What a week. Not much sewing done as I've been spending a load of time working in the garden. To be honest I hadn't planned it that way but we've had an unwanted visitor. More of that later.
I've finished my Hogwarts/Harry Potter swap quilt.
As a result I decided to quilt a wand with Snape's Patronus leaping out using metallic threads.
Here's some better pics of the quilting
I used a lot of metallics on this. The wand is grey thread with silver metallic banding and outlining. The wording is outlined in silver as is the symbol. I used two layers of wadding. The first backed the fabric for the wording, wand, symbol and some of the silver and gold stitching coming from the wand. I then sandwiched the whole thing as normal for the background quilting, appliqueing the white doe and adding some more lines. This is when my metallics started to play up. They were ok going through the one layer of wadding but they didn't like two. I had an horrendous number of breakages. Luckily I wasn't doing too much on the second quilting. I used a Kona grey for the binding. This is another finish from my FALQ3 list and will be mailed out tomorrow. I'll be linking up to this and various other linkys listed here
Anyway back to my visitor. The Heron.
He/she had been back and fro for a while but he's been fairly nervous and I've always managed to frighten him off.
Well earlier this week I was having a coffee on the patio and taking some snaps of the garden when
This is just before he stuck his head in one of my ponds and stole a fish. I didn't even know he was there. The ponds are now better protected ( hopefully) as we've put a fence around them which will stop him reaching in. They won't fly straight into a pond, they like to land some way off and walk in so hopefully this fence ( now it's planted properly and not higgledy piggledy like in the pic) will prevent him taking any more of my fish.
Either that or they are going to have to learn the Expecto Patronus spell. I wonder what the Patronus of a fish would be, a shark perhaps?