Monday, January 24, 2011

I'm cursed

The universe is plotting to keep me away from my home computer! (Not my computer at the office, just the fun one at home.)
Yesterday was a warm, beautiful sunshiney day and the cats took full advantage of it, sitting in every pool of bright light they could find in the living room and soaking up the "rays". We also had out hot water tank fixed over the weekend, so now we have lots of lovely hot water again. There are few things more wonderful on this Earth that a long, hot, steamy shower.
And now the weather is back to blah. The temperature is above 0 (Celsius), which is very nice, but the sky is gray and the light dingy.

Our frosty looking Thompson River

Bored with chewing on the binding clips, Ginger sets her sights on the pencil
While binding the wall hanging I've been working on lately, I'm discovering more and more problems with the stitching. Although I'm working on it now, it was one of the first projects I began two years ago and some of first blocks I did are an inconsistent size. I missed stitching a few areas when I attached the binding because there were gaps wider than a quarter inch. At first I thought there were just a couple, and a little stitching here and there wasn't going to be noticed. But the more I stitch, the more I find. There are too many NOT to be noticed, so now I'm thinking I need to take out all of that "little stitching" and come up with a way to take care of the mistakes so they won't look like mistakes while at the same time avoiding ripping out the stitching in ALL of the blocks and redoing them - at which point I will have tossed the whole thing in the garbage. I'm starting to feel like this project is cursed!

My "design wall" in the foregrond is a roll
 of batting that  I decorated with some leftover squares

In the meantime, I've found a cute and simple little design over at Jan Patek's blog that looks like something I can have fun with and finish quickly to lift my spirit. I'm basing it on her Lilly's Hearts Mini here. It's needleturn applique, which I haven't tried yet, but it shouldn't be too hard, right?

Be it ever so humble...

  I would have started it this afternoon, but I had to clean off my sewing table, and then Rusty and Ginger convinced me to take a nap with them on the couch. It's not a large area - it can't be because it's taking up part of the dining room - so stuff builds up quickly. Especially when I continue to collect fabric and have nowhere to put it. See that nice little cube shelf with the coloured drawer fronts? That's where I store my fabric. That is, the fabric that isn't sitting on my sewing table, or on the ironing board, or on top of the cube shelf, or on the table not shown in the pictures, or... Aaaaarhh! I need to get busy and use it up.

Until next time,


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