Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
Finishing last row
My first attempt at doing the border was a fail. I didn’t bring the directions down from the sewing room to the living room where I was set up. Instead relied on my memory. Not completely my memory’s fault, given the poor quality of the print out it’s a wonder I even figured it out at all.How can you even tell what colours those are supposed to be? Well, I did figure it out and I ripped apart all of the wrong seams and re-sewed them.
And I found the missing fabric in a bin pulled to make another Celtic Solstice. Luckily I hadn’t started cutting that. Not sure if I’ll be able to get any more than the borders on. We have company coming tomorrow. They aren’t staying here, my MIL is putting them up at her house but we did agree to chauffer them around for the three days they’ll be here because they are travelling by bus and won’t have their own car with them. So sewing will be hit and miss depending on the activities of the day. Plus I have a work day Thursday.
Oh and somewhere in all this, we have to get packed to leave Monday morning to drive to Iowa. I should be pulling my hair out. Instead I have been pulling weeds in an effort to get the outside of the house looking presentable. Turns out they are much more satisfactory to pull, you get to feel virtuous about it instead of like a 3 year old having a tantrum.
But now to see what everyone else has been doing over at Jo's
Thursday, 16 July 2015
Jo Kramer over at Jo’s Country Junction has issued a challenge. To Wit: finish a project before the Retreat she is hosting on July 29th. Since I am signed up for this retreat it seemed perfectly logical to accept this challenge. I also wanted to bring something finished along with me for the show and tell preferably the last mystery quilt, Grand Illusion. When she threw down the gauntlet (can’t think of a suitable quilting substitute for gauntlet, thimble?) , my Grand Illusion was neatly stacked in bins all ready for the final assembly. Why was it still waiting? Well when the final clue was released I set them all aside to focus on the wedding quilt I was making as that had a higher priority and actual deadline. Since Monday I have webbed the columns together.
As is fairly obvious, I ran out of room to work on it up in my sewing room. So today I’ve moved it downstairs to the living room and set up my modern Janome to finish sewing the rows together. The Janome has a setting for a 1/4” seam but I have rarely used it for piecing. It’s primary job is to do the quilting and binding. So I double checked the setting with my little guide and even put down a piece of masking tape to keep the edge in the right place. Now to get the pedal to the floor and get’er done.
Thanks for the kick in the pants to get me started Jo. Linking up with the girls over at Jo's to see what everyone else has chosen to work on.
Thursday, 2 July 2015
Friday, 26 June 2015
I promised a pic of the Smith Mtn Mrng when it was further along. And it couldn't be any further. Tonight I will present it to the soon to be newlyweds. Here's a shot of it on the hotel bed getting a final lint rolling to try and remove the last cat hairs
Thursday, 11 June 2015
Actually a while ago. I just haven’t been on here and I’m not sure why. Just couldn’t find the words I guess. First I wanted to write a fabulous post on how wonderful the trip was, but needed the pictures downloaded . Then I was back at work and working lots of extra hours to make up for the time off. Then I was/am quilting like crazy to get the Smith Mountain Morning quilt done in time for the wedding.
But these are all excuses. I just have to accept that I’m a very casual blogger and might never be as regular at it as some of the bloggers I follow. Time to get over my procrastination and get on with it.
First a few pics
The ruins are an old sugar refinery. The island we were on, Nevis, was a big place for sugar in the 1800”s and there were several scenic ruins. Plus a few places that had been turned into hotels or restaurants using the old buildings. These pictures are all from a visit to one of them. It was a fabulous lunch, sitting on a veranda looking over the empty ocean. Nothing to see but the next island, and after that nothing ‘til Africa ( although we couldn’t see it, our host was fond of pointing that fact out). An amazing time.