Yes I know, late again, but I haven't been able to sew much and as it is still less than a week since my last post I thought I would get away with being a day late rather than two days like last week.
I promised you I would show you the finished bookshelf bee block didn't I? Did you guess what I would add to the shelf?
A Russian doll. I have always loved them since I had one as a child and as my daughter collects them and has several on the shelves of her bookcase it was a no brainer. If you have seen my Facebook page the header is a pic of the Russian doll mug rug and coaster I made her too. Yes it is about time I changed it! I used Heat 'n' Bond and stitched it with a buttonhole stitch and did french knots for eyes and a backstitch for the mouth. However, Emily from The Darling Dogwood, for whom this block is intended, guessed it might be a bookworm, I asked what a bookworm would look like and Velda from Granny Can Quilt sent me a pic of 'Gloom'. They both loved that idea, so I added Gloom as best I could.
You can see better here. I added him the same as the Russian doll and stitched glasses, well. on the side of his face you can see, an eye, and a mouth in a sort of grimace. If his name is Gloom then being gloomy he would probably grimace anyway. I hope you like him Emily, I made him especially for you because you are so nice.
The only other thing I got done this week was to cut the fabrics for Tina's wedding quilt.
Only I just realised I missed the pink so I have that one left to cut. I have decided to follow all your advice and make the autograph blocks the back and I am taking two of the colours through to the front along with the white solid background which I have cut but not photographed because I'm sure you have seen white solid fabric before, and another neutral, maybe a grey, or a blue/grey. I'm going to use the gold which I draped across the others, and probably the burgundy as I love the contrast they make, even though they won't be next to each other on the front. The pattern? Not telling. Can't tell won't tell. Hehe, I love a secret.
The input you all gave for the autograph blocks was fantastic, thank you all so much it really helped, especially Anja from Anja Quilts, Karen from Karen Quilts and Linda from Scrapmaster who sent me pics of her lovely quilts and told me her thinking behind them.
Oh, I have to tell you I now have an outfit for the wedding, as it's in three weeks and I was starting to despair I would be going in my jeans. I made an appointment with a personal shopper at Debenhams department store at my local shopping centre, it's a free service and I must say I would definitely recommend it if you are struggling for an outfit for a special occasion. I was in a private room and my shopper, Karen, left me with a cup of coffee while she gathered lots of dresses, coats and jackets for me to try after taking all my details and discussing colour and the sort of things I like as well as the occasion. Karen also found me shoes and a bag AND a fascinator, an alternative for a hat fastened on with a clip or a band. Now I have an outfit all I need is to finish the blocks and I am all set for the wedding, and by the time it comes I will be able to wear make up again.
The only thing I haven't decided is should I use Pigma pens or Sharpies for signing the autograph blocks. I have read that Pigma pens can wash out, then someone said not all of them have archivable ink and thats what you should use. I then read something else that said not to use Sharpies because they were not acid free, so now I am totally confused. What would you use?
Time to get on with my day, I have batch cooking to do for Jack who is still on pureed meals, minced beef with onions and mushrooms, potatoes, carrot and sweede mixed together and peas. All pureed separately and frozen in individual meal boxes so he only needs to defrost them and heat in the microwave. Oh and I also have to make pureed apple, Jack loves his puddings and he only needs to heat it up with an individual carton of custard, it's his favourite.
So until next time when I SHOULD have made all the signature blocks,
With smiles from,
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