It's always soooo exciting to get a quilt back from the quilter, except then you have to bind it.
I hate binding!
It is mind numbing, hurts your fingers, makes your hand ache and just goes on and on forever.
I would happily trade skills I have (cooking, cleaning, babysitting, gardening and lot's more) if some sweet soul would come in and do a little binding for me.
I would tuck you up on the couch, with a blankie by the fire, make you a cuppa, your choice, have fresh made muffins for you, get you some slippers, put the telly or the radio on for you, some lollies in case you get the munchies, look after the kids and pick some flowers for you and in return I just need a few metres of binding done.
Any takers just let me know.
But while I'm waiting it took a while but the Christmas quilt is done.
It may have sat in a dark cold cupboard for close to 12 years but it is now finally finished.
There were whisper going around this morning that some people (no names) were talking of mutiny and a coup on the FHFS and were going to fly the remains of yesterdays sewing disaster up the flag pole as a symbol of the revolution.
I heard there was a leader....and a first mate (don't you worry buddy I won't throw you under the bus) and rumblings from another ( we all thought seriously how can something so simple be such a pain in the you know what)....
So with Pistol and Boo backing me up..I mean the Coup Leader...it was agreed one more go..
So I am happy to say Tah Dah....
For me it is done and I am reasonably happy just need to wrap and post.
Now Pistol and Boo I am here for you all they way.
You tell me where and when you are taking on the head honchos and I'll be there right behind you....if I'm not feel free to start without me!!
When I commit to a swap I take my commitment very seriously and try to do the best I can.
Sometimes I really struggle because I'm not good at a set project, especially if it's something that I don't really love (like EPP ahhhhhhhhhhh). So I was pleased when the first swap for our FHFS swap was done and dusted and moved on to the next. A ruler cover, okay this one was a little harder to get my head around but today was the day I focused, knuckled down and off I went.
So I measured, cut, sewed, ironed, quilted sewed some more and then after a couple of hours the moment of truth came, wasn't to bad needed a little fluffing up to make it special and then wouldn't it rot your socks - the ruler didn't fit!!
Seriously it didn't fit.
I squished, squeezed, poked, pulled, eased but no matter how I tried it was about 1/2" too small.
Where is that tape measure...............
Okay so it's true "measure twice cut once".
So I had a vision of how I could fix it, I would cut it down and make a smaller one....
I must have gone to bed a quilter and woke up a putz because in my effort to "fix" it I made the second one to small. So know I have this...
A pile of mess on the floor.
So tomorrow I will try again. If it doesn't work I have a Santa on stand by and if my partner squints really hard it kind of looks like a ruler cover.
Oh and for those who were wondering Roger the Ram finally turned the corner today and is on the mend and....
I think the new pup has settled in...what do you think?
I'm still trying to work my way through that overstocked cupboard I have.
Three quilts finished in three weeks (insert smug smile), another one which I work on by hand in front of the telly at night well on the way. So today it was time to look back into the cupboard and see if there was another that was calling my name.
Look a whole bundle of snuggly flannels which have been there for a VERY long time..
Here we go cut, cut, cutting..
Doesn't take long to make a mess..
The pattern calls for a snowman or two..
Let's see if I can get it finished this long weekend..