Saturday, February 4, 2017

3 down, 1 to go...

that would be sew-along flimsies...the 365 and westering women are done and now so is the farmer's wife...turns out not enough blocks were completed for 8 rows so opted for 7 and calling it done. 






100 years from now only the most dogged researcher will know the difference...and now you do too, of course.   but to be honest, am bored with it along with being a bit impressed with myself that i got this many done and they look fairly good.  the instructions called for a border but no border for this, just put into the finish pile for a basting day--after a good iron.  *** happy to say the stars/time warp is nearly ready to put aside as well....just a couple of single rows to get the whole top together....it's on point as well...with setting triangles to come later after the right fabric is chosen.  the pile of blocks was haunting me, so now they will be off the table.   february is off to a good start!

Friday, February 3, 2017

it only took 37 years...

for me to get the hang of the log cabin block....i've made them in the past, even did a swap, but alas they were done WRONG!   i chalk it up to my lefthandedness as was turning the blocks and adding new logs the opposite of the correct way....well, that's my own justification anyway.  these were started in a workshop at the now defunct crafters' quarters in amesbury, massachusetts, a few years ago and thankfully, the instructor gave me a lefthander's guide to keep....now out of the UFO vault and getting finished for a flimsy for disaster relief thru my church. 


working from my 1.5" scrap bin, which shows NO signs at all of being depleted.  this is the double shoebox size, too.  only 39 blocks to go to get 80 made for the ladies to assemble and finish. there are a few more projects like this needing to be unearthed, finished and sent along for similar result, which is helping to reduce MY inventory while providing benefit for somebody else, a win/win all around.  there'll be plenty of 1.5" strips left (alas!) but a new mag in the mail today showed a terrific scrappy that'll be just right for using up more.  ***  winter, or what marylanders call winter, continues without any snow still!!!  this new england transplant is simply stunned and, even more surprising, a forsythia bush in bloom was seen just the other day....amazing indeed for february....loving this new winter normal....not ONCE have i had to clean snow off the car....be still my heart!

Monday, January 30, 2017

got pins?

as part of the WITB (what's in the box/bag) challenge at the yahoo group 'stashbusters', found these just waiting to be finished....the pink is pretty ancient, meaning 70s, whereas the bluebird is more recent.  not official UFOs but now no pangs of regret knowing they are languishing in the tote.


and with valentine's approaching, finished up this little wallhanging as a gift....love these fabrics...was pictured as a pillow but this is more useful....a gift for my mom to hang on her apartment door--and this one is on the UFO list, so another cross off....


and today is must-do vacuum and floors....a busy week of sewing and guild fun ahead with no time for boring tasks....the stars/time warp is a half flimsy at this point that needs to get done so can begin my double wedding ring sew along....it's the only one i'm planning for this year and it has no deadline AND it's from the scrap basket, which is now overflowing again.   soooo many scraps and soooo little time!