I'm pleased to say that I have now finished three of the mats. The binding has been sewn on using blind stitch by hand (a big achievement for me, as I'd never done the stitch before).
They were used for the first time at last night's dinner up north at my family's house. It seemed ideal that the three of them were used then, as my Mum gave me the quilting class as a Christmas present. Fortunately for me she loved them and has asked me to make her a wall hanging! Another project in the pipeline for once I've finished my quilt... I'm going to try to do one thing at a time, at least in quilting terms.
Now I wanted to visit home, as my family had just been on holiday to Florida, where they happened upon a quilting shop [Rainbow's End] (typical that they would find the largest one in the state when it's not their interest!). However Mum being loverly as she is, chose four fabrics for me, which are:
|1 fat quarter of this, as I adore pandas!|
|1/2 yard of the Alexander Henry owls. Hoot Hoot.|
|1 fat quarter of this. Not sure what it is. Mum said that it reminded her of Audrey Hepburn...|
|1/2 yard of 'bird on a ball' designed by Etsuko Furuya. Beautiful!!|
I think my Mum chose pretty well considering she wasn't sure what to choose or what it'd be best used for but I now have fabric joy fun times to look forward to. I feel quite excited about using it though I think I'll have to think quite carefully for the best way to show-case the fabric. Yay!
Now I'm off to make miniature felted animals with my Mum from the book 'Felties' by Nelly Pailloux. Mum is battling with a 'vivid squirrel' and I'm going to try making a sleepy fox!