2 down, 14 to go

I’ve decided to properly applique my patchwork leaves for my Brit Quilt mini-quilt swap. I know it’s going to take a while, but I know I wouldn’t feel happy if I didn’t. So here’s a small celebration…2 down, 14 to go:

2 down

I’m hoping that it’s just an optical illusion that one leaf looks bigger than the other…

It’s been a good day today. It looks like we have a new babysitter. This has been a problem since our last sitter went off and had her own baby (some people!), but has become rather pressing because we are due to start our Preparing to Foster course next month. Finding a sitter is really tricky when you have 2 autistic kids who, whilst being very lovely, are extremely nervous of new people and twitchy about routine change. You can imagine…! Anyway to cut a long story short, we think we’ve sound someone, so keep your fingers crossed it all works out.

And more good news – I tried a bit of FMQ stippling. It’s a bit more seaweed-y than the lovely work by Elizabeth Hartman that I was inspired by, but I had fun and it looks pretty good I think:

FMQ seaweed

Thanks to everyone who offered helpful advice and encouragement about my last attempt. I’m really touched when people take time to share their experience or just say something nice. It’s always appreciated!

20 thoughts on “2 down, 14 to go

  1. If you don’t want to waste precious fabrics while you are getting the hand of FMQ you can just use 2 pieces of kitchen towel… or good to get warmed up on before you sew on fabric…
    If your machine has a speed control use it… it helps to take one thought process away and you can concentrate on the needle…

    1. Thank you Teresa – the kitchen towel idea is a really good tip. And will definitely be setting the speed next time I have a go… All this help from knowledgeable quilters is so useful. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement! I need to keep practising, but I can see that it will open up a lot more quilting opportunities for me, which will be fun, so I have the incentive. 🙂

  2. It’s lovely and I think the leafs look exactly te same size ( to my eyes at least :))
    Good luck with the sitter I remember the days of trying to find the right person ( although my kids where lucky thy had a gramma close by ) it can be very stressful ( my kids are 14 and 15 now :)) I hope you find just the perfect person !

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Finding a good sitter when you have super-sensitive kids is tricky, but hopefully we are making progress now. Keep your fingers crossed. 🙂

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