Well I stitched away like a little demon for every spare moment I had yesterday finally putting the last stitch into my first applique border about 15 minutes past midnight. Here we are - the first of the four borders completed and ready to stitch onto the centre. Sorry the photos are a bit smeary - not sure why - probably due to the tiredness of the photographer and the lateness of the hour!
Today will not necessarily give me as much opportunity to stitch as it is twelfth night - the day by which traditionally all Christmas decorations should be taken down here in the UK. Usually I take ours down as soon as possible after New Year, but this year I was somewhat distracted by the construction of a scrappy quilt so I left it. However now I can't leave it any longer so down will come everything today.
This morning Nick should have had a football match against the main competition in his league but the pitches are all completely waterlogged so it's been postponed. We've had a lot of rain over the past month or so and everywhere is very soggy and it's raining very heavily again this morning. The weather men tell us we're due quite a lot more this coming week with dangerous gale force winds around Wednesday so it seems like a good time to batten down the hatches and stay indoors and stitch - what a good thing the house is full of fabric :o)
No such luck tomorrow - Sarah has a rugby match in Cirencester, not that far from Siobhan these days, and the club have provided coach travel as it is a good 170-180 mile round trip. They estimate 2.5 hours each way - I don't think it should take that long as a lot of the journey is motorway but I shall take some hand applique to do on the coach - well never one to waste time just sitting! Mental note: must get that all prepared today so I can just stitch and stitch away as we travel. Hopefully the weather won't be too vile as the club we're visiting is pretty exposed on the top of a hill and we could get rather damp on the sidelines and not have the benefit of a hot shower afterwards like the players.
Right off I go - I do have a tree to take down you know :o)