Despite what you may think about my weather comments, the weather hasn't been that bad. OK - it has been windy, it has been cool (OK - cold some days), but yesterday was a BAD weather day. I woke up to heavy rain (the dogs did get a walk in but no beach time) and it rained pretty much like that all day. It wasn't too warm and obviously the skies were grey. But seriously - one BAD day out of 28 - can't really complain about that.
I did not come to PEI to sit on the beach. Especially on a warm sunny day. Nope - I would rather be bundled up and sit on the beach and hear the waves crashing on the shore. That is way more exciting and that is what I got. Granted - I would have like the temperatures to be a teeny bit higher but nothing that warm clothes, wool socks (I got a LOT of use out of those socks and of course my new big black rubber boots which I think I have worn every day) couldn't handle. NOTE to self: ALL camping, cycling, country vacations REQUIRE rubber boots.
So what does one do on a rainy day???? Well - I decided to sew. That wasn't a difficult decision at all. And what did I work on?? I do have a couple of projects that I NEED (OK - would really like to get done before I leave).
Just so you get the picture of how cool and damp yesterday was, I caught Sammy and Sparky sleeping together on the dog bed. Cuddling for warmth???
|Sammy and Sparky|
|M had on a toque and a big sweater!!!!|
OK - time to get my PEI quilt done!!!! I decided to put on two borders and piece the back. What the heck - I had everything I needed!!!! So I did and I'm glad.
|PEI souvenir quilt top- DONE!!!!!|
|Little Sammy checking to see if all those seams match - guess what - I passed the inspection!!!!|
My only regreat with this quilt is that I didn't put blueberry fabric in it. Too late now but I don't know what I was thinking. I might add some to the label on the back.
When I started to put this shell fabric on - I decided that it was directional - I know - it doesn't look like it - but it is. I don't know how much I had, but that meant that I had to start cutting cross wise strips and length wise strips and because I like to join on the diagonal - well there were a few joins.
I had mere scraps left!!!!!
|All that was left of the border print|
The binding is sewn together - just needs to be ironed this morning.
Then I was in for a special treat in the afternoon. Why???? Because Robin let me borrow her long arm to quilt the quilt!!!! I know - how cool was that. She has the same machine that I do, loads the quilts the same way that I do and uses the same thread that I do. Yep - she could be my double!!! Well not exactly - she is more crazy than I since she purchased a place here on PEI. Although I did see a great house for sale yesterday on Facebook. Check out this link. Just not sure that I could handle the winters!!!! I could stock up on groceries and just stay indoors every day!
Anyway - I went to get my bag to put all the stuff in and look what I found. This bag had been sitting empty for a couple of weeks and Sammy had "buried" a dog bone in it!!!! How cute.
|Sammy's little bone hidden in my bag|
I had to be careful when putting on those borders because of the batting I bought. It was 73 inches wide by 93" long. The quilt ended up being 68 by 78 so a bit more than my generous lap but better to be bigger than smaller.
Off to Robin's I go. It's great because she has a dedicated quilt studio just mere feet from the house. Keeps all the quilting crud out of the house. Not sure that I could do that especially in the dead of winter. But nice to be able to quilt at all hours of the day or night and not disturb anyone else.
|Quilt is loaded and ready to go|
|Making good progress|
|Just needs to be trimmed and get that binding on!!!!!!|
|Gorgeous quilt rack|
|Nice iron work!!!!!|
I have to laugh about Robin. I think it is five years that they have been coming to PEI and several years since they purchased a home. Everywhere I go on this side of the island, EVERYONE knows Robin and when I "like" a place on Facebook, Robin also likes it!!!! I go to a gallery and mention an artist - Robin has had them over for dinner!!!! It's pretty funny, but hey - if you are going to live here - you better embrace the lifestyle, get to know the players and enjoy!!!! I think PEI and Robin are a good fit!!!!
Just so you can see how wet and icky it was yesterday (definitely a day for rubber boots), have a look at the road into the house.
|A tad muddy|
There is a shortcut from my house to Robin's however it requires that one drive on UNPAVED roads down some pretty big hills. I opted to take the long way and stayed on pavement!!!!
I did get a bit more stuff done when I got back from Robin's.
|Block sewn together|
Yes - this is my exercise in using busy prints for background. ACK - so far I am OK with it. I have the next one cut out and ready to go!!!!
And this morning I finished hand stitching the binding on the quilt I am leaving here. Just wait until you see the quilt!!!! That will be on tomorrow's blog.
|Binding hand stitched down|
I must be really out of shape because when I got home from quilting my quilt, I vegged around the house and had a really really long nap. Then I got up and went to bed!!!! Must have been the weather. But the new quilt is toasty and warm - Sammy and I tested it out last night.
Today could be a very sad day, but I'm not going to let that happen. You see it is my last day here!!!! By this time tomorrow morning, my car will be loaded and I should be about heading down the road. But wait - there is no time for sadness - no - I have TWO bags to finish sewing today, we MUST get to the beach - the dogs are clamouring for a walk on the beach, I have a label to sew on a quilt, I guess I should pack a bit and not leave it all until tomorrow (hence the reason - I need that bag!), some quick stops around the island to get a few last pictures and other stuff. Oh yes - it is going to be a busy day so no time to be sad. Besides that means it is time for the Row by Row to start. Bring it on!!!!!!!!!!!!
On that note - I am out of here!!!!!!
Have an awesome day. There is no rain today - sun is trying to shine. Who cares - it is going to be awesome!