I’m Still Here

Okay, the third time should be the charm, right? I’ve already written this post twice and had it not post. I updated WordPress today and I’m wondering if that is the problem. We will see!

I am so sorry that I haven’t posted an update sooner. I’ve been doing a bit in the sewing room, but not as much as I would like. I have, however, been doing lots of reading, and I’ve enjoyed that.

I spent several hours fusing and trimming up some t-shirts to make a quilt for my husband. This is not a process I’m enjoying, so I don’t see myself making tons of t-shirt quilts.

I also finished the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM top, backing, and binding. Now I just need to make a decision about whether or not I’m doing the quilting. I need to decide soon because there is a plan for it. Here’s a very not professional picture of the top.

I also completed the blocks for this month in the Saturday Sampler Getting to Know Hue. I am not a big fan of yellowish greens, but I do like these blocks.

Loki still seems to be in love with Surrounded by Happy Scraps. It has become his upstairs bed. I still haven’t figured out exactly why he is so fond of this particular quilt, but he does seem to have adopted it.

And, if you want some more cute, here is an elephant Carolyn knitted. She knits the cutest animals and dolls.

What have you been up to?

Quilt on!

A Finished Top!

Surrounded by Scraps (or in my case, Surrounded by Happy Scraps) is now a finished top and is off to the longarm quilter! Yay.

Last week I started assembling the rows. Here are the first two:

Today, I finally completed the top. I realized once I got the center together that I really liked mine without the borders. The original pattern has 5″ borders of the background fabric. That would make it plenty big for a queen, but I just wasn’t feeling it. (I will be honest; it didn’t help that with the borders it might be too long for my backing fabric. And I’m lazy.)

Here’s how far over the sides of my queen-sized bed it goes without the borders:

But, I do like it an awful lot without the borders so I decided to call it done.

Then I found this while I was pressing it. (I tried so hard to avoid two of the same fabric being next to each other!)

I delivered it to the quilt shop this evening so maybe by next Tuesday or Wednesday it will be back and I can bind it and call it done!

What have you been working on?

Quilt on!

Some Sewing and Quilting

I’m still working on getting the Surrounded by Scraps top together and have no new pictures, but that’s not the only progress I’ve been making here. La Passacaglia got a little bit of love today.

Some friends from church get together on Tuesdays to knit. Today I joined them and worked on La Passacaglia, because knitting is not going to happen! Seriously not going to happen.

First I picked the colors for the next round. Here were my options:

I ruled out the upper right pretty quickly, The one on the left was a nice look but a little too blendy for my taste. I chose the bottom right because it provided more contrast and was a more relaxing fabric.

Once I got that round sewed onto the star, it was time to choose the next round. Here are the choices for that round:

At first I thought the upper left was my choice. I still think it looks pretty nice. The upper right also looks fine, but I chose the more relaxing option on the bottom. I have that wreath made, but I haven’t yet attached it to the star section.

Last night I also sat down at my quilting frame and did a little handquilting while listening to The Voice. It felt good to do some of that again. It has been a while! Maybe now I will make some progress on that quilt.

What have you been working on this week?

Quilt on!

Friday Funk

Who would have guessed that after several consecutive productive days, I would post on Monday and then immediately become worthless? Ugh! It feels like illness has dogged DH and I for months now! (Fact check: it has really only been one month.) I got the prizes mailed out and a few groceries and then became a lump of blob. I thought I just had a brand new cold. When the coughing became progressively became more violent, I finally caved and went to the doctor. Probably a sinus infection. Antibiotics and inhalers already have the coughing greatly improved, but the energy is probably far away still. Sigh.

So, currently there is not any progress on any front except the cough improvement. And my Disney Emojii Blitz score. I did get one side of the Surrounded by Scraps blocks attached, but I don’t have any pictures. Maybe later today I will feel like finishing those blocks up. Have I mentioned before that I am going to call mine Surrounded by Happy Scraps?

I hope you are all healthy!

Quilt on!