Sunday, 28 July 2013

What a month

Well what can I say, it all started when my husband took a tumble on his bicycle in the rain, and fractured his collarbone  Thankfully he is recovering really well and hopefully he will not need surgery, he is however still off work.  Then a day after my birthday I wasnt feeling so good, started suffering gastric pains, and within the space of an  hour, was rushed into hospital.  I was in hospital for 11 days and sadly missed the heatwave (though everyone was complaining about it, came home to thunder storms, what rotten luck!)  I have never been in hospital apart from giving birth to my children, and found the experience  a bit scary.   I am home, having no t.v. or motivation to knit or read, whilst in hospital gave me time to think and put things into prospective, on a plus side I have managed to loose 8lbs in weight (do hope it manages to stay off)

 I have now been home just under a week, and though I feel heaps better, I am still not running on full throttle, but I was keen to get crafting, I have SOoo missed sewing.  I was finishing a quilt for my daughter, it was still sitting where I had left it, so yesterday I finished quilting it and made the binding, attached it and hand stitched the edges, I finally finished it this morning. 

This quilt started with five tops, a love for Snoopy  and my daughters favourite 3 tier skirt, which she wore when she was about 8 years old,  she had kept them  for ages, not knowing what to do with them, also she wanted  the quilt made mainly  from purple, her favourite colour with no white. I call it her memory quilt.

So different from my previous quilt I made, which is crisp white and with  English country flowers

This one has a retro feel, probably because of the colour, I always think of purple  as  a 70's colours.  
I have to say I am so pleased with it, the purple fabric was a 100% cotton sheet that I picked up from a charity shop and died vivid purple. 

On the back I added  a carefully placed panel with all the tops .
This lovely little gap top with the pretty edging  was tricky to position, but with the addition of the embroidery it looks fine.

also I  was struggling with two odd shaped triangular pieces and how to place them, when I came up with the idea of turning them into hearts, which I then blanket stitched. 
I have to say much as I love dressmaking and the task of mastering the fit,  I love quilting.  Mixing all the wonderful colours and patterns together, its such fun.  I even enjoy cutting out the pieces. A completely different kind of sewing, but so rewarding.

So motivated, now what shall I create next?

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  1. Gosh, so sorry to hear you have not been well and were stuck in the hospital for so long. I hope everything is on the mend now for you and for your hubby. LOVE the quilt! It's amazing. I hope the weather clears up again for you before the autumn sets in.
    Take care,

  2. I am so sorry to hear of your health issues, and your DH's accident. Get well and enjoy your quilting. Here is hoping both of you are on the mend!

  3. Ouch - poor hubby and poor poor you! Glad to hear you are getting better. That is a long time in hospital. Great quilt.

  4. I'm sorry to hear about your ill health - best wishes for a speedy convalescence for both you and your husband.

    The quilt is gorgeous - these sorts of projects are just the right sort of things to get back into sewing. Just take it slowly, and you'll get there.

  5. So sorry to hear you have been poorly and hubby too.Sounds like the quilting is helping your recovery though.
    Your quilts are stunning!!....what precious heirlooms.
    I'm sure the good weather will return and you will be able to get out and make the most of it.Take care,

    Bellaboo X


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