I simply can't believe that this has taken me so long to complete. But it's done now, hurrah! I had completed the top and basted it together with the backing and wadding back in January. I knew that quilting and binding wasn't going to be a big job, but I've had a bit of a block about getting my machine out and just doing it. I really don't know why - I love sewing, and was really looking forward to getting on with a few half-finished quilt projects. Somehow there have just been too many other things to do.
On Friday afternoon, once I had finished our packing for London, I finally sat down and quilted. It took me all of about an hour and a half to do shadow lines around each of the main blocks, and then to attach the binding. I then set to slip-stitching the other side of the binding in the car.
We are staying with lovely Belinda this weekend, and Immy has been keeping careful watch over the quilt. She came for a sniff, to investigate what it was all about, but didn't seem too impressed with it!
We headed out and about yesterday - first stop was the ExCel centre to pick up Jim's race number. He's number 45699 and if you want to track his progress, you can do so at this link: London Marathon Tracking
I also want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who has donated or bought a Ready, Steady Go! pattern. Jim's fundraising has been more successful than we ever dared to imagine, and he is now flying past his £3,000 goal. As it stands just now, the totaliser says: £3,108.48 which is flipping incredible. Refuge does amazing work with people experiencing domestic violence and every penny of that money will be put to good use. We will continue to add pattern sales to the total as they sell. I also can't believe that there are still a few skeins of the GORGEOUS Go! Green for Refuge Semi Precious yarn by BabyLongLegs. It's £14 for a 100g skein and all proceeds from sales of this yarn are going to Refuge. Do treat yourself (or I'm going to have all the remaining skeins, as it's just my colour!!). Once again a huge thank you to everyone who has helped with any of the fundraising. You are all BRILLIANT!
Once we had picked up Jim's race number, we took the cable car over to the O2, and then walked along the river to Cutty Sark. It was such a beautiful day yesterday. And it was the first time in ages that I've been outside and done some exercise. Thanks Belinda & Neil for a lovely day!
When we got back, I collapsed on the sofa and set to finishing the binding of the quilt. And before I knew it, I was fastening off the last thread. I'm really pleased with this little quilt - it's got lots of lovely pictures and colours and things, and I hope that Rosa will enjoy snuggling under it as she gets bigger.
I really enjoyed making it for her. (It's a Riley Blake layer cake, backed with a simple blue and white spot fabric and plain cream binding in case you're interested.)
So that pretty much brings us up to date, I think. I should now get out of bed, as Jim is about to head off to run the furthest he has ever run. I am too proud for words of his acievements already. He more than deserves every single one of these cakes that his students made for him last week:
I hope to be back later with a marathon report, but I might not manage it as we have to drive home tonight, and tomorrow is a very big day for us. If nothing appears here, then head over to TrueBrit Knits, as Belinda has said that she will pop something up for us. :)