August is definitely here! We are in the 105-110 heat index and now the temp’s are 102-105! I have given up walking – even at 6:30 AM it is horrible. Now doing the exercise bike. This is so much easier on me since I lost my weight and I am in the Studio much earlier and I no longer have to take two showers a day! I am back to myself again and it feels good – getting some good sleep – and not dealing with the heat when exercising!
I started working on Kevin’s Mystery Quilt, but became just toooo bored with making 4 patches (Sorry Kevin). I do not know why, but it is just not my bag to just sit and make 4 patches or a lot of 9 patches!
I have moved on to making some 3″ Stars and Churn Dashes with my reproduction fabrics. Yesterday I made 5 more stars. I have a great stash of shirting’s, but wouldn’t you know as I cut out the star backgrounds I ran out of the black and white background fabric. I looked in all of my hidden stash boxes and the obvious stash, but nope – all gone! So I switched to another one.
I am almost finished with my Butterflies for Section 6 of Stonefields – hoping to be finished by Wednesday! Now that I look at the picture, I am not happy with my work! (I need to get an attitude adjustment!) I will embroidery the antenna when I complete all 4 blocks!
Then I pulled fabrics for my Alexander’s Bean Pot quilt. This is one I made in 2015 for Darryl. A little late in getting mine done!
Darryl’s Alexander Bean Pot
Next I pulled the fabrics for the blocks. I always pull the predominate fabric and then select a contrasting color that is in the focus piece! I have not decided how large I will make mine, but it will be more than 20 blocks and of course I will probably change the border. So far I have selected enough for 12 blocks and must decide if I am going to make 2 of each color, or make them all different colors! Decisions Decisions Decisions!
Selected but not pressed when I took the picture – they are now! The red piece is what is left from making the sashings in Darryl’s quilt. I do not think I have anymore of it. It made the prettiest sashing’s.
Not pressed when I took the picture – now they are!
Pressed and ready for cutting!
Pressed and ready for cutting
This morning I started quilting on Enduring Legacy! I selected a Copper Thread Color thinking I could see it better BUT I still had a difficult time quilting. I had to put my face in the quilt to see where I was in the process to prevent crossing over the meandering! Clay is working on some LED lights that he put on the machine for me – we think that they are too bright and causing issues. If this is the problem, I am going to rip the stitches out and start over! Won’t that be fun?????????? I had thought I could have it completed by Wednesday, but not looking that way! Fun times ahead because I will not let cross overs stay on my quilt! Another issue is the crummy fabric! I made this darn quilt once and then remade it again to complete it. Lots of hours in it so why let it look like @@@@@ after all the hard work I did!
Well, this non-positive person is going to go cut out blocks – something that I have fun doing. I will say one thing, I am glad that I love the entire process of making a quilt. I will never understand purchasing pre-made blocks and just putting them together, or better yet buying laser cut applique pieces. Just call me an old traditional quilter who enjoys the entire process (except when I am quilting and have problems!) LOL
Where is that Casino when I need one? (Coming Soon) Have a wonderful week!
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE: Spent 2 hours quilting – now I am ripping! Anyone want to come over tomorrow and help pick out the threads – I rip fast with my rotary cutter. This puppy is 80 inches wide and I did 2 rows. I may be back to where I was by Tuesday, maybe tomorrow afternoon. BUT I am going to use white thread so I can see what I am doing! I just cannot see the beige or copper. Not sure if the dark brown would be any better! Any suggestions?