January is almost over…

…and I am in Finishing Off mode! My Hydrangea quilt, which I started last summer, has been my main focus in the last week or so. I added a border to finish off the top, and started to layer it up last week. I had spent quite a while getting the back nice and smooth, taped out on my carpet… not easy when the quilt back is about two inches bigger than the available space on your floor! I arranged the batting on top, and then the quilt top…. only to find that the back was just not quite big enough. Much as I tried to tug it out here and there, convince myself that it really didn’t matter if it was an inch shorter than the top on one side…. my perfectionist tendencies won out, and I toddled off to the Quilt Shop to get something suitable for filling out the back.┬áSporting a few new stripes down the middle of the back, I got the quilt basted last night, hurray!

I finally finished off my Hot Little Hands wristwarmers a couple of nights ago. I ran out of yarn for these about two rows from the end of the second one before Christmas, and hadn’t managed to track down another ball of yarn in the right colour. Got one a couple of weeks ago though, and the wristwarmers are now done. I’m really happy with these, I think I will be making more for gifts at some stage. It’s a really fab pattern and well worth purchasing. The yarn – Rowan Pure Wool 4 ply – feels really sturdy and warm, and I have high hopes for it wearing pretty well. Hot little fingers crossed…

I have been dying to make a Dresden Plate for a while, and my lovely mum gave me a template/ruler for Christmas. I cut the pieces out last week, and tonight I got a chance to sew them together. I love it! Sooo pretty, and much easier than it looks. I think I will turn this one into a cushion :)

Finally, I wanted to share with you some pics from a perfect afternoon Sweet Pea and I spent last week. It was a beautiful crisp, cold, blue winter’s day, and we ventured to Richmond Park where Sweet Pea had the run of one of the playgrounds there. Then we set off up the steep hill. Sweet Pea, buoyed no doubt by the promise of a cafe at the top (he does love a cafe, that boy…) made short work of the climb and even shorter work of the chocolate muffin at the summit :)

When we were about to leave the cafe a lovely lady came up to me and commented that I was doing a really good job of enjoying my little one. It was such a nice thing of her to say, it really made me feel as though I was not doing such a bad job! I do enjoy Sweet Pea enormously; he is such a funny and gorgeous little thing. We were in Fabric Land stocking up on some interfacing this morning, and as I was paying the sweet little chap asked me, ‘Did you get what you wanted Mummy? What about the spotty fabric?’ – well the girl serving me (and they do see rather a lot of us in that shop, it being a 3 minute walk from our house…) said, ‘He is the most adorable thing ever, I hope when I have a son I will have a conversation like that with him!’ Ahhhh it’s enough to make my heart pop with love!

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