This was one of the projects on my Finish Along list - not a chance. But today I got a lovely parcel of fabric including the sashing and backing for this quilt so I pulled it out again and took stock: I had made up to block 65 and cut the fabric for most of the remaining blocks. So this afternoon I cut the remaining fabric, had a nap, and started piecing. Warning: there are a lot of photos coming up...
No. 66: Aunty Catherine. This is a block for my Aunt, my Dad's sister.
The fabrics are Kona Regatta, Kona Periwinkle and a batik.
No. 67: Weardale. If you head south from here you hit the River Tyne and then the River Derwent and eventually the River Wear (pronounced like Weir). It's absolutely beautiful and was the location for a sewing retreat back in September. After a rough few months (before and after) with my pregnancy, it was so good to spend a weekend sewing, chatting with good friends and eating lovely food.
The fabrics are Art Gallery Oval Elements, Art Gallery Modernology and Kona Ice Frappe.
No. 68: Violet: this one is for my maternal Grandmother, Violet. She died when I was just 8 years old, but I have some wonderful memories of her.
The fabrics are Acacia, Kona Midnight and Kona Carnation.
No. 69: Barton-le-Clay: This is the village where I grew up, right at the end of the Chilterns. The fabrics are slightly inappropriate as it's difficult to get further from the sea in the UK....
The fabrics are Salt Water, Kona Lime and Kona Asparagus.
No. 70: It's a girl: Well that's what the scans say... if it turns out to be a boy he'll be wearing a lot of pink!
The fabrics are Art Gallery Pure Elements Lipgloss, Kona Carrot and Art Gallery Splendor.
No. 71: Fireworks: I made this one a few weeks/months ago to celebrate Guy Fawkes night in the UK.
The fabrics are a Summer Island Batik and a Kona Pmoegranate.
No. 72: Ullswater: Ullswater is my favourite lake in the Lake District - we visited when we were there in October and it is just a few miles away from Patterdale, where my Grandmother lived during the Second World War.
The fabrics are Blooms and Bursts from Studio E fabrics; Kona Pear and Art Gallery Pure Elements Parisian Blue.
No. 73: Datchworth: The name of the village where my Grandparents lived when I was young. Although I have lots of memories of the cottage, I have far more of the garden, which was huge and perfect for hide and seek. It's a place I've been thinking of a lot since we lost my Grandmother recently. Especially the connection between Datchworth and my sewing past...
The fabrics are Nana's Garden from Red Rooster and Kona Lime.
No. 74: Tommy: Tommy was Michael's Granddad who passed away in October this year. Baby lost two Great-Grandparents in as many months this year.
The fabrics are Snow Queen from Northcott and a dark blue with a slight marble from my stash.
No. 75: Phil and Jane: One for my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, though given the colours, probably more for Jane than Phil!
The fabrics are Art Gallery Bohemian Soul, Kona Carnation and Kona Brt Pink.
and No. 76: Stotfold: This is the village my Mum is from. My Grandparents lived there along with a huge amount of extended family.
The fabrics are a print from my stash, which was one of the very first fat quarters I ever bought, with Kona Asparagus, Kona Daffodil and Pearl Bracelets.
So I'm now 76% completed....