I really really really have missed writing on my blog this last week. I've discovered that the daily post (at 8:30 pm) was a big part of my life and I need it. I guess my blog is really a little taste of my everyday activities; hope that's what you come here for because that's what it is.
First: Saturday sewing on the 21st!
This is T's bullseye quilt - another UFO from a group project. She's thinking of bordering this to make it bigger and quilting these 2 tops together - for a 2-sided patriotic quilt for one of her grandsons. Cute, huh!
Here's the coolest thing. Remember we did the tumbler quilts from charms that we swapped every month for a year? Here's how B cut her 5" squares and how she used every bit of the 5" square:
The frog, bird, journal cover, and needle book were made from the piece cut off the left side of the charm square (piece #5). These fabrics were fused to a base to facilitate construction of these pieces.
The little strip #2 from the bottom of the charm square became this:
called "The Proof is in The Pillow", this is a clear vinyl pillow stuffed with the #2 pieces! Isn't this incredibly clever? She used every piece of the 5" charm squares! The rest of us were just overwhelmed. We thought we did good to just make the tumbler quilt!
Our project last Saturday was "UFOs with a Twist" which meant - we worked on each other's projects! I drew B's name, so I worked on her fused 30's applique blocks:
These blocks were all fused and ready for a machine blanket stitch (or buttonhole) so that's what I did:
T worked on my UFO, which is a log cabin quilt called "Tossed Salad".
The blocks are actually going to be set in a straight furrows setting, turned on the diagonal. The strips are all shades of green, pales yellows, and a cabbage purple and a chard red thrown in here and there.
B worked on T's project, which is her "forever" project. She's making a foundation-pieced "Strip Diamond" quilt that will have over 500 diamonds. This is the UFO T works on every time we work on UFOs. B completed 32 or 33 diamonds on Saturday:
We had Papa Murphy's pizza for lunch, and some killer Nutella Brownies that B made. yum.... Next month, we're making a group quilt (9-patch and hourglass) project - turquoise, brown, and green fabrics totally from our stashes. I think we're going to swap some of our cut pieces before we begin assembling our quilts. And we're going to have salads for lunch.
OK, next update - I've been working feverishly on these pink socks, and was hoping to finish them by today. Um. Well. I've got the second sock knitted just past the heel flap, so I could possibly be done tonight, but its acrylic yarn and it cramps my hands to knit it for very long. So, maybe I'll get done, or maybe not. When I'm done writing this post, its gonna be full-blast knitting until the day is done (unless I stop for a nap).
The only other thing that's happened lately is I had to run over to Amarillo to take my sister's dog to the vet yesterday afternoon. He's had a cough and been taking medicine, but its not really improved. The house sitter called my sis (she's out-of-town on business) and told her the dog wasn't doing well, so my sis made an appointment with the vet for Rascals. The house sitter "couldn't find" the vet's office and missed the appointment, so I went over after work and got the dog, and drove across town in 5:00 traffic to get to the vet's office. (the house sitter was AT THE HOUSE taking a bath when I got there!) The dog got some different cough medicine and a steroid to reduce the inflammation, but he's really just fine. I think he and the other dog are/were just lonesome. When I got back to my sister's house, the house sitter was gone. I filled their water bowl and they drank it dry in about 2 minutes, so I filled it AGAIN and they drank more! I checked the bowl outside and it was dry too. Then I fed them and gave Rascals his new meds. I also left the house sitter a note about the new meds. Thank goodness, my sis will be home Sunday afternoon. I wasn't impressed with her house sitter's skills. (the house was a mess)
And I'll close with my new quote:
"I'm not a bitch, I just have a low tolerance for bull crap".