Since Spud has decided she doesn't like to wear her collar and since Charlie has decided Spud's collar makes a great chew toy (he has destroyed three in the last two weeks), Spud is no longer allowed outside - too many looneys in my neighborhood and too many missing cats. Spud has therefore decided her every waking moment should involve investigating whatever it is I am trying to do. I love her company when I wash the dishes or do the laundry, but so far the only thing she knows how to do when I am sewing is either sit on whatever I am working on or steal my pins. Cat is obsessed with pulling the pins out of my pincushion, which of course is not a good idea.
Despite Spud's help, I managed to baste the quilt I started way back when I broke my leg. As I didn't have enough batting for the quilt and didn't want to buy any, I decided to baste it to a heavy white tablecloth I bought on sale years ago. I was surprised how easily it went together, hardly any wrinkles when I topstitched the quilt, despite Spud being my only assistant when I laid the quilt top on the tablecloth and pinned them together. I used a flea market find sewing machine the Mister bought me way back in the summer. I love Singer 128 blackside (all the decorative plates are painted black) from 1947. It sews a beautiful slightly diagonal (but still straight) stitch. Even though it is a vibrating shuttle, with the long bobbins that seem to constantly need refilling, I just love sewing on it. It sat at the flea market for months and months, with the wooden domed case firmly locked and seemingly un-openable. It was a little overpriced for something I couldn't actually see, but when they slashed the price by 75% I decided it was worth the risk. It came with it's own key, but the lock had been bent so it would just open with a turn of the key. It only took the Mister a few minutes to get the case open once we got it home. A little oil, some cleaning and it was sewing right away. Not bad for being 68 years old. Definitely worth every penny.
I was so happy for a day of sunshine today (we are having trying times with our neighbor again), I had the windows open and my lovely Spud helping me sew. It was a great day.
I do hope all is well with you.
Toodles....L x ♥