Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Applique IV

Thanks for all the birthday wishes. Very kind of you.

I've got nothing to show from applique class--we're using Janomes at the high school and no one has a manual. So we spent an inordinant amount of time last night trying to make a blanket stitch. Then trying to make a buttonhole stitch work like a blanket stitch. Oh, you think they're the same, until you try to sew it on a machine. Usually on a machine, the straight edge of a stitch would be on the right, with the decorative bits pointing left. But with buttonhole stitch it's the opposite, so you have to "stitch backwards" which is easy enough until you have to turn a corner. (Or you're me and can't rotate shapes in your head.)

So I spent most of the time in class using the seam ripper. I think I'm going to work on the placemats on my machine at home and just use a satin stitch...if I can fit it into the cleaning schedule. FIL arrives Friday. Boy, time flew! They are arriving Friday night, leaving Tuesday for DC and coming back Friday to spend another weekend with us. They seem to think that this is somehow better. But really, it's all the togetherness that I find so difficult. I wouldn't give a crap one way or the other if they were in Philadelphia so long as I got to go to work. But being trapped in a two door Honda Civic driving to some local tourist destination is going to suck the very life from my soul...

6 comments:

Kathryn said...

Rent a bigger car? Maybe a mini-van with a DVD player? Why not ride in the back with headphones on? Yeah, touristing. We end up doing that a lot. At least in Vegas you can just drive up and down the Strip and in Maui we just give them a map and let them go.

Jacque said...

You are hilarious!

I think you should save the cleaning until Friday night when they get there...maybe they will help or leave you be while they go and do touristy things! : )

Barbara said...

A class in how to use a seam ripper sounds about right for me. ;)

Lelia said...

You have been awarded the You Make Me Smile award. Thank you for making me smile.

Coral said...

Oh, yes I understand!!

My mother is coming to visit for a full month in Feb - a full month, did I say a full month? (Oh, and the fact I do not have any leave due doesn't worry her!)

Michelle said...

That's probably the reason I have no guest room. Hope you get your buttonhole/blanket stitch figured out. What a shame that you can't work on it in class.