Thursday, December 13, 2007

More progress...........

I have the pleasure of a bonus day off work today.

Twice this week I've needed to work overtime to cover my colleague's absence and decided to take time off in lieu instead of claiming the pay so I now have all day to play.
It's a good job too as I still have lots of stitching to do and a large proportion of the items have to be completed by Sunday teatime so Nigel can head off up the road to take them to their destinations.
This coupled with the prospect of a very busy weekend for the girls rugby team means I was starting to descend into the counter-productive 'Ever Decreasing Circle Panic Hell Hole'. However I always work better under pressure and to short deadlines (she says trying to convince herself)
Anyway I have been crawling about on my knees this morning sandwiching Spencer's I Spy quilt. The knees have started to protest loudly and painfully so I'm having a ten minute break to show you some of my progress before I go back and pin the other half.
I don't know where I'd be without my pinning tool - my fingers would be objecting as much as my knees.
I also finished stitching the binding on my brother's table runner this morning - that's a finish! Yippee!!!
I would have loved to quilt this a little more sympathetically to the pattern but unfortunately needs must and I'm sure they won't mind - they don't actually have a choice really. Maybe after Christmas I might make one for us and spend some serious time quilting it in a more delicate fashion.
And finally here's my boss's Christmas cat wall hanging is also done.
So there is some progress - I'd love to get the I spy quilt quilted and bound today - I'm afraid it's only getting the large meander treatment - but it will be serviceable and relatively indestructible.
I'm sure I felt I'd started all this work in good time for Christmas this year - after all I was stitching I Spy blocks in early November - maybe I should make a start in January for next years collection :o)
Ok - knee break over - gotta go sew again!

11 comments:

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a lovely eye spy quilt! I also really like the meandering on the table runner. I find I try to do big, but it goes smaller as I go along. I'm sure both gifts will be well loved!

Doodlebug Gail said...

Anne, what a lovely setting for the I Spy blocks - I like that the blocks aren't too close together. Glad you've had a good day off.

Libby said...

Meander quilting is my favorite . . . it will be perfect for the I Spy. I think no matter how early we begin, we are always rushed to finish *s*

joyce said...

When I pinned (wonderful to have a quilting frame now!) I used foam garden knee pads. Helped my knees a lot but still had trouble with my back.
Love the I spy quilt.

Elaine Adair said...

THe "I Spy" is tooooo cute! Love the layout, and block. Don't have time to oogle over all the other clever items!

atet said...

The eye spy quilt is adorable! And an alover meander is perfect for something that will be used, and washed, and used, and washed again! Love the wall hanging and the table runner as well!

meggie said...

Love the I spy quilt!
That table runner is lovely too!

Kathy Wagner said...

My goodness you must be much younger than I am :) I could never crawl around on the floor to baste anymore. I love the Kwik Klip tool also...never baste without it.

Lynda said...

I am intrigued to find out about your pinning tool. I think my fingers would like it too! can you share details?

Tanya said...

Oh!! That is so cute!!!! I am drooling! Is that your own pattern?!

I just can't keep up with you even on your blog! Everytime I turn around you have something unbelievable here!

Dawn said...

I really, really, really love this idea for an I Spy quilt! This is just wonderful!