Late doesn't mean I have forgotten - this week's linky is finally open - it just means that yesterday took an unexpected turn...
When we woke up the ground was dry. Our jaws dropped.
There wasn't a cloud in the sky. We gasped.
The resident blackbird was in full voice at the top of the tree at the bottom of the garden.
Spring had finally arrived, and the barometer and I were in shock.
And then I sprang into action. By early afternoon there were two loads of laundry on the line, then I got my gardening clothes on and bravely ventured out to the allotment to see if I could start digging and generally tidying up.
The project I had lined up for the Easter holiday has been neglected for all the best reasons. Our daughter was with us for eleven days, she had a guest to stay with us for five days, so life has revolved around family, with a distinct emphasis on cooking.
So sewing had to wait until this morning. And this is as far as I have got. One loop sewn into place...
... out of the two loops ready for two tea cosies.
How is it with every little job you end up being distracted by another equally little job? I remembered that I had had problems with red thread in the past. When rummaging through my threads looking for the right shade of red I was fairly sure I knew which one was the culprit, but thought I had better check.
I folded a piece of kitchen roll, wet it, put a strand of thread between the layers, and laid a hot iron on top for a couple of seconds. The result was instant, a line of dye leached straight into the paper. In an uncharacteristic attack of efficiency, I labelled the cotton reel.
How appropriate. The kitchen roll has jolly little teapots on it.
Here goes, a little later than usual, for Week 179.
Many thanks to Andrée, who was the only person to link up last time, showing her Street Art My Way quilt. If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and have a closer look.
If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.
Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.
Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-
1. Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.
2. Link back to this post in your own post.
3. Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.
4. The link up will remain open for four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.
So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland and Brazil have taken part. The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.