I wanted some quicker finishes, so set about something I've been planning for a little while. I pulled out my stash of Kiwiana fabrics and started to make myself a set of place mats.While we were in NZ I kept looking at all the beautiful mats, showing wildlife and birds as well as beautiful scenery.
The birds in particular I adored. But I never actually got around to buying myself a set.
Well, now I almost have my bird mats! These little pretties are Fantails. Aren't they adorable?
I just have to sew down the binding. I have a set of six large and six coasters. Three each in black and white backgrounds.
I couldn't bring myself to quilt them, if I had meandered around the birdies on one side it would have spoiled the kiwiana on the other side. It's the same for the kiwiana, if I had tried to work into that, it would have spoiled the birds. At 10 x 11 inches I'm sure they will be just fine without any quilting.
The pile of hand sewing beside my seat in the sitting room is getting larger by the week, maybe over the weekend I'll make time to sit in there and get on with some of it. Hopefully I'll get to see a little of Jonathan. Right now he's in hospital. He started with a throat infection on Tuesday while at sea, when it became obvious that he wasn't going to be able to fight it alone his skipper brought him in and he was admitted at 3am this morning. He's getting fluids and antibiotics through a drip, but they are confident that he will be released later today. He'll need a few days R&R and may be able to rejoin the boat next time she comes in. (They got him to hospital then went straight back out to sea). I don't do sitting in hospitals, not even for my own son, his father is with him though and will keep me informed. So today is a busy day, a doing day, there's no way I could sit still and do hand work. What to do?