The first day of September-Wow-and the first Tuesday of the new month. I am really happy to see fall approaching. This also brings us to T with our hostess Bleubeard and Elizabeth where we share a drink related photo and "chat" with friends.
I worked every day on the wool quilt and got it finished late Sunday afternoon. I had some ups and downs but am happy with the finish.
The hand stitching around the edges with the blanket stitch took me a bit to get a rhythm going so I could work faster. This was allot of fabric to hang on to, try to get mostly even stitches (front and back) and get the knots hidden. It came out well and I decided to just use one of the colors of wool.
I got the quilt frame set up and got the quilt on it-which was heavy to get on there-started to knot-and what??? I totally forgot that I needed to baste large stitches all over the quilt to keep the three layers flat together-could not believe I did that haha It's been awhile I guess. So I took it off the frame, did the basting on the wood floor in front of the windows and decided easier to just knot the quilt there on the floor-it took most of the day on Sunday. In the process I discovered a huge flaw on the flannel fabric I just purchased-a large knot of fibers where the machine must have skipped or something, well it was already in the completed quilt-was not going to take everything apart-so I cut out a fish and sewed in over this area.
Larry has been noticing a lady walking in the early mornings going past our home. So one day he stopped her and asked if she would like a walking partner-she says yes. Soo for the last several days I have gone from walking 4000 steps (around 2 miles) on my own to 8000 steps (around 4 miles) with my new friend. I told her its been too hot and humid for me, so I haven't walked much the last couple of months and she says she has been getting out super early walking around her home in the dark and when it gets light works up to 3 to 4 miles total. So Larry said I needed to be ready early and she has been arriving around 6:30 am all of a sudden now this past week it's dark later in the mornings.
Talking and learning about my new friend (Karen) (Oops Update correction: I keep thinking my new friend's name is Karen for some reason but her name is Nancy (she doesn't seem like a Nancy to me) makes the walking go really fast-I get back home around 8 am She is of the Lakota nation in the Dakotas lived on a huge ranch with horses and misses it so much-marriage has taken her to this area. I asked her if she had any hobbies-yes I am painter her prefered medium is acrylics. I told her I had decided I wanted to try painting not knowing anything about it and that I had been too hard on myself trying to make my painting too realistic. She told me that she can paint to look like a photograph or her preference is primitive and whimsy. So I am quite anxious to hopefully see her work and she said she would help me as well.
My drink reference It's been much cooler in the mornings-finally-so when I finish with my walk I have a bowl of granola with a nut milk and my decaf coffee out on the deck.