I have been very busy, Maggie's little cat, Sophie, has had several trips to the vet, on Thursday she had an examination under anaesthetic. The vet found a hard lump in her bottom jaw, this could be an infection or a growth, she had a large dose of antibiotics in the hope that this would do the trick. By Friday evening she was much more lively and had eaten twice. So fingers crossed that all is now well.
I am sewing away at the string blocks, I put this little table runner together for a friend.
It was only after I had finished it that I realised the top right block was facing in the wrong direction. The recipient did not mind at all.
I have made a further 70 x 6" blocks, I need over 100 for what I have in mind.
This is what my work table has looked like all week, the amount and colour variation changes from time to time.
My current idea is to sew these into 4 patch blocks and then sash with a pale solid, something like this pale green, or maybe a duck egg blue.
The only part of this that I will not enjoy is taking the papers out. However I am loving putting these blocks together so the next project will be with plain fabric foundation squares.
My string scrap bag is finally looking less stuffed and I have cut a few strips, from yardage and bigger scraps, to add more contrast to the mix.
In the greenhouse there are several trays of seeds coming along and I have a selection of tomato seed, in a windowsill propagator, in the sitting room. I aim to set my sweetcorn next week to give it as long a growing season as possible, the butternut squash and pumpkin seeds are already in pots.
I have also started cooking in bulk and freezing ready meals, as the weeks progress I want to be able to spend as much time in the garden as I can, with no having to stop and cook. There are a stack of chilli and pasta sauces in so far and I will be adding curry and casseroles during this week.
I have been reading my blog list and have printed off some patterns to sew, in particular a Shark pencil case for junior.
I spoke with Dawn, Doing it for ourselves in Wales, and she is going to teach me an easy way to make pineapple blocks. Woo Hoo.
Are you watching The Sewing Bee, last weeks was a stinker I thought that they all did well considering. I must admit that although the men are very good I am rooting for Lorna, she is consistent and does not "puff herself up" at all.
I have a pattern for the walkaway dress somewhere in the melee that is my pattern store, and I think that this year will be the one to make it up. I may have had it for 30 years, so it is not before time.
It is all that bias binding that has put me off, perhaps I will try to make it fully lined and reversible.
Right, now that I have had a catch up I am off to make some much needed tea. The sun is streaming down after a wet morning, and I have washing on the whirligig. wishfull thinking maybe but you have to try.
PS, still putting off making all the delicious looking cakes from blog land until after Lent. It is not easy.