In my experience, most people want the bad news first.
DD and I did not get eight blankets finished by 1st September. We tried but it just didn't happen. Sewing takes twice as long (or more) when you are working around a toddler and a demanding baby!
We wasted a few metres of thread (and precious time) by not checking the back of the blanket. If we had done so, we would have noticed the bobbin thread was making loops instead of stitches.
I didn't complete the knitted blanket I began last week. I have knitted about 70%. I've found that I can't sew and knit and the same time! LOL
DD has also not completed the baby blanket she is knitting.
But the good news is, we went on the Angels for the Forgotten website and they exceeded their targets of 3000 bags and 1000 blankies by 31st August - they did it without us making a single contribution! They actually received 3361 bags and 1297 blankies.
The problem with the bobbin stitching turned out to be a bent needle and an incorrectly threaded machine - easily fixed!
I have learnt a lot about working with flannelette and passed that knowledge onto DD. We have both learnt how to make mitred corners in order to tum the backing into the binding. And that knowledge is useful and transferable.
Seven of the eight blankets we planned to make are now complete and the last is well under way. It just needs the corners mitred and the binding (machine) sewn down. I'm sure Angels for the Forgotten will not reject a "late" contribution!
There is now less pressure on us to complete things so we can relax and just enjoy the process.
And the downright ugly:
On Sunday DD and family had guests for lunch. They came with bad colds. Older Grandson succumbed first. DD and the Grandboys visited here on Wednesday (in an attempt to complete the blankets). By Thursday, DD, both Grandboys and I had heavy head colds. A virulent strain indeed!
This is the third time I have had a cold since I "retired"; I was rarely sick when I was working!