It was a rainy night, a perfect night for spending time with the treadle machine in its new space, the loft area up above the front room of our new Quilt Villa, VA.
It’s weird how you get something all pictured in your mind, how perfect it all would be, until y ou sit to treadle with the machine against the railing and discover that all you can see IS the railing, and not the view beyond the big picture windows at all.
Well this won’t work! It simply will not DO!
So I made an adjustment.
I slid the machine over (Metal wheels can permantently damage the wood floors, so I keep my treadle wheels on furniture sliders) to the top of the stairs and made myself comfy.
Add a TV tray to hold my bin, an ironing pad and an iron and a couple of standing lamps and I was ready to thread her up and get on down to the business of some easy lazy string piecing.
It's been a while since neutral strings have come out to play, and I have a plan!
Yes, right on the landing!
Now I can see ALL!
The other way, that upper part of the railing was right at eye level and I was missing the bunnies in the yard, the birds, and the rain as it came to pound all night on tin roof, down the rain chains and all over this mountain.
Stitching neutral strings to SVU!
It was a Law & Order kind of night as I treadled away at the top of the stairs. It felt kind of like quilting in a tree house with the rain pounding overhead and the TV just below. treadling counts as exercise, right?
This is happening this morning.
The propane guys are out to install two tanks and to hook up our gas fireplace inserts. THEN it will really feel like home.
Our last cabin was completely heated by the two gas fireplaces, our heating bill was minimal, much less than running the whole furnace. Heat rises, so this should keep my loft area toasty too. And I like having a backup heat source here in the mountains. Otherwise, the cabin is all electric, and we know how that goes with storms.
My son Jason is on his way up and should be here in a couple of hours. It will be fun to have him here for the weekend.
I’d love to take him to Grayson State Park, about a 20 minute drive away, but if it is rainy and soggy we’ll likely stay in, watch movies, eat good food and just chill.
And that is fine by me.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Antique crazy quilt shared by Ginette in Florida.
Don't measure your success against anyone else's day. And be aware of those who might be having a rough one!
Happy last-day-of-March, everyone!