I did actually sit down late Saturday and do more stitching on my Because I said so block - I'm up to the 'A stitch in time saves nine' (see Therese's in the photo). It's only a little block, but sometimes my fingers ache (thanks, ageing, thanks a lot) and I get tired so quickly it's stupid. I will get those photos done tomorrow - I will!
I remember when I was stitching my daughters quilts - my first big projects - Sunbonnet Sues, with 15 blocks on each quilt, each of them had the skirt pieces individually cut out (with scissors!), stitched by machine, then hand-stitched onto the background. Then of course the bodice, hand, bonnet, bow, hair were all blanket-stitched by hand. And I embroidered each block differently - I had a ball designing each block. Both girls had to have the same embroidery design in different colours, the only exception obviously being the one which had their name embroidered in hearts. That got tricky, silly me naming one of mine with a 9 letter name! Both quilts had to be at the same stage - and they checked up on me to make sure I was alternating between them. If I recall correctly, I worked out that each block took me about 6 hours all up. And then the borders were a flower/vine combination, lots of hand blanket-stitch done on those. I used to sit in 'my' chair, walkman attached to my head, stitching away for at least an hour most nights. Hard to imagine now.
I do recall facing the last few feet of binding on the last one, feeling so sad , and wondering what to do next.
Charles thinks I'm nuts sometimes, and I know others do too. I can be quite productive on the machine, don't get me wrong, but it does make it harder when you have to move everything whenever we sit down to eat.
It's just so much easier to be able to pick up the needle, and such a drag when I have to ask for help to lift the machine up onto the table, then put it away again, etc. etc., whereas I don't have to get anybody to help me when I'm handsewing, as long as I have a decent light I'm good to go. It's so satisfying - and so therapeutic.
I had a very interesting talk this afternoon with a customer. She's purchased a small quilting machine, and is currently building up her expertise, using the Hancy full-line stencils. One of the best features of these stencils is they are re-usable - many times over. She's thoroughly enjoying herself! I've got some in stock, currently waiting for some more - if there's a particular design you'd like to see, just let me know and I'll see what I can find.
Anyway, I suppose I'd better get some more work done now. Then off to prep dinner - oh yay (*sarcasm).