A big ol’ strong storm came through late Saturday night and left my neighborhood without power for about 36 hours. What do you do when you are without power and had planned to sew for the majority of the weekend? You hand stitch! I’d been working on a hand sewing project for a few years. I don’t pick it up very often so this gave me the perfect opportunity to try to finish it up. The fabric is a mini charm pack from the Mixed Bag line. I made the hexies almost 2 years ago on the way to my brother’s wedding and I had a grand plan to use them in a Text Mini Quilt Swap that I had participated in. That plan changed for the better so I still had the hexies in my stash. Then I just decided to make them into a large hexie flower. They have been slowly making their way into that shape. I have one more length of thread to use in order to finish up this large flower. My plan is to make a pillow for my couch by adding it as an appliqué to a cool looking background – which I have yet to decide on. I’m thinking some sort of light grey or text print. I must raid my stash and see what pops out at me.My mom lives nearby and had power so I packed up my old reliable sewing machine and some fabric to cut for a new baby quilt that I have in mind. I pulled this cute selection of car prints and blenders that I think work really well with the main prints. I don’t have a selection of white blenders in my stash so this cute grey one should work really well.I did not make any progress other than transporting these supplies back and forth from my house to hers a few times. But, I love this fabric pull and will definitely do something with it.
I’m thankful that my Mom lives close enough so that I could bring some of my fridge and freezer stuff over for her to store for me.
I’m thankful that my home has great insulation and stayed cool enough so I could still hang out with the cats and sleep there without the power being on.
I’m thankful to learn that I have a gas water heater so I was able to shower and wash up with hot water.
I’m thankful that I did not have a ton of perishable food in my fridge or freezer as I now don’t have as much to replace. I took only the super important stuff to my mom’s – you know, like ice cream and steak.
I’m thankful that I had the means to get out and purchase some other power and lighting supplies that I could operate with batteries.
I’m thankful for the extra work put in by my local electric company, on a holiday weekend, to get extra crews in from other states to get the power restored – there were 140,000 without power on Sunday morning with full restoration not promised for at least a week.
I need to get my machine humming now that the power is back on. I have a different baby quilt laid out on my design floor (which I did not transport to my mom’s) and I need to start working on that. It’s the top I was planning on sewing together this weekend.
Time to get back to it. Happy Sewing!
I’m coming up on a bunch of self-imposed deadlines so I have a lot of different projects to share.
I’ve been looking for cat-themed baby boy clothes or toys but they are all pink and girly. That will not do at all for my (soon to be born) nephew. His parents own cats and I wanted to play off of that for a sweet gift. I designed a tag toy in the shape of a cat head and I think it turned out cute enough to be chewed on and pulled on and dragged around. It’s got Minky on the back so it’s super soft as well.
I got a quilt basted and ready for quilting. This quilt is destined as a wedding gift for my work bestie and needs to be complete before I leave town to meet my nephew. The wedding is the weekend after I get back so I won’t have much time to finish it if I put it off any longer. I dislike very much the process of quilt basting but it is a necessary evil to get to the awesome finished quilt.
Ring Bearer’s Pillow:
Her work shower is this week and she talked about commissioning me to make the Ring Bearer’s pillow but never actually got around to that. So I have taken it upon myself to make one to gift at the shower. I hope she is able to use it. I cut up a headband to put on the back to help the young man hold it steady. The headband has some grippy stuff on it so it should work well.
I’ve been loving the Aurifil thread that I got for Christmas and have been looking for a variegated set. I was able to find one that Tula Pink curated where the majority of the threads are variegated. What a fabulous selection of colors!While I was at it, I grabbed a few Charm Packs of my favorite lines (Blueberry Park and SunPrints 2017.) They should work exceptionally well for the All the Colors Mini Quilt Swap that I’m participating in.I have to post my fabric selection by next week so it’s time to get moving on that swap. That is once I finish the quilt for the wedding…….
A friend of mine is getting married in a few months and I’ve been contemplating a quilt or some quilty gift for her. Her wedding colors are champagne and blush and I’m not sure what to do with that as my color palette is a bit more vibrant. I found a pattern I liked and pulled some low volume fabrics then dug in my stash for a small pop of color. I found a deep coral floral colored fabric that I thought would work. I was wrong……..The low volumes got lost so I thought maybe I should switch it up and reverse the color placement – low volume background, high contrast star parts. Slightly better but just barely…….still not what was floating around in my head.
As those blocks headed for the orphan block pile I came across an old project that I had started but got disenchanted by. The colors might be a bit brighter than she would prefer but I think it could work. I had all the fabrics wrapped up with the blocks so I didn’t have to dig any further for those.I bordered it with a thin white strip, gave it a super good press, and decided to move in a medallion type style. The first surround contains different width strips placed both vertically and horizontally – slightly random placement of each colored strip with the floral fabric always in the center.Next up are some large Raspberry Kiss blocks – pattern was adapted from the original tutorial by Wooden Spoon Quilts. I thought the smaller blocks would not work nearly as well for the next surround so I was glad to find a larger size to use.I had to scrap the Raspberry Kiss blocks with the deep magenta on the corners. It was just way to bright for the rest of this quilt. But I was able to use them to cut the side squares for the centers. I love it when fabric does not go to waste.
I’ve got a bit more of these and some filler blocks to make to get the next section finished. Then I’ll have to decide on the next row. My mind is already churning……..