Greetings friends. Previous post indicates it was a busy week. It continues. I did squeeze in a little sewing and stuffing Saturday though, as I had a spare moment to play. Remember the little bear? Well, he is stitched, stuffed and ready to gift to a newborn. This was a “test stitch out” of a pattern that I downloaded last week for some “charity” bears. I loved the look of the muzzle, even though it took nearly 10,000 stitches. The charity bears won’t have the muzzle, just the eyes, nose and smile. The pattern source for the stitching is Embroidery Library . com pattern 3994.
The week has flown by. We “flew” home from Texas on Monday, getting in after 10 p m; then Tuesday I had a nice visit with my little granddaughter and her mommy for a couple of hours, then I was off to the “Queen Bees”.
Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, and I “car pooled” with a bee/church member to pick up our sewing machines from the local sewing machine service folks, went to church for the service, and out to lunch. Home for a few hours, then off to the model railroad club annual dinner meeting. (More about that soon).
Thursday was a venture north to visit our dentist for our routine cleanings (& discussion of a wisdom tooth that is acting very unwise). Friday morning was “Second Time Around” prep day, with 3 helpers. We plowed thru another stack of donated fabric, pressing into submission, measuring and pricing and getting ready for Monday. I have set aside Thursdays and Fridays all month (mostly) to work on getting the donations under control.
Friday afternoon I took everything off the cutting table, cleaned the lint and dust and turned my cutting mat around. It was getting quite worn in one area. I spent the rest of the day cleaning up the mess I had made! The back of my table tends to get piled up with scraps and things. Took me all afternoon, but I sliced and diced and took control of the scraps. I try to cut those scraps into manageable pieces, starting with the largest possible. I cut 5″ squares; 3.5″ squares, 2.5″ squares, 1.5″ squares and lots of 2.5, 2, 1.5 strips. Amazingly they all got stored away!
If you are “new” to my blog, let me tell you that my scrap storage system is a combination of Bonnie Hunter http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/06/scrap-users-system.html and Joan Ford https://hummingbird-highway.com/do-you-need-scraptherapy/. It works for me! I have lots of pieces ready to go into the next scrap quilt. My overflow of 2″ and 2.5″ is telling me it is time to start making 9 patches! I am going to “resist” temptation and NOT start another thing until I knock out a few UFO’s. I do have a “running list” and have made a real goal for March. Not telling…will let you know how it goes! And no, not sharing my UFO list this year….too depressing to post it publically and NOT get it all checked off. My goal is to enjoy each FINISH, not to feel guilty!
This coming week is “quilt guild week” for me. Meeting on Monday, which means the SUV is already loaded to the roof, with containers of fabrics and other odd bits to sell prior to the meeting. Fingers crossed we have just as good a day in sales. After the meeting, I hope to swap vehicles with the hubby, and take off for points south in Maryland, and an “embroidery club” that has formed. An informational meeting will take place and I want to give my input on the who/what/when etc. I look forward to meeting the members of that club and sharing info about this hobby. Thursday and Friday coming up will be more “Second Time Around” workdays with guild members coming over to give me a hand; a guild board meeting squeezed in there too. Hoping I will get to do some sewing of my own on Tuesday & Wednesday. Wishing I had something finished beside the little bear to show, but that will happen as I am able.
Hope you have had a great week and are ready to start all over again tomorrow!