This first picture is especially for Anita and for all my Australian followers struggling with the heatwave. Anita asked especially to see our snow. This is the day after it fell, and it was already melting fast. There wasn't as much this time round, but it did look nice when it was fresh.
With the cold outside, some hand warmers might come in handy. These are mini hand warmers, perfect for slipping into a coat pocket, or even inside a glove. They're filled with wheat. Just pop in the microwave to heat and they'll keep your hands warm for half hour or so. They could also be used for warming your hands at home, or even as miniature heat pads.
You may remember I acquired a rather large quantity of yarn last year. I went through it over the holidays, and pulled out all the cotton yarn. It's perfect for making face cloths. The remnants from each ball is going to go into one cloth for me to use as a dishcloth, so nothing will go to waste.
As you can see, I've been busy crocheting it all into facecloths. So far, I have white, pink and cream. There will be other colours to follow. Paired up with some natural soaps, these make fabulous gift packages.
Something completely different this morning. After all the quilt activity, it was back to the herbal pillows, this time, sleep pillows. I've done these before with chamomile, but these have been done with hops.
Each pillow is filled with hops, lavender and rose petals. The outer cover is removable for washing, and they're just placed next to the bed to aid with sleep.
I do have some with chamomile, lavender and rose petals. Which is your favourite combination?
Sylvia's quilt is finished. I love the soft feel it has and hope the feeling of love and comfort will be continuing feature of this quilt.
It is a truly double sided quilt, and Sylvia will be able to choose which side she wants to present. The decor of her new room will be chosen to fit with the quilt.
I didn't take the quilting across the pockets. I've left them as a feature, and, on the side I consider to be the top, I've also quilted around the pocket. This makes them a feature. There on four pockets on this side, and one on the other. The label has gone inside the pocket. This makes it private for Sylvia, but it's there for future generations to find.
The quilt has been finished with a scrappy binding, so this quilt is made completely from her husband's shirts, the only addition is the wadding. For me, it makes it a truly personal quilt, a quilt full of memories.
I'm not quite sure how I've managed it, but I've gone totally random on this quilt. I've done asymmetrical quilting, coming in from two opposite corners. The pockets? I left them free but went back and have done a line of quilting around them. One of the pockets will have the label inside. That way, it will be a truly reversible quilt.
This is a totally different kind of quilt for me. Random is the hardest thing for me to do, but I'm quite pleased with how it's turning out.
Out of the cut pieces left over from the shirts, I had enough to piece a back. This is going to make for a reversible quilt, hopefully, both sides bringing back happy memories.
The quilting is next, and carrying on with the theme, it's going to be asymmetrical. The big question-pockets, to quilt, or not to quilt?
If you'd like to see a video telling the story of Linda's quilt, pop over to this page.
In the meantime, I've been working on Sylvia's memory quilt. I did a rough layout on the floor to get some idea of size. For me, this is quite a random layout too, something I find hard to do.
As the pieces were being joined and trimmed, it soon became obvious, I needed a bit of extra length. That wasn't a problem as there were plenty of pieces to choose from.
This is one side finished, time to work on the other side.
There were quite a few larger pieces of shirting left in the pile, so they will be used to piece the quilt. In the end, Sylvia will have a double sided quilt, and she can use whichever side she prefers.
Pop back tomorrow, and see the other side.
Linda's quilt has been washed and dried. It's had it's final check and now it's all folded up and ready to send to Italy. Soon, it will be time for someone else to enjoy it. I've loved every minute of this one, and hope it will bring as much pleasure to it's new family.
What better for a Monday, than to start the week with finishing a little quilt.
The first job was to trim the quilt ready for binding. This time, the backing has been brought to the front for finishing. Here it's pinned and ready to go to the machine.
A label has been attached, a gift given with love for a little girl. She'll be able to look at it as she gets older and remember how long it's been a part of her life.
Today, it's being washed and dried. Once that's done, it will have it's final photo call. Which quilt will be next?
I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.