I had such a good plan last week. My first project was to finish the blue stars for Smith Mountain Morning so I could put it away and get to quilting the hexi quilt. I used the cornerstones for the courthouse steps block as my leaders and enders. That lead to sewing a few more of those blocks which lead to what the heck, may as well finish those up and be done with them. So that's what I did. Smith Mountain Morning is ready to be laid out.
I started making 9 patches from the remaining 1 1/2" strips. Just a few, and a few more, and a few more. Next thing I knew I was laying out my 9 patches and sewing them together into 2 wall hangings.
One is finished, this one will be finished soon. Pitiful isn't it! I am such a follower. But they are so cute and one will make a nice gift. I didn't have to store those strips. I used up 2 small pieces of fabric-one for the borders and bindings and one for the back and those scraps of batting I don't have to store. A method to my madness. LOL
I can't sew without leaders and enders so I worked on more 9 patches. These started out as 4 patches but that plan changed to needing 9 patches. See those extra blue and brown squares? I cut the shortie/short strips into squares instead of putting them back in the strip bin.
I am making another plan for my week. Let's see how I do...
Finish the 2nd wall hanging.
The Hexi Quilt--baste, quilt, bind.
Take SMM to Wednesday group and decide on a layout.
Sew some Pineapple Crazy blocks.
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You know how easily influenced I am, right? I see something I love and off I go! The other day Katy posted her wall hanging. I had just finished using these fabrics in another project and was going to put everything away. But......sidetracked again! I spent the day making little 9 patches and quilting this little wallhanging. Saturday night we watched Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks ( I've loved Tom since Bosom Buddies!) while I stitched the binding, label and sleeve to finish this.
I thought I had the perfect spot for it but it's just a little too big. I'll find something else to put there and hang this one in my sewing room.
Then I finished this flower for Circle of Jewels and still had quite a bit of time left on the movie. I had counted how many 6 piece jewel sections I still need to make and got started basting those. In no time at all, the movie was over and 30 pieces were basted.
Today I am going to find more slow stitching time. Will I have another binding to work on or will it be jewels? Either way there will be some quiet needle and thread time.
Sadly my knitting mojo is missing. The only time I've picked up anything yarn related has been while I'm a passenger in a vehicle. I've been hexi stitching instead. This is dishcloth #14 and will be a mix of little yarn balls that need to get out of the bin. I tried to throw these away but just couldn't make myself. I knew 3 of them would make a dishcloth. I know you know what I mean!
Here's a cute grandson story. We went on a road trip with Crystal and the kiddos. I sat in the back next to 8 year old Elliot and I was knitting a dishcloth. We had a good conversation about washing dishes and making it fun with bright, happy dishcloths. (He thinks his Gramma is silly.) I told him he could have this green one since green is his favorite color. No thank you, I don't wash the dishes. You don't!? No, that's Mom's job. Mom is laughing because they all help with the dishes. In the end, I gave him the dishcloth and told him when it was his turn to wipe off the table, this would make it fun. Now each of the kiddos have their own dishcloth.
I'm sure my knitting mojo will reappear one of these days. But for now, I'm happily stitching hexies.
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I've had a pretty productive week in the sewing room considering
I am still dealing with this hacky cough and cold.
My list for last week:
Goals for this week:
Finish last 2 months of Tell It To The Stars. Done and excited for the September clue.
Make back for hexagon quilt. Done!! Used lime green shirting that I'm sure my recipient is going to love
Baste hexagon quilt. Nope.
Re-arrange sewing table. I worked on this for quite a while. Scraps that were out of control are now in control. I still need to move machines around the way I want them.
Do a UFO Parade blog post--want to join in and make your own list? Done (it's here) and printed off, pinned so I can see it while at the machine. :)
I refilled my Circle of Jewels box after working several more jewel sections. Now I'm working on 3 more flowers before going back to the jewels again. This one is finished and the 2nd started.
While working on Tell It To The Stars, I used these 3 blue star blocks for Smith Mountain Morning as leaders and enders. Then I was on such a roll that I sewed 7 more using the border pieces as their leaders and enders. Yes, Bonnie and Judy L playing together again this week.
After seeing someone's Pineapple Crazy picture on Facebook, I had the urge to work on mine. So I pulled out the box and made these border blocks. Now I really want to work on this again. (See how easily I get sidetracked.)
I'm not really a Slow Sunday Stitcher, I'm a Slow Stitcher all week long. In the evenings when we are watching tv, I have to have something to do. Either stitch, knit or crochet. Lately the yarn projects have been taken over by my Circle of Jewels project.
During the week I worked on jewels. I don't want to find myself with a pile of flowers and then have to stitch oodles and oodles of jewels. That would send this project right into the UFO corner.
I like to keep my box stocked with my goals. So when I restocked my box last night, I still had the 2 jewels to complete and I added in 3 flower kits. Before I could start the hexies, I had to finish the jewels. Such silly games I play!! When these flowers are complete, I will lay out for my next row and add it to the quilt top.
I'm having a blast with my Circle of Jewels. I can't remember the last time I picked up my knitting or crochet at night. I'd rather work on this right now.
I have lots of flowers finished and several more ready to sew. I need 39 and I think I'm in the upper 20s. Now I need to concentrate on the jewels before sewing any more flowers. I am to the point that I can figure out how many I will need without making way too many or way too few. It might be time to sit down with graph paper and colored pencils and come up with a real plan.
We love sitting around the table on the deck. (Pretty disappointed the paint is peeling off it though.) Some great conversations have taken place out there. I love seeing what kiddos have left. Trucks are parked, ready for the next visit. Today looks like a good day to sit outside and stitch.
It feels so good to be knocking these UFOs off the list! This is finish #7 since I got my new machine at the end of May. I named this one Lime Splash. It's bright, happy and fun but mostly it's done! Complete with label.
Time to find the next UFO. Kathy showed her hexi quilt here and since then, I've been thinking of mine. Doing a search on my blog, I can't find a picture of the complete top although I know it is. I think it is~. I did find this post that is over 4 years old. It's time to get this one out and get if finished.