A lot of things have been in the works around here, I’ve been cutting up fabric to make a couple of projects. First I needed to cut fabrics for a swap where we make “Yes We Can, America”. It is a pattern by Norma Whaley. I first saw this pattern in March at the spring retreat with the Lakeview guild and when it was presented to me, I said, “I’m in”. You probably know by now that I love patriotic décor and yes was a no brainer!
It took me forever to get it all cut out, but now I just have to sew up a storm – but oh yes, I can! Ha!
We had a nice family gathering to celebrate Dylan’s 9th birthday on Sunday at a skating rink. I have not roller skated in years, I wanted to show them that this granny can skate, but I figured I’d fall, so I was a pew packer!
We added a new addition to the retreat house in the patriotic room. I ordered this lamp and it came in, now it is in it’s new home. I finally have all the lamps that I need for the retreat house. Wahoo! It’s a lamp designed by Jim Shore, look – his coat is a quilt design.
After I got the other quilt cut out it was time to work on a project that I’ve wanted to make since 2012. In the past, I made lists of potential projects that I wanted to make. I think the first list I made was in 2011, Ms. Marion told me it was a good idea to do it and since I was a beginning quilter and I wanted to learn as much as I could, I took her suggestion. I even made the list last year, but I did not make one for this year. Who knows, the year isn’t over yet. I do keep a quilt journal of when I start a new project and then when I finish it. Do you keep a journal of what you do and if you give it away information?
Back in March at the spring retreat I mentioned to the girls sitting around me that I still had a quilt that I’d wanted to do and I have yet to find the time to it. They asked what was it and I said I wanted to make “Spool Quilt” out of a book titled Friendship Strips and Scraps by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. Marcia H decided to work up the numbers and get it going. It is due in August and September and we are trading the inner spool sections.
Monday I pulled my scraps and sorted all the colors and started working on the spools. Well I think using scraps is great, but it sure takes up a lot of time. We are trading 40 spool sections, there are 8 fabrics cut 1-inch wide per spool. My 40 spools are now made.
I finished up my spools Tuesday night. The quilt requires 41, so I have one to make for myself, but I just had to go one more step. I wanted to see how it comes together and make a spool.
Oh, I like it! I’m excited; this one is going to be fun too!
Last September Cynthia R showed me her Thimble Creek quilt by Joe Wood pattern called “Rotogravure” aka pumpkin quilt. I fell in love with it and it is on the chopping block soon. We collected Halloween fabrics last year and it has gnawing at me, so I drug out all the fabric and started pairing up the colors for the different blocks. Cynthia’s quilt was a swap; this will not be a swap for me and I think that is a good thing.
I’ve been working on my Primitive Gatherings blocks, steadily working on something whenever I get a chance to work on any handwork. I finally finished my sashing piece for block one of the Somewhere in Time pattern. Progress is progress!
Today I finished up cutting all the brown tops for the spools and then I had to play with the ones that are mine and I sewed up all of mine! I think I will be spoolin’ around soon! Ha!
Last Thursday the Deer Park bee met and Karen McC showed off her itty-bitty sawtooth stars. They are 2 ½ inches and they finish at 2 inches. They are just so very cute and a little on the irresistible side. Today, I decided to play with them and make one! Oh my goodness – SEW cute! Karen warned me that they were addictive! I think she just might be right!
I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,