Our No.2 has just turned nine. A sleepover was requested, but only two special friends were invited, much to her parents delight. There were a few very lovely presents to open on her birthday morning. The much longed for quilt was unwrapped with much excitment...
and placed carefully on her bed. Co-ordinating pillows were added, and it all came together rather nicely.
I have to say that with each quilt I make, a learn a new technique. OK this is only my second quilt, but still, I've learned so much already. This quilt called for straight stitching in a criss-cross manner. I now know how to attach the walking foot correctly (yes it does make a huge difference to the performance of it!). I know that perfectly cut fabrics make the job of criss-crossing the stitching easier. I have since learned there is a special knot function on my sewing machine that means you don't have to hand knot every single row ending!!! (Good grief if only I'd know that one before!) And I've also learned that I need lots of practice with freehand quilting although I did rather enjoy hand quilting the flowers.
I did have to put in quite a few hours in the evenings to complete this quilt as I wanted the finished quilt to be a surprise. It was a little worrying especially when I realised the amount of handstitching required.
So even though her birthday was on Saturday and it's now Monday, she's yet to sleep under it. With her sleepover party in the lounge and then a sleepover at her Grandparents, tonight will be the big night.
The good thing about having big girls, is they are quite useful when it comes to party planning. I try and leave the menu up to them and they even make some of the goodies. You should see what's on the menu next Saturday's party for our nearly three year old! Saves me having to do everything and they really enjoy the responsibility.
White tigers are No.2's favourite animal, so I wasn't too surprised when a tiger cake was requested. I'm getting a bit slack when it comes to having everything ready well in advance. This was put together the night before and finished off on the day. The girls were working out how many cakes I've had to make over the years and the number was scary. Over 40, but probably 50!! No wonder I'm over the whole party thing!
Pretty much all in the spirit of 'The Challenge' as well. I'm still doing very well with that by the way. I think I tend to live like that anyway so it's not too much of a struggle. Oh and we're not counting the renovations in the challenge, that would be too difficult and limiting.
Off to plan the next renovation. Not kidding either! Will inform you next time as well. See you for now, and have fun in your spare time.