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Friday, 8 February 2019

Turned out nice again

Ruddy weather forecast - yes, it was correct in that we had very high winds from about 4.00am, but it was mild, very little rain, there was even occasional sunshine but it did not last very long.  It was actually quite nice out and surprisingly Daisy didn't point out that expecting her to toilet in such conditions was Cruel And Unusual Punishment!

Working on the basis that "finished is better than perfect" and these quilts were meant to be finished before Christmas and reminding myself they are nothing more than nice dog blankets I decided to complete these by machine, something I rarely do, but I convinced myself it was appropriate; these quilts will probably see rather more of the inside of a washing machine than a regular bed quilt, and they need to be robust.  I even spent some time experimenting with different stitches, and working from front-to-back or back-to-front.

And then I threw the samples in the rubbish bin and finished both by hand . . . which is probably more sitting bent over than is sensible to do in one day.



If I say so myself, I do a good job of hand finishing, and am really happy with how the quilts have turned out.  But a full reveal will have to wait . . . Daisy has the right idea and I need to sleep.





10 comments:

  1. It was horrible here again yesterday - a very brief bit of sunshine about 3pm but mainly dull, wet and windy :( Daisy definitely had the right idea :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice, Daisy currently seems to sleep for 20 or 21 hours out of 24 - but that is the way with an old dog. If you look closely at her upper shoulder in that photo, see how grey she is, that coat was jet black 6 years ago.

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  2. Yes, a beautiful binding. Well done & your finishing techniques are so well executed & probably better done by hand. Rest, revive & enjoy the weekend. Take care.

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    1. Cheers Susan. I tried, honest. Used scraps as samples and tried all sorts of different stitches - straight, blind hem, zigzag, and a few more besides. Everything I tried just looked wrong.

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  3. I'm longing to see the full quilt, the sneak previews tell me it's fabulous. I hope you and Daisy had good uninterrupted sleeps.

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    1. All in good time Eileen, all will be revealed, I promise :-)

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  4. Happily, I have found a *better* weather forecasting place. More on-spot. It's simply the National Weather Service! Duhhhhhh... :-)

    It would seem, that the other weather forecasting places, put their own meteorologist's spin on the general facts... ? Maybe...?

    Whatever... I like the simple, not a lot of fancy graphics, N.W.S.

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    Trying to see which 'heart' symbols, actually show up, in comments.

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    1. We don't have quite as much choice in forecasts as America, but despite the emergence of all sorts of online services I still prefer the Met Office, not perfect, but good enough. If I ~really~ want to know what is going to happen in the next hour I look out of the window!

      Hearts are fun, yellow probably least visible :)

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  5. I can't seem to get the machine binding to look decent either, so I do mine by hand like you. Truthfully, I don't mind and it is such a good feeling when you tie off that last know and say DONE.

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    1. Glad it is not just me :) But you're right - it is lovely to put that last stitch in and know the Quilt.Is.Finished !!

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