It was my birthday over the weekend. We’re pretty low key around here around Valentine’s and my day. On Friday night, Rob and I went out for dinner. I love Italian. He’s kinda “egh, whatever” about it. So, he asked me for Italian. We had appetizers and a humongous pizza. We were back home in an hour and it was a very special hour, indeed. We each brought up work, once, but neither of us wanted to talk work. We talked about kid for a second, but neither of us wanted to talk about her, either. So, we talked about us. And, that was very nice.
On Saturday, we went antiquing. Rob and I like this very much and usually choose it as our go-to activity for special days. Sydney goes along. She brought her camera and I saw her several times out taking pictures of the countryside. And, there were several things she picked out that I paid for.
We weren’t in the mood to buy things, tho. We shopped and we had a very “bad for us” lunch in a country cafe, but we didn’t really bring many things home.
One of the things I brought home was a tiny placemat in homespun fabrics. It cost me ninety-five cents. And, it was a red hot mess. No points matched. Some blocks were squares, some were rectangles. And, it had white spray paint or flocking or something in a section of it.
I ended up taking it completely apart and re-cutting the hst’s and putting the whole thing back together on the two spool machine. And, then I free motion quilted it on that machine, using a bent paper clip as a foot (okay, I’ll tell more about that later) and it did pretty good. I have some changes to make in how it is set up in the cabinet. But, once that’s done, I can see me doing bigger things on it.
Anyway, I added the border to make it the original size (yes, I cut a lot of it away to get evenly sized blocks) and re-used the poly batting and blue cotton back and even the binding. So, the only thing I added was the border, and that was a piece of binding left from another quilt I made.
I also made a boatload of spool pin doilies.
Different patterns, one I made up and will be keeping. I’m going to feel a fool if the guild doesn’t want to sell these. I think I should reach out to that lady, pretty quick.
And, I bought this terrible little bag to carry all my supplies in.
It’s made from a table cloth and some rickrack and has a button. Like a pajama bag, I guess.
It’s so cheerful. And, so out of character for me.