It is one of those days - you know - you have so much to do - you really don't know where to start. Thank goodness for the critical three list so that does provide some focus. Meeting with friends (to whom you owe stuff) is another huge motivator and I also have my new bucket system! I think we have to keep coming up with a new system just to entertain ourselves.
Let me share what has been happening around here.............
|Got the diagram out that I had made and put the quilt on the design wall. Obviously a few missing blocks|
|Well - I used my formula for re-sizing the block - (remove seam allowance - divide the rest of the numbers in two - then add back the seam allowance). Here are my two fish all cut and let's hope it goes together.|
|Perfect - two little fishies!!!!|
|Had to add a bit of a border on them in order to get them to 3 1/2" by 6 1/2"|
YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Two more blocks DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
|Time to deal with the compass|
|When I made this quilt - (compass pattern by Judy Mathieson), I experimented with sizes and made at least three of them.|
|Oh - this fabric is TOO BRIGHT|
|Oh - this fabric is TOO LIGHT|
|OH - this fabric is just RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!! (And note that the just right fabric was the smallest piece that I had)|
I wanted to do an inset circle so I dug out my Cut a Round ruler.
|Small Cut a Round ruler|
|Well - my brain was NOT working when I did this cut. First off - I placed it on the WRONG lines of the ruler so this is NOT a circle and thus the opening was too big. GRRRRRRRR - I did not have enough to make a new square|
|So I had to piece the leftovers and DUH - for this step - I needed a freezer paper template NOT the ruler. Oh well - it worked and no one will really see those two seams?????? Of course not!!!!! Anyway - the block got done!!!!!!!!!!!|
|OK - that beaver was bugging me - then WHAM - I realized the beaver was sideways. So what I thought were things hanging off his back were in fact his feet!!!!! He looks much better now.|
|And here is the finished top!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Well it needs borders)|
|Check out the latest Northcott Stonehenge O Canada III. |
Yesterday was our monthly get together for the FINISHING GROUP. We used to do exchanges, but I just can't keep up. I still have so many other exchanges that are not done - makes no sense to add to the mess. But I had a block that I owed to Linda and it was WAY over due. Years over due (maybe two). I moved that block around the studio many times and well yesterday - I was in the mood to get it done.
|When I assembled it - I lost two of the white lines in the highway|
|Made the new lines|
|And HOURS of satin stitch later - it is DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (needs to be trimmed)|
|Look at all that satin stitch detail - crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
|The sign I got from a printed piece of fabric (not from Zebra Patterns)|
Of course - Linda, Mary and Pat are RUTHLESS. So now that this project is done - they reminded me that I still owe Mary a block. Then we got to talking about the project that we did (that I owe the block to Mary). OH my - I could NOT remember what I had done. But Mary and Linda knew and as soon as they said it - I knew exactly where the project was, but I still could NOT remember exactly what I had done.
GREAT - want to guess what the theme is?????? CANADA - again!!!!!!!!!!! I dug it out and will put it on the wall later and show you. It appears that everything is done - it is just missing a couple of small blocks that I need to make for myself. Alas - this project was NOT on the 2014 shelf either. However - the good news - it is one more project that came out of the closet!!!!!!!!!!!!! It doesn't really matter what gets done - as long as stuff is getting done!!!!!
I was working on my hour glass blocks as well and AT LAST - they are all sewn together and re-cut apart. all that remains is for these ones to be trimmed.
|Huge stack waiting to be trimmed.|
|And here is the pile of TRIMMED hour glass blocks. They are in all sizes - from 2 1/2" to 5 1/2". Hmmm - going to be fun to figure out how to use them.|
I think Milo wants and NEEDS to come and live with us. He is just so cute!!!!!! He and Sammy just get along so well.
|Look at him panting - they were exhausted!!!!!|
|See how smart Sammy is - she just stands there wagging her tail and Milo goes around and around like an idiot. It is very hard to get a picture of him - he is always moving.|
|Sammy pounced on Milo - their tags are just a wagging|
|Hello BIG Sammy - I think that is why Sammy loves Milo - because she is the BIG dog.|
|Sparky couldn't care less. She was hiding in the basement with her Thunder Shirt on. Does not like rain - definitely does not like thunder and we had both yesterday.|
I was working on another overdue project last night and I finished it this morning. I will wait and share those pictures with you tomorrow. Feels good to get these commitments to people DONE. And the best part is that I am NOT taking on those kind of projects any more so I will eventually get caught up. I think I just have Mary's block left to go and oops and a postcard for Carol and then I think I have fulfilled all those requirements.
On that note - we have embroidery club this morning and I know they will be arriving soon.
Have an awesome day.