I will start by saying I have always been a bit jealous of ladies who have a history of quilting in their families. They have quilts their mums and grandmas and even their great-grandmas made. The quilting tradition passed down through the family with tales of family quilting bees etc. How great would that be ? As far as I knew I was the only quilter in my large family - my mum was one of 8 children and my dad one of 6. I once worked out I have 43 first cousins - nearly all of whom have married and had children themselves.
Anyway 3 of my mums sisters emigrated in the 1950's. Two of them have since passed away. But my Auntie Lal lives in Australia and I recently met her when she came over for Christmas. There is my mum, auntie Lal and my uncle Len left now. My uncle and mum arranged a surprise party for auntie Lal. If you like you can read about it here. I so much enjoyed meeting her - she is a lovely, lovely lady.
Whilst chatting one day at my mums house with my auntie she gave me the exciting news that her daughter and grand-daughter were quilters too. Hurray - my very own quilting relatives - lol ! Just before auntie Lal returned to Australia - a bit later than planned because of the snow - I made up a couple of fat quarter bundles for my cousins. I popped in a little card with my email and blog addresses. At the weekend I had something very exciting happen - emails from my cousins Sarah and her mum Gail and guess what ? They are bloggers too !! So cool - unknown bloggy cousins. Here are their addresses Sarah and Gail. I've also had emails from Sarahs SIL Roseanne and a friend Isabella. I'm way too excited to meet these ladies and you know a funny thing - whilst reading through the comments on Sarahs blog a lot of these are my bloggy friends too. Amazing !
Onto quilting - in my last post I mentioned digging out a UFO. This one - which was made from leftover strips I'd cut for a piano key border from another quilt.
After a bit of applique - simple borders and even simpler quilting it's done.
Here's a bit of a close-up of the stripy binding.
Turned out well and although it doesn't have a home yet I'm sure I'll find some-one who would like it. Neighbours had a baby last week and had it have been a girl would have been ideal. But not to be - they had a little boy.
Actually one of my cats seems to love this and keeps snuggling up on it wherever I put it. Too nice for a moggy I keep telling him - lol !
Lastly thankyou so much for all your lovely comments over Jess's troubles. I must say I had to blink hard when reading through them. What smashing people you all are. Now the worst case scenario has been ruled out I'm hopeful we will find out the cause - we are definitely looking into Celiac disease as suggested by Howdy and a few others. I have discovered there are a couple in the family who have this.
With a bit of luck I have few hours uninterrrupted sewing time ahead. I have beef stew and dumplings in the oven for our evening meal - yum !
Take care xx