Here's my quilt for today: a medium-sized cot-quilt I made while I was pregnant with Keira. I never had a scan to find out what sex she would be, but I was quite sure she was a girl, and I loved the name 'Fern' so this quilt was in preparation for her arrival. (Tom wasn't so keen on that name so we compromised and her name is Keira Fern.) Noone else believed I would have a girl (there are lots of boys on Tom's side) and a few people thought this would be a bit flowery for a baby boy (grr... it would be perfect for either, I think!) I wanted to create the effect of a carpet of ferns or leaves covering the baby. Also, green's my favourite colour.
It's very similar to this quilt which my Mum made for Tom and I... hehe probably because I snatched all her fabric scraps from that project! But it appears I should have snatched some lessons from her too, because there are a few technical problems with Keira's one. I knew I should have used pure cotton fabrics for all the squares but I so wanted to use a couple of pieces of blue and black floral silk I had salvaged from an old dress... Anyway, as you can guess, those blocks have now come away and are looking a bit raggedy. (A project for Claire's quilt restoration group, perhaps?)
Sorry for not listening, Mum... I'll know better next time though ;)
This was pretty much my first patchwork attempt and I didn't end up doing any quilting on it (hmm, maybe that means it's not technically a quilt?!) Instead I used small pieces of embroidery thread to tie each square together (in the corners of each block.) It's backed with dark green cotton. I have another small quilt like this almost finished which I hope to show soon.
Thank you for all your good luck wishes for my market stall! I had a lot of fun on Saturday, even though when I got to the market, it was pouring with rain. And continued to rain the whole morning, except for the last hour of the market. Most of my things got saturated, my shoes leaked (I didnt realise how old they were!) and I could feel myself sinking into a Very Grumpy Mood. But my sweet friend Amelia, who I was going to have a side-by-side stall with, shared her site with me, and we did lots of chatting and coffee-drinking. Umm, and chocolate-eating. So that warmed us up.
It was a wonderful weekend all round, apart from Arlo developing a fairly bad stomach bug. He's better now, but suffice it to say there is a lot of washing on the line today.