Slow progress

Four spools of thread gone on the Birds in Flight quilt (and they’re 500m spools, so that means there’s 2 km of quilting in this quilt already!), and still a few areas haven’t been quilted.  I thought four spools would be total overkill, but I ended up quilting pretty densely, which uses up a lot of thread (and takes forever – next quilt I’m doing with a really loose quilting design!).  So I’ve run out of thread, and finishing off the quilting on it will have to wait until I can go and buy some more of that colour thread.

Hopefully it’ll be worth it once it’s finished though. It’s hard to get a real idea of what it’s going to be like when it’s all piled up on the machine and you can’t see the full effect, but I think it’s going to look really cool.

Talking of four, there was a wee earthquake last night in the small hours – only a 4.0, but it’s a sign of how long it’s been since we’ve had any decent aftershocks that it actually woke me up fully enough that it took me a while to get back to sleep.  I remember the days when I wouldn’t wake up for anything less than a 5.0 (and no thank you, I really don’t want those days to be back again!!)

Cicada season has begun, which means that (a) sitting out in the garden can get quite deafening, and (b) Parsnips keeps catching them and bringing them inside.  Being woken by a cicada loudly protesting at being pestered by a cat is almost as disturbing as being woken by an earthquake.  They also have a tendency to escape from her and end up in hard to reach places like behind the fridge.  I can report that fridges have absolutely no muffling effect on the sound of a cicada.

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  1. Misty brings home the odd cicada when they are in season. But they don’t disturb me that much. I have tinnitus and for me it’s cicadas all day and night, all year round.
    Haven’t had any this year, but Greece was well stocked.

  2. Just caught up (definitely *not* procrastinating from an assignment!) on your blog! You have been busy! Glad you had a good Christmas and New Year!

    1. I completely believe you weren’t procrastinating!
      By the way, I found a recipe the other day for hot chocolate that is almost exactly the same as the ones they serve at that Italian restaurant you took me to. Now I just have to remember where I wrote it down so I can send it to you…

      1. Good news is the first draft is finished, just need to edit it now…
        Definitely keen for hot chocolate recipe!

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