Happy Bank Holiday weekend to everyone here in the UK, and I hope any of you in the path of hurricane Irene are safe and well.
Offspringette rang from the U.S. last week and was extolling the virtues of not worrying about an earthquake, this after several months in Christchurch when she thought of little else, only for there to be a serious quake in the US the next day, so I hope anyone who was caught in that is fine too.
The swallows gathered yesterday morning and we think they have made their farewell, two new broods raised this year and now on their way to sunny Africa. Cue torrential rain and cold enough for us to light the fire, though we live in hope of our usual fair spell in September and October.
This is the best holiday I've had at least since the last one, and whilst a prolonged bout of startitis is all well and good, and so far I have succumbed to four new episodes, it has to be matched with some much-needed finishingitis too. So in between new things I have been working away on my entry for Class 73 Any item of patchwork, and this has been sitting unfinished for so long I can't actually remember when I started it.
These things always look a mess while I am working on them, creased and crumpled and tacking threads everywhere but all will be perfectly lovely gorgeous in the end. I have a feeling the blocks all had bookish associations via their names, and in connection with books I was reading at the time, so thank heavens for the search box on here because eventually I found its inception and...
Anyway look, no matter, there's nothing like a deadline and the secret is to parcel it into bite-sized chunks; quilt one block a day and some border marked up with air-soluble pen, so I know if I don't do it I'll only have to re-draw it all next time. Then I have to be ready for the final push on the big border design so it doesn't ambush me, and I then waste a day trying to decide what to do, so I have settled on this cable...
It will be finished this time around I promise because I have already paid my 20p entry fee.