Sunday, 6 August 2017

A warm slow Sunday

Yesterday was a busy day with the sewing machine as I finished making 80 flying geese and started to sew them together into the four borders. I still have four cornerstones to piece but I decided to stitch the borders together first. This way I can alter the fabrics I use in the cornerstones should I end up with a colour clash or the same fabric next to each other. When sewing the geese together to form the borders most of the points stayed nice and sharp which I'm pleased about.

Apart from the sewing and some ironing, yesterday was a very slothful day. I took it really slowly and enjoyed my sewing. I didn't venture out except to hang the washing on the line. In the evening we went over for dinner with Kathryn and Olly, which was delicious. This made for a very restful and  pleasant day. This was in contrast to Friday which seemed to have me hurrying around all day. I had my pre assessment check prior to surgery and all my blood results etc were fine. Surgery will be on the 25th August and I should only need to stay in one night. If I'm lucky enough to be first on the list I could go home that day. Once home we took Scamp for a walk over the common and then I needed to do some grocery shopping. It was a relief to sit and do some hand stitching on Mildred during the evening.

That brings me to today and we have already been out for a walk with Scamp. He is currently stretched out on the settee asleep in the sun. Picasso is asleep on the back of the armchair that I'm sitting in. I'm rewarding myself with an hours hand stitching having completed a few jobs this morning. I'm still working on Mildred but I'm hoping to get her finished by tomorrow evening. So I'll do an hour now and then continue this evening. Later this afternoon I'll do a little more work on making the flying geese borders and I may even get them attached to the quilt. Anyway here's where I've got to with Mildred. I've still got a lot of spots to do on her apron and she certainly needs a good press.

I'm linking this post with Kathy for her  Slow Stitching Sunday  Why not visit and see what everyone is working on.

Hope you've  had a good weekend and you have some  time for sewing this week.


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Making flying geese

Today was a day off and gave me a chance to do a little sewing. First I needed to do some housework and I also needed to pay some money into the bank. Getting to the bank is difficult as there isn't a branch of my bank near where I work in London and when I'm in Reading it is quite a walk from our building and I'm just too tired after a days teaching. I use internet banking but you still need an actual bank to pay cash in. Anyway the housework was soon done and money paid in. As we left the bank John asked me if I'd like to go for lunch and of course I said yes. We went to the Graveney and Meadow which is a pub/cafe/restaurant in Tooting. 

It's an interesting style and makes a fun venue. There is a large room at the rear which had a lot of moms with children enjoying lunch. There is also a large garden but unfortunately the weather in the UK has gone very wet so that was not an option. The food is delicious.

After lunch I set up my sewing machine and made a start on sewing the flying geese for my compass quilt.  Over the afternoon I pieced 40 flying geese but I still have 40 more to make. 

I'm not working on Friday so I'm hoping to turn this pile of triangles into the remaining geese.

This evening I've been adding a few stitches to Mildred. I'm continuing to work on her until we go to Switzerland as I've packed Constance in my kit that is going by lorry. If I have time I may even finish Mildred before we go.

I'm joining Val for another year of her piggy bank challenge. I haven't had time to go fabric shopping for my next quilt project yet but when I do it will be paid for with the money saved in piggy last year. Piggy is hoping to be very full by next July.

I'm linking this post with Barbara from Cat Patches for her July bag lady link party 

I have work tomorrow and then I'm on leave for two weeks. I might get a chance to do some sewing before I go away.