There are no pictures today for a very bad reason. Pollux had a stroke on Thursday. He's doing fine and the vet is confident that he will recover most, if not all, of his balance once the "seasickness" feeling goes away. We've got him on pills and are watching him carefully. FH and I are also giving him sub-q fluids here at home. Pollux is eating well, but his drinking is so-so... hence the fluids. He's also getting lots of love and quiet time. He's really enjoying the "love" bit... not so much the quiet time though.
So, no time = no pictures.
I did managed to get most of my tool bag done on Tuesday at the meeting.
* The pieces are all quilted.
* The pocket section is all sewn together and I'd basted piping around the edge.
* I added hand embroidered details to two pocket edges.
Then I realized two very important things:
1) I'd rather have button loops and buttons than velcro. This meant I needed to go home and make button loops from matching fabric before I could sew the final seams.
2) Somehow I'd forgotten that I'd cut the grey outer fabric wider than the pocket sections. I did it on purpose, to give myself wiggle room in case the applique stitching pulled the fabric too much. The happened on the table runner center block, so I decided better safe than irritated.
This means I have to remove the basted-on piping and trim the appliqued section to fit the pocket section. The lining too, since I'd used the grey as a guide piece.
All that is really simple to do, but for obvious reasons, I haven't taken the time to finish the complete piece. I was still irritated with the project (and myself) on Wednesday, so I worked on a large cross stitch instead of fixing the issues.
Between today and this coming Wednesday I'll be cleaning, decorating, and baking. The guild's embroidery group is meeting here Wednesday morning. I'll have pictures of three new recipes and hopefully get a chance to finish up the tool bag for next the next post. If things go right in the world, I might even have a finished cross stitch. It is rather difficult to stitch with an extremely loving Siamese cat pulling your hands towards his head so you can scratch him in just the right places.
Oh, and before I forget, Pollux turns 14 on the 29th of this month. It's hard to believe how time flies.
See you all next week!