March 15-21 Progress Report

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.

A new table topper for me!

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.

All cut and ready to sew

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?

A ghost squirrel keeping Brownie company and is cavorting around.
Look at that smiling happy face!

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?

Our collective motto these days.

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.

Linking with:

Home Sewn By Us To Do Tuesday

Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Love Laugh Quilt Monday Making

MMM Quilts

Clever Chameleon

Needle and Thread Network WIP Wednesday

Quilt Fabrication – Midweek Makers

Inquiring Quilter – Wednesday Wait Loss

Pretty Piney – What I Made Monday

Put Your Foot Down 44 For The Love of Geese

My Quilt Infatuation NTT


Published by Carol Andrews

I have been fondling fabric and creating things with fabric and fiber for as long as I can remember. My children had homemade clothes, blankets, canning and quilts most of their lives. Now I create goodies to share! Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoy making them! When I am not creating with fiber or fabric I keep busy with Dear Heart, kids, grandkids, great grandkids.

16 thoughts on “March 15-21 Progress Report

  1. Love your squirrel!! Did you create the pattern? What machine do you use to quilt on? It is frustrating to run out of thread when you are quilting something. Looking forward to seeing your robot completely finished!!

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    1. Hi Susan. The squirrel was from the Fandom in Stitches site. I put a link in the post. I do my quilting on my Pfaff Grandquilter. It’s got a nice large throat. It is frustrating to not have the right colour of thread. I couldn’t believe it happened and how often I must stop at the LQS when we go to town. Now I’ll just wait for the mail. 😢

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  2. Hi Carol! I can listen to the news for just a short while each day. I want to hear the latest numbers but I don’t care to hear the misinformation our president gives out, so I skip his speeches or sad attempts at publicity. All of your projects for the week are fab! My favorite is that cute squirrel – he really speaks to me. Thanks so much for linking up this week. Stay healthy and safe. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Hi Roseanne. I wish I could not listen to the news but DH has control of the remote! As for your president I’m reserving my opinion because I don’t want to get started on a rant. Thanks for your sweet comment. Keep isolating yourselves as you can and stay healthy. 😉

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  3. What a fun squirrel project. I like your plan much better than DH’s…. at the end of it you’ll still be sane and have lots to show for your shut in time. 🙂 Now is the time to work that stash! Thanks for linking up to the Chameleon’s colour and inspiration party.

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    1. Thank you Dione. My little squirrel was fun. I think I have swung DH to my side of things. He’s watching more golf, car shows and even a movie or two. Poor man is suffering. We need the snow to be gone so he can golf!


  4. My dh does the same thing with the news. I have to focus on other things too! Mostly I watch movies. Many are being offered online for free right now so I’m doing that. Thanks for sharing your fun projects on Wednesday Wait Loss. They made me smile.

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    1. I wish I could watch movies! My sewing table is 4 ‘ from the tv. Podcasts and audiobooks with earphones are my friends! Sure glad I could make you smile. We need all of those we can get. 😷 Carol


  5. Wonderful chock-full of eye candy post Carol! Your DrEAMi! is the quintessential one; in fact I personally am awarding you the quintessential of quintessential DrEAMis because not only did you drop everything and make it in ONE DAY, but it IS A SQUIRREL gazing at a pile of FABRIC??!! I cannot. Need to go check out that Fandom page you referred to…see? squirrels breed like rabbits! Thank you so much for linking this up. And did you say you need snow?? Are you in Alberta perchance because my grandson and daughter and several good friends are and they have had two days of blizzards and now over a foot of snow on the ground… Meanwhile here in Canada’s southernmost town of Kingsville, the grass is green the birds (and real life squirrels) frolicking…I do not miss that white stuff and cold for a nanosecond. Also be sure to look up Dr. Tam’s message today about masks…we do not need them here in Canada, and they do not work to protect you…

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    1. Hi Sandra. Thank you for those wonderful words. I do love my squirrel! I’m actually in BC. We had snow the 23,24 and 25. The past 2 days we have had hailstorms. I live on a golf course. The snow is slowly going. Last year DH was golfing on this date! My kids, grands and great grands are all in Alberta and they aren’t happy. Seems funny that you easterners are getting the spring weather before us! 😉. Definitely unusual. It’s okay though because the moisture might give us a break from wildfires!
      The masks are being used by store clerks and fast station attendants and volunteer firefighters here in case they have been exposed and don’t know it to prevent moisture droplets being sprayed on customers or products. We know they really don’t protect us but they might protect others. By the way I can’t post comments on your page. There seems to be a conflict somewhere I just get an error message. 😉


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