Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Seems like it might be a good name for this little bit of scrappiness that is taking shape as well.
Sometimes it's best to wait til morning to fix mistakes like this one. I have no idea what my corner triangles will be made of, probably a single neutral fabric would be best. From there, who knows what kind of outer borders will take place......I love working this way, without a fixed idea of what will happen.
I will fix that center block and fiddle with the block layout before starting to assemble into rows.
It's been an odd couple of weeks. First, we had flu in the house, although the son who brought it home from work got better in a day or so. I stayed close to home for a few days. Have you ever felt a little under the weather but not quite sick? That was me.
I have finished my little scrappy basket blocks and should have something to show you on that layout soon. I have been feeding the scrap strip bins, which means a lot of pressing, cutting, stashing, and refolding. I had to cut more tumblers for my L&E project. I don't think I've been quilting enough, because I have only gotten this far:
Will I make it to a quilt of meaningful size before this coming year's L&E challenge is posted? I'd better get cracking.
Clyde says, "just chill, mom," it's not as bad as you think. Step away, take a nap, and it will all be ok.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
camera duster I bought a few years back on Amazon. It's actually called a Rocket Duster. You just squeeze it to send a gentle puff of air out the red tip. If you don't like to use canned air, this is a tool worth investing in.
A soft blush brush, fresh out of the package, and never used for makeup purposes is also useful for cleaning the outside of your machine as well as getting partway into those nooks and crannies where lint seems to hide.
The exciting news of the day is that I finally found and joined a daytime quilting circle. It's about a half hour's drive in a recreation center a few townships over from where I live. Very nice ladies. It's just a place to go and do some handwork and chat for a few hours, and trade ideas. Machines are allowed, but since I always have some handwork in progress, whether it's applique, English Paper Piecing, crochet or knitting, it's not worth dragging even a Featherweight out unless it's a good long day's worth of work.
Today I brought a basket of HST's and a small cutting mat, so that I could trim them for assembly into blocks. I tend to measure and trim at every stage of construction, because I am still not as accurate as I would like to be.
Monday, March 21, 2016
Got a lot done today. Decided how many scrappy basket blocks I wanted, then cut and pieced enough hsts to finish them. Will press and trim them tonight or tomorrow. Fed the other scrap bins as I pawed through the stash for more scrappy variety.
Also pieced three more rows for my tumbler quilt. Need to cut more tumblers, almost out.
Basted some more hexies, so I have handiwork to take to a daytime quilting bee I finally found.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Thursday, March 17, 2016
It means a lot to celebrate our ancestral culture to be sure, and I wish you all a wonderful day, and one of the many great lyrical Irish blessing prayers.
May you always have
Walls for the winds
A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all your heart might desire
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Friday, March 11, 2016
Anyway, back to the subject. To preward myself for even wanting to clean, I made one of the scrappy basket blocks so I can figure out the dimensions. I don't have the Quiltmaker issue from 2011 that published the pattern. I think I have it now, and can start kitting up the pieces after I clean. I also need to find my 6.5" ruler in all that mess.
Note to self: punch up the colors a bit, use some red and orange maybe?
I feel like I should tie a rope to my ankle so they can pull me out in case a pile topples on me while I struggle with things. So if you don't hear from me this weekend, I'm still stuck in that disaster of a room.
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
In other news, spring has sprung here. The other day I washed the floors and opened the windows and the house just felt so fresh. Birds are everywhere, crocuses blooming, and the briary undergrowth in our woods is turning green as the sap rises. We noticed the big ugly noses of the skunk cabbages poking up in the marshy areas of our woodland walk today. Tomorrow promises to be warm as well. I like early spring before it gets too hot and buggy.
Thursday, March 03, 2016
So if blogging is light for a while, this is what I am spending my time on.