Hergest Helly

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Slowly hand quilting…

I enjoy hand quilting.

I hand quilted my first quilt:

My first quilt - "Circles and Stars" - finished 1996

My first quilt – “Circles and Stars” – finished 1996 – with Merlin

… a king sized bed quilt… with the tiniest stitches I could manage and it was a total pleasure to do.

This scrappy quilt is much smaller and I am quilting it using a size 12 cotton thread in a lemon/lime colour – and this time making larger stitches.  I like the effect, I think its going to be quite pretty.

Stitch, stich, stitch...

Stitch, stich, stitch…

I have stitched all the main diagonal lines which form the diamond shapes and now I am stitching inside the diamonds… very simple lines.

Anyway – I am finding the process of stitching slowly rather meditative and relaxing and because I ironed all the seams open (rather than to one side) the quilt is nice and flat and there is never any more than 2 layers of quilt top to stitch through.

Although I started with quite big stitches, they are getting smaller… its hard to keep them all the same size.  Its plodding along quite nicely at the moment but as I love the look of intensive quilting – I think its a shame to leave large areas plain and stitch-less – I expect it will take me quite a while to complete – but hey – there is no panic – no time limit…. just a calm stitch, stitch, stitch….

Happy days…



No knitting…

How can I knit when my eyes are totally glued to the screen – episodes 8 and 9 of The Bridge… this brilliant series is having a detrimental effect on my sock production!

So, with no sock knitting to report, here is a photo of my kitties.

Sweetie Pie, Magic and Tabbycat

Sweetie Pie, Magic and Tabbycat

Magic is “ours” – the other two are actually feral but have become very tame now.   They have negotiated the cat flap, are living in our porch where they are fed and have their own bed, and are very friendly with us.  Of course, that might be something to do with the amount of food I give them 🙂  But its lovely that they are safe.

Tabbycat is the big tom who has been here for over 3 years.   Sweetie Pie is the little lady who arrived 2 years ago with a litter of 3 kittens.  I fed them all and they lived under our hedge and in a makeshift shelter I made for them for a few weeks before I could catch them all and get them to our local Cats Protection League charity centre.

Sweetie and her kittens - June 2012

Sweetie and her kittens – June 2012

They found homes for the kittens and had mummy cat neutered but couldn’t home her as she was pretty wild.  So she came back to me within a couple of weeks and is now the most loving little thing although still nervous around strangers.  (I was very tempted to keep the little cream kitten, she was gorgeous – but I managed to resist… just… )

Magic and Sweetie Pie are inseparable now which is terribly sweet.  Tabbycat might be Sweetie Pie’s brother, father or “partner”… we will never know… he is very affectionate with her.  He is also pretty affectionate towards me and follows me around… and even purrs which is a huge improvement on the original hissing I used to get!  In those early days I would just put the food down, outside, and not touch him… but now I can even pick him up and give him a cuddle… wonderful progress.

Happy days….