Scraptastic!

This week I received my signed copy of fellow Canadians, Cheryl Arkison and Amanda Jean Nyberg ‘s Sunday Morning Quilts which inspired me to reorganize my scraps by colour. The task was daunting, I had what seemed to me to be so many scraps it felt overwhelming. I jut never know what to keep and what to throw away but I threw away ALOT! Why was I holding on to such tiny pieces of fabric??

It took awhile but finaly finished then pulled out my current favorites, sat down and began to sew scraps together randomly. Because I felt that all the scraps I pulled went together well, it didn’t matter which pints or colours were paired but I did know that I wanted a lot of white space.

I want this to be a full size quilt so it will be an ongoing work in progress. When I was finished this section, I put all the scraps in a zip lock bag and started Kimberly Einmo’s easy lonestar.

This week I also dusted off my Janome 350E embroidery machine and fell in love all over again. This really is a great machine, it’s easy to use and embroiders beautifully. The only problems I have with this machine are human error. ūüėõ

Unemployment Day 6 (Working days: 3)
For those following along, deep house cleaning ensues, the toilet, tub and kitchen floor have been bleached within an inch of its life and the ceiling beams have been dusted in the bedroom. I’d like to get some yard work done but it’s going to be stinking hot today. Although I was up at 4:00 a.m. this morning, I’m started to settle in, I think… I’m looking forward to sewing without guilt today!

In Reverse – Quilt Top Done!

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I was able to get my In Reverse quilt top finished this morning. You might notice that I don’t have as many columns as the original pattern, I used two charm packs, one of Vintage Modern and one of Marmalade (by Bonnie and Camille), and 2 & 1/2″ strips from a Kona White jelly roll instead of 1 & 1/2″ strips. I can’t wait to quilt this up!

I received two lovely packages in the mail today, the first was an entire pound of lavender buds and ¬†oil from Layla on Etsy, I could smell the lavender through the box even though it was sealed in a big zip lock bag. The second was a lovely stack of fabric from Pink Chalk Fabrics. A¬†week or two ago, before I was laid off from work, I had purchased some Brrr by Laurie Wisbrun¬†in aqua and¬†selected a 1/2 yard bundle of QuiltCon Kona Cotton Solids¬† as well as a yard each of¬†Robert Kaufman Essex Linen Steel and Grey. I am super excited about this fabric bundle, all the colours go well together and the QuiltCon Kona Cotton Solids are a gorgeous mix. I’ve got my trusty “Quilting Line + Colour” by Yoshiko Jinzenji to peruse for inspiration.

Unemployment Day 3 (Actual Working Day 1)

Boy, do I feel guilty staying at home! I was up at 4:00 a.m. this morning, our old pug Winston was pacing and panting so I got up and let him outside. Had coffee and DH got up at his usual time, 5:00 a.m.. After cleaning up the kitchen and starting a load of laundry I began sewing at 6:30. My goal was to finish the quilt top by 10:00 a.m. and successfully finished early, at 9:00 a.m. After folding some laundry and starting another load of laundry, I vacuumed the house and the SOFA — EW!!

With two constantly shedding pugs, the hair between the leather cushions could have easily made a litter of puppies! Crumbs and cat toys but no loose change, damn. I was exhausted by 11:00 (I’d done other chores but thought it too boring to include)!

I’m afraid I didn’t get much done after 12:00, I ate lunch, mowed the lawn, folded the rest of the laundry then took a short nap and a dip in the pool then watered the hanging baskets outside. I allowed myself a white wine spritzer after 4:00 p.m. and DH rolled into the garage moments later.

How was your day??