I think I am recovered from my mum's visit. My mum always carries a scarf in her bag, just in case she wants to put on a clean top, or try on a new one. That way she doesn't get make up on anything. Except the scarf. And I do wonder when she uses it a few times in one day if it isn't impregnated with make up and so ceases to perform its task??
Everyone should carry a little rain bonnet so your hair doesn't get wet.
All cups and cutlery in cafes must be wiped clean. Not even surreptitiously!!
Never a dull moment!!!
I did have a lovely time with my mum and aunt but I needed almost a week to feel back to normal. It's all the having to be bright and cheery and entertaining for three days. I don't usually have to be entertaining for so long.
MrsDrWho and I entertained ourselves today when we made a quilt top in 56 minutes. This does not count the first step where you sew the strips together which took 32 minutes. It's the Jelly Roll 1463. It sounds better in yards: Jelly Roll 1600.
We used my 20% off card at Esme's and purchased Jelly Rolls and batting and cotton and then we were away.
Then comes the real beginning: pick up both ends and put right sides together and sew along the long side. It takes ages, it is about 2 kilometres. We called this The First Pass. (It amused us because in Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of PERN books a year is a Pass. We are easily amused) You cut the fold at the end, and then repeat the process making strips of 4, then 8, then 16 and finally 32.
Over the next few days I will sandwich the batting between the top and the backing and then I am going to hand quilt along the centre of some of the strips in green, of course. The binding will be the final step. We are already eyeing off Jelly Rolls overseas, where they cost far less even with postage. We saw a very green one!!
So for us, after preparing the initial long strip, it was 56 minutes, interrupted by tea breaks and some chat, and we had made our quilt tops. Very satisfying.
My lovely Saffron Craig Softie panel arrived. Look away ToddlerElectric's rellies, I am going to make it for her birthday. It is just lovely and I know you can buy them online and at Esme's too!! Thank you Saffron Craig for the lovely prize!!!
Winter is truly here, it was only 5*C yesterday and we had so much rain there were floods in town and power outages. The road to the ski lodge on Ben Lomond was blocked by snow!! On our walk it was an icy wonderland, all the grass was stiff with ice and frosty white. Peri and Gilly have the best time playing in the cold.
I was late for my counselling appointment today. All the other appointments are on Fridays except this one. I have been prescribed a rest for half an hour every day. A relaxing rest free of worry, where I just lie down in the late morning in the hope of feeling less fatigued in the afternoon and I can perhaps complete a task or two. As you can see, Peri and Gilly are being supportive already!!
I am looking forward to finishing my quilt over the next day or so, I'm very excited!!! I am eager to make another one. MrsDrWho and I think Jubbly'sMum could bring her sewing machine next time and we could make three quilts.