It’s been a bit manic around here, so I missed out 2 entire days of blogging. I hate that. Anyway, what I SHOULD have posted is the X-tied quilt, but a series of things got in the way – I bought some floss at a small local fabric store, and never realized it WASN’T DMC! I used the 2 skeins I had, and when I ran out, I stapled the band to my shopping list and trotted off to Hobby Craft to match it. Imagine my surprise when I found the colour in the bin was a dark GREY and not a bright ORANGE. I knew I had bought the last two skeins at the small store so I had to get something. Knowing that true colour memory is non-existent, I picked what I thought was the right shade and brought it home. There I found the problem – I had a single skein of a DMC orange that was a bit too dark. The band had come off and was laying on my desk, and when I grabbed the band to staple it, I grabbed THAT one, and not the GOODWEAR brand (Huh?) that I had used. So I ended up with a CLOSE match but not a perfect one. DOH!
So I will hope to finish the last few ties on that today, and bind it, and then I need to sort out labels and a bag of some kind. Then I can finally send it off to JoZarty.
In the meantime, here is a shot of how it’s progressing. I think the X-ties bring just a bit more playfulness to it, as the fabric is less kiddie oriented than I would have picked. To be honest, I AM (rightly or wrongly) looking at this whole charity quilt experience as a nice way to try out some things that I have seen well in the past (and look at every time I get sidetracked from my love of paper into a temporary fixation on fabric) and to use either scraps I have or inexpensive fat quarters. I figure that ANYTHING is going to be welcome, as long as it doesn’t fall apart. so the fact this one is not made from overtly child-obvious material doesn’t mean it won’t still be cuddly and a comfort.
It needs a good wash and dry to get rid of the hoop-creases and I can see a few of the Xs don’t quite line up – or maybe it was the distortion of the hoop that made me mis-place it but that is actually easily fixable.
I am determined to finish this up today of I can! The weather is ARCTIC around here and with wind-chill it is well below freezing. Brrrr. And DH took my car cause his didn’t start so I am trapped in anyway. Shame – and I SO wanted to run errands….