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Monday, 27 August 2018

Unexpected opportunities

Unexpected opportunity #1.   A friend came round Friday afternoon and we settled down in comfy chairs with big mugs of coffee for a lengthy natter and a catch up.  I'm not very good at just sitting so I picked up the denim Picnic Blanket and made a start on hand-sewing the binding.  The quilt was finished after supper and it's lovely, I am definitely going to be fighting with Daisy as to which of us gets to snuggle under it on chilly evenings.





Unexpected opportunity #2.  Saturday was lovely - blue sky, fluffy clouds and completely dry, so Management and I had a big sorting out session with the log store.  We started out planning on fixing a small section of the siding which had some rot in it, and ended up replacing the nearly whole side with leftover metal sheeting.  There's one more piece of timber to fix at the top, and it could do with some dark green paint.





Few photos of my clambering around on the top of the log mountain; it was precarious and at times unpleasant as we got rid of old tarpaulin and fitted a new one to weather-proof the timber supply.









Unexpected opportunity #3.  On Sunday morning the effects of tricky balancing and contortions were obvious the minute I tried to get out of bed and found myself with an incredibly sore knee that does not want to walk far or bear much weight.  As the weather had gone back to grey, damp and blustery, I took the opportunity to spend nearly all day in front of the TV catching up on BBC Four.    Just like Friday, I'm not good at sitting with empty hands so I tackled the big Irish Chain quilt.





Took all day, with lots of very necessary breaks to stop and stretch, but by supper time I had another quilt finished.  YAY!   And there I was thinking there might not be any complete quilt finishes this month.



"Who said you could jump on my best quilt?"











17 comments:

  1. I love a guilt free sewing day, your quilts are beautiful

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  2. You are absolutely right Marlene, because I knew resting my knee was sensible, I didn't feel "guilty" for sewing. Although why the heck should I feel like that . . . retired, my time is my own, bla bla bla, but like many of us, I do.

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  3. Your quilts are lovely and well appreciated by Daisy. I can see you're well prepared for the winter months with all those logs, it's a shame the chilly weather is here so soon.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, we still have to do some cutting and splitting but yes, very fortunate not to be running out of logs anytime soon.

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  4. I love the colours on the bed quilt - it looks just right

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    1. Thanks Sue. You are right, the big quilt is absolutely stunning and to think - I didn't even have to make it myself :) It is a much treasured gift.

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  5. A really good result from a mostly soggy weekend - nice one. I see your quilt tester is taking her job very seriously - well done Daisy!

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    1. "quilt tester" - very good, I am sure Daisy would approve of her role being officially recognised!

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  6. The photo of Daisy on the bed has definitely got an overload of cuteness, I love it :)

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    1. Don't encourage her Eunice, she already knows she's the cutest thing in the county!

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  7. Really hope that your knee is now behaving itself. New quilts look fabulous as usual. Take care. xx

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    1. Thanks sweetie. Knee not recovering as quickly as I would like (ie: in less than 30 minutes!)

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  8. "Who said I can't sit on the quilt?" Whoof! All looking good, as in quilts, log store & covered pile. All you have to do now is remember that we aren't as nimble as we get older (giggle). Hope the knee mends quickly too. Take care & huggles.

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    1. Who said that, err, that would be me then. You know, the wicked one . . .

      You can leave it out with the getting older lark, even though Someone has had another birthday {{huggles}}, I hope it mends quickly too! xx

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  10. Your blankets are amazing. The one you made for Euan still looks as good as when we first received it and as promised that's not been because we've kept it for best. You said the highest compliment we could pay would be to one day say we'd worn it out - well I predict they'll be keeping them for their kids at this rate!

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    1. Gorgeous girl!! hello and brilliant to hear from you :) Glad the quilts are wearing well, I remember saying daft things like that, guess it is true though. Must come and visit yours and see how big the boys are now. xx

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