It’s the last Friday of April and time to see where we are on our series. This link up post has become very important for me. It’s very clear to me that I work best with a deadline and having this post looming helps to keep me focused on my real priorities. I think a lot of us are magpies jumping onto the next shiny object or letting things slide because of other priorities.
That was my problem this month. Losing a week to that cold really and then putting together materials for a guild presentation and a class really impacted my productivity this month. But knowing that this post was upcoming helped me create the time this week to do a few more samples.
For those of you wondering why you should consider working in a series you might find this article interesting. Whether or not others participate I’m going to keep this going because just talking about it each month might be the prompt you need to start a series that you’ve been wanting to do.
I didn’t get any pieces done this month that had hand stitching or tiny wrapped bits but I did get a couple of really good pieces.
Last month I tried to do circles with bottle caps. I had the top of the cap against the fabric but the clamp pressed the cap in such a way that I got a series of half moons.
This time I tried it with the top of the cap out and it worked great! I also made wider folds so that there is more space between the circles. I love the bit of halo on each circle.
I did this tie as a single motif in January. This time I wanted to get multiple motifs on the fabric. I want to do this one more time to try to get motifs to touch.
This is how it looks tied. Isn’t that funny?
In this piece I folded the fabric in thirds and wrapped it on the pole on a diagonal. I got much better saturation of color than I expected. I consider this one very successful.
With this one I was trying to wrap the fabric on the pole horizontal and then twist the fabric after it’s pushed down. This is a fine looking piece of fabric but it’s not what I was going after. I’ll have to try this again.
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Monday I set a goal to piece 6 blocks every day. Well that hasn’t worked out so well.
Between repair people, garden chores and dyeing these 6 blocks are all I have to show for myself this week. I cut these fabrics in stacks of 6 and I put the stack together when I cut the fabrics into the big squares. I have no idea how I wound up with a set that’s all blue and brown. The next set is really colorful and I could have switched some around to make each stack more equal. But I didn’t check the colors until after I had already cut them. These will be fine mixed in with all the others in the final quilt. After all, it’s really just a scrap quilt of sorts and all scrap quilts look good.
Today my goal is to get 3 quilt labels printed and attached and wash out about 50 yards of fabric that I dyed yesterday. If I have any time left I’m going to quilt a bit on the table runner.
Things have been a little nuts around here. I swear that there’s a vacuum hooked onto our front door that is sucking money out of here at an alarming rate. I guess that’s what happens with a house that’s part 26 years old and part 17 years old. This week we are replacing shutters and repairing some siding pieces. I can’t complain about that because with vinyl siding this is the first maintenance we’ve done since having it put up 15 years ago.
The internet has been acting up but when the repair guy came to check the satellite it was working perfectly……of course. After talking to him we decided to replace the interior wiring because the line has a couple of connections. The connections impact the quality of the service. Replacing it was easy because it’s all in exposed areas of the basement.
As he was pulling out the old wire he found this. It was covered in electrical tape. So whoever first did the cabling probably saw this and didn’t want to re-run that one long piece so they just taped it up. This could have contributed to our intermittent issues.
We still have more mulch and plants to buy and then have to get the driveway re-graveled. Maybe the bleeding will stop then. I’m not really complaining. None of the expenses are out of hand but it sure seems that these things all come at the same time.
But I want to quilt and, at least on that front, I’m getting back into my routine. I have 3 quilts that I want to do some special quilting on and 3 more that can be anything. I want to do a special one so I have these to choose from.
This one is the one I really want to work on and I’m drawing up some quilting ideas. I haven’t settled on one yet so I’ll hold this one a bit until I decide how I want to quilt it.
This one is an option but I haven’t even contemplated the quilting yet except that I know I want to use metallic thread on art of it. I should probably practice with metallic a bit before I do this one.
This one is calling me strongly so I think I’ll do it “first”. I don’t know how I want to quilt it but there’s enough SID work that I can ponder while I’m quilting. I’ll probably use Monopoly for the SID work so I’d like to practice that on FloMo a bit also before I tackle this quilt.
So what I loaded first is this table runner. I did the SID work with Monopoly last night and it ran like a breeze on my Innova. (Do you know how much I love this machine?). I’m going to do some of the block quilting with metallic so I’ll get in practice on both threads before I tackle either of the big quilts.