Pages

Saturday, 9 March 2019

New leaders and metallic thread, what could possibly go wrong.

Weather horrible - cloudy, cold, wet, bright for 20 minutes then very cold and wet.  "Rinse and repeat".  Every day since Wednesday.  I was already grateful that we had such a lovely February - I am even more appreciative of it now.

Cannot work in the garden, greenhouse 'mojo' went missing, so it's clean the house or sew.  Stuff the cleaning, fabric it is, but I knew it was time to quilt some of the recently pieced little tops before I created any more to add to the backlog.  At the beginning of February there were 10 tops in the queue, I'd completed the 'Puppy Quilts" but that still left eight, mostly small items, plus two more in the sewing room (hiding on the Shelf of Shame).



Wednesday:  Christmas table runners first. Small, should be simple requiring only two passes of a pantograph pattern on each, so why not make things extra difficult as the new leaders are still stiff and not 'broken in', let's use metallic thread.  What could possibly go wrong?  (If you are a quilter you know the answer to that question is "absolutely anything and everything, including the whole lot going in the dustbin".)

But this is where whichever Goddess is on duty this week decided I had gone through enough stress recently, and made sure everything played nicely.  I mean, REALLY nicely:  tension perfect from the off, not a single thread break, I never ran out of bobbin thread midway through a row, the new leaders rolled up fairly well and everything was straight and parallel.  By late afternoon I had - Ta Da:















Thursday:  Weather still 'pants' and I wanted to keep quilting.  Confidence to be rebuilt, muscle memory to be laid down again.





Friday:  I was "on a roll" (or on a mission, haven't decided which) and had a much earlier start than usual.  One done by lunchtime, the second in the afternoon.  By which time I figured I was well and truly knackered.

I rarely use plain fabric, and try to steer clear of big contrast between thread colour and fabric colour. Broke all those rules on these tops and absolutely love it, particularly the green which had me jumping up and down (sort of) in a (sort of) excited "crikey, I didn't expect this" sort of way; don't even normally like these colours.  The photos do not do them justice.







I need a little note here about the pattern used on the green and pink quilts.  It is "Ground Cover" by the lovely Keryn Emmerson.  I've used it countless times, always stitches up beautifully, interlocks really well and always looks fantastic.  I've probably thoroughly embarrassed her now πŸ˜Š







Neither of these quilts are wonky as the pictures would suggest - I was being lazy and held the camera over the table, so everything is out of whack.  Which is a shame because they are two of the flattest, most square, most accurate little pieces I might ever have made . . .

Before I quilted these I said to Management "not sure why the hell I am doing this, what will I use them for" and he suggested throws for the kitchen table.  He has since been told neither the green or the pink are going anywhere near the table and risking having fried egg on them!


There is now a lot of trimming and binding to do.



Whilst I am chuffed to little bits to have got through six items I'm also thoroughly sad, because the main reason I got so much done was that there wasn't a need to keep stopping to check on Daisy.  Of course, Management would never hesitate to take over all the 'parenting duties' if I wanted to go out or was busy, but just being in the house always meant I had half an eye/ear on what she was doing or might need.

But this is our life now.  I had a weird wobble a couple of days ago when I felt I wasn't sure who I was; if I wasn't "Daisy's Mum" who am I?    Had another wobble this morning which involved an out-of-control Jack Russell needing a new home.  But this will pass.  We have talked about 'another dog' and both agree not now.

Possibly not ever - which we said when Ollie died, and look how that turned out.




(not the same photo I posted last time - found a whole batch of these not yet processed from May 2017, yay!!!)



31 comments:

  1. Your quilts look fabulous. I'm not a quilter but love to go to any quilting exhibitions where I just blag my way around!
    I hope that one day you & hubby can open your hearts and home to another dog. My mother in law has just got a rescue j/russell after losing her original j/r in a hit&run accident on a quiet country lane in Devon last summer. The newbie (who's 9) has put a spring back in her step -at 80!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Mrs. So sad about your MIL's previous dog, but amazing that she has felt able to move on, hope they will have many happy years together. πŸΎπŸ’š

      Delete
    2. I'm in shock Jayne. At 4pm today little Charley was knocked down and killed😒. MIL was exercising him in a field opposite her cottage. Apparently something caught his eye and he bolted through the gate of the field onto the narrow road. Such a shame, she's devastated.

      Delete
    3. Oh - I don't know what to say, I am so very sorry. I cannot begin to think how devastated your MIL must be, send her our love. xx

      Delete
    4. Thank you. He had a happy life for 8 months with her after ending up in rescue at age 9.

      Delete
  2. Dear Jayne
    You weren't kidding when you commented that you 'know a little about that'! Can I say Wow, wow and wow! Your work is just beautiful. I have watched a couple of vids about rotary cutting and I am going to have another go at my quilt tomorrow. I need to take my time and be methodical. I'll let you know how I get on. Thank you for the encouragement though.
    Never say never - things have a habit of happening whether we are ready for them or not!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Eillie. If you use the 'quilting' or 'longarm quilting' tag [bottom of the screen] there are a few others. Some extremely simple which might give you some inspiration.

      And please be careful with that rotary cutter - you don't want to know how I know that, but there was a lot of blood involved . . .

      Delete
  3. Your quilting work is beautiful, Jayne and I'm glad you are managing to keep yourself occupied.
    As for your last paragraph, I have a feeling how this will eventually turn out, even if not for a good while yet.
    Thank you for another gorgeous photograph of Daisy. They always put a smile on my face. X

    ReplyDelete
  4. So happy you got on a roll, doing something which fills your mind, and eases it.

    I write more, and then rethink it. And delete.

    Perhaps the best way, is to simply keep saying, that I wish you well, with this sad journey you are on.

    And that your work is lovely!!!!! As well, as being good for you. Simply lovely...

    Gentle hugs...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Wisp, don't worry about writing and deleting - I do it all the time. You should see some of the blog posts I never publish (actually, it is probably best that no-one sees them!)

      Thank you for being with us.

      Delete
  5. Your quilting looks wonderful, I love the table runners, and it's good that you're managing to keep yourself occupied. Jayne, you and 'M' have so much love to give - maybe not for a while but never say never x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Eunice, I've never really known how to sit around and do nothing, and I certainly need to keep busy right now.

      Delete
  6. It will happen when it happens - once that hole heals (it never leaves but it becomes precious rather than painful) you never know which little paw will fit in xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Beautiful Kate, and you are right, somewhere, one day, they might well be a paw that is the same shape as the hole in my heart, but not yet. 🐾🐾

      Delete
  7. Thank you for praise of good old Groundcover. It always looks good on green quilts for some reason, and your quilting sets it off to perfection. What a great weeks you've had on the quilting front. As for another dog, I agree with maybe one day. But its so important to wait for The One; all in good time.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Keryn, and apologies for spelling your name wrong . . . You are right about Groundcover looking good on green quilts, my little one has surpassed all expectations.

      Delete
  8. Your quilts are beautiful Jayne, I know first hand how neat and how nice they look and feel and thank you again. I'm glad the Quilting Goddess was smiling down on you.
    Maybe one day you'll be ready to fill that huge hole in your lives that Daisy has left, you have so much love to give, never say never xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Eileen, but remember - don't be afraid to use it. I don't make quilts for them to sit on a shelf (although most of mine spend most of their lives in boxes because I have made far too many to use at one time πŸ˜€ ).

      Delete
  9. Now I'm gobsmacked with that lot young lady. Well done & I've not got Groundcover, but love Kerryn's Little Leaves (similar), which also comes up beautifully every time. Glad all went well with the metallic thread. I don't use on Bubs, but will on my Bernina, though not for a long time. I'm with Kerryn too, on you'll know when it's time. Hope the weekend finishes well. Take care & huggles.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cheers Susan, I was pretty impressed too 😎 Didn't set out to achieve so much, which might be how I did. I shall look up "Little Leaves", thank you Kerryn. xx

      Delete
  10. Stunning, just stunning work, I love everything about them, you are a very clever lady. It's sunny here this morning, but high winds, so it's an inside day. Hubby cancelled his motorbike ride out day, not safe for bikers, no I won't be sewing today. New lives styles take time, grieving has no time limits, take care of yourself.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So kind Marlene, thank you. I don't think of myself as clever but I do have over 20 years experience making quilts and I know what has to be "just so" and where I can be a bit more casual. But it's only piecing flat bits of fabric together; now what they do on Sewing Bee - THAT'S clever. πŸ˜„

      Delete
  11. Had to laugh at your shelf of shame, I think we all have one of those, in my case it's a cupboard! You will know when the time is right for a new fur baby, now is not that time, you still need time to grieve.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was Susan who coined the "Shelf of Shame" phrase and it seems to have stuck.

      Delete
  12. The weather's so changeable at the moment, can you believe it was snowing this morning but it's bright again now. Your quilts are beautiful, I'm always in awe of anyone with this skill. My mum was a knitter so that's what I picked up from her and sewing passed me by. I remember all those conversations about not getting another dog after Ollie. I don't think any of us can say what's in store for us in the future and when that future may be, very soon or a long way off, but some things just seem to happen at the right time and for the right reasons. How lovely that you're still discovering photos of Daisy, I'm sure they're taking you back to some very happy times.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Jo, this morning we had 45 minutes of the biggest snowflakes I think I have ever seen, all gone now thankfully.

      Yes, after Ollie I did say, very firmly, 'never', thank you for remembering. It's early days.

      Thank you for the nice words about the quilts.πŸ™‚

      Delete
  13. I am always amazed how people can just go out a get a new dog so soon after losing a loved pet but I guess some people find that it helps. As you say never say never.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree Sue, but just after Daisy died I said to M. that I suddenly understood why some people would do it - anything to cover up the emptiness, the quiet, the void. But not for us.

      Delete
  14. You did a great amount of quilting, Jayne and the result is fantastic! The plain fabric is in harmony with the flowery one that surrounds it and it's a perfect match. I wish you another week busy with sewing and quilting, it helps a lot. The question of another dog is something very personal and things sometimes happen as don't expect them. Our Filo arrived into our home when I thought I had recovered a little bit after Pudding left us and I felt strong enough to go to the dog pound to give what remained of the dog food I had left. And then, almost exactly in the same cage as the one where I had first seen Pudding more than 8 years ago, another Brittany spaniel (the only one in the pound) was running and barking, ready for adoption... Take good care of yourself, Jayne and keep busy with the beautiful quilting.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Merci Sandrine. Sounds like The Universe had decided you and Filo needed to make a family together, well done for giving him such a good life. πŸ’• 🐾

      Delete

I love receiving your comments, you know I do, and always try to respond to each and every one.

Sometimes it is the only way I know I am not talking to myself . . . 😊


(comments are automatically moderated on posts over a week old, I'll free them from Comment Prison as soon as I see them 😱 )