3/15/21

Three Little Quilt Tops

Well, I sewed, and sewed, and sewed, and completely wore myself out yesterday. All the while, I had loads of laundry going in the washing machine, and so it was a productive day. Nevertheless, I flaked on my pie-baking for Pi Day. It was raining, and so I didn't get my weeds pulled. Oh well. I kept thinking I'd take a break for the pie, but then I really just wanted to keep sewing. It was surprising when the third quilt top was finished how weary I was. Clearly, I'm not back to my old self yet. To be clear, I'm still old, but I've slowed considerably. Unless I'm just making excuses, I believe there is enough pain left in my bones that a day-long burst of activity was exhausting. When 4:00 rolled around, I had to stop. 

So let's just see what I did, shall we? My first task was to get my next slow-stitching pieces made up. The day's activities were made more taxing when I spent about 45 minutes searching for the power cord for my lightbox. Mike and I looked everywhere for it. Checking the blog, I knew I had it along on our trip because I used it to trace out the inchies. So...it had to be in the RV, or else in the stuff we brought in from the RV. After looking everywhere I could think of at least three times, I finally remember one bin I hadn't checked. Bingo! Sheesh. I might have made another quilt top in the time I spent searching, but oh well.

These are the "Posies" embroidery patterns from Jenny of Elefantz. I'm stitching mine in conjunction with this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge. So I made up February's block...


And March's block:


I'll start stitching on those this morning. They shouldn't take long. When they're finished, I'll add borders in the color of the month.

After that, I made a quilt top from the Stitched Inchies 3.0 piece. These were the inchies from Meg Hawkey's stitch-along for International Embroidery Month in February. I gave it a pink stop border. Several different colors were auditioned, but I liked how the pink brought out the pink embroidery stitches.


The feather border fabric was in keeping with the "bird theme" on the inchies. It was one of the fabrics I purchased at Rosie's Calico Cupboard in San Diego last month. It ends up at 18 x 22 inches. Also, I cut the back fabric for it from this yardage in my stash. More birds.


Smitty would like to know where the birds are that left behind all those feathers. He will escort them outdoors, if necessary, before they start pooping everywhere. (He's very helpful when it comes to birds.)


In other bird quilting, I put borders on the little Rise & Shine quilt. The embroidery pattern was free from Lynette Anderson. I used some fabric I found in my stash for the borders.


The pattern was free, but the buttons were not. I was dismayed to find they hadn't been bored through so that I could sew them on. I tried to link to these in an earlier post and found they were no longer available in her shop. Now, I have an idea it's because they were defective. I tried poking holes through them using an old sewing machine needle and a math compass. It didn't work, but no problem. Mike came in with a tiny drill bit and bored them out. (I love a man with a good drill, don't you?)


When the top was finished, I went in search of a good backing fabric, and found this scrap "chicken feed" fabric used for another quilt backing. Perfect.


This one is sandwiched for quilting now. The top is very small, and I want to sew the buttons through all three layers as a way of "tying" the quilt in the center embroidery section. I'll quilt the rest. It'll be 14.5 x 15.5 inches when it's all finished.


About that time, Sadie showed up to help me finish off the Quilt Shop redwork piece. She held everything down while I worked.


She also pointed the way with her hind peets while I cut those borders.


When the top was finished, it looked like this. The thimble fabric was another I picked up on our trip. It was a bargain at 3 yards for $21. Since I have three yards, I'll use it for the quilt back too. And this one ends up a 18 x 23 inches.


When that was finished, my body said loudly, "Enough!" I was tired. I went upstairs and warmed up my Warmie (thanks, Gail!)...


and called it a day. By the way, my Warmie is a donkey, and I figure that means he's a Democrat. I named him Joe. He's so soft and cuddly. If you want one for your own, you can find a whole zoo of them right here. I like Joe so much, I got one for my pig-loving friend Sue. Can you guess which animal I picked for her?

So today will be a mish-mash of stuff. We'll be getting our first vaccine this afternoon...YAY!!! And then we have a couple of errands to run. There's a quilt exhibit going on at the Chehalem Cultural Center in our little town of Newberg. I might be able to talk Mike into going with me. Just now, I looked up the link for the exhibit and found they're closed on Mondays, so I guess Mike is off the hook. I'll get there eventually though...just you wait. We'll be on the side of town where the bird shop is, and so we'll stop in to get a replacement rain shield for our bird feeder. One fell to the ground and broke while we were gone. So, it's not a big outing, but there could be a big wait at the vaccine clinic. We'll see. 

If there's time, I still want to bake that tart, and I still have more little quilts to move on to quilting stage. Plenty to do, and I haven't even started on housework yet. I'll save that delightful task for tomorrow. Who knows...I might be sick from the vaccine, and then I could delay housework another day. (Thinking. The woman is always thinking.) For now, I'll get going on my slow-stitching.

18 comments:

Barbara said...

Anything worth doing is worth overdoing. ~ Mick Jagger

Cathy Smith said...

My curiosity got the better of me and I went to the Warmies web site. Can you explain how they work, please? I couldn't find any info about heating them and how to use one. Thank you!

gpc said...

I'm with you on the everything-aches train. I keep doing, but slower and less of it every year. I am astonished sometimes, really, at how much of me just plain hurts all the time. Oh well, shake it off. The Posies are delightful, and you always have the BEST fabric choices. I have a huge and disorganized stash, but there is rarely anything 'perfect' to be found. You are a much better fabric shopper than I have managed to be! I hope your vaccine place is as well managed as we have found here; we were in and out in a jiffy!

Katie said...

Awesome finishes and hooray for a man with a drill! And I spaced totally yesterday about pie, too. I had thought about it early in the day, but then got distracted and it was 8pm when I thought of it again. But really it was only 7pm because those crazy folks like to mess with our clocks twice a year. Either way, still a bit late for starting a pie. I'm excited for you to get your "Fauci ouchie!". I get mine later today, too, and am hoping for the one-shot dose, but will accept whatever I can get. Here's to hoping we both feel well!

Julierose said...

You surely got a lot of stitching done ;)))

Really nice embroideries hugs, Julierose

Sher S. said...

The first shot only gives you a very sore arm. I'll let you know how the second one goes.

Darlene of Creative Latitude said...

Your productivity and creativity is certainly inspirational. I love your bird feather fabric on your inchie. Looks amazing.

Anonymous said...

I love all of your finished projects and your fabric choices for borders are perfect, as always!
We got our first vaccine this past Wednesday, and did fine....both of us had a sore arm for a couple of days, and I had itching around the injection site. Our local health district did a great job with being well organized and got us in and out in short order...they even had some folks in golf carts to shuttle everyone from their cars to the building where the shots were administered.
Sandra B
scb304@juno.com

Vicki W said...

I love those tiny little vases! You've made great progress on your healing!

KaHolly said...

Wow, no wonder by 4:00, you were plum tuckered out! I was exhausted by the time I got to the end of your post just imagining you accomplishing all that! I think we’re the same age and I don’t marathon sew anymore. I see every day, though. Loved seeing all your projects!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

No wonder you were tired. That's a lot you got done. I'm always putting something in a safe place, and then not being able to find it.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

That's a lot of work completed, no wonder you were spent. Love your warmie.

Jenny said...

Pretty little vase blocks, I've printed the pattern but haven't started yet. Your quilt shop top is delightful. You certainly have been busy, much too busy for more housework! Its just a shame the housework faries dont come and visit us during the night.

Tilly said...

What a lovely little quilts you have finished, can understand that you wore out at afternoon. Like your little vases.

piecefulwendy said...

I sure hope you don't get sick from the vaccine. I've heard varying reports. Buttons with no holes - how frustrating, but glad Mike could fix them up. You have such fun projects going on, and the kitties are good help (wink).

Carol in Texas said...

I love the fabrics you are using to finish these cute little quilts. Lovely.

Aren’t cats the best? So helpful.

I agree with your outlook on housework.....it is ALWAYS there, never-ending. Such a pain.

Kate said...

Love all of your minis! You always seem to have the perfect fabrics in the stash to finish those off. Laundry and housework are never ending it seems. Thank you for the link to the Warmie's. I was looking for something different for the SIT and SIT's roommate's Easter baskets. The SIT often borrows my microwave heated hot pad when she needs some monthly relief, so I think the Warmie's will be quite popular.

grammajudyb said...

Lovely little quilts are happening! And thanks for the link to Warmies! My girls would love them!