If you've been following me on Instagram you would have seen that I've been attacked by a mosquito and subsequently put on bed rest .... pesky little bugger.
Which means that all machine sewing has been put on hold ... which means that my MiL's quilt has also been put on hold. I'd managed to get it to the stage of framing all of the story blocks.
and had cut out about a quarter of the quota of 2.5" squares that's required to pad it out to a queen size quilt.
and that, sadly, is where it stays. It looks as though I'll be missing my November deadline for THE BIG FINISH and to be honest I'm totally bummed.
But you can't keep a quilter down! So I've been finding little projects I can do in the confinement of my bed including a little cross stitching ..
and I've also started on my Farmer's Wife quilt, which I'm hand piecing. I was planning on starting this quilt after finishing my MiL's quilt but 'C'est la vie'.
I've started with the Butterfly block or block 14 ... butterflies cheer me up!
So far I've managed to piece 8 HST (my first ever whether by hand or machine!!)
I'm starting to get nice consistent stitches on my needle.
I'm using Gutermann quilting thread to piece. It may seem like a strange choice but ...
I find the toughness of it reassuring (like it's going to hold together forever!) and it is also a slightly slippery or waxy thread and I find that easier to pull through the layers especially where there are seams to sew through.
I've almost completed the top left hand part of the block and am finding the whole process quite relaxing - even healing.
Although my little sandwich bag for storing my hand sewing supplies is somewhat lacking in glamour ... what do you use to store your hand sewing?
Pop a link in the comments if you've made something to store your hand sewing in - I'd love to see.
Linking up with WIP at Freshly Pieced. Thank goodness for you crafty lot out there - I'd be bored big time without my laptop and your lovely blogs to read in bed :) AND thank goodness for my hubby who is doing a stellar job as Mr Mum!