A pincushion of the human variety rather was what I was today. I spent the best part of my child free hours out in the garden, mowing our grass, our neighbours grass (they're nice and I was in the mood for a random act of kindness) and then I got down to the pruning. The only bit of gardening that I have any ability in really. But those thorns. I could have done without them.
I don't have a natural affinity for gardening. I don't find it relaxing like some people do. But I do like sunshine, and one thing I have learned living in the UK - when the sun shines get outside, because who knows when it might happen again.
I did eventually return indoors though, full of vitamin D. And I got to working out how to do my backing for my Siblings quilt. The Ikea number fabric wasn't wide enough by a smidgeon. I contemplated getting complicated and then thought, 'Nah!' So I sewed a strip of charcoal solid down one side. I do have an idea in mind with the quilting to make this look like a great design solution rather than a cop out though.
It would have helped if I took my brain into the sewing space though. First I sewed the charcoal onto the wrong side of the backing fabric, which was a lovely 80" seam to unpick! Next I sewed the charcoal the wrong way round with the seam on the outside. Thankfully I realised that before I sewed over it so I could stop, unpick the seam and resew it correctly before continuing.
Eventually I got it right and proceeded to pin my backing to the floor. This quilt is too big to get the basting wrong. Got the wadding and quilt top on and started the process of pinning.
And that is where I am at now. In the middle of basting. The parenting responsibilities interrupted the process. I will finish it this evening and then the quilting can commence. Woohoo!