Boxing Day under quilts

As the sun came up on our glorious Tuscan mountains, I grabbed a moment this morning to finally sew the binding on my latest quilt. It was pieced in the early Spring, before our move to Italy, as a pattern testing exercise for the incomparable Ms E, before her quilting retreat in the French Alps, as a Mystery Quilt. As a control freak, it was good for me (but painful, oh so painful!) to submit to the surprise element of following instructions (bad enough at the best of times…) while not knowing what the final result would look like. In the end, I absolutely love the pattern, made with very clever quick(ish) piecing.

I was very proud to use up only material that I had stashed away, including the little space people. I stumbled onto those once while looking guiltily at the Fat Quarter Shop website. I think I must have squealed with delight and surprise! Mr T bought a little pair of trousers in a boutique in Geneva for our daughter a few years back. We both thought the pattern was totally fab at the time. How fun to unwittingly track it down! Obviously, I had to make him a quilt with it.

I also finished making my first ever Panettone. That was less of a success! It is supposed to be all light and fluffy. Hmmmm…


This is what the view from our house looked like a couple of days ago. I never tire of it.
I’m linking this up to Crazy mom’s Finish it up Friday. What fun to see what others have been making.
Happy Boxing Day! JJ


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4 Responses to Boxing Day under quilts

  1. thelittlestthistle says:

    Great quilt, and I also have some of those space boys hoarded 🙂 Loving that view at the bottom!

  2. Nesta says:

    Visiting from Crazy Mom Quilts. Your quilt looks great (and very cosy!). The view is stunning. Great choice to move to Tuscany, it’s so beautiful! I live in the north of Italy in another picturesque area!

  3. Hilary says:

    What a beautiful view!

  4. sheri says:

    What a wonderful and interesting blog you have and the pictures are gorgeous! You have me so curious what brought you to Italy? I guess if I read back far enough, I may find the answer. I shall follow you to find out more about your life’s adventure! Sheri

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