Hi everyone, and welcome to 2019! How is it possible that it's been 19 years since the turn of the century? Even writing that freaks me out! Not long ago a student wrote in a paper about "the late 1900s." That really did freak me out, as a mid-1900s person myself.
So, did you accomplish everything you planned to over the break? I did not. I had great plans, but I was so, so burned out on everything that mostly I just watched a ton of movies, read books, wrapped presents, and tried a lot of baking experiments. In the sewing room, I deep cleaned. What? Yep, I even moved all the furniture and vacuumed behind it. There was a lot of lint and dust, and I found a few pieces of fabric back there, too.
I only sewed a couple of things in the last couple of weeks, including these:
These are a couple of mug rugs that I made for my sister's Christmas birthday. (She got her master's at Penn State.) If you don't recognize the blocks, these are Tula Pink modern blocks. I made a couple of quilts using the Tula Pink blocks when they first came out, and I was just looking through the book again. Some of those are really nice, easy blocks. There might be another quilt hiding in that book, you never know.
I also did some English paper piecing on these pretties:
These are some Bridal Bouquet blocks that I've been working on very slowly. I've liked stitching them in the evenings, so I'd like to keep going a little more consistently. I've got the next one all cut out and basted:
We all know that the basting is the worst part, right? I'll need a dozen of these for a decent sized piece, so this should keep me occupied for a while.
For one of my projects this year, I've decided to resurrect a failed project from 2017. Okay, I'm resurrecting the idea, but I'll definitely be doing something else with this piece:
I started a temperature quilt in 2017, but then couldn't keep up, for one reason or another. I'm always so drawn to those "365 day" projects where you make a block a day, but I couldn't manage to do one 3-inch square a day. Tells you something about my life, doesn't it? The piece above is as far as I got, up until about March. It's about 12 by 55, so I think I could turn it into a table runner, or pick it apart and rearrange it into a small topper for the deck table.
So, let's try this again! I redistributed all of the fabrics from the previous quilt attempt, so I started over with a new temperature scale, in 5-degree increments:
Let's hope that I don't have to use the colors at those extremes very much! The brown is for 100 degrees and up, while the grays are well below freezing. I much prefer the yellow zone!
So, here are my first two days worth of piecing:
This means I'm not behind yet! I don't know how I'm going to set these yet, but I'll give it some thought. I like the graphic quality of the first try, but the days and months kind of get lost. I'll have to look around for some other settings pretty quickly so I can do them as I go.
I hope everyone had a very restful break and that your stitching year is off to a good start. It's going to be a good one, I just know it!
Sharing at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finished or Not Friday.