Today I finally basted my Simple Days quilt top, in preparation for hand quilting over coming weeks.
I've been very slow to get this process begun because after almost another year of designing I wanted to step away for a bit and spend some down-time sewing other projects from patterns I'd collected over the years, projects I've never had spare time to work on. However, it's time now to bring this lovely quilt to it's conclusion.
I took these photos of the quilt top pinned to the wire mesh which holds our passionfruit vine (recently pruned back), and sitting just under the large guava tree with the bird house my husband made last year. This all really fitted the scene as these small things are a real part of our simple days.
Here's a few photos of this morning's quilt basting. I use both pins and thread as I find that holds well. The thread basting is between the blocks and around the border, and the pins are used to secure inside the blocks.
I cleared everything off the dining table because it's the only large surface we have for such a task.
These curved basting pins are wonderful!
The more I pinned and thread basted in and around the blocks, the more excited I got about finally beginning to hand-quilt.
We've just come into spring and the weather has already given us some really hot days (35c on Tuesday / 95f) so hand quilting Simple Days will be a real labour of love with a good dash of air conditioning and long glasses of iced ginger beer, but I do not mind at all.
I did a video for Instagram this morning if you'd like to listen and see? Just pop over HERE to @homelifewithjennifer
I take you through the blocks and share some of what makes this quilt very personal to my life.
Missed any of the Simple Days patterns so far? The first 8 are HERE in my Etsy Shop and the final block will be there at the end of this month.
As I have mentioned before we had a ghastly winter growing season. For those who are new to Elefantz, we live in the hot humid tropics of Northern Australia and our growing season for regular summer vegetables is winter, as the weather is very warm and usually 'perfect', but this winter was hot and humid and the bugs decimated a lot of what we planted.
But funny thing. The last day of winter, August 31st, was the coldest day all season (22c - 71f) and suddenly everything settled down and the garden got a second wind. Even though the days have been heating up again quickly, the bugs have disappeared and we are finally seeing healthy produce in runner beans, five varieties of tomatoes, ten different herbs, capsicums, spring onions and so much rocket (arugula) that we can't keep up with it. Praise be to our God!
There's even pumpkins growing again in the front yard.
The elder tree I planted early in the year is coming in to flower and I'm so excited to make cordial...
...and the various blooms are popping up all over the place from cuttings, seeds which scattered on the wind, or were in hubby's compost.
I dug some up and replanted them in pots or in the small raised beds, but some I have left where they are.
We always have loads of Pigeon Pea plants growing around the perimeter of the garden and as they dry out my husband shells them for us to store away. Dried pigeon peas are perfect for making an Indian Dhal, but I also grind them into flour and make biscuits (cookies) and other baked treats.
My roses are blooming abundantly and there are always some budding blooms ready to pop in a vase for the living room, or to take over to Blossom.
My husband celebrated his birthday on Friday, very low key, just how he likes it, and we are planning a very quiet weekend together as his long work hours have worn him out these past months, but we shall catch up on Tuesday with sweet Blossom and the children for a belated birthday meal.
I have lots of things to talk about, to show you, but I'm going to slip back into regular blogging again so there's no need to rush things.
May your weekend be one of peaceful hours, joyous laughter, and praise for the Most High, who loves you more than you realise.