Just before Christmas it got really cold, too cold to paint any more for now, but not before getting three coats of primer and three coats of yellow finish paint on the pilothouse handrail and on the toerail.

Too coold to paint at the shop, I set up a 20'x6'-6" table back where it all began, my second floor "livingroom", ur, sail loft. The legs are all six of the yellow steel horses I had at the shop. On top of them are twenty 16' steel 4x4s cleated together. Then all this framing is covered with five sheets of Luaun plywood. I'll be needing the 2x4s for the library walls framing anyway. So this way I didn't need to buy a ton of heavy plywood to build the table. (I should have decked this table with hardboard "Masonite", and I still may if the sail cloth doesn't behave on this surface.) Update--13/01/11: I'll be laying down masonite just as soon as I return here after the miraculous warm spell we've had the last couple of days. Time to paint the deck while I can.

Here's the start of six cushions; three for the quarter berth, and three side cushions for the master berth. The large piece in the back is the bag from the ill-thoughtout air mattress I built way back in '04. As you'll see in a bit, it only needed de-stitching and a slight bit of trimming, then sewing back together.

Here's my Mom-in-law's trusty Vicking/Husqvarna machine, complete with every foot and attachment imaginable, user manual and case. I just had to buy a few heavier needles (#18), and it was off to the races. What a beautiful machine. It's like a little Sherman tank, only bright and gleaming.

Here's a pic of Mongo taking a pic of the cushion.This is the foot piece for the q-berth cubby... and Mongo's head. I sewed this piece first simply because it was the smallest and I thought I should get my feet wet, sewing-wise, one toe at a time.

All three q-berth cushions. Meanwhile Mongo came over on the weekend and along with rewiring one of our lamps so I can work later when the light tends to fade here, and tore out the stitches on the end on the large master cushion.

This would be the very beginning of the side cushions for the master bunk. Fabric ready to cut on the table, (soy) foam ready to stuff.

Here's the zipper panel operation... on the dining room table. Yes, Aggie or one of the other creaky moggies more or less lives under the light bulb until the seasons change enough to turn the light off.

By now you may have noticed every single zipper is a different color. I can explain. The zippers were fifty cents each, but no two matched. Oh well, the way they're sewn on, you can't see them anyway.

This brutish item hasn't had any of the hems trimmed yet.

pairs with this foam...

to make the last of the small cushions.

I'm pretty happy with how they turned out and they feel really cushy and comfortable.

Here's a sneak peek at the sailcloth. Here, one layer of the 2" webbing is folded over four layers on the Odessey III cloth. "Ol' Nell", The Machine, who is probably very close to my own age, not Ol' Nell, the Honda, had no problem toughing through this many layers.

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Written 2012/12/13