Thursday, September 24, 2009
Close to Nowhere
As of Tuesday, the weatherman was still predicting rain -- all the way through the weekend.
Me personally, I like rain. And my house hasn’t washed down the back of the hill into the horse pen yet, so I’m OK.
Whether I’m sitting outside on the deck or porch enjoying the rain or tucked inside my sewing room with a good book, or even better, actually sewing, the sound of rain is “peace inducing.”
I like the sound of rain and thunder so much that I have a CD I play at night while drifting off to sleep. It’s kinda weird when I have the CD playing and an actual thunderstorm outside.
• I’ve actually been able to sew lately. Over half of my sewing room is still cluttered with remmants from the rest of the house, which I’ve decided we will not be finished repairing/remodeling in my lifetime.
But! I have managed to locate my sewing machine again and after a long absence, was delighted to find I remembered how to work it!
Sometime in early 2008, my quilt guild began a block of the month quilt. I can’t remember the actual name -- it has houses in the middle and pieced blocks around the houses, a small border, then a larger (much larger) border covered with appliqued fruit, leaves, flowers and vines.
I love hand applique, but decided that I wasn’t going to have time to do hand work, so I began machine appliqueing the fruit, leaves, flowers and vines. And the grapes.
In hindsight, I could have easily hand appliqued two or three quilts while the house has been torn to pieces and Pop in the hospital and now recuperating.
Oh well. I was nearly through machine appliqueing when life interfered and was happy enough just to get back to the sewing machine to finish the quilt top.
I had about four or five large flowers and three of the four sides of grapes left. I decided I’d finish the grapes first.
Each bunch of grapes was supposed to have 18 grapes (two bunches on each of the four sides for a total of eight bunches). I felt that my bunches weren’t “bunchy” enough, so I added several grapes to each of the eight bunches, making considerably more than the original 144 grapes.
Adding probably six to each bunch brought the first bunch to around 24 or so, making 194 grapes.
That sounded right on the first side of grapes, although it did take forever to sew around each little grape.
Nine thousand, seven hundred, forty-two grapes later, I finished those little suckers!
After that, the five flowers were a breeze!
All that’s left? Batting, backing, quilting and binding!
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