It has been unseasonably warm here for the last month. June is the hottest month on record since 1976, the year I did my GCSEs, we had our English classes on the school lawn. It is a terrific month for having a picnic, time I finished my picnic rugs. We haven't actually had any picnics, but we might have, if my Jam Sandwiches and Red Lemonade quilts had been ready. But its too hot to sit in an airless room and baste and quilt. With foresight, I should have done these in the spring. Hold on, I was doing these in the spring. I may even have doing these last summer and sprinkled them over the lawn.
The state of play is that one is quilted and the other is half quilted.
Keep it simple is always my mantra with quilting. Wobbly straight line quilting, a sewing foot apart. I have quilted along the columns of red pluses.
One quilt the quilting lines go across the width. That's 3 rows of 5 pluses.
The second quilt the lines go vertically. That's 5 columns of 3 pluses.
I wonder which will be quicker to do?
The wadding, if you remember, is an Ikea polar fleece. My Pfaff seems to be coping with it ok. It's nice and dense, perfect for keeping the chill off delicate bottoms. One of the mantras of my childhood was, don't sit on that damp wall, you'll get piles. Now I won't. The thread is a variegated quilting thread bought in my lqs, I was afraid it was a bit orange for the red, but it is perfect. For binding I have to go with my favourite Rose and Hubble spot. If it is not raining en route either way to the hair dressers I shall hopefully get some today.
We have our annual family picnic on Sunday. My cousin and I organise the wider family, descendants from our grandparents, to meet up a Sunday near Midsummer. Bring your own food, turn up if you can. We never know how many will be there. At our peak we had 64 one year, plus dogs, this year it might be hubby and me! My cousin in crime is recovering from an operation, the aunt and uncle generation has greatly deteriorated or disappeared and then interest starts to wane. My own children are away. Some have caravans, holiday homes. Some probably only went because their now deceased parents insisted! Two sets of my aunts and uncles are unwell. Times change. But most importantly - will I have my picnic rugs finished?
My best friend doesn't know it, but she has a particularly photogenic picnic table. Perfect for a photo shoot and picnic? If she invites me for coffee I will bring the picnic. OK Liz? Jam Sandwiches and Red Lemonade ok?
linking up with Finished Or Not Friday with Busy Mom Quilts