In my last post you saw the large group photo of 'new' hexies which have been made over the last
|The top right one looks much better in real life!|
|And so does the one on the top left!|
|Not sure about bottom left but I |
|The dotty one makes me smile!|
|Are you bored yet?! Nearly done...|
|Last one - well done for making it this far!|
Stained is at a standstill at the moment for two reasons. The first one will come as no surprise...I'm worn out (again!) and the second is that I'm busy prepping more hexies (and have five more to do). Each one takes about thirty minutes to prep so after doing three or four I don't have enough energy (or time!) to do any machine sewing. I've also decided to go down the QAYG route so I've got to make 24 backs out of the fabric left over from the front (which, in turn, was leftover from the monster so, as you can imagine, I'm scraping the barrel!). I'm going to see if I can get some more done this weekend, when lots of you will be in London taking classes with wonderful teachers and classmates and generally having a whale of a time. Archie and I will have one eye on the Jubilee coverage on telly (and/or The King's Speech - I've been saving it!), one eye on twitter looking for Fat Quarterly Retreat tweets (I've just joined and am slowly getting the hang of it - I'm @Archiewonderdog if you're interested), one eye on the sewing and one eye on the biscuits...
In honour of the Diamond Jubilee (not really, I just liked the tin!) I've changed my hexy tin to a more suitable one (a dose of idle-itis means I've just got round to cutting a piece of wadding to size for the bottom - I've had it a few weeks!)
|New hexy tin with some freshly prepped hexies and my new thread catcher|
And I've even got round to making a proper thread catcher to replace the 2" square of wadding I've had in there since August. (It took fifteen minutes one afternoon and I have no idea why it's taken me so long to get round to it, I blame the idle-itis!). I used some of the 'A Walk In The Woods' that the very talented Aneela Hoey sent last November - I love this fabric! I've only shown the front as the back is just a piece of wadding covered in threads...not particularly interesting or appealing but I can't tell you how much better it is than a scrap of wadding!
|A RRH thread catcher with a guest role for foxy!|
It's been raining most of the day today (yeah - no sun cream required!) but when it's sunny (and warm - the two don't necessarily go together up here!) my neighbours tend to cook their tea on the barbecue and eat outside...and guess who likes to watch?!
|I know they're cooking...I can smell it...and I can see plates on the table!|
|I think it's sausages tonight...|
|What?! They don't mind...|
|I just have to be patient...I can do that...|
But I'll poke my nose through the gap,
just in case they haven't noticed me...
|Did she just shout "Do you want your tea?!" I think she did - best go and check!|
He didn't get anything that night but he did two days later. They're very kind to him and if he's out when they finish (he has to come in if he barks or whines at them...it's the rule. He's not happy about it but...) they always save a piece for him. In fact they have been known to cook a piece of chicken especially for him, no wonder he wants to be out there every (sunny) teatime!! Yesterday someone was barbecuing at dinnertime and he dashed out only to find it wasn't them - the look on his face was priceless but I didn't have the camera! I think he would quite like a dog flap putting in the fence...
I may not be going to the Fat Quarterly Retreat but I have had some wonderful post over the last few weeks so I'll be posting soon(ish) about the lovely things that have dropped through my letterbox - I think quilters (or at least those that blog!) are the kindest people in the world and I have the proof!
If you're going to London this weekend have a fabulous time and say hello to each other for me...and if you see any crumbs on the floor (or need your sewing covering in white hair!) think about how useful Archie would be! If you're not going to London I hope you still have a fabulous weekend!