Tuesday 23 August 2011

Patchwork Progress, Early Days.

On N's first afternoon at nursery (he still says he doesn't want to go to nursery but is usually fine once there) I'd promised myself I'd check out how my hexagons for the quilt are getting on (for obvious reasons it's not possible to do this with children around!)

I thought I'd maybe done about 200...

...but there are closer to 400 of them, hurrah!

Now I see them laid out I think I need more red and green, so will get fabrics in these colours specially. Other than that the hexagons are all made of baby dresses and shirts and some of my old tops.

Covering the little paper hexagons with fabric is a rather brainless activity - good for when you've not much spare time and don't really need to concentrate.

When I have been able to concentrate I've been making this instead. I finished the last crochet stitches last night. I just need to sew in the ends and it does definitely need blocked. Soo frustrating as I'd like to be able to share it ASAP, I'm rather pleased with it!

Today N was at nursery in the morning. Now while he's there I'm catching up with housework duties (and six years of house neglect!), this morning it was A's room. I finally got it in a tidy enough state I was happy to share photos of it and did a little photoshoot of the African Flower blanket in its new home...

Of course, it's only August so it's not required yet...

...so it's removed till needed, and A's soft toys are all reinstated, somehow she manages to squish herself inbetween them all to sleep.

Now to a little catch-up on last week:-

N and I visited the loch again, but this time we headed in the opposite direction to our last visit and went to...

...the park. It may be old and a little tatty, but this playpark is still very much loved by the children as it has a good selection of climbing/spinning/swinging "things".

We'd taken N's balance bike on holiday and he's now got the hang of speeding along on it. I'd definitely recomend a bike like this for a 3 yr old. It lets children get used to balancing on two wheels so that when they upgrade to a bike with pedals they can pretty much set off straight away - no need for stabilisers.

Loch view heading back along the cyclepath.

We also popped in to the local charity shop to stock up on some more books, there's a Jamie Oliver one at the top for me.

Sunny shadows on the kitchen wall catch my eye.

A recent drawing by A, stuck onto one of the kitchen units along with other favourites.

A robot.

And finally, the field out the front gets its second silage cut of the year, the tractor is just visible in the distance, eagerly watched by N.


rockinloubylou said...

Seriously, your little A is a talented artist. That is the drawing of a 6 year old? Wow!!! The quilt looks amazing. Is A getting it for a summer bedcover when it is too warm for the African Flower one? Lucky A!

Lynne said...

Wow! Your hexagon progress is amazing. It's going to be beautiful when it's done. I can't wait to see what you are crocheting...I love the colors!

Anonymous said...

Your hexagons look tiny, how big are they? I love children's drawings, A's looks very accomplished.
I'm wondering how the balance bike works, does it have wider wheels or something?

Selfsewn said...

Awesome hexagons, they do build up quite quick once you get in a rhythm.
Now you have the big sew up!!

June said...

Lovely posting - love that crotchet blanket and that drawing is very good - you all clearly have an artistic flair!

millefeuilles said...

I am in love with your African Flower blanket and very excited about your hexagon quilt.

Beautiful work.

Sorry, how rude of me; I'm Stephanie and this is my first comment but not my first visit ;-)

Have a lovely week.

Apples and Pears said...

Ooo that quilt is going to be gorgeous! I love the blanket in A's room...it looks so cozy xxx

Mrs. Micawber said...

You must love hand sewing to have produced all those hexagons! It's looking very cheerful and I like the sparkles of red here and there.

Can't wait to see the crochet project - very lacy and intriguing.

Good photo of the shadows on the wall. There are lovely wavy old windows where we live that make wonderful wall art when the sun shines through, but somehow I can never accurately capture it in pictures.

A's room is adorable. That's a very sly, hungry gleam in the cat's eye, and she draws a much better mouse than I ever could. A talented daughter.

Beth of The Linen Cat said...

I can see why you can't check the hexagon progress when the kids are about! Wow, over 400, it's looking great. I LOVE the African Flower blanket on A's bed, It looks cosy, bright and rather vintage on the iron bed (which I also love). I know what you mean about 6 years of housework, I'm quite excited about catching up on mine when C starts big school in September. Bethx

driftwood said...

gosh your hexagon quilt is gorgeous, I don't think I have the patience to do all that handsewing.... x

Julie said...

I love A's picture, she's obviously quite artistic and imaginative. Completely agree about the balance bike, we didn't have one for the boys but we did for Islay did and moving up to a bigger bike with pedals but no stablilisers was simple for her. Juliex

Marie said...

That quilt is going to look fantastic!

periwinkle said...

Your hexagons look great but I do agree with a bit more red and the african blanket looks sooo cosy. I think charity shops are some of the best places for books and we get quite a few there .


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