"Honey, I need you!"
These are common words around our house. It usually means that Steve needs an extra set of hands, or a gopher to run and grab some tool while he's in the middle of doing something. Lol. Such is the case again. Steve needed me to hold the other end of some large panels of beadboard paneling coming through our table saw. This product is different than the beadboard slats we put on the walls in the bathroom. These are entire 4x8 sheets of paneling that he wanted to cut up.I snapped this pic before he started actually running the saw so you can see why he needed an extra set of hands. As he feeds the wide sheet through the saw, he needs someone on the other end to hold it steady and not let them go crooked. That's my job.
Here is the one on the she shed:
So after our busy day of projects, we curled up in front of the fire last night and watched some HGTV shows. That's where Steve and I get our ideas from you know! We love Bargain Block, Rehab Addict, Maine Cabin Masters and Home Town. Ya know, the ones where they REALLY do the work, and restore and reuse as much as they can of the original home. Not those "rip down, make it all new" type shows. Steve pops a bowl of popcorn and we snuggle in front of the fireplace in the She Shed to watch our shows.
Today, I think I'm going to start doing the quilting the layers of swirling stitching on the frame of my newest quilt. I got it rolled on the big quilting frame two weeks ago, before I got sick. Each layer needs to be carefully rolled on with even tension and no wrinkles. The bottom layer is the backing, then there is the fuzzy cotton batting layer, and lastly, on top, is the carefully pieced quilt block layer.
Then they need to be pinned evenly to the leader fabric of the back roller before I can start stitching through all three layers. The big sewing machine glides around the surface, stitching it all together. I guide it with my hands on the downturned handles, held like a bicycle. I move it around, making the stitches as even as possible, not too fast or they are too far spaced apart. Not too slow, or they are crammed together and look ugly. I do not have a "stitch regulator" like bigger fancier machines. So it's all just me and my judgement on how and where to guide the stiches, and how fast or slow to go.
I'm finally feeling good enough to get things done, so I'm going to get this one stitched up in the next few days. After it's done getting stitched, then I put the binding around the edges to complete the quilt. It feels so good to do that final process, like completing an artistic creation. I put the tag on the back as a signature and my quilt is done!
I also have four large quilt blocks that need to be quilted in layers into fabric to make some matching throw pillows. I will finish them up for the previous quilt I finished for on our own bed.
As I am typing this, I can hear Steve in the basement running his finish nailing gun. Guess that means I better go start painting???
Always a project, and it seems like there's never enough time!