|Max and Rio|
Have you ever watched a cat dreaming? Rio's whiskers and nose are twitching, his tail is flicking and he keeps making little growling sounds. Far too cute to move him for something as mundane as typing with two hands!
Anyway, last time I blogged (two weeks ago - I must have been ill to miss a Sunday blog update!), I posted photos of birthday cakes. It was also Mark's birthday, but he doesn't have sweet tooth - so he had a birthday moussaka with footballer candles instead!
Choir and quilts
Probably the worst thing about having been ill is not having been able to do any singing - no lessons and no choir. To make matters worse, I missed a couple of choir rehearsals because of holiday too and suspect I have now missed too many rehearsals to take part in the Christmas concert. It is such a lovely programme, I really hope I can persuade them to let me sing. I have, however, been working on a quilt for the choir's fund-raising dinner and auction. I am actually working on two, as the first one is a bit homely (although I love it), so I have also started a more understated one.
At this point I have to send a huge thank you to lovely Leanne at work. I have always thought of quilts in terms of colour and texture and image, with stitches way down my list of priorities, but Leanne has opened my eyes to the joy of stitches. I am too messy to be an embroiderer, but there are the most gorgeous quilting/patchwork/appliqué stitches, with which I am now totally infatuated. I treated myself to the "Handbook of quilting and patchwork stitches" by Nikki Tinkler, and I am gradually working my way through the book as I appliqué flame-coloured hearts on the blue/green/gold homely quilt.
The first few hearts use quite basic stitches, but I aim to increase the complexity as I go along.
|whipped blanket stitch|
|crossed blanket stitch|
|closed blanket stitch|
|basic chain stitch|
The quilt I am donating to the choir's auction is made of strips of creams and greens, with a single row of hearts.
And finally...I have to share a recent purchase. I saw these cat face buttons online (www.beadandbuttoncompany.co.uk) and just had to have them!