It’s been quite a week of fabric fun. I’ve decided that keeping busy while DH shifts back and forth between Canadian news and American news for 6 – 10 hours a day will make me crazy if I don’t find ways to tune it out.
My first finish was piecing the flimsy for my project on the QQQ Make Us Laugh blog hop. I sandwiched the flimsy and started quilting changing threads frequently. The quilting came to a dead stop when I ran out of 2 colours I had to have. I went on line to see how soon I can get my thread. With expedited shipping it should be here next Friday. So here we sit, 1/4 quilted:
The best thing about this quilt is that it was made from leftover scraps from the kit and a bit of fabric from my scrap bin. No yardage used. Even the backing was a remnant.
Then there was the Project Quilting 11.6 Vivacious and Vibrant Challenge. It was the last project so I really wanted to take part as soon as I read the guidelines. I had bought the wedge ruler a couple of years ago but never got excited enough to use it.
I have finished the quilting on my Star Crossed Plaid quilt for Clarke finally. I’m not really satisfied with it since my shoulder is still not working well and my ruler work is a wee bit wobbly. But I’m just finishing hand stitching the binding and can get it in the mail this week.
I’m working on this pile a fabric pieces to test a pattern so I can’t show it yet. I really loved the daffodils. They are so spring like. We are expecting more snow this week so I really need snow.
As I’m sure you all know I regularly have those squirrels stopping by and filling my head with visions of need to, want to, have to do projects. This one was a DrEAMI project of the first order. I was thinking of Sandra from MMM Quilts and giggling about squirrels. Out came the scrap bin and I went on line to Fandom In Stitches website. I often go there if I need a pattern or ideas for a block. I found what I was looking for and I actually managed to have a finished project on my blog for the Make Us Laugh Blog Hop. It was completed in less than a day and makes me smile every time I look at it. This little wall hanging finished at 12” x 14” and will have permanent home over my sewing table as a reminder that I do not need to do every squirrel that runs through my head or in front of my eyes.
The binding is hand stitched and my little wall hanging has corner tabs to hang it. Even my batting was scraps for this project. I did a cream thread in my bobbin because I was attempting some threads painting when I did the quilting. I drafted a design on paper and stitched through it. You can still see some bits of paper stuck in the threads. But can you see what is frolicking with my squirrel in the next 2 pictures?
Along with the goal of self isolating I decided that this shut in time is the time to try new things, get better at skills I’m not confident of (paper piecing and appliqué) and work on getting my UFO’s cleaned up.
Let’s see what I manage to accomplish next week. Here’s my list of goals:
1. Finish the binding on Star Crossed Plaid.
2. Finish piecing the flimsy for the test pattern.
3. Try to get some more cutting and designing done on my Memory Quilt for DH.
4. Put the Vortex blocks together to flimsy stage.
5. If the thread I ordered comes in, finish quilting my Robot Quilt.
6. Prep another quilt from the To Be Quilted pile for quilting if I can find a backing that works.
7. Check with our local hospitals to see if they are in need of cotton masks yet. If so, start sewing.
8. Keep working on my socks and working on the new crochet stitch I’m trying to learn.
9. Make masks. Although here in Canada we are not as concerned about the shortage of medical equipment, there are a couple of hundred at risk people living in our valley, including DH and myself, resulting in a need for masks. This has actually been moved to the top of the list.
What are you working on in this wonderful enforced quilting time we have?
I’m looking it as a chance to fondle fabric while DH is doing his non stop news watching and channel flipping. I might even listen to a podcast or audiobook to help me distract myself so I do not get angry or depressed.