They always say, one good turn deserves another.
Having Nigel help with tidying my sewing area was bound to come at a price.
And indeed it did.........
I needed him to bring down each of my fabric boxes in turn for me to look for suitable 'I spy' fabrics - he agreed to do it as long as I sorted into colours the giant sized pile of folded fabric he'd cleared from the sewing room with a view to returning it to the said boxes.
Isn't there always a catch?
So we spent most of the middle of the day (after I'd braved the saturday morning supermarket melee and dropped DD1 off in town to meet the prospective new boyfriend James - incidentally they are now an item) sorting fabric on our bed and then receiving countless heavy boxes down out of the loft to rummage through and return the sorted fabric to.
It's always better to tackle this job with Sarah in the house as she is much stronger than me on the box-lifting front - but the desire to rummagewas too strong and DH's willingness to participate was too opportune to wait for her to return.
By the end of it, much to Nigel's disgust, I ended up with a pile of different fabrics almost as high as the original one - isn't that what recycling is all about - or was this just an operation in rotation instead?
Of course the time spent sorting fabric could have been far more productively used stitching but at least I have plenty of 'I spy' centres cut (I did this later in the afternoon) and a totally fresh selection of fabrics to spread liberally round the house.
I didn't have the heart to tell him that the cute kiddie prints could actually go back up once I'd a cut a 4.5" square from each.
So not much stitching done yesterday
Plenty of pressing and cutting, lots of humping boxes around - does that count as exercise too? and in the evening I drew up the designs for the other two stitchery basket liners - I'm already bored with the one you saw yesterday and I've not completed two of the four sections yet - low boredom threshold that's me! - so I'll stitch the two others with different designs in a vain attempt to keep the interest going long enough to finish them.
I did promise to show you the girls latest block - a friendship star with a four patch centre - sorry the picture's a little blurred
And here are all their blocks together. Megan made me smile as she laid her three blocks down her outstretched legs and made the comment that this would be the overall length of their quilt - good forward thinking there girl!
Finally - this photo is one that confirmed to DH his suspicion that I am seriously sad when he caught me taking it. These packs of buttons were some I picked up at a book and stationery store in town the other day for the princely sum of 99pence each (thats about 2$) and they include lots of tiny buttons in various bright colours - very useful imbellishments methinks. I know he thinks I'm crazy but I also knew you'd all love to share my bargain with me :o)
Just a little footnote here: For all you stitchers here in the UK I got them from a shop called The Works which seem to have branches spread liberally around the country you can check out the website store locator here and apologies to all of you I returned to the shop this morning and realised I'd told a porkie - they were actually £1.99 not 99p - but still a bargain!
Sarah has a rugby match this afternoon away from home north of Bristol (a good 50 miles away) so that means I shall be out of the house from about 11.30 til probably 5.30 with no chance of stitching and Nigel will be with Nick as he has a football match - so it will have to be an easy tea tonight, stuffed crust pizza and salad - sadly now we have Sunday sporting fixtures most weeks gone are the days of leisurely Sunday roasts.
Then I shall snuggle up in front of the tv for the evening and work some more on that stitchery.