We disconnected our land line recently because the only calls we ever get are from telemarketers. Anyone we actually want to talk with has the good sense to call us on our cell phones. And with the dollars that would ordinarily go for the land line now freed up, it seemed as if we needed to hurry off to the phone store and spend that money! Good grief, if we didn't spend it quickly, you know it would just end up feeding my quilting habit, and honestly, I've been thinking of checking myself into treatment for fabric abuse. Phew! Glad that's off my list of things to worry about.
It's been a lazy weekend. There hasn't been much sewing going on aside from hand sewing. I'm just about ready to move the hoop on the Gingerbread Square block. I think I started out hooping the biggest part of the stitchery because I've been stitching and stitching and stitching without moving the hoop one iota.
There were lots of French knots in today's stitching session.
Yesterday I finally got a chance to start quilting the Blushing Aspens table runner. First, I had to brush and brush and brush all the accumulated cat fuzz off of it. I was surprised at how much Smitty's fuzz was clinging to it. Clearly, I'm going to have to cover these up from now on because that amount of fuzz was really not acceptable. He won't mind. He just likes how cushy it is.
I'm just sort of outlining along the leaves. I'm kind of practicing following a straight line. I've lined up the foot with the various lines (or whatever) to try to keep them evenly spaced, and I'm finding this is a good practice piece for next month when I'm planning to quilt the Doors of Ireland. I have some ideas for the Doors that will require me to quilt in a straight line, and I've been considering how best to do that. With that in mind, I've been in touch with my friend Marei who has the same machine I have (different brand names, though). I'll say more about that when the time comes. For now, I'm just practicing.
As for the table runner, it's about halfway done. I'll do a little more on it today, but I probably won't be able to finish it until Monday or Tuesday. I have a dentist appointment on Monday (oh boy), and so I don't know how much time will be left for quilting after that. It's possible that I'll be so traumatized that I'll need to come home and drink several shots of tequila.
Oh yes, and thank you to all of you who chipped in with ideas about how to do Tyler's block for the Live, Love, Teach quilt. Remember this one?
A lot of you had good ideas about how to do this (I love that about blogging!), but I think I settled on the suggestions of "works4me" who pointed me in the direction of a DMC variegated floss color that is going to work well for stitching the "Rainbow Words". As for the rainbow, which was the most vexing part of this block, she suggested this fabric from Fern Hill Gifts. The fabric is sold in one yard panels, and each panel has four of these "hurricanes" on it. This particular color is called "Hurricane: Tidal Wave". It also comes in a reddish tone. In any case, after seeing this, I started thinking I could do a reverse applique of the rainbow, adding some floss if necessary to bring out some of the other colors. The fabric arrived yesterday, and it is so pretty. I'm still waiting for the floss.
I was going to work out a swap with works4me, but then I decided to purchase a panel. It's so pretty. I know I'll use it with all those different colors. Of course, this might not work at all, and I won't know until I try making the block. Still, I think I'm on the right track, so thanks again, everybody. Great suggestions.
And that's about all I have for today. With the excitement of going out to breakfast this morning and getting new phones, coupled with the dark and stormy day we're having, I think I might need a nap now. Sunday naps are the best.