|Union flag thread catchers and a pin cushion...|
I also got the results of Archie's bile acid/ultrasound tests - they came back 'within normal range' so although he does have a problem with his liver he's not as far down the road (of liver failure) as the vet thought. In terms of how he is in himself he's...completely normal! Sleeping a lot, lying in the sun (when it's out!) and looking forward to meals and walks. He still jumps round like a young 'un when I get his lead out and he's as keen on his walks as ever - he still grabs his lead in his mouth and pulls me towards the corner of the road (where he gets let off his lead and, in his mind, the walk starts) - just like he's done for eleven years. So, it's better news than I expected, I've just got to keep an eye on him but treat him as normal. So no, Archie, no extra biscuits...not every day, anyway!
I thought it was about time I shared the blocks I've made for the back of the Stained QAL quilt. I took these photos way back in June (you can tell because Archie has a full complement of hair!) and had two 'helpers' on hand to 'assist' with the technicalities...
(I've decided to do QAYG for this quilt, mainly because I didn't have enough fabric to piece a back (Nicky kept suggesting ideas and I kept saying 'I haven't got enough fabric to do that' - she was very patient!!) but also because I'm using a double layer of wadding in the quilt and I think QAYG will be easier to handle on the sewing machine.)
So, the 'photo shoot'...
|I'll stand here to watch the line - if it falls I'll let you know.|
|And I'll, er, stay here and watch you...if you fall I'll let you know.|
|You need a different angle - that stuff behind me is distracting...and ugly!|
|You realise this would be much easier if the line was more than three feet off the floor, don't you?|
Yes, but the background wouldn't be as nice...have you got a better suggestion?
|She's got a point but I'm not going to tell her so!|
|I don't know about you, Alfie, but I think she needs to find a better place to take photos...I'll let you tell her...|
|Well, it's passable...I've seen better...and I've seen worse. Not much worse, mind you!|
|I don't know what she thinks this adds to the mix but we'll humour her, for now.|
|I'm bored now...(But doesn't the red of that poppy go nicely with my white hair?!)|
|So am I...are we allowed back inside yet? It's all right for you, at least you're not tied up like a prisoner...|
|This is the last photo? You promise?|
|This must be the last one - see, we look really handsome in this one. I think the phrase you're looking for is 'It's a wrap!'. Then we can go inside and have a celebratory biscuit and contemplate a job well done...|
|Sod this for a game of soldiers, I'm off...|
|Well, that escape could have gone better..thanks for the help, Alfie, you couldn't have done less if you'd tried...|
|Second time lucky?|
|I think I'm losing the will to live...someone, anyone...I'm a celebrity - get me out of here!|
If anyone has any suggestions for quilting (bearing in mind I'm going through two layers of wadding!) then I'd be grateful if you'd let me know! At the moment I'm thinking about just going down each diagonal and leaving it at that. Here's what the front is going to look like (with grey sashing between the blocks)
|Not this thing again...|
|I'm sure I was in this photo too...where have I gone?|
I'm linking up to the marvellous Lynne and her Fresh Sewing Day
P.S. My blog overhaul seems to have ground to a halt at the moment - I'm going to follow Sarah's fabulous nerdy tutorials on mastering your GIMP when I finally get round to sorting out a new header...all suggestions welcome!