My friend let me borrow this crib quilt back from her so I could photograph it on the blog. I made it a couple of years ago and it has handstitching on it. The ducklings wings, beaks and eyes are outlined in straight stitch. The pattern came from this book, The Little Book of Little Quilts by Katharine Guerrier. It looks a bit creased but it has been washed many times - hooray, that's what it was made for - it's great to know that it was used and not just put in a drawer and forgotten about.
I sewed some more strips for the recycled top at the weekend but it was mostly taken up by throwing 12 years of accumulated junk into the skip. Poor DH just had to leave me to it - he is a terrible hoarder and he knew that if he helped he would be tempted to keep all the half empty tins of paint, bits of wood etc., "Just in case they come in useful". Which of course, they never do. I am much more ruthless than him - once you get into the swing of chucking stuff away it's easy.
Thanks for all your kind messages regarding the missed start of term, DS is fine now, and getting used to being back at school. It's good to hear I'm not the only one who makes that kind of mistake.