I went into town this morning on my day off and before my quilting group I managed to run a few errands for the household as well as doing the school bank run.
A book for Louise - she wants to read the next one in the series of Alex Rider books - I know we had a copy at one point but have a sneaking suspicion it's in an unpacked box somewhere so I popped into the book shop in town to buy another copy. They were having a buy one, get one halfprice deal on the childrens books so I asked the shop assistant to make a suggestion for me as I can never remember which titles we have by which authors. Then a paperback for me just happened to pop into my shopping basket too - not a cheap trip to the bookshop then.
I had to buy a birthday card for my quilting student, Sarah's best friend Megan who will be sweet sixteen tomorrow. Sarah is always slightly miffed that virtually all of her friends have their birthdays before her in the school year.
Finally I dropped into the fabric shop in town and purchased this length of sweet lemon gingham with little embroidered pink and blue hearts to go with the applique flower blocks - I have precious little yellow in my stash so this will be a welcome addition
Once I came home - via the supermarket, why do my family insist on eating me out of house and home I wonder - I thought I'd have a little potter with the yellow material. I wasn't sure just how the embroidery would play with quarter inch seams but it behaved beautifully.
Here's the first two QST blocks amongst three flower blocks trimmed to size. I shall use all of the plaids and mix them round but this gives you an idea to start with.
Last night I made up a 12" sawtooth star block - this will be the largest I'll make for the spotty star quilt - I'm sure once I crack on with these two quillows they'll make up pretty quickly indeed.
Finally here's a little chap that has started to visit us on a regular basis. His name is Tazz, he's a beautiful dove grey and white colouring and he belongs to our next-door neighbour. However as they now have an almost three year old and a one year old who really can't quite interpret gentle yet he's taken to seeking out Louise's and sometimes Sarah's company. They thinks it's wonderful and we don't mind acting as a quiet refuge for him when the toddlers get too much - even Nigel's taken to giving him the odd scratch behind the ear now and again.