Tuesday, January 09, 2007

More of the same and a birthday gift


A bit more progress on the applique borders made yesterday - I now have all four bias strips stitched down and am valiantly working through the flowers and leaves. I've deliberately made all four strips from different fabrics to continue the scrappy theme - so I shall keep plodding on each evening in between feeding the brood and acting as taxi driver. Someone asked me the other day if the applique was needleturn - it is, but with freezer paper on top to guide the shape - this is the original method I was taught and it works well for me.

Someone else asked about the conservatory - we're at a bit of a hiatus - waiting yet again for another set of 'correct' roof panels for the outside edges of the roof - they were going to order them immediately after the New Year and Christmas break and we're now waiting a call to arrange to come and fit them. If they follow form we'll probably get a call one afternoon to announce they're coming the next morning - if so they're in for a shock as Nigel is away tomorrow until Friday for a stocktake at an outside warehouse near London and then w/c 22nd he's in Ireland for three days...........Scrub that! - as I was just typing the last word, who turns up but the conservatory fitter with the replacement glass - I'm due to go to work in half an hour, DH can't get back here from work today, so we've sent them away and told them to arrange to come back on one of two alternative days next week that are convenient for us - we'd had no phone call, no letter, no message, nothing! Communication!!! Unsurprisingly the fitter wasn't at all surprised that no-one had pre-warned us of their intended visit. I'd really love to get the thing finished and in use but they have to get their act together and at least notify us when they're coming. Muppets the lot of them!!!!!!!!

Most of you by now will have seen at least one blog with these heartstring blocks under construction - I just can't commit to another group but Nancy asked people to make a block and send it to her for her birthday to add to the total - this is mine - who knows before I get round to packing it up and posting it off to her it might even be joined by a sister or brother or two. Can't say I'm that fussed on making these - certainly wouldn't bother to do a whole quilt myself but as is always the tradition in quilting circles many hands make light work and hopefully lots of different people will make at least one or two to send to her to add to the pile. It did surprise me going through my scrap drawer just how much red/pink and blue I have in there and little other colours.

Right I might just be able to stitch another flower or two before I have to head into work once I've finished steaming from the ears about the conservatory company - grrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!.

8 comments:

quiltpixie said...

sorry your conservatory people continue to be a pain -- but your right they work FOR you... I love how the applique borders are turning out. The simlarity of the applique on each will be more than enough to unify them i'm sure :-)

joyce said...

Your borders are looking fantastic. I can't believe how fast you get all that hand stitching done.

Libby said...

Do you think that contractors have a class in non-communication? It sure seems to be a univerasal trait *s* I hope they are able to set up a date and get finished for you soon. Of course, for you to begin using it but also so we can see it all done.

meggie said...

Those borders just seem to get together so fast!
Good luck with the conservatory- if good wishes help, it seems we are all with you!

Helen said...

I am so impressed by your progress on these borders. It's magical!

Lily said...

Anne you inspire me with how you manage to use every moment productively!

Oh apart from dealing with disorganised tradespeople of course! Drives me mad too.

Well done on getting that block made for Nancy. I am sure she will love it.

Dawn said...

Anne I love that each border is a different fabric - and they look wonderful! I can't wait to see it all done - well you probably want to see it all done even more than me!

YankeeQuilter said...

The borders are coming along great! I use the freezer paper on top a lot too...

Sorry to hear about the workmen -

Siobhan