some big stitch quilting with the embroidery thread. Nothing fancy - just 4 leaf shapes. The quilt is backed with fleece and the embroidery threads quilted like a dream.
I am SO pleased with how it came out. I think it my favourite quilt so far. I have washed and dried it and it is lovely and soft. The pictures should be clickable to see the big stitch quilting better. I also used an embroidery stitch on my sewing machine which I like the look of.
So thanks Gudrun ( and Patrick ). I am a happy girl today.
Have a great Easter weekend everyone and don't eat too much chocolate - lol !