Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Colorwash360 and other Quilty Stuff

My colorwash project has been the focus of much of my quilting activity the last two weeks.  

After lots of tweaking and helpful coaching, it has reached the point where I removed it from the design wall in sets of rows so that sewing can begin.  This is a project made as part of Wanda Hanson'Colorwash360 Class. I have wanted to take one of her classes for years and it has been a treat to participate.

I’ve also completed 15 anti-ouch pouches which should bring my total for the year to 105.  They will be turned in at the Guild meeting in November.

And, of course, my television watching handwork project of choice remains my red and white hexagon quilt.  (Football and car racing programs are much more enjoyable if I can work on a hand project!)  I mostly had neutrals prepped for basting, but will need to punch out some more paper templates and cut some red fabrics in the near future.

The flooding from two weeks ago has receded but the area lakes are still very muddy.  Cleanup and repair will continue for months.  We were very fortunate personally, but not so for many of my friends.  Bob worked several days helping distribute flood cleanup supplies from the church.  I’ve been trying to help save a quilting friend’s stash by running it through our laundry.  The community as a whole has really come together to help neighbors through this time.

We still see a few butterflies these days.  

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

It's Wet Here

This is usually dry land outside our backyard fence.

Anyone watching the national news last night saw what consumed our day.  Flood waters surged through the series of dams in the Texas hill country closing roads, washing out bridges, and forcing evacuations.  “Prepare to evacuate” is not a text you want to get.  Our house happens to be in the lowest elevation for our community and by the time the order was issued, we discovered part of our street was already impassible in spots.  By day’s end, all streets accessing our community were closed.

We were most fortunate.  Water did not get into our house and we did not loose power.  We still have safe drinking water though we are urged to use it sparingly as the waste water system is highly stressed.  Today streets are open and we have a respite before significant rain chances return tomorrow.  

Today’s guild meeting, of course, has been cancelled and we are gradually hearing from members of our quilting community.  So far, all are safe, but many were evacuated and several have lost watercraft.  I know of one couple that had to spend the night in a church shelter.  I don’t know the extent of home damage, but we've already heard from one friend who had 8 to 10 inches in her house.  

We do not normally have waterfront property, but it sure looked like it was yesterday.  We were told this was the second worst flood of the Llano River in recorded history.  The worst was in 1935.

I was literally too nervous to resort to my usual calming practice of sewing.  Today I will take a deep breath, say a prayer of gratitude and work on projects while we wait for more updates from neighbors and friends and learn how we can help.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Clearing the Design Wall

 Saturday, we returned from a three-plus week trip that took us from Central Texas to Upper Peninsula, Michigan, and then to Wisconsin to see family.  It was a great trip, but I’m still in that recovery stage I always go through after travel. 

The scenery was spectacular with the beginnings of fall color, a view of Lake Superior from our cabin and many excursions to points of interest.

A high point for me was a quick stop during our drive home where I got to spend a little time visiting with Wanda of Exuberant Color.  We chattered on for the entire time with visits to her sewing studios and a bed turning.  The time passed so quickly the camera never came out of its case.  This has been the second opportunity I’ve had to stop by and see her.  She is an absolute delight.  The time we had together was not nearly long enough, but she was trying to meet a deadline and we needed to push on for another two hours in the car.

I’m starting an online colorwash class this week that Wanda is offering.  So, one of the first things I’ve done in the quilting cave was to clear off the design wall.  Before doing so, I added the hexagons I made on the trip to the ones already up on it.

Then I quickly put up my other red and white blocks.  So far, I’m not feeling the love for them as a group.  Hopefully, I’ll like it better as it progresses.  Some of these blocks may not make the final cut.

Right now, my quilting focus is organizing fabric for the colorwash class.  I will ultimately use stacking aluminum cookie sheets, but these paper plates should serve to keep me moving forward until they arrive.  It seems my local store doesn't have them in stock.