Mum's been going through rather a quilting phase...
We started off last April with a four-generations quilt for my bro and new sis for their wedding last July, which we carried half way around the world. The middle of the quilt has pieces of lace from Gran's wedding dress and my wedding dress, and each quarter was designed by Gran, Mum, R13 and me:
Mum's on the left: pulled fabric embroidery attached, and some of her favourite flowers.
R13's on the right: one heart for each of the generations: pieces of fabric shared.
Mine on the left: seven-petalled flower for The Gang, wedding lace in the centre.
Gran's on the right, the centre is a handkerchief sachet given to her by her husband Howel (Mum's father) before their wedding.
We sewed a border of vines around the centre squares, symbolising our family tree.
Then J11 and I made a star quilt together.
In August, Mum made one for my cousin's first baby (hi, Nik!!)
And now she's finished another, which is pictured here with Gertrude, her childhood doll, who resides happily in R13's collection.
Tonight, we had a delicious dinner party to celebrate your early-Birthday, with scallops-and-bacon kebabs on the barbie. We also had birthday speeches: they say it takes a village to raise a child, and we're thankful that you and Dad are so involved in all of our lives: it's good that our *village* spans 200 km.