Wednesday, February 10, 2016

How Far Did I Get?

Another Wednesday's rolled around.  How far did I get with last week's list?

Here's what I had left on the list as of last Wednesday's post:

  • Mark on the Body (MOB): stitch for Tuesday (that would be yesterday) and Wednesday (that would be today);
  • 15 x 15: make sleeves for the two pieces that have to go to France -- sooner rather than later - cut out and pressed; not sewn or attached.
  • Start to blind hem the binding on L's Magic Tiles quilt.

Since then, a week of MOB stitching has happened.  I caught up last week, and find myself in the same spot again today -- having to stitch for yesterday and today.  This happens often on Tuesdays and Thursdays because my work at The Shop interrupts my stitching.  :-)

The binding on L's Magic Tiles quilt was finished...and the quilt was laundered and delivered.  :-)

'Magic Tiles' (Kathleen Bissett) in 'Red Hat' fabric

And the pieces destined for 15 x 15's Guest Exhibition at Quilt Expo en Beaujolais, France?  They're in the mail!  Here's how I prepared them for their trans-continental travel:

  • Urged by Caro in France to keep it as simple as possible, I hunted down a cardboard box and cut the two sides to fit:

  • Then I wrapped each piece lightly in plain white tissue paper:

  • Having sandwiched the pieces between the two sheets of cardboard, I used duct tape to seal all around the edges, with special attention to the corners.  I printed off the address label on each of two sheets of paper, encased them in plastic envelopes (one with a zip-lock that can be opened) and secured one to each side with more duct tape...

...and mailed it off!  

Canada Post offered me two mailing options based on the size (although thin, it was too large to go by letter mail):  
  • "Surface International" (read: 'slowly, by ground to a coastline somewhere and thence by ship' -- $40 CAD, insured but not tracked);
  • and "Xpresspost International" (read: 'speedily by air' -- $70 CAD, insured and tracked -- "guaranteed" delivery in 5-7 business days).  Wanting it to get to France by March of this year, did I have much choice?!  
I leave you now to return to my quilting...with a major focus on finishing Section 1 of the Japanese Taupe Quilt intended for my son and his fiancee as a wedding gift.  Even with an extra day this month/year, July will be here before I know it!

Photo from 2014 -- this is now sandwiched and being quilted!

I have another 15 x 15 Group project under way...but this post is already long enough, Gentle Readers!  While you await the next installment, enjoy the link to WIP Wednesday over on The Needle and Thread Network...Pour yourself a cuppa and see what Canadian quilters are up to!  ;-)

P.S. For those of you who 'follow' this blog on Facebook:  I am "off" FB through Lent -- starting today (Ash Wednesday) and not returning till Palm Sunday (March 20).   This blog post will continue to link to my personal page, to the 15 x 15 page and to my business page (3 F Creations) on FB, but I will not be stopping by to view comments.  If you wish to comment on my posts during the next 40 days or so, please do so here.  And thank you for your support!  


Linda A. Miller said...

I see you are busy as usual.... congratulations on the European exhibit. I like your sharing of the ship process... I am about to ship to Taiwan. Be well.

Anonymous said...

L's Magic Tiles quilt is lovely. France is a long trip and I wish your quilts a safe journey. I'm loving the taupe quilt and yes, July will be here before we know it.

Laurel's Stitches said...

Congratulations on the Biennale Internationale d’Art Textile 2016 in Beaujolais! Are you able to attend?

Thanks for your shipping tips. As well, thank you for linking to TN&TN's WIP Wednesday!

Margaret said...

Laurel, I'm replying here as I cannot find an e-mail address for you...Alas, no, I won't be going to France! My pieces travel far more than do I!

Maggi said...

If I spent half the time making things that you do logging about them, I would have a house filled with creativity. You are amazing.