Friday, November 29, 2013

Nothing much has happened today



The garden has very few flowers now - only some miserable-looking remnants. But it's so lovely to be able to buy them: here, two bunches of alstroemerias for £6. Such a joy (as long as you don't worry about air miles and underpaid workers, which I do, somewhat). They're a week old already and should last for another week. So pretty.

I've been working steadily on my quilt, hand-quilting it in mainly-interlocking circles. It's very simple and quite pleasant and soothing but I hadn't realised quite how many circles it would take.  I feel like Penelope, sewing away at a never-ending piece of needlework, though in my case I'm not actually unpicking it every night. I keep getting to a corner and thinking that I must be nearly done and then finding a completely unquilted bit. (You're not creeping out of bed and removing the stitches, are you, Mr L?)

I bought a special pen to draw the circles (round a cereal bowl) - it's very clever because the ink fades away, though frankly it would be even cleverer if the ink didn't fade away quite so rapidly. I dare say it would be fine for machine work but, hand sewing, I keep having to stop to redraw the vanished line. It's either that or sew along the memory of a line: homeopathic quilting.

Is it going to be finished by Christmas? Well. There's a question. A Christmas snoozing-quilt is a fairly bonkers concept in the first place but it would somewhat have lost its point by January.

I can't imagine how long a complicated  quilt would take me.

6 comments:

  1. Wishing you speedy(and neat circles), quilting on your quilt.
    As for the house being torn down(yesterdays post), It happens all the time here. It can't be a wise financial decision. MY OPINION is that it's people with LOTS of money and not a concern for the environment. (Building a house is a big use of natural resources.) But then I'm probably wrong. I'm just a 'make do' and recycling type person. Blessings from So. California. Pat McDonald

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  2. Hello Isabelle,
    It has been lovely to catch up with your blog again.

    I do agree with Craig. It`s such a waste of resources to pull down a perfectly good house, let alone the disruption that will be caused to everyone in the neighbourhood.

    Best wishes, DWx

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  3. Haha -- you made me laugh at the thought of Mr. L tearing out your stitches. It sounds like your quilt is coming along beautifully and I'm glad to read that you're enjoying it. You'll be done before you know it!

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  4. Several houses in my area have been dismantled and rebuilt lately, but I have to say it was a great idea - they were hideous! The only flowers in my house are the Christmas cactii, which are more than doing their job. 8-)

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  5. Anonymous4:19 am

    I hope you will post a photo of your quilt. I have just discovered your interesting blog and look forward to reading more.
    Andrea, a quilter in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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