Doggies, Doggies, Doggies!

Done, done, done!*

Here it is.

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 3.59.34 amAnd my room is cleared of blue and white threads, scraps, bits of batting and fluff. The floor is swept, and I’ve cleaned my sewing machine of a huge cloud of lint – it’s worked hard in the last couple of months. I’m going to take a bit of a break from quilting for a few days. Time to think about something else for a few days, give my back and hands a rest.

I’m happy to see it go, for several reasons: having made this pattern 4 times now, it’s not a fresh challenge; I don’t become emotionally attached (luckily!); and I enjoy finishing and sending out something that will give someone else so much pleasure.  Plus it clears the decks for the next big thing. More on that another time.

Best of all, I’m done in loads of time for the birthday!

 

*For the non-Australians, this is based on the Aussie sports chant “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi!”, frequently heard at international rugby and cricket matches… (By the way, did you notice I didn’t do a single gloat about the England – Australia Rugby World Cup match result?)

Go the Doggies! The last few yards…

The quilting’s done, and I’m tired.

Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 3.45.41 pmThe request was to make this quilt exactly like the earlier Sydney Swans one I made in red and white. That one was only lightly quilted in a large cross-hatch, so that’s what I’ve done here too. I’ve dealt with all the loose thread ends, I’ve taken out all the pins and I’ve trimmed off the spare backing and batting. It’s too big to hang on the design wall, and it’s a hot, blustery day so I’m not going to hang it on the washing line to take a photo –   I don’t want a repeat of the fraying that happened before! You’ll see it soon…

I have the binding made and rolled up ready for the final stage of the game. I’ve used the last pieces of the three feature prints, and it’s made just enough binding to go round. One of my nice new quilt labels is also ready and waiting to be bound in on the back.

I had a small square piece of the big chevron print left, so I made the birthday boy a mug rug for his cup of coffee or stubby cooler while he’s draped in his quilt. Oooh, gotta love matching accessories!

We went to the movies last night, and saw The Intern, which we both enjoyed very much; we’re approaching the age where it’s becoming our new reality! Tomorrow, we’re taking part in a charity motorbike ride in the morning. And then I get Sunday off, because we were originally going to be be in Cairns so I couldn’t bake till Monday. I didn’t explain the change of plans to my customers…

Tomorrow afternoon, I’ll be sewing on binding like a demon, and that will just leave my favourite part; hand stitching the binding down on the back :-).

Go the Doggies! Time out…

I have one more day of quilting to get through…

It’s quite strenuous; the quilt is more than 10 feet long on the diagonal, and hauling that through the machine, rolling and unrolling, resisting the stubborn forces of gravity and generally getting a flat working surface all take it out of you a bit. On the upside, I have had extra time to work on it and am making good progress. But it was beginning to hurt my back, and I decided to stop for the day and finish it tomorrow. There’s really nothing to show you in a photo, and maybe you’ll enjoy a break from blue and white too!

Since we are not having our trip to Cairns and all the fun that entails, we decided to make the next 4 days an assembly of small pleasures to make up for it. So today we had a sushi picnic at the beach. Not that I’m gloating or anything, but I just want to share the view with you…

Flat Top and Round TopTonight we’re off to the movies. Tomorrow morning we’re taking the scooters out for a run in the sunshine. Simple pleasures… And then in the afternoon, back to quilting, ready for the last stage, the binding.

I enjoyed my little break. Now, back to the ruck.