What I’m Working On…

I told you that I was going to make the best of my cancer news (find that HERE if you miss it) and planned to sew and cross stitch as much as I could.

It had been about two weeks since I touched a sewing machine so Friday evening the first thing on my agenda was to do a little tidying…

Everything always gets dumped in here when I have time away.

Part of my “cleaning” was to quickly clear out anything that I could and that meant getting a quilt bound. This is a quilt top that the Cresco Ladies made. It’s dog-themed and my plan is to use it for a fundraiser donation for HEART Animal Rescue, the one I volunteer with.

From there I decided to load up another quilt that the ladies had made and get the long arming done on that one. I didn’t know how my back would do with this but I figured it was small and I could give it a try. It ended up going well.

There was no added back pain after working on the quilt. That made me happy as the prospect of catching up on some longarming is AWESOME!!

I got that one bound as well. I’ll take some pictures and share the pictures with you later in the week.

I was tempted to load another quilt onto the longarm but didn’t want to press my luck. I think the key to keeping my back happy is to rotate what I’m doing. So I decided to do a little refresher on where I was at with Tumalo Trail. It was nearest to my machine so I decided I might as well work on it. It’ this quilt is Bonnie Hunter’s book Scraps and Shirttails II. By the way, this book is currently being offered for free if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription.

I decided I would sew some blocks together. At the beginning of the week, I only had four sew. On Saturday I made 13 more and on Sunday I made another six. I need 81 total for what I’m planning so I have a ways to go yet.

But, I was stuck and couldn’t make more blocks as I needed more nine patches. I have all of these sewn. Next up, they need to be ironed.

That will likely happen today.

I had this quilt waiting in the queue for longarming. A blog reader sent the top to me and told me to do whatever I wanted with it. I decided to finish it myself thinking that I would donate it to a worthy cause or fundraiser. It’s a tumbler quilt. I decided to just do some wavy lines for the longarming.

The wavy lines are easy on my back so it’s the perfect quilt for me to be working on.

I am about 1/3 of the way done. I’m hoping to finish the longarming on it today as well…Speaking of plans for the day, this is the only blog post you’ll see. I’m taking Labor Day off. I hope you have some fun plans…and if you don’t currently have fun plans, it’s not to late to make some. My fun plans include time in the sewing room…what can be better??

12 thoughts on “What I’m Working On…”

  1. Love your Tumalo Trail in repros. That quilt has been on my radar for some time. I usually make Bonnie Quilts in shirt fabrics but yours looks fab so I may take my friend’s suggestion and use my “good“ fabrics instead of recycled ones. Look after yourself and do only what makes you happy as far as you can.
    Best regards from sunny Shropshire, England

    1. I’m glad you are able to work on quilts! Sounds like you’ve got a good plan by rotating what you’re doung.
      If I had a sewing room I would want it to look like that most of the time. It looks like you’ve been in there!
      Even if it’s been awhile, your Happy Sewing Room will be there waiting.

  2. I have almost the same plans, a little laundry and sewing! I do need to clean up a bit in the sewing room first :) .

  3. Love the tumbler quilt – so nice with scraps!
    Glad you’re able to longarm without pain. Good idea on the rotation!
    Love and prayers

  4. So happy you were able todo some longarming without increasing your pain. Rotating tasks is an excellent idea. Enjoy your time in the sewing room!

  5. Yesterday I did about 45 minutes of sewing room cleanup. It must be in the air! I had to do it to have room to trim the edges of a wall quilt I just finished hand quilting—that gets done today and I’ll sew up a sampler block that’s waiting. We’ll have some fun family time with dinner tonight. This morning I’m doing some kitchen jobs, then sewing!!!

  6. Jo, may you feel God’s presence and healing hand by your side in the days ahead. My thoughts and prayers will continue for you each and every day. May God bless you richly in the days ahead.

  7. It is so good to see what you are doing in your sewing room. Why is it our sewing rooms seem to be a catch all! I cut batting and backing for a T-shirt quilt I made for my grandson who graduated college in May – guess I am a little late, but it still works. I hope you had a great day with sewing and maybe some cross stitching later in the day. Blessings.

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