I've done the work, now I've managed to fit in a little bit of play. Yesterday I worked flat out in the morning, vacuuming from top to bottom, dusting, washing the kitchen floor, evicting cluster flies - you know the routine. In the afternoon I took myself up over the mynydd to Lampeter, where I visited Calico Kate's, the wonderful patchwork shop there. The emphasis is on the fabrics, although it has one room dedicated to yarns/knitting/crochet and some haberdashery out front (along with yet more fabrics), and 13 rooms in total is enough to satisfy the most ardent fabricoholic.
I had decided, despite many unfinished projects, I would have a stab at the little Robin 9 patch wall hanging from the lovely book K bought me on Saturday. I was short on reds generally, and definitely short on non-clashing and darker reds. I wanted a theme, and found just what I wanted in the following materials, 4 fat quarters and 2 half metres. I would have loved more, but at £14 a metre, I didn't dare:
The dark blue print is for the binding, and also the binding on the sides of the pre-printed Baltimore Bride hanging I got on Saturday. This afternoon I blew the dust of my simple sewing machine and put the border on that and sewed the hanging tabs top and bottom. Then I cut the batting to fit, and have pinned on the back. I will slip stitch that in place at the top tomorrow, and then baste the backing and batting so I can start hand quilting it (in my spare time!)
As I was paying for my material, I noticed a little pre-cut pack of tiny 2 1/2" blocks (same size as the Robin quilt calls for), so I bought them and had a little play this afternoon - one corner not quite meeting, but it was just a practice run.
I also traced and cut out the Robin in acetate. Then I put him down, OH swept in with an armful of bits which he deposited on the table, demanding help with finding the spare smoke alarm as he couldn't get the one down in the hall (beeping battery problem so needed a fresh battery). Now I can't find the Robin. I know what will happen, I will trace and cut him out all over again tomorrow and THEN I shall find the first one!
It was lovely having some me-time, and as it's still raining and I can't get outside to do the painting which needs doing, or any gardening (though I did plant some late bulbs today), I may as well get back into sewing mode.