I was in the UK most of September – visiting, touring, scattering my dad’s ashes and eating more cream teas than one girl should ever admit to – so no sewing was done, but I have been trying to make a dent in my WIP pile since my return.
The first I finished was the cat. I have always envied people with red hair and loved ginger cats, so I started by choosing an orange fabric for the cat. When I found the multicoloured spots in my stash, that fabric determined the colour scheme, and I am really pleased with the way the soft pastels work together. I stitched in the ditch around the picture and then filled in the background with loops.
The second was the bicycle. This was more fiddly to construct. Those tiny pinwheels are really tiny! I think this quilt has a bit too much white in it, but I am still happy with it overall. I started with the bicycle print in the wheels and worked my way from there. It had to have a red checked seat and some green as my bicycle is green with a red checked seat. I decided there were too many ditches to stitch in on this little quilt, so I quilted it all over with easy loops. I would not normally choose a bold spot like this for the binding as the spots do no favours in concealing the joins, but I let my husband decide. He is the mad-keen cyclist in the house.
I did not sew anything during my travels, but I had my knitting with me. Yes, I even took knitting needles on the plane! Even so, half a sock is not much to show for more than three weeks’ work.
My knitting is a poor show when compared with the amazing display the WI put on in the village where my aunt lives and my dad’s family graves are. An area of the village has been heavily yarn-bombed with these and much more. The WI ladies are so clever and creative.