It is the middle of winter and we had a 5 and half hour power cut last night from 4.30 pm until 10.05 pm. (It gets dark about 5.30 pm at this time of year.) It makes sewing a challenge! I have a new appreciation for how our fore-mothers coped with less than ideal conditions. The machine was out, the iron was out, precision rotary cutting was out, hand sewing ruled. Could I do some hand applique on the raffle quilt? No I could not! The lighting was really bad, my stitches would have been of the frogging type (rip it, rip it, rip it - you get the idea). What could I do while I was sitting in the dim light of a few candles? Aha! I had some berries to prepare for the raffle quilt. I had the cardboard circles already cut out and it only required rough cutting of the fabric. If I held the cardboard circle on top of the fabric I could see well enough to cut a rough circle. Threading the needle was interesting. I abandoned the small needle I usually use and used the longer large-eyed needle that JUST HAPPENED TO BE SITTING IN MY PIN CUSHION by my chair (lucky, eh!) Then I held the needle in the circle of light cast by the candle and voila, I could get it threaded. Doing a running thread wasn't as difficult as threading the needle and I managed to get 21 berries prepared:
They just need starching and pressing now.