Lonestar Crazy

I started my day free motion quilting but by 10:00 a.m., I was slicing up more Vintage Modern jellyroll strips to make another lonestar block. This is not a quick block to make but very satisfying, I find the process oddly addictive.

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When I chose the fabrics, this is how I envisioned it though I did experiment with the circular fabric in the centre.

One little mishap that is happening less frequently the more I make this block is this little offset, it drives me a little nuts, especially if it’s 1/4″ or more.

So back to free motion quilting, something I haven’t done in a long while! It was fun to get back into it and although rusty and jerky, I had fun and am ready for more.

Have a great weekend!

Quilt in progress…

I’ve been working on my In Reverse quilt using Vintage Modern and Marmalade. The most difficult part of this quilt is laying out the blocks and arranging them, I like the scrappy look but can now see in my photo here that I’ve made some errors. Ah well, once it’s quilting it won’t matter.

After some rearranging in the basement, I now have design wall but I need to purchase more batting so that the blocks can stick to it or at least be pinned to it. A lot has changed in my sewing studio and a blog post is overdue, expect to see something within the next 2 weeks.

Unemployment: Day 2

Does unemployment count on the weekend? We don’t get paid for them so… Day 1 may be tomorrow instead.

I think I’m finally starting to relax. The laundry isn’t done and I’m not panicking, I can do it later this evening or tomorrow, doesn’t matter! 😀 Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy working but when you don’t like your employers, it’s a very stressful situation. Last week my right arm had been numb and in pain, my neck was stiff and I had a headache that wouldn’t go away for two days. This is called stress and stress can do some ugly things to your body in so many ways.

During my unemployment, I want to create a weekly schedule for myself for housework, gardening, getting back on the treadmill and sewing, not to mention blogging. Our little home has been sorely neglected because we work so much and the last thing we want to do on beautiful, sunny weekends, is dust light fixtures or scour the tub.

Denim & Ruby

What looks great with a pair of blue jeans?  Ruby by Bonnie and Camille!

Last weekend I took advantage of Keyka Lou’s anniversary sale (now known as Michelle Patterns). I waffled around wondering what fabrics I wanted to use for this pattern. I hadn’t intended on using denim but I found a pair of jeans my husband no longer wore and decided to cut them up.

I didn’t want  to make the bag entirely out of denim and this print from Bonnie and Camille’s Ruby line looks so sweet with it, a great contrast of masculine and feminine. I happened to have some yellow top stitching thread which came in handy for this project.

I was going to use denim for the strap but the way I cut the jeans ruined that idea so I decided to make one out of fabric. I put a piece of batting inside and top stitched 4 times.

This bag is generous enough to hold an iPad or book without being oversized, I also love the little side pockets, cute and functional.