When I was growing up, our family was not very well off, but my parents saved very hard so that they could give my brother and I wonderful gifts for birthday and Christmas. One of my most treasured gifts was a 9 carat gold ring with my initials engraved on it. Even as a young girl, I loved beautiful things and I felt like a princess wearing my precious ring.
Another piece of jewellery that I wore constantly was a double Bluebird brooch - sweet little enamelled bluebirds set in silver. I gave it to one of our daughters many years ago so can't take a photo but I've borrowed one from Ebay to show you:
How I loved wearing it! I grew up with the words of the hit song on our radio too, though I don't expect many of my readers to remember that!
So, can you imagine what my answer was when I was asked by a magazine editor to design a blue and yellow quilt with bluebirds??? I didn't have to look far for inspiration!
This quickly has become my favourite quilt, and I think the best I have designed:
My quilter did a fabulous job:
If you are looking for a quilter, I recommend Judy at Furball Farm. I couldn't be happier with her work:
You can find the pattern in the latest Stunning Country Craft magazine, Vol 25 No 2:
I've had a string of commissions to get my head around in recent weeks. Everything is organised in the planner and I'm working steadily towards completing each item well before the due date. In between times, I am working on goods for my fete charity box.
Cute little burlap and lace key rings:
A mug rug or two:
I practised some free motion quilting on that one and I think I am improving! It's far from perfect yet but I am enrolled in this fabulous Craftsy Online Machine Quilting Class and I am learning heaps.
This week a cushion is on the agenda and organising the next block in the free Block of the Month "Shining like the Dawn" quilt. Watch out for it next week.