Since my last post we made the decision to postpone the start of our holiday in the hope that the move may happen before we go away but it still doesn’t look as if it will. I could write a book on why but suffice to say it will probably be July before we make it to the new house and we will enjoy our reduced time in Spain in spite of everything.

The playmat is coming along but crafting is slower now that the weather is improving ever-so gradually. More garden, more golf means less sewing, but it’s great to get outside more and I am determined that my golf will improve this summer.

I’m using a whole range of techniques and very much making it up as I go along, which is fun. It has the capacity to get very complex but I’m trying not to let it. I’m trying out a ‘quilt as you go’ approach to putting the blocks together but that has some difficulties around how close the the edge I can go with quilting etc. I know that by the end I will have learned a lot and will definitely have  a whole list of things  I would do differently if I had the opportunity.

All of the 15inch squares of fabric, batting and backing are cut; most of the squares are sandwiched together and some blocks are quilted and some are appliquéd. One has a crinkle layer made from cereal packaging (I’m quite pleased with the crunch it provides) and the ‘squeaker’ block is ready to be sandwiched together. I have joined two sets of two blocks just to try out the method and it works just fine. I’ve been hand sewing more than usual and quite enjoyed doing that in the evenings, especially as I have no knitting on the go with my plans having been disrupted by the change in our holiday timetable. My knitting bag is already packed and ready to go so I daren’t begin what’s in it!

The only block yet to be started is the lizard block. It’s all a bit random really but when  Bethan and me were planning we decided against a theme and for as much variety as possible. We chose a wide range of fabrics; some for their patterns; some as backgrounds for appliqué and some for texture.


I love the feel of the two minky fabrics; one smooth and one dimpled.

I mustn’t forget to make some loops that can be used to attach some toys from the jungle gym.




Here’s a slideshow of the blocks so far.

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Well so far so good. I’ll add more as the mat progresses. Hope to have it all peiced together this week.


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