I sat with my lovely Hook Nook pillow supporting my back. I stayed last evening to sew some of the jobs gathering dust. In a fantasy world I’d have a lackey, I mean an assistant, someone to follow me and finish the projects once the hooking is done. Despite what you may thing, I really don’t mind finishing; I just never seem to have the time for it. My mind is always on the next item on the list, moving forward before I should, like having a bath after I’m dressed. At some point I always get around to getting the job done but it can take weeks or even years.
I was pumped last evening, one of those high energy days that come once and a while so I decided it was now or never and stayed to sew my LOVE, Shamrock and Hook Nook pillows. I really don’t know why I put these tasks off, once completed they really didn’t seem that time consuming. It was about twenty minutes a pillow to pin the back to the front, stitch around on the machine, cut the corners, turn it inside out and then stuff with the pillow form. A bit of hand stitching to seal up the opening and voila, something useful and pretty and a chest rising moment for the satisfaction of a job done.
The backing for the LOVE pillow was Antique Red, the same wool used for the border and the Shamrock pillow had the same green as in the border and background. The Hook Nook was finished with the same multi-stripe teal and red herringbone used for the background for a custom look. I even managed to keep the vertical stripes straight, not so easy when you haven't prebasted it first. I took the shortcut using pins to hold back and front together. I was proud and a bit shocked at the lack of swearing throughout the task. I did make the slits a bit too small to push the pillow forms through and broke out in a sweat trying to ram it in. It was like putting a watermelon through a button hole. I was worried I'd tear the backing wool but I persevered while four pups starred at me wondering what all the grunting was about.
I didn’t sew up my little Easter one yet. I’ll do that Saturday. Perhaps a few folks will come and sit with me, tip the elbow with our delicious coffee and nibble on homemade cookies. I’m a bit lonely. Hubby is away assisting his mother’s transition into assisted living. She is 97 and going strong but after carpel surgery and having two falls from being off kilter with not being able to use her hand, she decided it was time to be surrounded with people instead of being alone where she fell and couldn’t get up for an hour. Pretty scary stuff! She’s moving to a lovely, sizable apartment and can take a lot of her own things. They play Bridge there so she’ll fit in like a well-worn pair of slippers. She won’t have to worry now, and neither will we.