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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Coming up for a breather

Quilting is going well on the big Triple Irish Chain.



This is not the stereotypical relaxing quilting of a bygone age where one sat in front of the fire gently pushing a needle through fabric.

No, matey; this is standing up all day, often at a strange angle despite trying not to, concentrating on a large piece of potentially temperamental machinery which, when combined with fabric that will flex, stretch, have variances in weave, and thanks to the act of patchwork itself, has seams all over the place which might cause unevenness, oh, and throw in thread which will be affected by humidity or how it is woven on the spool or the very quality of that year’s cotton harvest, not forgetting the consistency of the batting, how the bobbin was wound, and combine that all with your backing fabric, and you have a delightful and varied cornucopia of things to concentrate on which could make it all go pear-shaped…

Remind me why I think this is an enjoyable hobby???

I am seriously considering getting back out into the garden for a rest, but every time I look outside we seem to be in the middle of another short shower . . .







6 comments:

  1. Pouring down here in South Coast. I'm feeling the same using my sewing machine today, twisting, stretching hunched over cutting table. Sat relaxing with coffee before I get going again.

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    1. Thanks Marlene, hope your sewing went well and you didn't end up too muscle-worn.

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  2. Yesterday it was raining and so windy it blew my plant pots over in the garden. Can't believe this is mid-August weather. Time for you to take a much needed break methinks, it'll all come good in the end.

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    1. That's the problem with wind at this time of year, the plants are all in full leaf and get such a battering. I am not sure if a couple of branches on my favourite crab apple would survive a storm.

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  3. It's been showers and blustery here recently. But the big sunflower is still holding out. The grass has shot up this last week, which served to remind me how little it has needed cutting back this year, thanks to the dry weather.
    I do hope your garden is mostly recovered now. X

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    1. Hi Jules, glad the sunflower has survived and you are right about the grass. After no need for mowing for what felt like weeks, I think it's now making up for lost time! Garden looks much better thanks and pond levels are nearly normal.

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