Between work and long lazy summer days, there is a lot of nothing really substantial happening.
- My last sewing finish of 2018. My mandolin epp block from @talesofcloth was turned into a pillow. I hand appliqued it to a lovely deep blue shot cotton background, hand quilted it, and then found the perfect fringing to finish it off. I made a simple envelope enclosure for the back. I just love how this has turned out.
- I have made a start on Solstice Dream, the new wool felt applique and embroidery project my sister and I are doing this year. This is block one, it looks awfully bright at present, but I think once I get all the thread embellishments done, it will tone down slightly.
- Determined to get the Sea Glass Sampler quilt finished this year, I have installed a temporary design wall, to help me visualise where this quilt is going. I am finding it hard to work with a limited colour palette, rather than my usual brights.
- My book pile is diminishing very slowly, but I am currently reading Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende and the most charming little book, Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster. Originally published in 1912, and written in letter form, it's the correspondence of a foundling to her mysterious benefactor. If you can find it on e-book or your library, I'd recommend it.
- I've been doing a lot of walking again after work, or on my days off, trying to get my fitness levels improved and just making the most of the glorious summer weather New Zealand has been experiencing. This view is from the reserve in my suburb. As I write this, the rain (which is very much needed) has been falling all day, the temperature has dropped slightly and the wind is howling around. A big summer storm has hit New Zealand.