It’s been the first time I’ve been able to get back to the sewing machine since my last post.
On Sunday I was struck down by one of the worst migraines I’ve had in many years. Acute light sensitivity, disturbance to my sense of smell, a vicious headache and periodic nausea. No sewing for me that day.
My niece arrived on Monday, and all thought of work was abandoned She had been in the country 3 days, and her luggage had not yet arrived. Large quantities of time and stress have been devoted to finding out what Air China have done with the suitcase containing all her most treasured possessions, carefully packed for the start of her year in Australia. It left London, and somewhere between there and here (with a stop in Beijing), it has gone walkies. Air China are profoundly unhelpful, and their customer service number ‘is no longer in service’. Her insurance company wants receipts for everything in the suitcase (I ask you, who keeps those for garments three years old, some of them?); only Qantas are being helpful, saying they think they have found it, but she won’t know till she goes back to Sydney on Saturday. We are crossing all fingers and toes.
After a trip to hospital this morning to have a cardiac monitor fitted for 24 hours, today, at last, I got back into the sewing room.
I’ve cut the backing and batting for all the squares, and have pinned and quilted two of them. You can’t see it very well, in these small photos, but if you click on the image you’ll be able to see the spines puffing out between the lines of stitching in a most satisfactory way! The background has 2″ cross-hatching to stabilise it and contrast with the straight lines of the books. That’s invisible, which I’m quite happy about.
I’ve also sewn on one of my TTFC tags as a spine label on one of the books, and have put a plaque on the owl block which has her blog logo on it.
I still hope to get this finished before she flies out on Saturday morning. It’s going to need some seriously concentrated work on my part and a strong following wind, but she’s delighted to lie on a sun lounger in the garden with a book and a cup of tea or go for a ride on my bicycle rather than waiting to be entertained, so we’ll both be spending quality time doing what we enjoy. She’s totally un-crafty, so I can’t conscript her to help finish the quilt, but she’s excellent at making cups of tea!
It’s good to be back behind the machine…