It was a busy day yesterday. Mike had a quick doctor's appointment, and we needed bird seed and peanuts to feed our hungry birds. Even more, we needed groceries. We were doing two weeks worth of shopping, and so it was a long list. It was lunch time before we were back home again. We had lunch, and then there was serious quilting business to take care of. I had just one row of blocks left to finish the quilting on Ella's Flower Garden. By mid-afternoon, it was all done.
I took it downstairs in the light of the living room windows for its picture. I get the best contrast there. It's a big quilt, and hard to capture the whole thing in a single frame. Looking at it from a different angle helps the quilting stand out more.
Here's how it looks from the back. I love that backing fabric. There was enough leftover to make another small quilt, and I'll be able to use it when I finish off the Books and Roses quilt.
Here's another angle of the back. I'm hoping you can see how pretty those Terry Twists look.
Probably there was time to finish the binding, but I was kind of tired of sewing. All quilting all the time for the past four days earned me an afternoon off, I figured. There will be plenty of time today to finish machine-sewing the binding, and then I'll take it with us next week for our little getaway.
I guess now is as good a time as any to say something about our getaway. We're heading up to the Puget Sound area for a few days. Our summer travel plan to go to Alaska was sidelined by COVID testing requirements at the Canadian border. Testing requirements have been lifted (for now), but we needed to make our decision sooner than that. We decided to postpone our trip until (hopefully) next year. And that left us with nothing planned for this summer. I've wanted to head up and get a look at the town of Sequim (pronounced "Skwim") for a long time. Sequim is notable because it's one of the few places in the Pacific Northwest where it doesn't rain 360 days out of the year. Some day we'll want to move on from the Three Cats Ranch. As much as we love our place, it's a lot of work. One day it will get to be too much for our aging bodies. We're looking around at places of interest for that eventuality.
Today's agenda is fairly well packed with things I need to do around the house, but I should still have plenty of time to finish my quilt binding. I have one housekeeping chore to do, and I need to get outside, water the flowers, and fill the bird feeders. When I came upstairs to write this post, I left the kitties sleeping in their favorite spots. Smitty is waiting for the sun to come over the horizon so he can toast his furs.
With her black fur, Sadie isn't a sun worshipper, but she does love being wrapped up in her favorite flannel quilt.
Mike is still asleep, and so it's the quiet time in the morning when I enjoy listening to my audio book and working on my slow-stitching. That's where I'm headed next.
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