I hope your Easter was good. A new tradition here is a holiday tablecloth that I started last year--everyone signs their name and maybe even adds a comment or drawing, which I later embroider. I hadn't actually done any stitching however, so last week I pulled it out, selected a palette of embroidery flosses and got caught up. Sunday we added a new section of memories and had fun looking back at what we wrote in 2014.
For our gathering, I made a ham dinner. For dessert, I thought about making a lamb cake, but since the lamb mold is somewhere in storage limbo, I decided to try a rum cake instead. I wanted it to be from scratch, and so I used this recipe for the vanilla pudding mix. It turned out moist and delicious, and I'm enjoying the leftovers with a cup of tea.
This week I've pulled out the patchwork I pieced for the baby quilt, made a quilt sandwich with cotton batting and a blue & white dotted flannel backing, basted with pins, and started to quilt.
After going back and forth as to whether I should machine or hand quilt, I decided to hand quilt using perle cotton. The larger stitches are going fairly quick, and I'm really enjoying that time in the evening when I can sit down and stitch away.
Some new bags for the Shop are also coming together; the latest
is this striped shoulder bag using an Indian-style striped blanket and recycled belts.
For today, a flour sack tote is in the works...so back to work,