Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Distracted by shiny objects

I got distracted last evening. Here is what I did manage to get done on the flannel quilt - the binding is sewn on and it's now ready for me to miter the corners. I will not have this done to pass off tomorrow, but that's ok. It's a Xmas gift so I have time.
So what took my attention away from the quilt? Well, I got another bundt pan in the mail. I got it from eBay. I love the texture and will be making a cake soon to try it out.
The cross stitch needles I ordered arrived. These Piecemakers 28 tapestry needles are hard to find. These are Brenda's favorite and I wanted to try them.
Brenda is one of the two lovely ladies on the floss tube Brenda and the Serial Starter. They are my favorite floss tube to watch. I have tried several different brands of cross stitch needles - DMC, Bohin, and John James.
DMC are awful, Bohin are ok, and John James are my go to. So I had to sit down and try out the Piecemakers needles. I could tell right away they were a bit shorter than the John James needles. I will have to stitch with them a bit more before I make a final decision on them.
On Tuesday I show the progress on my sampler so here is where I was last Tuesday and where I am now. There was a big change in the second row. I ripped out the G, H, I & J then started stitching at the beginning of the row. The original sampler had this row in a differnt stitch which I cannot find the name of, but apparently it took up more space than what I did. That meant I after I stitched A thru J I had room left so I just winged it with the rest of the letters.  I still need to finish the N. 
I forced myself to quilt cross stitching and headed up to the kitchen to make chocolate zucchini muffins for work. The boss man had brought in two zucchini that he picked and they were huge! He had been on vacation out west for two weeks and these puppies got big! The one I took home was 5.4 pounds and nearly 18" long!
I ended up using a zucchini from my garden that was much smaller; I just didnt have time to deal with that big boy. The muffins turned out good and so far they are a big hit at work. I ate one when it was hot out of the oven and it was amazing!
My last distraction was looking at my collection/pile/horde of needles. Yesterday I read Vicki's post (Colorways by Vicki Welsh blog) where she showed a late quilter's group member's sewing notions that she was getting ready for the group's October fundraiser and talked about how much stuff she had. Well, my drawer is stuff with packets of needles. 
I sorted my needle packs into groups so now I need to decide which I am going to keep and which I will donate.


Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

Everything is better right out of the oven while still warm. I feel sorry for those people who have never had fresh baked goods. But then, they are probably thinner than me.

Vicki W said...

That's not even close to the amount of needles this lady had!