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Last night I put the binding onto the quilt along with a sleeve and today at lunch time, I managed to sew down about 15 inches or so of the binding by hand. Looks good so far. It’s always hard with a really multi-color quilt to figure out bindings. I guess that’s why some people avoid them all together.
Tonight – a more mundane job – clear off the sewing machine table. Clean up the sewing machine itself. Close all those pins on the nine-patch. Surely you didn’t think that just because I’d committed to showing that other quilt that I’d lose interest in quilting this quilt, did you? :-)
Today at work – new powerbook models – WAY cool. I’m filled with lust after the 800 mHz one. AND a new hybrid old-meets-new educational-customer-only (DARN) model – the eMac.
And to round out the day, a great article about the new crop of macs by those folks over at Crazy Apple Rumors
I think I have time for at least a few inches of quilting – so that’s all for now!
After a chat with one of my quiltshow folks, I decided I was being unreasonable in my belief that I could actually quilt and bind my amish nine patch quilt. Yes I no doubt COULD get it done for the show, but the amount of personal stress, having committed myself to getting it done would not be worth the pleasure. So, what to do. I’ve always debuted a quilt at NYQ!. OK – so an opportunity to bind and complete one of the other quilts on the almost finished pile.
So tonight, being a good person, I first hung the nine patch back up, pins and all. Hold that thought. I didn’t even close the pins. I then trimmed up the October Sky I quilt. a little off it was in measurement in terms of being square and equal on all sides. I tried steaming it into submission. No go. I went ahead and made the binding and the sleeve. Looked again at the two sides and they were still not equal. Ran a line of stitching and gathered that in the quarter inch or so it needed, over the long side of the quilt. That’s like nothing to take in, but it will mean that the quilt will hang flat. Ah math. It’s a good thing.
BBQ. Sauce made. Meat slow-cooking. Cole slaw mellowing. Mouth watering.
My recipes for this coming feast come from Sacramental Magic in a Small-Town Cafe by Br. Peter Reinhart. This book is circa 1994 and may not be easily found, but the recipes in it are worth keeping your eyes open for copies.
Definitely some “work” time today. In our arsenal of tools:
- Appleworks, which I’ve used for years to do basic graphic design stuff,
- Microsoft Office – new to me and my mac but have to admit is a powerful and well done addition. If only for the ease of sharing files with Windows users it would be good but it’s nice to use.
- Eudora – wonderful friend and companion for lo these many years on the net. The power of filters.
- Coffee maker. Need I say more?
by the by, I hope you all got to see the full moon tonight. Wow. When I left work about 7:15, there was a small but pretty sunset going on. I caught a few glimpses of it in my rear view mirror and all at once, as I brought my eyes forward again, BANG- there was this HUGE pale moon hanging just above the horizon. At first it was almost sky color. Then it colored slightly as the sunset went down to dark pink.
As I drove on homewards, the moon rose and fell as I went over the hills and around bends, rising higher each time it reappeared, growing a bit smaller. As I came into our small village, a narrow, solitary band of cloud made a cap for the moon. As I pulled into the driveway, only a shred of the moonglow appeared at the bottom of the cloud. I went inside too.
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