We had a wonderful holiday in Mexico to celebrate 25 years of unwedded bliss, Al and I would both go as far as to say it was a perfect holiday. We completely relaxed, enjoyed good food and the glorious setting of our hotel on the Caribbean Sea. Now we are home and it is definitely Winter and I have been sewing enthusiastically.
I have finished the koi wall hanging that I've been working on for a while.
My sister came for a visit and she has recently started patchwork. Her first major project is a wedding sampler quilt for her daughter. The wedding is in August 2017 so Jane's going to be busy. While she was here we had a good look at Mummy's quilt. You might remember this is an English paper-pieced "Grandmother's Flower Garden" quilt. Mummy was determined that it was to be all recycled fabrics, in the traditional way. I had thought I might do something dramatic with it but when we laid it out on the guest bed it looked just right so I am simply going to finish it.
My first job is to remove a lot of the papers to reduce the weight and make the quilt easier to work with. I say "papers" but they are actually more of "cards" being cut from Christmas and birthday cards and art and education supplies catalogues. The fabrics are a real mixture, a lot of furnishing weight and the plain is all curtain lining. Fortunately I also inherited a box full of extra hexagons and fabric. Alan and I have been sitting in companionable silence, with our thoughts, unpicking Mummy's tacking stitches.
Some news resulting from my sister's recent visit is that she has decided to join me when I visit Japan next year. Golly, it's been a few years since we've shared a bedroom!! We're both really excited about it, or rather, Jane was excited, until I explained about onsen etiquette!! Still, she'll rock the karaoke experience while I'm hiding in the corner. And, speaking of holidays, here's a quick reminder that only a few weeks ago we were enjoying temperatures of 30+° C rather than today's 2°C.