Sunday, January 15, 2017

Life Happens

Life certainly has a way of changing our plans.  Company that unexpectedly morphed into an overnight stay last weekend plus a day lost to jury duty on Monday left me scrambling to hit my pace the rest of the week.  I wouldn't have missed the time spent with my daughter (think adult coloring books and pedicures).  Also, I was very relieved to not be chosen to serve on the jury.  Based on questions put to the pool about cases involving sexual abuse and assault of a minor, I know it would have been a difficult case to hear. Fortunately for me, I was assigned a high enough number that there was very little chance of me serving this time.

So, all I have to show are three more rosettes for my Edyta Sitar project and a few small cuts I picked up to add diversity to the project.  Other things going on in the background were delivering our Guild's donation quilt top to the long-armer and stitching up a few more anti-ouch pouches.

I need to spend some time at the cutting table tomorrow and I’m hoping for more quilty productivity this week.

Friday, January 6, 2017

For the last two years, I’ve supported one of our Guild’s community service projects by stitching up 100 anti-ouch pouches that benefit breast cancer patients.  I completed my first batch of five yesterday and that makes me feel like 2017 really has begun.

A cold front arrived in the afternoon and staying in today really appeals to me.  I know our weather is balmy compared to what is going on elsewhere, so I’m not complaining.  (I can just imagine my Wisconsin relatives rolling their eyes at what a cold weather wimp I am.)  My goal today is to sandwich and begin quilting a wall hanging, and I hope I’m able to make some progress on it.  

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hello, 2017

My collection of rosettes is slowly growing.  According to the pattern, I need 24 more.  Now that hubby and I have taken down the outside Christmas lights, I hope to settle into my comfy chair and add to what’s on the wall.  I don’t know how I will arrange the rosettes, but I’m pretty confident the diamond blocks are the way I want them so I may start joining them soon.

I’m linking to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Flew Past

I didn’t start out planning a prolonged blog break, but that’s what happened.  Since it’s the last day of 2016, I wanted to do a wrap up post before turning over a new leaf for 2017.

Since my last post, we spent a week on the Texas Coast at Port Aransas for our birthaversary celebration.  This has become a tradition for us as my birthday, Bob’s birthday and our anniversary, not to mention Christmas, fall within a 30-day span starting late November.  It’s our gift to each other.

The weather was not ideal this year.  This was the type of view we had of the shore most days. The color in  these photos is fairly accurate.

Even the birds didn’t want to be out and about, although I saw surfers in the water every day.

…But I soon found that if I bundled up I could enjoy the sound of the surf and the taste of the salt air as I walked along the shoreline.  Most days I got my 10,000 steps in.  

I took my machine for working on bow tie blocks.  (The collection of blocks on my design wall is growing slowly.)

…And my hexagons, which I worked on both in the condo and in the car.

When we returned, this sweet squishy package from Debbie at Stitchin' Therapy was waiting for me.  I’m still pondering how to use these, but I’m thinking about a cover for my 2017 journal.  The one about letting go of what I can’t control is especially apropos.  Thank you so much, Debbie!

So, ready or not, 2017 is arriving right on schedule in a few short hours, and I’m wishing everyone happiness and health.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Scrap Happiness

Scrappy quilts make my heart sing in so many ways.  I’ve managed to complete two more bow tie sections and added them to my design wall.  The secondary designs created by the layout are becoming more evident.  I hope to have the opportunity to do more work on this project over the next week.  It’s a great stress reducer.

I’m linking to Scraptastic Tuesday.

Scraptastic Tuesday

Sunday, December 11, 2016

A Prepping Sort of Day

My quilting activities Saturday were pretty much limited to prepping projects and not actually sewing.  Oh, how I miss it when I can’t sit down to a machine and just stitch my seasonal stress away! 

I’m closing in on completing the first stage of this Becky Goldsmith project.  Five more leaves need to be stitched down, then the blocks go together and the next stage of applique begins.

I also did a lot of fabric pairing and cutting for my hexagon project.  While I was at it, I cut some of the remnants of this project into units for bow tie blocks. 

I should be ready to roll the next time an opportunity presents itself for some handwork, but that probably won’t happen today. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Festivities Have Begun

I join friends for a day of sewing every Tuesday.  Today was our holiday gathering and, honestly, there was more eating than sewing.  Chocolate was involved.  It was fortunate that my weigh-in was yesterday and I’m not scheduled for another one until January.

I managed to complete a few bow tie blocks using some of the fabric Debbie sent. 

…And there was some dumpster diving (I have no shame) for more scraps to add diversity to the project.

Tomorrow is the Guild Christmas party.  I am quite sure there will be chocolate there too.  Then, hopefully a return to saner eating habits.