Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Sandwiches in the Garden :o)





Blogger has been playing fast and loose with Quilting Bebbs today - most of the day it's looked like there's nothing there except a list of the posts down the side :o(

I was just beginning to panic and thinking 'Oh my word - what can a complete technophobe like me do about this' and it brought everything back up again - in the words of Alice in Wonderland - 'Curiouser and curiouser!'

I have great cause for celebration - after two hours of bending over the patio table I now have an Ostrich Sandwich - Ta Daaaaaa! Thank you to whoever gave me that tip - it worked a treat and saved my housemaids knees from a fate worse than death. I did pin the top edge together clipped onto the washing line to start off with and it's made a reasonable job of it - the back will never be as tight as a drum but I figure it's for me not the quilt police and as I shan't be looking at the back I can live with that :o)

My back certainly knows that's how I've spent two hours this evening and the whole thing weighs a ton so it'll no doubt be a joy to quilt - hey ho :o)

As it doesn't look much different from the previous posts of it, I thought I'd show you my Mother's Day presents - the three climbing roses - we only put them in in March so I'm delighted that they've flowered this year. The peach one is called 'Shropshire Lad' which as my DH was born in Shrewsbury in Shropshire I thought that quite appropriate. The clematis is a 'Hagley Hybrid' one of my favourite varieties which was also put in at the same time and has also come up trumps.

Now all I have to do is hope for the promised break in the weather to cooler climbs later this week so I can sum up the energy to wrestle with 'The Brute' as it has become colloquially known! :o)

8 comments:

Linda_J said...

Wonderful tutorial, Anne! And the quilt is lovely though as you said it kept growing like topsy.

If you can find a way to elevate that table up to waist height somehow it would help for the next time. Maybe you already did? We use a set of bedrisers like you find at Bed, Bath and Beyond--works great though I have something rigged up with PVC pipe here at home for a stationary elevation. Your back might still be squawking but perhaps a little less so?

quiltpixie said...

glad it was nice enough to pin outside rather than on the floor. no matter what you do it seems to be a training excersie for your body, but a nice change from the knees...

kcamou said...

Great job on getting it sandwiched, one step closer to being completely finished! Thinking of how much effort that must have taken, I'm completely thrilled for you!

Helen in the UK said...

I am becoming more and more convinced that computers think up ways to frustrate us 'mere mortals' as a kind of amusement! Glad you got the Ostrich basted - are you machining or hand quilting? Either way I wish you luck as it is a large project :)

Screen Door said...

The roses are gorgeous!!!Good job on the quilt work. Can't wait to see it finished.
Melanie

ForestJane said...

Beautiful flowers, especially the clematis.

Anne Wigfull said...

Anne, you said...it worked a treat and saved my housemaids knees from a fate worse than death...
You have a housemaid???
Shame shame to treat a poor working girl so, keep her in the scullery and do you own basting in future :))

Judy said...

Great Bebbs!! I was shocked when blogger had nothing there and no matter how I re-clicked nothing came up!

Good job on getting the "beast" all sandwiched. Luckily I've just done either sections or smaller quilts and I do them how I told you over a table that I can sit in a chair and reach. I have a taller bigger table that will have to be used for an upcoming sandwich and my back isn't looking forward to doing that one either.

ANother tip! If you have you ironing board sett it up on your left side and you can use it to prop up the expanse of the quilt while you are quilting on other parts. It keeps it even and supported!