Monday, March 10, 2014

Is it Spring yet?

I don't know where February went, but I suspect my brain was numb from the cold weather!  I can't believe it's been over a month since I last posted.  I know I haven't been on the blogs much, and haven't commented much on anyone's I guess I just wasn't thinking to post anything, either!  Yep.....I'm blaming it on the cold!  And hubby and I are doing everything we can to be snowbirds next winter!  I need to be golfing.....not shivering!  lol

But I did spend February doing a lot of sewing...... I was not idle!  :o)

Unfortunately, I don't have any progress to show on my Jubilee quilt, but for good reason!  It's at the point of sandwiching it together, and that means hundreds of safety pins to be closed.  And because of this horribly cold weather, I have had cracks on the ends of several fingers and my thumbs for the better part of a month, which means trying to close a safety pin would be pure torture!  And yes, I've tried everything, including nearly finishing this pot of Working Hands, which I must say, is awesome stuff......but I just don't think it can compete with the bitter cold we've had.

So, my this very moment!......are all healed, and I should be able to sandwich the quilt tomorrow!  And then I can get busy quilting it up!  Woohoo!  I'm so excited!  I'm also excited that because of the finger/cracking issue.....hubby is back to doing all the dishes again!  Yippee!  (Gotta save those fingers for quilting, right!?!)  lol on to what I've been trying to keep busy with while my fingers healed.......

First up......I purchased more grey solid (which I LOVE!) and put it with the scrappy strips I had made months ago!  I just love it!  It finishes at 78x88 and is for my bed.

The scrappy strips are all the leftover bits and pieces of the thrift store shirts that I've made a bunch of quilts from lately.  These scraps were sewn onto 5" strips of phone book pages, and when covered, were then joined into long strips.  Easy peasy......and it used up a bunch of little scraps!  I love everything I've made with the shirts......and I'm so happy I still have a ton of them left!  They make a very homespun, cozy quilt, and being very thrifty myself, I love that they are so easy on the budget!  :o)

Next up.......I picked out one of the kits I prepared while cutting up all my Xmas fabrics a couple months ago.  My good friend, Pat, was hosting the mystery at our guild, and I chose to do it in the Xmas theme.  So, of course, while I was cutting for that, I might as well cut for something else, right!?!  So I planned out 4 other quilts to make in Xmas, and cut them all at once!  Boxed them all up with labels, and they are ready to go when I have a bit of time to mindlessly work on something.  I don't have to think at all because all the figuring, drafting and cutting are already done......just run those pieces through the machine!  I like that!  :o)

It's hard to see, but it has a 6" white border on the outside.  It finishes as 58x68.....a good size for the couch.  And I'm happy to say, I used up every little bit, including the bonus triangles from the piecing.....they became the borders on the ends.  Yay!  :o)

I've also been working on another quilt, but haven't anything to show that will be in a future post!  :o)

Ok.....well, that's about all of me right now!  Except to say that it was really nice having it light out when I was making dinner tonight!  We love Daylight Savings here!  :o)

Have a good week!