The weather was perfect for running this morning, clear and sunny, the sun still warm but with a slight chill in the shade.
The pavements are covered in leaves.
Browns and yellows.
Wooly jumpers and knitting. Apples and conkers. Soon there will be gloves and scarves. Soups and quilting and sewing and fires and dark nights. (And muddy rugby boots... but let's not spoil the picture)
And mum's new quilt is just perfect for this time of year:
It's been sitting folded up in my studio for a while so it's a bit creased
I used two Moda layer cakes (which incidentally I didn't like using... once washed none of the squares were the same size anymore...) but took out all the 'black' fabrics.
It's simple, but I like it... and it'll go perfectly in her house (in Tuscany... sigh)
Life is slowly getting back to normal... the titanium rods in No 1's arm seem to be doing their job, mum has gone back to Italy, the school uniforms are all ready and No 2 pulled/twisted/hurt a muscle in his neck on the trampoline last night so now I'm waiting to taking him to the doctor.
I guess this is life with boys...
In the meantime I'm hiding my head in a quilt for my mother and pretend that nothing has happened.
(the piecing and quilting is done now, the binding keeps me company in the evening)
(a small laptop quilt from a couple of Moda layer cakes)
Also, lately I've been reading a lot on quilting blogs about 'process', about the importance of showing a work through from the beginning to the end, and not just showing it off at the end: well, I am planning a quilt for one of the boys (not sure who yet... it's a decision that requires high diplomacy during its unveling), a 'solid' affair... navy blue with bright accents
I bought a few packs of bright bright bright fat 1/8s in Birmingham at the best stand (the website does not do them justice, trust me on this one) of the show and now my head is twirling around with ideas
Should I go traditional? or modern? squares? wonky squares? rows? crosses? log cabins? wonky log cabins? stars? wonky stars?
the possibilities are endless
I'm leaning towards simple and modern with lots of quilting... (once I've pressed the lot of course...)