Back to the Needles and Thread

Today I had hoped to be able to share the table mats that I was making as this month’s Ho, Ho, Ho and On We Sew project but work on these unfortunatley remains at a standstill. It is defintiely a case of “it never rains but it pours” when it comes to problems in my sewing room at the moment. I finally got the first mat quilted, went to cut out the binding and realised my ruler had gone walk about. One of the many joys of having a two year old who loves to play with your things perhaps?

The upshot is that I am currently left with one quilted mat, three reverse appliquéd finished circular tops, a sheet of 4mm white felt that I am using to back the mats and a large piece of green fabric just waiting to be cut into bias strips for binding. I could quilt the other mats but when making multiples of a project like this I like to complete the first item fully first so I can iron out any problems before finishing the remaining items. And so these have been shelved again until I have a ruler I can work with.

CTMprogressSome of you are maybe surprised that I only have the one ruler but I’ve never felt the need to have more. When I first started quilting I bought an All-In-One-Ruler and as it really did do what it promised to do I never bought another ruler. Now of course I’m stuck. I’ve no ruler, a pile of binding to cut to finish my mats and plenty of other projects to also get on with. I’ve ordered a couple of new rulers now so hopefully they arrive at the start of next week, when of course my original ruler will undoubtedly turn up, probably accompanied by a handful of lego and other assorted toys.

Despite all these problems I’ve not been idle and have gone back to working on some more of my EPP butterfly designs. Needles and thread are one thing I am not short of so hand stitching is always a relaible go to when all else fails. I have now completed five designs and am really happy with how they are turning out. It’s nice to feel that I have made good progress on at least one project this week.

Butterflies5There is still plenty of time to link up with this month’s Ho, Ho, Ho and On We Sew Link party so if you’ve also been trying to get ahead of the end of year rush and have been working on some Christmas projects this month then don’t forget to pop over to Celtic Thistle Stitches and join this month’s link party.

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