I put the last few stitches into the February cottage on Sunday. This is such a pretty design, I really enjoyed stitching it.
Not such a brilliant photo as it's rather dark here the last few days – in fact, this morning it's really rather foggy outside…headache weather 😦
Here she is next to January…
I'm really glad that I decided to stitch them all on one piece of fabric – I'm using 32 count, I think the chart calls for 28 but I had a large piece of 32 in my stash so went with that. I started stitching on my February owl when I'd finished and Matthew thought that I was going to stitch his cottage next…his birthday is March so of course, the March cottage belongs to him 🙂 The March cottage is green – my favourite colour. I'll be starting that along with Carole on 1st March. Carole made a few litle changes to her Feb cottage which I think are wonderful – she substituted Rhodes hearts and I think they're smashing…go and take a peek.
I've been fiddling about with cushion making this month. I bought a gorgeous pattern from Chitter Chatter Designs as soon as it was released last year and then put off making it. I thought it was time to make a start and have been enjoying making the Dresden plates for it. I have one stitched down with the other one left to do. I love this cushion and can't wait to have it on our bed along with the rest of the cushion family that live there! I've a plan to make some small quilts for the bedside tables with pointy Dresdens also using Butterscotch and Roses – eventually!
A new project arrived in the mail this month from Bev at Fobbles. I had been eagerly awaiting it and started cutting up the fabric almost immediately. It's Lynette Anderson's new BOM, called In Full Bloom and Bev provided a lovely kit of Lynette's fabrics. I had some nice sized scraps left once everything was cut out and distracted myself from the quilt by making yet another cushion as I couldn't bare to throw them out. It's almost finished and I'm just dithering over whether to add a little embroidery to it before calling it finished.
You can see why I couldn't throw away the scraps can't you? I have the first two blocks traced onto the fabric which is a gorgeous linen type of fabric and I'm itching to get started on the stitching of them. I'll need to keep on top of this project as the new button club – 'Fernhill' is due to arrive anytime soon and it looks adorable.
Speaking of the button club – I haven't yet finished off Christmas Fun and in spite of having kept up with the stitching of My Garden, the first button club, it has sat in my sewing room for almost 12 months waiting to be quilted. Last weekend I decided that it was time to stop fretting over what quilting to do on it and just get it finished. I went with what I know best and stippled the outside borders and stitched in the ditch for the rest of it – didn't take very long at all and I'm thrilled that it's finished and ready to hang on the wall.
It's just as well that there's an extra day this month – I'm hoping to have my 'scrap' cushion completed and also my February owl all stitched up before March makes an appearance 🙂