I have recently emerged from a 5 day internet blackout due to some twonk disconnecting our cable whilst connecting somebody else up. It didn’t help that it happened the day before a public holiday which fell on a Thursday and, it being France, they like to take the Friday off as well so that they get a nice long weekend – a phenomenon I won’t comment on as I have to live here. I would like to tell you that it was a refreshing change of pace for me and enabled me to catch up on projects and chores long forgotten but, in reality, it was a pain in the arse. I had no fixed phone line on which to make international calls so couldn’t contact my Mum, husband or eldest daughter, no telly, no Spotify and, what was worse, no Google. Mr. T had to cancel his flight home as he needed to have an internet connection on the Friday and I closed my Etsy shops in case anybody bought anything as I wouldn’t have known about it. What about your mobile I hear you ask. Well, I did eventually set up a hot spot to check my emails and so many came through – some with photos! – that I whizzed through my data allowance pretty quickly – well, I did stream a Netflix film through it too on Saturday night which might not have helped so now I am data-less until 22nd June. However, it did make me think that I could pay to have a whopping amount of data and do away with the dreaded ‘livebox’ and reliance on the wobbly pole that holds all the cables over the road. The only thing stopping me – I think, as I have to look into it a bit more – is the international calls which come free with our current tariff. Does anybody exist with just their mobile/cell/portable – how is it for you?
Now, having bored you rigid with my decidedly non-tech tech-talk, on to the ‘quilting capitulation’ of the title . Remember this quilt top that I had put together and even got as far as spray basting it with the batting and backing?
I decided to machine quilt it by following the lines of the ‘braids’ across the width of the quilt. I was soon disabused of this notion as the constant stopping and changing direction for the chevrons was making my layers shift – which is actually a very good euphemism for how I was feeling.
So, I said ‘enough’ -or another couple of words that I won’t put into print – and decided to act on my previous deliberations and send it off to be professionally quilted. I have never done this before but I thought I’d give it a try. It has been done and, as we speak, being sent back to Mr. T.’s office in the U.K. and he will probably be able to bring it back with him next Thursday so I am waiting with excitement – and a little trepidation – to see how it has turned out. I found the price for quilting very reasonable although, once the batting and backing materials were added on it gave me a jolt but then I would have had to have bought those in any case – it’s just seeing the cost all in one place. Anyway, as soon as it has arrived and I have put the binding on I will let you know how it went. I could have had the binding put on professionally too but I thought doing it myself would allow me to ‘reconnect’ with the quilt again which sounds really pretentious but you get my drift.
So, on to the ‘hatbox hiatus’. It is the end of the month and Kate over at Tall Tales from Chiconia and I are still busy with our hatboxes. Mine are all finished now as I only needed twelve for a wall hanging but Kate is making a full size quilt so is still constructing her boxes. I now need to make decisions regarding sashing and backing. Here are my blocks, just to remind you, and they are definitely not in their final layout due to the pesky but lovely deep gold and pink one which I’m finding hard to place but I’ll get there in the end.
The backing doesn’t really matter as you won’t see it – although I’ll know it’s there so I don’t want anything too nasty – but I’m not sure whether to use a plain colour for the sashing (which will only be about an inch/2.5cm wide) or something patterned. These blocks are 12.5 inches square each so I don’t think I’ll put on a border as it might make too much of a statement on the bedroom wall and Mr. T. might complain. Anyway, there it is at the end of May and, by the end of June, I should not only have made some decisions but acted on them too.
Speaking of Kate, I haven’t shown you better photos of my Walthamstow Market fabric haul yet but I will sneak this one in as it will be used to make a couple of blocks for the new quilt Kate will be assembling for auction in aid of Ovarian Cancer Australia. You may know that the ribbon colour for Ovarian Cancer is teal blue and the quilts Kate makes primarily by her own efforts but also with donated blocks feature a lot of teal fabrics and the names she gives each quilt reflects her love of puns. So far we’ve had ‘Time for Teal’ (which featured lots of teapots, cups and saucers) and ‘Tealed with a Kiss’ (lots of crosses). Anyway, the next one is called ‘Signed, Tealed, Delivered’ and will have a postcard, letter type theme. So, look what I found.
I’m looking forward to paper piecing a few envelopes as I haven’t had much call to do FPP lately and I don’t want to get out of the habit as I was progressing nicely.
Remember I told you my daughter was going to Comic-Con London 2017 dressed as the above character – who is called Link and is the main protagonist in a popular Nintendo game called ‘Legend of Zelda’. (FYI Comic-Con is a multi genre fan convention mostly featuring comic books, science fiction, fantasy, art and design etc. and people often go in costume – the biggest one is in San Diego)
So here is my very ‘special Link’ . She made her tunic and hat
her Dad make all the leather bits – straps, belt pouches, sword scabbard, arm protector thingy but not the boots which were from eBay.
and for any of my readers who are Doctor Who fans.
I wish now we’d done something about her ears when she was a baby 😉