I have finally managed to finish the pieces that were stolen in the post and now, having sent them by a tracker service I know that they have arrived. A little more expensive but I feel it is worth it for the peace of mind. Neither is a replica of the original as I couldn't duplicate the fabrics but I like them both anyway.
This is the Spring Blooms swap that went to Valerie in France
and this is the replacement bag for my friend, also in France.
After spending hours at my machine on my Festival of Quilts entry I was really in need of a bit of hand sewing. As usual I appear to be unable to do things in moderation.
My postcard for Kim in the Popular Patchwork 'Gardens' swap
The beginnings of my Quilting Gallery Summertime swap. I have almost finished the applique since this photo was taken.
... and another Little Gem. I now have sore fingers, hand quilters out there will know what I mean, but I have found it so relaxing.
I did have to resort to the machine for July's Journal Quilt in Popular Patchwork which was sunprinting as I didn't want to get too far behind. (I think the proliferation of birds in my garden at the moment is inspiring me)
If any of you who read this are going to the Festival of Quilts on either the Thursday or Saturday, I will be on the Little Gems stand - Thurs 12 - 2 and Saturday 10 - 12 and would love to meet you if you fancy saying hello.
Until then, happy sewing.