Just occasionally I drag myself out of my vintage dreams and design something with a modern touch!
It wasn't too hard to do as I am rather fond of chevrons, love red and aqua together and there was enough applique on the ends of my table runner to keep me happy.
These are super easy chevrons! They are made from 2½ inch strips cut across the width of fabric, then red and white are joined along the length, and aqua and white the same. The strips are then cross-cut into 4½ inch squares.
The squares are laid out on point and then stitched together in diagonal rows - very quick and easy.
"Chevronetta" is in the latest edition of Handmade Magazine, Vol 32 No 9.
If you can't find the magazine, then keep an eye out for the pattern which I will make available for purchase in a few weeks.
I made a momentous decision a couple of weeks ago - earth-shattering for me anyway! I decided to free-motion quilt a complete lap quilt! Free motion quilting is something that I have never been able to conquer and all previous attempts have been disastrous.
Recently I have been trying out a few quilting designs on small blocks so I made the bold decision to go bigger!
I was SO tempted to pull it all out after the first hour ... and the second .... and even the third! Eventually I decided to put my perfectionist trait behind me and just go with the flow. It is definitely far from perfect but I was surprised that it didn't actually look too bad overall!
I'm not sure that I would do it again, but who knows? I don't like to let things beat me!
We had a couple of quite cold days last week and our morning walk along the beach wasn't all that comfortable with the cold winds. Apart from needing our daily exercise, we like to spot what lovely birds we can find. Braving the cold was all worthwhile when we saw a rare Beach Stone Curlew. We've only seen two in our four years in the area.
It's not amazingly attractive, but is quite large 55 cm (22 inches) and we were over the moon to see it. The next day we saw these two branches protruding from one of the trees we pass regularly:
... No, not branches but brilliant camouflage by two Tawny Frogmouths!
We find joy every day in living in our beautiful area. God has 'blessed our socks off'!