After spending the Good Friday morning at my mum and dad's (oma & opa's) doing the traditional chocolate making, we came back for a lovely afternoon of crafting. Madi (my niece and best friend) is making a quilt using a gorgeous jelly roll. We are going to quilting classes together but she chose a much more difficult pattern (or rather, time consuming) so she is still piecing whilst I'm planning the next quilt!
Emily is finishing off softies for her swap that she has organised with a girl in England. She was a little envious that I was participating in swaps, so she organised her own. More on that later though as it's a secret.
On the quilting front, I've actually finished piecing the top AND I've finished quilting it. The squares in the middle are quilted with giant X's (I really don't know the technical term for it) and then the rest of it is 'stitched in the ditch'. So, I think all that is left do do is to attach the binding which hopefully won't take me too long. The evenings are getting cooler - it will be lovely to have a lap quilt to use soon.
This is the back view of the quilt - which shows the pattern I stitched on. Now I know all you seasoned quilters out there are used to it, but I think the back looks really groovy!
So, what's next you say.......well the funny thing is I just happened to have this jelly roll hanging around (thank you Madi!!) and I'm planning on using it to make a picnic rug.
I'm thinking of making as many nine patches as I can with it and putting borders around in a complementary colour. I'm not quite sure if I'm ready to tackle triangles just yet - so I'm going to stick with squares - but just make them smaller!
On the Easter front - we had a good one but unfortunately my camera decided not to work yesterday so I don't have any photos :(
The boys woke up at 6.00am for the hunt but as Easter was so early this year they had to wait till just after 7.00am to start the hunt as it was too dark.
We all ate a bit too much but we have survived. Now I just have to convince the boys that they can't eat chocolate all day....
To top off a very nice long weekend, we managed to get to the Northern Lights!!!! I took photos on my mobile but they are really bad, so for those who do not know what I'm talking about, check out this on You Tube.
Happy Easter everyone.
Taking Stock: Early December
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