Finishes is how I ended 2017. Now before you start thinking, WOW Marg has no unfinished projects, this is not the case. I simply picked a couple of things I was keen to finish, could be finished and involved as little effort and thinking as possible; sewing the binding down on a couple of little quilts.
It felt great to finally finish the bottom two, as they were started years ago. Back then the plan was to hand quilt them both, but I realised this was not going to happen anytime soon, if ever! They were machine quilted by Rose of Pandora Quilting along with the top two I started here.
All thoughts turned to what I’d make in the New Year; a new Journal cover, dilly bag and needle keep. I really thought I’d start stitching New Years day, but couldn’t decide on an overall design or what materials and techniques I’d use. This took me a few days, loads of designing in my head with no practical application.
The problem was I was focussing on the wrong project, traditionally it’s the journal cover but once I switched to the needle keep, it just started happening.
And then it was back to the journal cover, still a work in progress as I'm having too much fun embellishing the felt appliqué.
Yes it features a bird again, there was one on last year's cover, in the same dark blue felt too. It seems apt, yesterday I had the pleasure of watching a little blue wren flit in and out of the bird bath.
This year's cover will be a constant reminder to spend more time in my garden enjoying the simple things.