I spent yesterday finishing L's quilt. which had it's first night in use last night.
I am really pleased with it. I look at the first one I made now and see all the faults which are absent in L's! I devised a way of finishing the new one which doesn't involve stitching and turning inside out and having to hand sew the last section, or indeed having to bead around the edge which looks fiddly and not something I might have patience for :o) Instead, I turned all three fabric edges inward, pinned them and machined the hem about 1-2cm from the edge. The result it a neat hem which doesn't require anything else doing to it.
I love the backing material which is soft and light. The whole things feels warm and comfortable. For this quilt I didn't machine all the squares in and I think it works fine without it. To me. that is one of the nice things about making something by hand- there aren't any rules, you can do things the way you like them and change your plans if something isn't working or doesn't look right.
I also made some heart-shaped pin cushions.
Yesterday was the first day I felt back to normal health-wise, so L and I celebrated by taking the dogs out for a much-needed walk and scamper through the woods and fields. We were out for an hour and I think I probably now know the entire plot line and game plan for the x-box game Far Cry as a result :o) Teens are funny creatures: either total and utter silence broken by the very occasional mono-syllabic grunt, or non-stop talking without pause for breath. Love 'em :o)
L will be taking his options next term and school are already starting the process. We went to an evening talk about it last week and it seems fairly complicated with all the different subject groups, choices and points and grades. L has a better grasp of it than me and has confidently earmarked Geography, History, Resistant Materials and Computing as his four choices. This is in addition to the compulsory subjects of English x2, maths, RE, ITC and Science x3. Computing is an interesting choice because among other things it will teach him how to write code which I can see being incredibly useful in our increasingly computerised world. I wish I understood computers better!
This process is again demonstrating to me how fortunate we are in our school. The staff are kind, thoughtful, adaptable, encouraging, always prepared to listen and respond, very much focused on the individual rather than the mass, and go out of their way to make changes if your child isn't happy. This is so different from when I was at school, and as a result everyone seems happy and content there. Quite an achievement when you've got so many kids from so many different backgrounds and with so many different talents, abilities and expectations.
I'll leave you with some photos taken yesterday when L and I drove to my sisters to Officially Meet The New Puppy. She is such a sweet little thing and is settling in well. We did wonder whether anyone would notice if we took her home, but my nieces were too quick for that and besides, she wouldn't fit in my pocket :o)
She is Very Very Soft and Very Very White and Very Very Cuddly and reminds everyone of a fluffy Polar Bear. We were Very Thoroughly And Suspiciously Sniffed by T and P when we got home :o)
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.