I had a few extra hours in the sewing room this week. It was GLORIOUS!!
I had plans to do so many things and I did get a lot done but not as much as hoped. I got distracted with kitting a couple of cross stitch projects, a wool Valentine project, and a reorganization of my wool and foster dogs. So much to squeeze into only a few days. I did my best to get plenty of sewing time though.
I started with finishing the longarm work on my Oversized Flying Geese quilt. Then I bound that quilt…
You’ll see more of this at a later time. Right now it’s a -35-degree wind chill and I’m not going out to take pictures!! HA!
From there I was kind of floundering. I had two projects that I wanted to work on…but which one??
I ended up making the decision to work on my nine patch blocks. I wanted to see where I was at and if I needed more strip sets sewn. I ended up getting all of the blocks that have blue in the corners done. Now I just need to do all the blocks with neutral on the corners.
That was nice to move that project further along.
Next up I hoped to make some decisions and work on my sixteen-patch half-square triangle blocks. It was time to make some sashing decisions.
I initially thought red and then I remembered my daughter Kelli always saying I always use red…so I dug some more and found this gold. I went with the gold.
Here the rows are hanging on the long arm. Oh, I was loving this. Then I looked and hated the bright teal triangles. Can you see one in the second row from the right just a couple of blocks above Izzy?
For the most part, the quilt is primarily reproduction prints. You can tell from the first photos. That teal just stuck out. I went through the rows and counted. There were five of them.
I just knew that later down the road I would kick myself if I didn’t take them out of the quilt. So I did. I went through, removed and replaced the five teal blocks. It was not a reproduction fabric at all.
I got sashing strips made…I did make the cornerstones red. HA!
This is where I stopped when the foster dogs came. It’s harder for me to be in the sewing room when I have foster dogs. I try to do more things on the main floor of the house when I have dogs here. There are just so many things in the sewing room to temp dogs that aren’t used to the sewing room scene…and I don’t trust them on the main floor by themselves. I do have the option of kenneling them but I hate that.
I got into some other trouble in the sewing room…
I was looking to consolidate some containers and ran across these pieces…Oh my. I need a girl baby quilt for a girl at work who is expecting so I thought why not make a coin quilt? These would be perfect. I’m going to start sewing them together and see how far I get…or I might try to make a dog quilt for the baby…Hmm. Either way, I’m going to get these sewn up and put into a quilt.
…and rabbit hole!!
I also jumped on the bandwagon to make this quilt…The sew-along technically doesn’t start until today but I made a couple of test blocks. You can read more about it in THIS BLOG POST that I wrote on Saturday.
I told you that I also did some wool reorganization. I did and that left me having to deal with a mountain of scraps that I haven’t been paying attention to. These are all pieces that blog readers send or goodies bags I bought at the thrift store. None of it has been cut into strips. UGH. Why oh, why have I waited so long to deal with this??? UGH.
I decided not to complain and take it instead as the perfect project to tackle while I had foster dogs. I could be on the main floor of the kitchen and cut away.
As of writing this post, I’m not done but I did get quite a ways along. I’ll finish it up tonight after work I think.
I had a GLORIOUS couple of days off. I was living my perfect crafting and sewing life. I complain about Iowa winters but man, I love them too. There is nothing that needs to be done…no flowers to water…no grass to mow. There is just time to sew.