I have been trying to get myself into a regular morning running routine this past week and a bit. Usually, I am a night runner, but since the days are getting shorter with the early sunsets, I am trying to switch it up. (Dark streets and riversides are scary.) I started off by get getting up and walking around the block, which takes about 10 minutes. Since it was a short commitment I could face it, and twice I went out in my pyjamas, got back and went back to bed! Just getting up to go out is good enough for me, so it counted, in my eyes anyway. I then tried running and it was absolutely horrible. I felt sluggish within minutes and could only do about a quarter of what I could have ran in the evening. My body felt like a different person, and one of those ones that can’t run very well. Then I had a little stroke of genius; I remembered the power of coffee. And so this morning I got up and made myself a good and strong coffee. Really strong. Whoosh! (That is the sound of me running.)
I was still buzzing when I got through the door and declared “I will finish this quilt. RIGHT NOW.” This sense of immediacy in the morning is incredibly rare so I didn’t question it. Crazed with excitement, I set to work. Except once I had started I realised that my hands were shaking. I was quilting away thinking to myself Well, well, well, coffee. You don’t agree with quilting too much, do you? After some big wobbles I gave up. Which was a good job because the whole time I was quilting it all wrong! Duh. Those lines are meant to be horizontal, not diagonal.
I plan to have this quilt finished by next week. That is the goal, at least. It is a quilt top I made last year, and I have another exactly the same. But, I might experiment with free motion quilting on the second one; I’d like to see which one I prefer. I do like this one already though, especially the creepy fabric on the back. Trust me, it is a real creepy children’s bedding print. Remember having that slightly scary bed set as a kid? 101 dalmations= 202 unblinking eyes. I am making this one for Etsy, so you’ll get to see all the details once I have listed it!
Not too long after I took this photo I completely crashed and fell asleep. Well, well, well, coffee, you win this time. Next time I will not drink the whole percolator myself, I will have half of it like a normal person would have done. Duh.