Sunday, October 17, 2010
a snoopy fix
remember this quilt i made for my daughter? well, last spring gonzo got a hold of it.
sometimes i hate that dog. and boy, was that day the worst gonzo hating day ever. i don't know if i will ever trust him. his list of destruction (mostly during puppyhood) is very long.
the weather has turned cooler here lately, and marguerite needed her quilt. and i needed to clean off my sewing table. (more about that at the end of the post)
i sewed a snoopy patch over the big hole. and zig zagged over it to catch the ripped batting. i should have put a square of batting in there too. oh well. the backing wasn't ripped thankfully. i don't think it's even that noticeable.
for the rip in the binding, i cut off the ripped part. sewed in a piece of batting to fill it in. then sewed down half of a patch to the back, then turned it over to the front and sewed that down. i don't know if that was the best way to handle that. but it works.
this patch didn't match. i didn't have any more of that fabric, plus it was going to show on the back no matter what. so i used another snoopy fabric that is new and not in the quilt at all. so i am pleased. and more importantly, marguerite is thrilled that she has her quilt back.
now i know there are some quilters out there that would have taken the whole quilt apart and fixed it so you couldn't even tell anything happened in the first place. i'm not one of those quilters. for a few reasons. i'm more of a tim gunn kinda girl "make it work people". that could be read as lazy. or practical. i don't have time to fix it like that. or the patience. gonzo might do it again. i'll put "he loved fabric" on his tombstone if he does. these patches tell a story. or maybe a warning : ) like a battle scar.
so for the "cleaning off my sewing table" part of the post. most of you know that i have asthma and that i'm allergic to dust. well these past few months, my allergies have been out of control. we went to alabama for a few days last month and i could breathe just fine. as soon as we got back into florida, my allergies started to kick in. as soon as we got back in the house, they were full blown. part of our house has really old carpeting which is adding to the dust factor. and my bedroom is in that part of the house and my sewing space is in my bedroom. plus our house has lots of clutter so it isn't the easiest to clean. plus i don't dust that often. it's a catch 22: i don't dust because it stirs up the dust and i breathe it in. but if i don't dust, my allergies get worse. so after several talks with my husband, we have come up with a plan. first, clear out the bedroom of as much stuff as we can including my sewing stuff so that it is quick and easy to dust and vacuum. then, we work on the rest of the house. to get the sewing stuff out of the bedroom, billy has to pare down his computer stuff to make room for me in the family room. which he has been working on bit by bit.
blah blah blah
all that to say that my allergies and my asthma have been in high gear lately. and totally out of control since i moved and dusted some yesterday. plus i have a cold that is compromising my breathing too. yesterday was really bad. i have never thought about breathing so much in one day. i thought i might have to go to the e.r.
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