Barb and I had a leisurely day. We were either eating out on the porch or sewing down in the studio. She enjoys many of the same foods I do - the ones that my boys are not interested in eating - so we had an egg scramble with zucchini, onion, mushrooms, and peppers plus bacon for breakfast, and a bacon, hard boiled egg, pineapple, and mushroom with mixed greens salad plus balsamic dressing and cherry tomatoes for lunch, and roasted chicken with rice, dilled corn, baked asparagus, and pickled beets for dinner. YUMMY. The chicken was huge. There's lots left for another dish today and then for soup.
In the studio, Barb worked on a quilt for a friend who was recently diagnosed with cancer. You can see her fabric selection spread out along the book shelf behind her. I love the way the colors work with my piece. That's atypical. Normally, she works in fall colors.
I worked on the alphabet book. To create a firm and durable edge, I stitched the binding in place by machine, turned and slip stitched it to the inside by hand, and then added two rows of top stitching again by machine. The binding is cut on the bias so it should wear well.
A wider strip of the blue between the two original blocks forms the spine. The pages are machine stitched in place. You can see the four rows of stitching in the image above. I back stitched significantly at each end so the pages wouldn't pull loose from continuous flipping.
The 1/4" between stitching lines allows the pages to sit comfortably when the book is closed and to lay open when it's in use. The linen is already doing its wrinkly linen thing. That's okay.
The original quilt had twenty-seven blocks including this Now I Know My ABC's... bear. I used it to sample different stitches but it seemed a shame not to repurpose it too so I picked out the red stitching, re-stitched it in grey, and then satin stitched it inside the back cover.
The blocks on the cover are no where near square. It was impossible given the parameters. Instead, it's eccentric, handmade, original, a gift of love, any other phrase you can think of and even so, someone looking at the book without knowing the details from its history is going to wonder at the discrepancy between the lack of squareness with the blocks and the overall squareness of the book. Once you know the history, the twenty-seven year difference in skill levels is quite evident. The book is mostly done. I want to add a label to the inside of the front cover.
With the exception of the red yarn ties and the original, straight cut, way too narrow, not done quite right, binding, I've re-used every part of the original quilt. There are not further bits lying around the studio waiting to become something else. This is good. So often, you're left with a pile of "stuff" and you're not sure what you're going to do with it. Like scrap breeding in the night.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - This week, we'd scheduled a contractor to change the access to the downstairs bathroom from inside Kyle's bedroom to off the hallway because Kyle is away for ten days. The contractor was supposed to start Monday and then couldn't and planned to come Tuesday instead. Because he hadn't already started, we called and asked if we could put the project off due to possible strike action and he said he was relieved. He had wanted to fit us in because are good customers but he was really too busy. I'm so thankful that worked out well and that he didn't need the job right away. It's very upsetting when someone cancels a job you were financially counting on. I've had it happen to me and I'd hate to do it to someone else.