I've spent the last couple of days off and on putting the blocks together and I'm pleased with how it's looking - the dark red around the outside was definitely the right choice. OH says it looks very rich and Christmassy. We're off on holiday for a few days (a short break in Brecon), but I'll be thinking about the borders and should have come to a decision by the time I get back. Actually, I think I've already decided, but I'll let it stew for a bit longer. Then I'll need to get searching for a holly pantograph for the centre. If I use the dimples red for the large border, I'll do a separate design around the edge. The quilt looks slightly different to before because I've photographed it upside down, I thought for a moment I'd got some blocks turned around!
This is the thread that I'm planning to use for the quilting, it looks quite pink in this picture, but it's not that far out from the reds in real life, and it will be fine by the time it's just one thread. It's Wonderfil Tutti, a 50wt cotton, and it'll be my first time trying this thread. It seemed very expensive at £8.20, but it is a 1000m reel, so it's cheaper per metre than the King Tut - that is assuming you need 1000m!!
Yesterday I bunked off and went to Quilts UK at Malvern. I had a lovely day, as did OH who went for a walk on the Malvern Hills. It was great to get out and do something normal, even though I was pretty cream crackered by the end. I fell asleep on the sofa at about 8:30pm and then had no trouble at all sleeping through the night - I must have needed it and I feel much better today for it, which is just as well as self-catering always involves rather a lot of packing. Here's a quick snap of my haul from the quilt show - notice, no fabric!! That must be a first. The bobbins were all in my possession already, it's just the box that's new. I looked at the bobbin boxes and they seemed very flimsy, this is a bead box from The Quilted Bear and there's plenty of room for expansion. It has a nice solid feel to it and sliding locks - essential for the day you inevitably drop it! A bargain at £2.79! Oh, now I feel cheated, I've just looked it up online and it's only £1.98 on their website. Oh well, at least I didn't have to pay the £3 postage :o).