In the morning DH and I cleared the sideway, in the rain, because a chap's coming this morning to dig up some dead and dying conifers that make up our hedge. That was a job and a half, since we use it as storage space for garden rubbish and old pots that aren't being used yet. Then DH had to go up to London for the rest of the day and was going to a show in the evening, so I was more than ready to devote the rest of the day to sewing.
I'd finished quilting the main part of the quilt so 'just' had to put the borders on. Aaaaggghhh! They take as much time as the rest of the quilt I'm sure. And could I get the blasted things to go on straight! Because I was 'quilting as you go' I had to do the wadding and backing too. I decided to use the method from my new book Machine Quilting in Sections. I WON'T be doing it that way again! I'll stick to the method shown in Quilting-on-the-go by Carolyn Forster, it takes longer but it works first time. Eventually, after much wasted thread and rather bad language I got them stitched on. Then I decided to be brave and machine quilt using a template that I'd bought, so I marked up one border, set up the machine, took a deep breath and the plunge. Yet more wasted thread - yes, you've guessed it, tension problems. Finally, one border done. WONKY!! UNEVEN!! A MESS!! So I spent the next two hours unpicking it. Then I re-marked and started quilting it by hand. I don't think I'm cut out to be a machine quilter (perhaps it's my machine? I wish.)
Perhaps I'll have better luck today.