Thursday, February 11, 2016

If You're in the Area...

I’ll be here for the next two days.  Stop by and visit if you’re in the Hill Country this week.  

It's hard to believe I took this picture February 7!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Super Bowl Sunday

Of course I want to join hubby in watching the Super Bowl this evening even if I don’t follow the sport let alone the teams.  So I’m preparing for the event by getting my handwork ready to roll.  My hexagon quilt is slowly but surely growing and it will be my focus tonight.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Back to Quilting

This project has lain dormant for months.  I decided this week to reconfigure the studio for quilting on my Janome and get back to work on it.  I have an HQ sit-down quilter, but prefer to use the walking foot on my Janome for stitching in the ditch.  Hopefully I will finish that stage in the next few days and transition to the other machine.  I’m forcing myself to take frequent breaks while working on this project so as not to put too much stress on my neck and shoulders.  Since it has been so blustery today, I've even used the elliptical, which you can see in the background, rather than taking long walks outside.  My fitness tracker says I'm at 9,999 steps so far today.  So, I think there is a good chance I will make 10,000.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Quilty 365 -- January

Here are the Quilty 365 circle blocks for January.  They are prepped for stitching and will need to be trimmed to 4 ½ inches once that is complete.  I’ve had a lot of fun digging through my scrap stash and orphan blocks, even though I did miss a few days.  I haven’t decided if I am going to machine or hand stitch these blocks.  I am leaning toward machine stitching, but my machine is currently set up for a straight stitching project.  I’m joining the linky party at  Quilty Folk where there is lots of proof that a simple circle block can be done many, many ways.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Circles, Hexagons, Granola and Book Journal

I worked on prepping more circle blocks today.  I knew there was a reason I held onto that old fusible interfacing even though I no longer sew garments!  My favorite cup serves as the template.

I continue working on more red hexagons.  By the time I finish, I may not have any red scraps left.

 I also made a batch of granola today.  This is sweetened with maple syrup and is loaded with nutmeg and cinnamon.  Oh, does the house ever smell good.

While working on these and other projects this week, I finished In Plain Sight by C. J. Box.  It was my first “listen” to this author and I enjoyed it enough to download another to my cell phone.  Sadly, my library does not have his complete collection (this was number 6 in a series) in their selection of audio books, so I am having to figure out the characters mid-stream.  Nonetheless, I am very grateful to be able to have access to a library with this free service.  

Do you journal?  This blog is my quilting journal.  I also maintain a small planner as well as a diary.  This little notebook was gifted to me at Christmas 2000 by a dear friend in Alabama.  It used to have a cute little fleece cover that she made, but it eventually became so stretched and distorted I could no longer use it. Ever since receiving it, I have used it as a log of books I either read or listen to during the year.  A spreadsheet would be more practical, because I could sort by date, author or title, but I am so fond of this little book that I don't intend to change.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Moving Along on Good Golly!

This week I was able to sew at the Club House an extra day.  I continued working on triangle square strips and I think I now have enough to complete the 11 remaining blocks I need for the center of Sue Garman’s Good Golly quilt.  I made a few extra to cover the ones I have already discovered with mistakes.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Playing With Scraps

I tried to do some catch-up Sunday.  These bow ties were added to the mix and I started prepping some more Quilty 365 blocks.  I still need to do more work on the circle blocks, but I got an unexpected help with them. 

A retiring quilter donated her scrap stash to the Guild and we had a mountainous pile to delve into at our meeting last week.  My friends, aka the “enablers,” quickly started finding bits and pieces for me.  It was fun to play with someone else’s leftovers.