So now I've cleaned up some of the sewing room (what was I doing, leaving it such a mess?) and cleaned the machine plus wound a bunch of bobbins and I'm ready to get going on the projects again. Thank goodness, too, because it's way too hot to even think about going outside.
The first thing I want to do is make up a fast quilt from 16-patches:
Doesn't that look fun and colorful? It's really easy, too. One of my daughters gave me this package of strips from Island Batiks for Mother's Day:
We all know I'm not a big fan of precuts, but it was a lovely gift, wasn't it? So now I want to use them as quickly as I can so they don't just sit on the shelf forever, because that's no way to treat a present. Besides, the colors are happy and these blocks are really easy, so I'm making progress quickly, which we all know is very gratifying. Since there are two strips of each fabric, I'm just matching up 4 strips in roughly the same order that they're in the package, then cutting 2-1/2 inch sections for 8-inch finished blocks. From each set of 4 strips, I get 4 blocks. This will give me 40 blocks, and I figure that I'll add a couple more strips so that I end up with 42 blocks, for a quilt set 6 by 7. It won't be huge, but it will be festive. And hopefully finished quickly.
The second project I started working on is putting together my Community Sampler quilt. I've started adding the setting triangles and I've gotten this far:
|Sun splotches are festive. They don't ruin pictures at all!|
I'm using up several half yards of light blues that I bought as possibilities for sky fabrics for various projects as the setting triangles. They're close enough in color and value that I don't think it will look bad that they're different fabrics. I still have to make the border pieces, but I should be able to get this together pretty quickly.
The last thing that I'm working on right now is gathering fabrics for a Harry Potter quilt.
This was not on my list to make, but you can't say no when your child asks for one and even finds you the pattern they want *and* gets it for you, can you? Okay, an adult child, but I'm a soft touch. The pattern is really, really easy, but you can see that I need to add some fabrics. I knew I would need to get some more grays (silver), but I also need some more dark greens and a couple of black pieces. I thought the blacks I have would work, but now that I look at them in the picture the prints look too gray for what I want. So I guess I'll have to shop, darn it. I hate it when that happens!
That's the story from here! Pretty happy to be home, though I miss those grandkids like nothing else, and I'm looking forward to some productivity in several areas. Because of the very wet spring we had, our massive landscaping project has been delayed by an entire month, but I have some veggies growing in containers on the deck. Look what greeted me when we got home:
Tomatoes! They taste like fresh air and sunshine, and I'm eating them like candy.
Hope you're having a great week!
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