What a beautiful weekend it was in Cumbria and I made good use of it. Firstly my March make .... this feels a bit like a cheat because I had finished the cross-stitch a little while ago but hadn't finished it. Due to a distasterous baby jacket, which I thought would be my March make (long story but ended up with holes!) I needed to finish something quickly and the cushion was ideal. I hadn't got round to it because I couldn't find a cushion the right size, so first I had to make one and in the end I used a pillow which I sewed in half. Then used some Laura Ashley plain Duck Egg material for the back. Note the little paw .. who may be trying to steal this for her bed!
There followed more sewing machine efforts on Sunday and tonight. I finished making the top for my patchwork quilt.
Then the "sandwich" ....
So finally its the quilting. Bear in mind this is my first try at patchwork and quilting. I am also a real beginner with my sewing machine, so the first challenge was changing the foot and adding my extension table. With that achieved I started - the 1/4" Seam foot was great and really helped to make straight lines. Two rows later ....
Just a little reminder of all the lovely hyacinths I've enjoyed this winter of which this is probably the last few flowers
If only cross stitch could smell as fantastic!
Finally a quick film review; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (8/10) thoroughly enjoyed though some bitter sweet as it reminds you of things to come (at least if you are the wrong side of 50). Very evocative of India and reminded me of a great Xmas there in 2006 including a great time in Jaipur and definitely the scariest road crossing I ever had to make. The hotel certainly looks better than a care home in England! India is fantastic - what architecture ..