I am not what you would call Suzy Homemaker, or even shall we say Martha Stewart. When I was young, I learned how to iron on a tea towel (I also learned how to cross-stitch on a tea towel). I am really great with a flat piece of fabric, I can iron it like nobody’s business. But when you add sleeves and a collar, pleats or ruching…ugh. It took me two hours yesterday morning to muddle my way through. I can’t say that our clothes are perfectly ironed, but they are slightly less wrinkled. Afterwards, I was feeling so homemakerly that I decided to do some sewing. I worked on piecing my kimonos quilt top and I had high hopes of having it finished yesterday. All the sashing is on the first two rows and they are sewn to each other, after two tries of sewing, ripping out and resewing the bottom row, I finally gave up. For whatever reason, my bottom row is not lining up with my other two rows. Sigh. I did, however, reassure myself that I have plenty of the fabric I need for the border. The problem with buying fabric for a project four years from the time you actually work on it, is that you buy the fabric knowing “ok, I’m going to cut my sashing this wide, and I’m going to cut my borders this wide”. Well, I bought the fabric, but didn’t write down what I planned to do with it. So I made my best guess and cut my border fabric – luckily, it fits just fine! Whew!! Hopefully, I will be able to get my problem on the bottom row figured out and have a finished quilt top soon…that would be so nice. It is really looking great with the sashing on it. And since I was sewing, my iron got even more use yesterday afternoon.
I am also having issues/anxiety about my Neighborhood RR. I wanted to lay out my blocks in a more organic fashion, not just three rows of three. But, it is hard. And, I’ve never stitched on 36ct before, so that is making me nervous too. I think once I get into a groove with my gridding it will be fine, but right now I am feeling a little panicky about it. I need to get everything laid out so that I can make a start on stitching my block. Eek!
I didn’t do much stitching this weekend, but I did a little on Their Song while we finished up watching Firefly. And Best Buy was having a fabulous sale on DVDs of TV series, so I got all of the X-Files seasons on DVD, except Season 4, which they were out of. So, I’ll have to see if I can talk Eric into watching those with me sometime.
Thank you all for your compliments on my Just Nan RR. I went looking for a frame for it over the weekend, but ended up coming home with the perfect frame for my Lemon Meringue Sampler. I just need to get a mat cut for it. It is going to be so pretty once it’s framed and hung. I’ll be sure to post a photo when I get it put together. And speaking of Casey Buonaugurio (she designed the Lemon Meringue Sampler), there’s a cute Christmas ornament by her in the new issue of Just Cross-stitch. And to go in my kitchen with my Lemon Meringue, I think I may have to stitch this…
Isn’t this the cutest piece – I just love the colors in it. Anyway, that’s enough rambling for me this morning. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend – my massage was well-needed and very enjoyable. Have a great week!
I am grateful for new inspiration.