Sometimes it’s better to be doing things instead of talking about doing things. That’s exactly what I’ve been doing! Several quilts have come and gone without even a thought that I should stop quilting and start writing about quilting. There were 4 tops for the guild charity efforts, various bee blocks, a baby quilt, complete with personalized embroidery, and more. It’s been a while of being on the go, dragged in several directions.
So, catching up.
First – there’s a Big Day for kids in just under 2 weeks. Last year my daughter went with Frankie Stein from Party City, but this year she’s requested Greek Goddess from Mom. Of course, there’s no patterns for that, but we happened on a pattern (99 cents, advertises that the sewing can be completed in an hour) and a fantastic heavy white jersey (in the red-tag section, no less) and I’m off to the races. Last night I cut it out, and today I sewed the shell together. Now I’m waiting for my model to get home from school before putting in the lining.
(I love my daughter to pieces. I do. But she’s difficult to buy or sew clothes for because she’s two sizes bigger in height than she is in width.)
Every serious sewer/quilter has to have an assistant, right? McKenna joined me last night should I need any small things done. But then she got distracted by finger knitting…how just like a 10 year old!
Then I’ve been doing some stress-release / stash-reduction quilting. When I just want to SEW, I do this. Usually I grab my GO and the diamond die and go to town, but I’ve been liking equilateral triangles so much lately. So I grabbed a triangle ruler, a bunch of remnants from a bunch of boy quilts, and I was off. It’s topped, quilted, and I’ll have the binding done shortly.
I have six other things to work on, but I needed some more stress-release sewing, so as a way of avoiding the whole costume thing I started sewing SSQA blocks. I have 18 of them done, and my blue scrap bag will be tiny after this!
My dresden plate quilt has been pinned since June or so. I couldn’t figure how to quilt it, had no idea. So now I’ve started, but then had to stop because it’s going to take forever and I don’t have any time for it this month. Not to mention that we’ve been suffering with hot days for weeks and weeks, and if I can help it I don’t quilt large things when it’s hot.
My to-do list is much, much larger than the WIPs shown above. I have a baby quilt to make for a favorite cousin. Another large quilt that’s basted and ready to go. Oh, and in note-worthy news, I’ve finally mom-ed up and finished the embroidery squares that I started over a year ago for a quilt for my daughter. (Twin-sized minkee. I don’t see that getting done before it cools off.)