This is a quilt that was started 30 years ago. It belongs to a "friend of a friend." Seriously.
Anyway, the lady who made it started hand quilting it and faced a lot of difficulty because the sashing and the backing is a heavy decorator chintz. She could barely get a needle through it, and consequently gave up. It's been in a closet ever since. Until my friend suggested she call me.
I'm flattered. It's like being given a piece of art and asked to complete it. She has given me rather free reign and did request some SITD work, so that's what I'm doing.
That decorator chintz is giving me issues too.
There must be a lot of polyester, or cast iron, in it because I'm dulling needles like crazy. I went through three and then started having problems with thread breaking. And breaking. And breaking. So I switched to a larger needle, a # 16 and now it's going better. But it's dull now too, so I just put another in. Note to self - stick to 100% cotton.
So the result for FNSI is
-binding on, check
-borders quilted, check
-sashing quilted, check
-seven out of 16 blocks quilted, SITD around each twice, plus around the tree. Then embellished with freehand elements of weather - snow, rain, sun, wind. Check.
-tired mommy - check.
That's it for tonight.
Here's the list of what else transpired since noon.
-Walmart - groceries from their sales flyer
-Costco - remainder of groceries
-three other retailers - looking for Shout color catchers - unsuccessful. Turns out they aren't in Ontario - yet
-pick up DS at school and feed him a snack, which he refused because it was "Mexican Fiesta Day" and he was still full from Nachos and candy.
-pick up DS's friend and drive them to Boys and Girls club for friday night usual night out.
-drive to local sewing shop to pick up second in command sewing machine from her spa week, do not pass go, do not collect $200, Pay $200
- drive home, eat, start sewing
- pick up DS from B&G club and go home again.
-continue sewing while intermittently responding to "Mom can I have a snack" by preparing said snack. Repeat several times. Does this kid get spoiled or what? Can't get his own snacks while Mom's quilting? Sheesh!
Oh, and I forgot. Let doggie out every half hour so she can sniff the wind.
Break up frequent spats between doggie and one of two cats.
Answer phone. Don't they know it's FNSI??