Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Building a Village







Last week I had the joy of attending a workshop led by Flavin Glover from Auburn, Alabama.  We learned her technique of creating houses based on log cabin blocks.  At the end of the workshop she had us bring all our blocks to the front so we could see the village we had created.



I am continuing to build my wall quilt using a fabric line that looks like aged muslin.


Sew 30 minutes a day - Challenge


So far I’m keeping up with Annie’s Sew30SewFUN challenge, and it’s paying off.  I feel like I’m hitting a rhythm again and really enjoying the process.  The new project and more relaxed pace of life the last two weeks has helped too.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tuesday Stitching



I joined my Tuesday sewing friends for about three hours, before a sinking spell, a residual of the cold I’ve been fighting, sent me packing.  It’s trying to morph into bronchitis and I didn’t want to push too hard.  I have Guild meeting today and a workshop on tomorrow and want to be able to enjoy both.  My machine work was, of course, bow tie units.  My vintage Singer 404 lives at the Club House and I really enjoy using it for regular piecing.



I also have two more rosettes done for my Edyta Sitar project.  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Still Plugging Along



I’m still keeping up with Annie's Sew30SewFUN challenge.  

Sew 30 minutes a day - Challenge


In fact, despite a lack of interesting pictures, I can honestly say those lovely words from my previous work life, “Exceeds Expectations.”



My focus, of course, was on my bow tie project, and the collection in my basket is growing.  There are enough bow tie units there for 27 rows.




Over the weekend I had to change directions and complete the 10 remaining anti-ouch pouch kits so they would be ready to turn in at Wednesday’s Guild meeting bringing my total for May to 15.  

I've also spent some time prepping fabric for a Thursday workshop and more hexagon rosettes.  No pictures there...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Working at Home

Normally I join my friends at our club house on Tuesdays for both sewing and fellowship.  Not today, though.  Bob and I have both been slammed by colds, our first in several years.  So, I elected to stay home and sew, rather than risk getting out in the damp gloomy weather.  Sadly, tomorrow I have commitments I must keep and am hoping my symptoms will be less problematic by the morning.



In the meantime, I added several sets of six bow tie blocks to the collection.




When I tired of stitching I started pulling scraps from my collection of crumbs to add some more diversity to the project.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Sew30SewFUNMay2017

I have definitely been struggling with focus issues lately and decided to try joining in the Sew30SewFUNMay2017 challenge over at Annie's.

Sew 30 minutes a day - Challenge

The goal is to sew 30 minutes every day (with one day off each week) for the month.  So far, I’ve managed to do more than 30 minutes every day with no missed days.



Here is the result so far.  This basket contains 22 bundles of 6 bow tie units.  There are six bow tie units to a row and 6 rows to a block.  I haven’t really decided on how many blocks I will make, but I’m trying to move this project forward.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Plans Gone Awry



This week has certainly had its share of surprises.  I had decided to do handwork while sewing with my Tuesday group.  Since I was running late, I grabbed my kit for making hexagons only to discover after arriving at the Club House that I didn’t bring the fabric.   Sheesh…. Change of plans.  I decided to work on my scrappy bow tie project instead.  After dumpster diving and borrowing a rotary cutter I was able to crank out a few on the Singer 404 I leave there all the time.

The second, much bigger,  mess up happened yesterday.  It’s something of a jolt when the 20 guests you were expecting Friday show up Thursday.

We were hosting an end of tax season party for the AARP tax volunteers in our area and dear hubby simply got the date wrong.  It wasn’t as big a disaster as it might have been because two of the other site leaders provided beverages and snacks, but needless to say the house was not in the condition I had planned on it being for the event.  Hubby was a mess after working in the yard all day and the two dogs were in dire need of baths.  The good news is that this turn of events has given me back my Friday, plus the promise of several evening meals out …. Something we rarely do.



I’ve been making these blocks for a group project.  We have had quite a discussion as to whether they are Churn Dash or Shoo Fly blocks.  Whichever is correct, my part in this stage of the process did get done on schedule.



My first batch of five anti-ouch pouches for the May Guild Meeting are complete.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Whew!

Life has not been quilter-friendly for the last couple of weeks.  There have been company and deadlines and commitments to meet.  



So, the blog has been silent and the only progress I can report is that I barely managed to complete five anti-ouch pouches to hand in at Guild meeting Wednesday plus four more rosettes for my Edyta Sitar project.



Our company left Tuesday and arrived safely at home in Wisconsin yesterday.  Here is the lovely flower they gave me. 



It certainly was neither necessary nor expected, but I do love it. 



They also insisted on buying this rock planter when I picked it up at an excursion to the Wildseed Farm in Fredericksburg.  I’m into succulents this year and had been wanting one of these planters for a long time.  There was a lot of good natured teasing about me wanting a rock with a hole in it.


I’m looking forward to some time at the sewing machine this coming week.  Some mindless stitching is in order!