It might seem like all my time has gone into sewing…but it hasn’t. I’ve been cross stitching some too.
I finished up the October Sheep Virtue….
It’s so cute.
“Gratitude” is the next one I’ll be working on. You can see that I don’t stitch the whole outer border at once. I do a section of it, going all the way around, to make sure it will meet up right. That way, I have less to rip out it I messed up the count.
I’m thrilled to be finishing these up but also a bit of nervousness is setting in. I’ll have to fully finish all of these soon. Happily I have a couple other things I don’t care about as much to tackle first as “practice”. I don’t know for positive how I’m finishing them but I know they won’t be pillows.
As for quilting…I think you already saw that I finished this quilt top…Crooked Courthouse Steps…
and this quilt….Geese on a String.
I’ve been super productive as I’ve had four days off last week because of the cancer testing…plus being on the diet has kept me out of the kitchen.
I’m onto finishing the other Geese on a String Quilt, then finishing Crooked Courthouse Steps. That will mean I’m at having 3 of the 4 Christmas quilts I need done!! That would be awesome.
One day after I finished the Courthouse Steps quilt, Kelli called to chat. I was in the sewing room and started cleaning as I chatted. I love speakerphone for that very reason…I can work and chat at the same time.
The area where I was sewing was a BIG mess….String projects tend to EXPLODE!!
Well in the cleaning I realized that I made 7 blocks too many. I set them aside and cleaned it all up while I chatted.
I hung up, did the math and realized if I made 18 more blocks, I’d have enough for a baby boy quilt. YES. I was going to do that. Of course I dug the scrap box back out. Thankfully the white, green and blue scraps were still on top. So much for cleaning up that mess now.
I had timed myself before and knew I could make 9 blocks an hour…so two hours and I’d have enough blocks. Cool. So back to sewing I went. I’m done the blocks. Now they need a trim and can be sewn together.
As I was sewing I decided that I wouldn’t make the last block. I’d sew the top together minus one block. When whoever had a baby that I was going to gift it to, had their baby I would make a wonky free form letter of their first initial and put that in place of the block. I love the idea…so the quilt is still personal.
So that’s what I’ve been up to….A few more things are stewing in my brain and I can’t wait to get to them.