It's certainly not a earth shattering discovery but I realised recently that I have to lighten the load. I don't mean getting rid of children or husband (I'm rather fond of both) but in regards to my study. It's a small room with far too much stuff in it.
Easier said than done.
("Hi, my name is Monica and I'm a hoarder.")
One thing that I have to stop hoarding is projects. I must must must start being a bit (a lot) more disciplined and finish things off. It's ridiculous. Actually it's more pathological than ridiculous, who am I kidding? In the last few weeks I've been chipping away at things: frame the little quilt that's been sitting there for months... crochet the last few rounds of the laptop blanket... and stitch the border to the pumpkin quilt I actually finished last October.
And that's just to start off with. I haven't even dived in the basket that's in the lounge...
So, with an embarrassed and muted drum roll I give you the 'pumpkin quilt'.
It's not my usual quilting style... and I don't know from which recess of my mind this came from... but came forth it did and sometimes you just have to stitch what you have to stitch. Halloween is not a holiday that's really celebrated here in England - I didn't even know about it when I was growing up in Italy - but I did spend 10 of my most formative months in New England where I was introduced to the most glorious Autmn known to man so that must be it.
I remember one Sunday I was taken to a cousin's house (I was a nanny) and me and all the children spent the afternoon stuffing dry, crunchy, gold leaves into giant sacks shaped like pumpkins. I thought it was fantastic. (I'm easily pleased). Pumpkins are just glorious. (I keep wanting to write 'pumpkings' doh).
Anyway, I'm digressing.
Churn dash is one of my favourite blocks and I'm glad it's coming back into fashion with quilters. Both fabric came from the stash I remember that. The pumpkin one is a very very very old purchase from Hobbycraft.
I've ligthly quilted it with squiggly loops that remind me a little of spider webs and the border is machine stitched.
The back is made up of leftovers. My favourite kind of back.
And now it's ready for the boys to fight over.
(I could have lied and told you I'm terribly organised and made this last weekend... I hope you'll appreciate it!)