Saturday, July 25, 2009

I decided to get the box finished as soon as possible as I am 1) having cataract surgery on Aug. 2 and again on Aug. 17 plus 2) it is our 50th. anniversery on the 15th. Aug and our children are having a party weekend for us and the Canadians are arriving enmasse.
I spent a good part of today making the box and the directions were perfect.
The only thing I questioned was I had to take out the stitching line as it hit at the edge of the block and you were to trim the block to about 1/2" over the front of the lid and glue it down. Well it is actually 2 pieces of fabric.and if you glued it down it would only be the muslin unless the glue would come through to the top and I wasn't sure. To be safe I took a thread and sewed both pieces together about a scant 1/8" from the edges making it more 1 piece of fabric. I then glued it down over the lid and it worked well then of course the beautiful edging was glued over it so that would hold it down also.

Lisa said to use Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue in the purple bottle. Well I went to JoAnnes and found a small bottle of it. I see why she recommends this for the project as it is very thick and sure does grab and hold the fabric.

You are working with layers glued to layers and it sure did hold. The only thing is because it is very thick by the time I was about halfway through my hand was hurting from trying to squeeze it out. I gave up and got an old small artist's brush and put it on and spread it with the brush.
Hand relief. I would do this on the next one I make. Just a little hint for old hands or arthritic hands.

Sat. night is always pizza night for us so no cooking tonight - hurrah.
Also a new chinese restaurant opened up up the street and my hubby said we should try it out tomorrow night to see if it is good. I certainly didn't argue with that. May need to order one night when our company are here in town. Some are coming for a 3 day weekend and some are in no hurry so could be a week. Most are staying with us, my son and my daughter who live near us and my son and his wife from Minneapolis are staying in a hotel so the relatives can have my 2 spare bedrooms. Nice of them.


Magpie's Mumblings said...

Just as I thought, a beautiful box! Make sure you take some time for you over the next few weeks...sounds like there's going to be a lot of excitement going on.

Maggie R said...

Beautiful needlebook..
Bet the chair is lovely now with a new coat of paint...I LOVE wicker and loved the story behind it

Queen Bee's Musings said...

Your box turned out great!! Thanks for the tips. I am still trying to finish mine.

Cathy said...

Freda, your box turned out beautifully! I've sure been kicking myself for not taking that class from Lisa! Hope your cataract surgeries go well. I'll be sending good vibes your way!! Big hugs, Cathy