A wealthy Christian entrepreneur has built a small resort area with a chapel, overnight facilities and barbecue facilities. (Also prayer rooms and outdoor hot spa!)
There is a peaceful river running in a gorge next to the barbecue area and the green and fern filled crags were just beautiful.
The kids (and Tetsu) played rock skipping on the surface and some of the younger fathers took over the barbecue cooking. Let's see, we had shishkabob chicken, beef, pork, sausages, grilled vegetables, scallops, squid and fried noodles. Sort of a different type of barbecue from American style (no hamburgers or hot dogs) but everyone came home very satisfied in body and spirit!
In the afternoon I got caught up on some sewing which actually meant I had to do some clean up first. My sewing room was such a mess. So I put things away (no more villages) and cut up scraps into 2 inch squares for Leader/Enders. I found fabric that I had been looking for and I managed to transcribe two weeks of entries for the 365 Challenge. ONLY ONE MORE MONTH TO GO!! But this last month is going to be a doozy with us in Ohio and California. The days are going to melt together and will I really be able to stay on top of this?
I also picked my Split Star WIP off the floor and probably won't get much more done on this for awhile. With only a week to go before we leave I have soooo much to do in the way of house cleaning and probably won't get much sewing in this week. Makes for a depressing week doesn't it?
Now for a question, I have numerous quilts that are hopefully going to get to the flimsy stage within the next year. 365 Challenge, Tonya's Wonky Word Love quilt, Feathered Star, maybe the Split Star quilt. and all of these are going to need backings. No matter how I figure it, fabric is less expensive in the States especially if I can get Tetsu to take some back for me. It's not that I don't have stash, but I don't have large amounts of one fabric. I tend to buy a yard at a time or at the very most three yards. I also have a huge roll of mint green solid fabric that is good for backings but sort of boring.
Question: Do you buy special backing fabrics that match your quilts? Do you piece your backings from different fabrics that don't necessarily match anything? Would you use boring backing?
For the past 20 years I have always spent the money to buy backing fabric that matched the quilt. My friends and I have often said that working with a backing that we really like just makes the quilting process so much nicer and the quilt becomes that much more special. But it is costly. And it doesn't use up any stash (usually adds more to it since we don't like to scrimp!) And it may be perfectionism rearing its ugly head.
How do you feel about backings? Buy on sale only? Cut up recycle shop shirts? Spend the money (we're making heirlooms!) I'm sure there are many opinions and I'm just interested in yours.