Friday, November 17, 2017

A productive week

Managed to do some fall cleanup outside, and partially catch up on housework indoors. I feel like I had a pretty productive week overall. But my foot is hurting a lot today, so I probably overdid it.

I am working on a large rosette for la passacaglia, and I was able to get last year's Bonnie Hunter mystery, En Provence, under my needle today. I really dislike these final steps of quilting.  I guess with everything going on in the last year, there was no way I had the energy to finish this one. But I really want to finish it before her first clue is published for this year's mystery, On Ringo Lake.  I made a large throw, because I have enough bed sized quilts and I hate sandwiching those large projects and quilting them on my domestic machine.

Anyway, here is what I got done today. Pressing and pinning.

 Machine quilting with a free form floral design. Just about halfway done.

I printed more stuff out for my current rosette yesterday, too. I may work on this after dinner, when I go upstairs to soak my foot.

My little cat Bonnie is following the sunlight around the house. I guess she is getting old and craves the warmth. She is smart and knows where to find those bright spots in the morning.  Clyde has a bit more insulation under his skin if you get my drift, so he doesn't do this.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Off and running on the next one

I split my day between fun (quilting group) and work (bringing in the leaf harvest).

So I managed to get this done.

It's on to the dreaded star round, which is always a character-building experience cultivating the virtue of perseverence. Rainy day tomorrow, so there are some indoor chores on the agenda, a quick trip to the grocery store, and then quilting time. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Happy Milestone reached and a Sneak Peak

I managed to close the circle on La Pass-played ring around the rosie with my first big rosette.

Moving onward to the second big rosette which will join in at the magenta/teal/pinkish one that is in roughly the 9 o'clock position in this photo. Going for deep saturation and fiery colors to start with. I found five good repeats in the small piece of this I had left from....something?  It has lots of colors to pull out into the many rings of a large rosette, don't you think?

Fussy cut my center. Auditioned many different things and printed enough for rounds 2,3 and 4.  But I'll keep you in suspense on that.  Those little orange nuggets on the cobalt blue will disappear into the seam allowance, unfortunately, but things that small have been very hard to piece accurately.
 Looking forward to working on this this week.

Not looking forward to crocheting more bazaar tchotchkes though. Approaching burnout on that effort.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Hand stitching

I had great plans to sandwich another quilt top today, but my foot was sore so I sat and stitched for a good long time, enjoying the midmorning light on my main sewing table. 

I might be able to finish this rosette tomorrow. Then I can hook them all together.

 I have stitched together the next two rings an need to join them onto the center tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

It's about time!

For some reason I am having trouble finishing large quilts.  I had to break it down into small tasks to kick it over the finish line.  It is a nice size for stretching out on a sofa for a nap or a good read.  Bonnie is giving it a good looking over.

It feels great to have one less ufo!

Saturday, November 04, 2017


Been cranking away for a bazaar on 12/2.

Eearwarmer made up from no particular pattern.

Cellphone wristlets. Pattern was for single crochet but I shifted to half double to gain some speed.

Striped v stitch hat.

I also finished machine quilting my small quilt. Hope to bind it tomorrow.

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Friday, November 03, 2017

Some things can't be pushed

Like for example, walking too far when you have a heel spur cutting into your soft tissue.  I woke up with very little pain this morning, so I ventured off to do 1/3 of our usual morning walk. We are still on the waning side of autumn color and I have a real need to hit the trails and be out in the woods!  I didn't think i walked too far. I iced my foot when I got home. I took advil before we headed off to do our shopping in the afternoon. I think I need to let my heel heal for weeks before I try to walk again.

So I have to limit it to hobbling around the house, sometimes with crutches to keep the weight off my foot and those most necessary errands for a while. Oh yuck.  I guess I will get more crafting done, and it gives me a pass on housework?

Our little hobbling buck is back this evening. I had hoped he was able to get around, but I just don't know...when he stands, his forelegs bow out to the sides.  He seems to rest comfortably, and I think he is able to eat, although we worry about how he might be making it to any water, as he is far away from streams and rivers where he is bedded down right now. I will check the fenceline for him at first light, but this is getting worrisome. We have several lame deer in the woods, and they do seem to survive from season to season, but they only have one lame foreleg.

I did a lot of crocheting today, but did get started on my next rosette as well.

Here's to a productive tomorrow.