the cat’s whiskers

Two mile stones today…or you could even say three:

1) I finished the quilt I started in November;

2) I made my first glove cat; and

3) I have 52 likes on my facebook page – not a lot compared to other pages but definitely not bad, given I don’t even have my Etsy shop open yet (thank you everyone!)

vibrant quilt with hand-appliqued hearts

I have decided to keep the quilt myself. This sort of hand stitching is too time consuming to make it practical to sell at a price that would cover my time, and I love the colours, and I have never kept a quilt before – it is something I have only ever made for other people. I think I also prefer more quilting, to keep it flat, and may go back and quilt it more in due course. Max the cat has already made it clear he wants to share the quilt with me…hence the cat fur!

finished quilt
finished quilt

Oops; this really needs pressing!

vibrant quilt
vibrant quilt
vibrant quilt detail
vibrant quilt detail

I used blanket stitch variations – whipped, crossed, closed and alternating between short and long stitches – and I really like the effect of the stitches on the back of the quilt (despite the cat hairs!).

reverse of vibrant quilt
reverse of vibrant quilt

glove-cat

Having made a number of dogs from Miyako Kanamori’s books, I thought I should try a cat. I have used stitching to shape the paws, rather than the pipe-cleaners that Miyako uses, as I want these to be suitable for babies and don’t want any wire poking through. No buttons either, as I don’t want any choking hazards.

glove cat
glove cat

I also got to spend a wonderful afternoon yesterday with a Bath WI friend and her daughter – two amazingly creative ladies. I came away full of enthusiasm, confidence boosted and excited about the future.

too warm for gloves?

It may be a little warm for wooly gloves, but they have other uses too! I turned this pair in to a soft and cuddly dog.

dog upcycled from a pair of gloves
dog upcycled from a pair of gloves

Over the last few weeks our cherry tree has looked amazing, but ┬ástrong winds recently have scattered the petals over the vegetable patch, like a layer of snow. Mind you, it has given the apple trees and the choisya their chance to shine. I don’t think I am the only one appreciating them either…bzzzzzzzz.

bees on the apple blossom
bees on the apple blossom
apple blossom
a Bath garden in May

Lovely days for walks by the canal with George the spaniel, who I walk for a friend once a week.

george canal
canal walk with George the spaniel