I’m just back from a lovely weekend visiting my parents who still live in the house I grew up in, in the Scottish Highlands. We had some beautiful early Spring weather so I helped my Dad with some gardening, clearing away old growth and giving some bushes and hedges a pretty serious haircut. (It turns out when I have both a power hedge-cutter and sharp saw I can get a bit carried away!)
I remembered this time too to take some photos of the first quilt I made which was a present for my mum. This sampler quilt was a beginner project in classes at my local quilting shop and was supposed to be a nine-block quilt but I wanted it a bit bigger. I ended up making twice the number of blocks, then an extra two to make a 4×5 block lap quilt.
After having a good look at it I’ve realised that since I made this my quilting skills have signficantly improved, but my piecing has gone a bit downhill. This probably has something to do with my teacher supervising a lot of the cutting and patchwork! My standards seem to have slipped a bit.
This quilt has lots of nice points and straight lines. The quilt top I’m working on at the moment is a little bit crazy (I’ll show more later) so once that’s done I’m going to start on something with a bit more skill required, and try and brush up on my piecing technique.
To go with this quilt I made a couple of cushion covers, just by replicating my favourite Trip Around The World block in the lap quilt. It’s made me want to do the same for my current quilt-in-progress. There will be a peak tomorrow!