July has been a strange kind of month .The weather has been the most unseasonable we've had since we arrived in Brittany, staying wet and cold for most of the time. The heating has been going just about every evening as the house has been so cold, and when it hasn't been raining, we've been plagued by those heavy grey skies that seem to be trying to push you into the ground !
On top of this there have been a number of minor domestic hiccups, like the new laptop playing up again and again, DVD recorder/player giving up the ghost and having to be replaced, moles digging up our lawn and mice eating all the roots on the runner beans - the one veggie we love and can't buy in France. The final straw was the oven door falling off in the middle of my cake bake to raise funds for the local Animal Welfare Charity !! Needless to say I 'm very glad to see August and hope its going to be a better month weatherwise and less expensive !
All is not doom and gloom however,as I have not one but two finishes for July, so I'm still on course for one finish a month during 2011.
Firstly a sofa size Triple 4 Patch quilt, which I just had to make after seeing several around and about Blogland.
My 'use it up' backing
During my holiday in June I was fortunate enough to meet up with a very talented quilter, Angelika, who doesn't have a Blog but if you're a member of BQL you'll know Angie! Not only did she have some amazing (prize winning!) quilts to show me but she very generously shared some of her own designs with me and my second finish is one of Angie's beautiful Art Deco mini quilts.
It only measures 8" x 23" but I am very pleased with it as its my first attempt at stained glass quilting- will I use it again, well, I do have a second pattern which is a bit more intricate, but maybe I'll wait a little while until the tips of my fingers have recovered from a few close encounters with the iron fixing all that black binding :-)