So I just sat and finally read through all 114 comments and I must say, this contributed to my general state of mistiness, as many of them made me choke up. Many made me smile. A few I read aloud to my husband, such as "meeting" another WSU mum whose daughter graduated the same day as mine, hearing from another who grew up in Kingsville and taught at the high school in town, or another whose own mother also lives in Alberta, 2000 miles from where she is now... Thank you for writing personal comments, thank you for sharing your fun ways to spend time with your mums, thank you for writing such nice things about my blog and my quilts, and thank you to those of you who are now following me, even one on Feedly! Who knew.
Here is the reason for the first half of the title of this post:
I got the breakfast tray mat done in time for Mother's Day! Okay, confession: I gave it to my mum sans binding; but I bound it that night.
|The back - so glad I found this fabric at Hawthorne Threads!|
I didn't do (okay, I forgot to do) a label, so I wrote right on the fabric to document the little quilt.
This morning I washed the placemat, and then set the stage for the crinkly look photo shoot:
Blimey's, a new British shop in Harrow, a mere 13 km from me! They, too, carry these very same Eccles cakes (dangerous) as well as Dolly Mixtures, Vimto, and many other British foods and items, including Downton Abbey, Coronation Street, and Dr. Who swag. Another "who knew" that I found thanks to my mother.
Then I remembered the Lancashire cheese she'd also brought me, and that she found at Fred's in Windsor! So previous photo: tea cosy on..... next photo: tea cosy off!
Okay, that was too much fun. Here you can see the mat, nice and crinkly. The binding was perfect too I think, a nice frame to finish it off.
And, for those of you fit and proper, "Britannia rule the waves" souls such as my mum, this Union Jack is true to the actual flag, as per this British site. The narrow white stripes are in their proper places, as are the wider white ones and the white-red-white stripes in each of the four quadrants are not on the diagonal. I got this tutorial, which is very well written, from Molli Sparkles.
my list for the second quarter of 2015. I am linking up with several of the buttons on my sidebar, including Oh Scrap! Let's Bee Social, TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday.
Gosh! Nearly forgot! Bahaha. Here are the three winners of the giveaway so kindly sponsored by Cheryl, of Meadow Mist Designs. I started counting comments last night around 9:30-9:45 when I did the random number generator, and well, I was TOO TIRED!! This morning I tried to figure out how to change the HTML code with a great link to a tutorial (thanks Judy) so that my comments are automatically numbered, but I am at sea (on the waves, get it).....so I have had to count by hand after all... and if you are like my sister, Linda, who studies each photo, you will notice I drew the third winner this morning. That's because apparently I really was tired last night: the third number I put into the random number generator I inserted 11 instead of 1 as the lower limit! So I redrew this am to be fair. ;-)
The winner of the Peanut Butter Quilt pattern
The winner of the Charming Quilt pattern
And finally, the winner of the Pike's Peak Quilt pattern
Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for entering and for leaving such wonderful comments. I read every single one. :-) I will be contacting these three lovely ladies by email today.