Say that 3 times – Part 4 of Scrap Dance Mystery 2 Step….Big title for a fun project. I love a mystery, so I am having FUN with this little project. Little for me, as I decided to do a “twin size”. Lately everything I have made has been double or king!
I am enjoying each month an hour or two of sewing something totally different than anything else I am working on. Carole has great directions. If you are interested in playing catch up – check out the instructions on her blog here – Scrap Dance 2 Step – April info . Carole releases the directions once a month and I “schedule” some time on my calendar so I can play along. Carole has a great blog. She writes about a lot of things besides quilting at From My Carolina Home on WordPress.
The directions for April have me using the hourglass (quarter square triangle) blocks and join them with a scrappy square –
Of course there are 2 Steps, joining “bar units” and scrappy squares –
Now, I am second guessing my scrappy square choices……………I’m not sure I love them like I should…..but I am going to leave things alone and wait and see what happens next month.
(Note – my extra ironing board right now has 600 or more 4.5″ scrappy squares stacked up on it……waiting to be bundled up for the quilt show….so it must be scrap fabric envy!)
Overall, I am happy to say that all the fabric used for this project except the background neutral came from my “scrap box” and my scrap storage system. I like scrappy quilts and I like the way each of Carole’s patterns have turned out; so I just need to practice a little patience today! My units for this step are complete, and filed away in big zip locks and on the tray on the shelf to wait for the next part of the Scrap Dance Two Step in May!
Don’t tell anybody I spent time with the vacuum this weekend ! I thought when we bought that cute little Dyson Animal Stick Vac last week that the HUBBY would be the only one using it. Honestly I would rather be quilting too, but the windows & doors have been open and the pollen has been coming in the house, and the darn cats refuse to operate the vacuum or the swiffer or even the dusting cloths. It is “almost” time to set up our free standing a/c units, and the one for our bedroom needed a good cleaning before the season starts….(because we didn’t do it at the end of the season last year). Hubby helped me get the entire cover off so we could get the vacuum in on the coils. We have 5 of these units, between the house & the garage sewing room, and the filters are easy to remove and wash; but there are “intakes” that get covered in dust, lint, cat hair etc that you can’t easily get to, in order to clean. It was like major surgery yesterday. And of course, all this took time away from any progress in the sewing room until evening! Hubby agrees that the other 4 need to come apart, one at a time for thorough cleaning.
I was lucky to squeeze building these units in on Saturday night after I made binding for 2 quilts. I did manage to get the binding made for 2 more quilts, and got 3 of the quilts trimmed and ready to attach the binding after dinner on Sunday night. One more quilt on the table ready to trim, and then it will be time to get busy sewing the binding on those 4 quilts.
I am saving the binding attachment for my 3 day “sit & sew camp” later this week. The good thing about “going to a sit & sew camp” is I won’t see the dust bunnies rolling down my hallway, or the laundry piling up all week! Out of sight…..golly I need a housekeeper to follow around and pick up threads that I drop!
Since Downton Abbey is off the air, do you suppose the staff is looking for a new position? I could give a few of them room and board! I suppose they would require a paycheck beyond my meager means, so I guess I will have to continue “scheduling” the domestic chores…..My sister-in-law, Carolyn, who writes the great blog – One Block Wonder Woman reminded me that BALANCE is the key; and her formula is 2.5 mins housework, 2 hours in the garden and 8-10 hour s for quilting! My schedule is Monday laundry – Tuesday toilets-Quilting the rest the week. (I keep forgetting about those floors…..which is why I bought the hubby that cute Dyson….)
My projects are stacking up. How about in your sewing room? Do you have “more than one” going at a time? How do you keep it all straight?
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