It was a lovely long holiday weekend, four days off from work!
My weekend was a nice combination of work and play, relaxation and ‘to do’ lists. The Easter bunny didn’t really bother to visit, which was fine for the ‘sugar free/training for a marathon/I don’t really like chocolate’ residents at our house, so no Easter Egg hunts for us. Instead, I carefully worked out a plan, and stuck to it for the most part.
We are still not settled in our new home … there is furniture on its way (7 weeks left to wait), and lots can’t be finished off until the lounges arrive, but I did have my treasured Ikea bookcases on my list, so DH and I brought home 28 flat pack boxes and began the task of putting them together.
We briefly thought about having the boxes delivered and installed, but in the end we decided it was easier to do it ourselves, and it was. The doors have no handles, they are self-closing, and that took a little while to do, but we got there in the end. I was so pleased to see the bookcases up against the wall, and then the joy of unpacking all our books and DVDs which have been in storage for over 12 months … it was great!!! Just like reacquainting yourselves with long lost friends …
A second job that I have been putting off for weeks is tackling all the paperwork that also has been piling up for a year. Our filing cabinet was also in storage for 12 months, so basically I had to come to grips with a six inch pile of paper work … this is where a long kitchen bench comes into its own.
I started early one morning while the man was out running 25 km and the boy was occupied upstairs and worked through, making smaller piles from one big pile. I also scanned important family info like car registrations, receipts, insurance documents and saved them safely online. And … wait for it … I also culled the filing cabinet and removed documentation we no longer needed, and put it aside for secure shredding.
Another computer task that has been building up was the sorting and backing up of my photos for the last four months, while I didn’t have access to Lightroom and my desktop computer. Over the weekend, I made sure that all my photos were imported into LR, and backed up, both locally and online. I can sleep a lot easier at night now …
And then there were the curtains! Anyone else hate shortening and re-hemming curtains? Over the weekend, I did just that, with eight drops of white curtains from Ikea. Not my idea of a good time, but it had to be done. Measure, cut, press, hem, press, hang … times eight! Of course, then I went out and bought more curtains, so I have another pile waiting for my attention.
Lest you fear that my weekend was all unpacking, constructing and filing, let me share some of the fun stuff that happened too …
I finished quilting and binding two small projects, and it was so nice to have them done and dusted. I really enjoyed the quilting process; with the walking foot on the Bernina, it really is like a hot knife through butter. In fact, I think I might even quilt another of my lap quilts … probably start on the one I am least attached to, in case I mess it up. I have some basting spray, but I am a bit nervous about using it, as I have always ‘pinned’ my quilts before. I’ll let you know how I go …
I finally got to use my binding clips, which I have had waiting for a while now. Funny story about the binding clips … I picked up the first one and wondered which way it went, as the clips have a curved side on one side, and a flat ridged side on the other. I did what all good seekers do, and Googled. All the images showed the red curved side on the sewing side, so that’s what I did.
I instagrammed my ‘work in progress’, and a very kind quilter suggested I try them the other way, as the clear flat side holds the binding down flat. So I tried them that way …
I’ve since checked out product reviews which suggest that the flat part is on the ‘right side’ of the quilt, so they sit flat on the machine, but you know what, I think I will go with my IG buddy’s suggestion, and have the clear side on the wrong side of the quilt, as it helps flatten the binding as you hand-sew your way around the quilt. I guess it’s just a case of whatever works for you!
I also sewed the last two ‘seams’ on my Noteworthy hexagon quilt, a WIP for six months now. To give you an idea of the time it takes to sew a hexagon quilt, let me tell you that I started handsewing this hexagon quilt in June of last year. I then had a break for four months while it was in transit/storage, then finally dug it out yesterday and sewed those last two seams. The longest seam took 9 hours to sew.
I didn’t realize just how big this quilt had grown! I’m planning to put a narrow 2 inch white border around the quilt, and then finished, it will measure 80 inches x 80 inches. There are just over 2,000 hexagons in the quilt. I think I might get this commercially quilted!!!
Here is the last stitch in the quilt, joining all those lovely ‘diamonds’ together … I’ll take some better photos later on, when it is finished.
The man and I also enjoyed catching up with some new (to us) movies over the weekend. We saw Divergent at the theatre, which was really good. I thought it was one of the better YA movies around at the moment. I have read the books and enjoyed them, the man went in ‘cold’ and enjoyed the movie, though I did feel him wince a couple of times during some of the fight scenes which involved girls the age of his daughter!
We also saw After Earth, which was good, and Gravity, which was excellent. We saw Gravity in 3D, which I would recommend … amazing scenery, and great acting.
I also caught up with Megan and celebrated her birthday with a coffee date, as you do. We worked out that when I first met her, she was in her twenties … and now she’s not. Mmmm … I was in my thirties, and now I’m not!!! Moving on …
Well folks, I think that is it for the weekend … of course, there was vacuuming and mopping floors, dishes and washing, folding and putting away, all the usual, but I must say, I do love a four-day weekend! Shame they are so far and few between … hope yours was an enjoyable as mine!