After close to two weeks of dark and rainy days, it was a sight for sore eyes and cold bodies. It still wasn't particularly warm, but Smitty and I sat outside and drank our cup of espresso. Smitty isn't fond of espresso, but he indulges me.
This morning, the skies are bright. While I sat doing my embroidery project this morning, I looked out to see quite a few pink jet trails across the sunrise sky.
What was I doing in the sewing room all afternoon? Well, I was piecing together the Written in Thread quilt top so that I could continue on with the embroidery. First, I needed to make another couple of miles of pieced border.
And then, I was ready to add borders to the embroidery pieces already stitched.
Now for that dastardly piece that kept me awake on Tuesday night. Some of you noted that I could have done this with a vertical seam, and that's true. On so little sleep, I wasn't up for independent thinking and so I did it the unimaginative way. First, I needed to add borders to three of the sides.
The upper piece is designated as #8, while the lower, wider piece is designated as #8a. I left piece #8a intentionally long. Since I haven't done the embroidery for piece #9 yet, I decided to wait to piece the lower regions of the top until that was finished. You can see #9 at the bottom of this image from the pattern cover.
It's easier to stitch in small pieces. When I'm ready to add piece #9, I'll trim the bottom and then add the rest of the green border. That also meant leaving the side border pieces just as long, and they'll get trimmed off with one swipe of my rotary cutter.
Then, I pieced together the top half...
and then sewed top to bottom.
Now I'm ready to trace in the embroidery design, and I can get on with it. First, I'll finish up the little piece I'm currently stitching for the Live, Love, Teach quilt.
While I was in the sewing room, Smitty and Maggie were spending time negotiating for the top cat position.
They're doing better every day. They're still a little shy and wary around one another, but we hear less hissing and snarling, and see more games of chase.
Yesterday morning, I had planned to get out for a walk because the weather was dry, even if not yet sunny. Then I went out and fed the birds, and decided against it. It was burr-ass cold, the wind was blowing, and it was so foggy I would have needed windshield wipers for my glasses. (Why has no one invented them yet?) So...I was dissuaded from that endeavor. Not so this morning. After I finish up here, I'm going to suit up and go walking at the bottom of the hill. I am so ready to get some outdoors time.
And that seems like a good place to stop. There's no time like the present, right?