Thursday, August 30, 2007

Finished!!!

Lots of stitching today........................
Some utilitarian and some quilty (much more enjoyable)
In our kitchen we have three aprons that we use when cooking - they are made from thick drill cotton and were originally made to be draymen's aprons for use by the beer delivery drivers so as you can imagine they're designed to be pretty indestructible - their best feature is, because the fabric is thick and hardwearing, they never let anything wet through them onto your clothes underneath.
We've probably had these aprons well over 10 years as Nigel brought them home from out of a hire vehicle he'd had returned to his job at the time.
The only drawback has been the straps - they were black cotton webbing but only tied on and as you can imagine over the years they've become loose, lost and otherwise compromised.
I've kept meaning to stitch on new straps - I mean one neck and two waist ties each on three aprons, how big a job is that?
Of course as with all good intentions the only time I remember is when I put one of them on and curse because I can't fasten it properly.
Well today - enough was enough - out came the green webbing and there they were done in two shakes of a lambs tail!
Looking at them at close quarters I realised that they were long overdue an appointment with the washing machine so that's where they spent a good part of the afternoon followed by a good blow on the clothes line.
So when I came to sort out the evening meal I wasn't wearing an apron as I liberally splashed my pale blue vest top with the sauce from the bolognaise part of the lasagne I'd just defrosted from the freezer.
The only apron available was one of the children's plasticized painting/cooking aprons .......
Here's a classic example of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted :o) Don't I look cross? I should at least have smiled for the picture for DD2
As for quilty stitching I've finished my Four Seasons Autumn quilt - all bound, labelled and ready to post before the end of September. It's a good job I've got it out of the way really as its back to work for me next Wednesday and I may not feel quite so productive in the evenings for a while
Louise pointed out that the criss cross patterns on the plaid binding echo the hourglass QST's in the outer border - I hadn't even realised - she's picking up fast, I'll make a quilter of her yet

20 comments:

Jane Weston said...

I have to laugh...your face is such a picture! Aprons have been a bit of a theme here today too..I'll be posting about it tomorrow.
The Season quilt is gorgeous! I bet it's hard to part with it.

Jeanne said...

I ALWAYS manage to splatter something on myself when I'm not wearing an apron! I'm a devoted fan of Shout stain remover :)

Your acorns are lovely!

Jeanne

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Katjaquilt said...

Your four seasons quilt is fantastic. I'm so busy at the moment but I hope I will be on four seasons swap some day...

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

I just deleted my other comment because I spelled three words wrong. What I did write is your photo made me laugh, I just love your expression.

Your Four Seasons Autumn Quilt is outstanding!

Karol-Ann said...

My clothes always look like hell because of the kids. I'd have to wear an apron all day if I was to look half decent LOL.

That little quilt is going to be hard to post!!

Supermom said...

so awesome quilt!

Libby said...

I can surely understand your not wanting to any mending . . . poor Hubby sometimes waits months for a button to be stitched on - even though I sit with needle and thread in my hand nearly every evening.
Your swap piece turned out beautiful!

Lily said...

You do look cross! Funny photo and good on you for posting it too!

Acorns is gorgeous. Well done!

loulee1 said...

ROTFL! Sorry, Jeanne said i should look at your acorns, this was not what I expected!
That said, your quilt is lovely, very sweet and seasonal.

Juliann in WA said...

Lovely apron! I need to wear one when I cook to save on having to replace all of my light colored tops so often. The little acorn quilt is really cute. Fun stuff.

kcamou said...

Oh, you gave me a good hearty laugh, mainly from relating to my own similar experiences. LOL!
The quilt is wonderful, you did such a great job!!!

Bren said...

Your picture in the kids apron is priceless! What a hoot. Your 4 seasons swap piece is gorgeous. I need to get to work. I know I still have a month and the applique is done but the hand quilting is going to take some time.

Clare said...

One seriously fed up cook! Anything with tomato in it, or chinese, seems to make for the top that I'm wearing when I'm cooking.

One gorgeous gorgeous quilt. Well done you.

gwen said...

Your Acorn quilt is simply gorgeous. The stitchery, the quilting, the colours,... No, that´s enough, I will stop drooling now or I will need an apron too! Take care.

Andrea said...

Funny how we always put off the boring jobs that would literally take minutes. I have an old cardi that I wear to read in bed that has had the top button missing for the last 7 years. I pull one corner through the buttonhole. it drives my DH mad - lol !
Hope the quilt you get in the swap is as lovely as yours - it's a beauty !

meggie said...

We went to a school fete yesterday, & I was saddened to see a bag of new aprons, sitting wetly on the grass. Obviously someone had taken the time to sew them, & then the heavy early morning dew had made them all wet, because they were left lying on the grass.

I love that Oak quilt! Lovely work.

Finn said...

Lovely stitching piece Anne, and just a bit of gumpy cook lady....lOL
The apron really is QUITE fetching..altho a tad small, I'd say. Hope the lasagna was good! Hugs, Finn

Karen said...

I love your colorful little apron, Anne :-))).

Ms. Jan said...

What a great quilt for the swap! Sew creative!