I try not to be a whiner. Well, most of the time. But (and you knew that word was coming) I am right fed up with this whole shingles situation. It hurts. It's lasted too long. It's getting in the way of things.
I might be a little bit cranky.
Borders DID happen though. The green & yellow quilt is completely pieced and I'm really pleased with the result. The borders made it more modern and classy. And I finally got the proportions all sorted.
My sweetie helped me sandwich the candy squares top. We ALMOST got the green & yellow sandwiched but my basting gun stopped working. Upon inspection, the needle was totally bent at the end. Wouldn't even pierce the fabric. My sweetie gave a try to straightening it out but even though it made the gun work again, the needle was too rough and tugging at the fabric. I decided I could safety pin the rest (ugh) and I set about looking for a replacement needle online.
I'll never understand why basting guns aren't more popular. I love mine and find it SO much easier than pins, sprays, or hand basting. It goes quickly, they don't come apart, & I have to go over the whole quilt anyway to trim little threads and check everything, so I do that while hunting for tacks. It's kinda relaxing.
Fortunately, basting guns are still popular in the UK, so I found the tack removers from a vendor there. Tonight I found replacement needles from a US source. They are spendy but the same place has the micro fastener refills for less than I can buy them here. Getting the needles (they come in a 5 pack) is a good investment and I know that my quilting guru can use a replacement too.
So the weekend was not as successful or enjoyable as I'd hoped, but it wasn't a total washout. I made some progress. I can start quilting the candy squares tomorrow night.
I guess I don't really have that much to whine about...