Thursday, April 28, 2016

The applique group I joined has its monthly meeting this afternoon.   So, I spent part of last night and this morning prepping my hexagon quilt for appliqueing it to the border fabric.  

The border fabric I chose is a Kaffe Fasset design with a very large motif.  I am trying to manage the borders so the print is somewhat symmetrical.  Since I’m kind of making this process up as I go, I hope it works.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hodgepodge Tuesday

Tuesdays are my day to sew with friends at the “club house” we rent.  Yesterday I worked on multiple projects.  I completed two anti-ouch pouches and then switched back to paper piecing units for my Good Golly quilt.  I finally had to quit when my Singer 404 started getting rebellious.  I think the problem was a new bobbin I was trying to use.

While watching The Voice I finished knitting a dishcloth I had started over the weekend.  I finished the last stitch just as the keeper of the remote control switched to Wicked Tuna...definitely not my kind of show.  

I picked up this cone of cotton yarn at a thrift store in 2013.  I don’t expect to ever use it up, but it’s a good go-to source for handwork when nothing else is readily available.  

Monday, April 25, 2016

Time to Catch my Breath

We spent the weekend at the ranch where rent-a-kid helped his grandpa repair a trailer bed.  During the downtime I resurrected my Good Golly project by Sue Garman which had been lying in wait for several weeks.  It was already gathered in a project box and easily transportable on short notice. 

I confess Wanda's current triangle project is inspiring me to get back to work on it.  Unlike mine, she has created her own design and it has been fun watching her project grow.

With two workshops last week and the trip to the ranch on the weekend, I feel like a real travelling quilter.  Time to put the C.R.A.P. (that’s “Creative Resources and Projects” per Vicki Welsh) back into some semblance of organization so I can rediscover my sewing room.

Our last two winters have been exceptionally mild and the bottlebrush plant by our front door is really thriving.  

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Getting Ready for Guild and Workshops

Here are this month’s batch of anti-ouch pouches for delivery to our Guild meeting tomorrow.  I picked up three five-pack kits, but one only had four in it.  This brings my 2016 total to 54. 

We have landscape and “Happy Villages” workshops with Karen Eckmeier Wednesday afternoon and Thursday.   As usual it looks like I’m moving out on those days.  These workshops will be totally new territory for me, so we’ll see how it goes.  They at least gave me an excuse to play in my fabric stash.

And finally, Debbie at Stitchin' Therapy and I have been blog friends for several years.  She sent me a squishy envelope this week to add to my Quilty 365 circle blocks.  What fun!  Thank you, Debbie!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Another Flimsy

The blocks that came out of the illusions workshop with Karen Combs are a flimsy for a wall hanging and are now waiting their turn for quilting.  One of the things Karen taught us was how to calculate the size of background triangles so we could make the cubes appear to "float."  This doesn’t count as a finish, but at least it’s progress!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

A Few More Bow Tie Blocks

Bow tie blocks continue to be my go-to for those times I need some mindless sewing at the machine. Here are the ones completed in the last month.  I needed to clear them off the design wall so I could move forward with work from the workshop with Karen Combs.

I saw this while on an outing to the lawn and garden show in Burnet recently.  ...a joke, I assume?


Friday, April 1, 2016

Quilty 365 -- Blocks Completed in March

Here are the Quilty 365 circles completed in March for a total of 88 so far.  After mid-month I didn't find much in my stash to fussy cut, so I went back to crumb and strip piecing my circles.  At least I have a good supply of 5 inch squares to work from for backgrounds.

I'm linking up with the April linky party at  Quilty Folk.