Greetings from lovely HOT HOT HOT South Texas, and I mean HOT! Quilting here since May has been SLOW SLOW SLOW with not one quilt finished since May! It has been like hanging from a tree waiting for the bear to quit biting at my feet so I can climb down and start my life again! Enough of this! I THINK that by the middle of September I may be able to get back to my quilting and OH am I ever wanting BOREDOM in my life again. I am sure that Clay does too as we both just hate those UFR health issues that seem to come more and more as we get older!
Here is an update on what little quilting has been going on in my Studio in the last month! I have been working on RSC 2017 Challenge – a 4 patch quilt. I wanted some mindless sewing but yet work on a quilt project. I have completed the following for my RSC 2017 project – 28 blocks of purple and white; 28 blocks of blue and white; and now working towards the teal and white blocks, but only 5 blocks finished. I am not going to do black or neutrals. So maybe I will have all completed by October (what a dreamer I am)! I am going to put this project away as I am tired of mindless work and want to do something different. I have no idea how I am going to set all of the blocks – guess that will be done when I am completely finished driving myself nuts with mindless work!
Sample of Finished Blocks!
RSC 2017 Challenge Only 61 Blocks – Seems like it should be 100
I love the Teal Blocks
I did complete one block for Ms Potts and have two ready to appliqué. There are 2 other blocks that I have not worked on and will probably change the blocks as I do not like the pattern so those are definitely on the back burner, in fact they may just go into the fire!
Ms Potts Block – No I did not mess up the Vase – that is the way the pattern is!
Today I am going to start prepping some embroidery work (if I get off the computer). I have a BOM that I purchased from Kathy Schmitz in 2013??? I completed the January Block and had started working on the February Block, but never finished it. I am in the mood for embroidery so today I am going to prep another block just to have it ready to work on in the evenings and hopefully it would be nice to have both completed by next Wednesday before surgery.
February Snowman – Whoops – Needs his hand!
March Winds – Next Block to work on!
I want to prep Section 5 of Stonefields but that may take me a day or so to do that as it means selecting fabric and cutting out the freezer paper. I also want to try Sashiko but of course I have been wanting to do that since 2014 so I am hoping that I will find the time to work on that technique before the end of 2017! Where has the time gone? I have found out that being a one-handed quilter just doesn’t cut it! LOL
As you can see I am like a squirrel gathering nuts for the winter time by preparing my projects to work on in the evening time during the winter evenings IF we have a winter (for South Texas that may be NEVER!). We have had nothing but 100+ and high humidity along with horrible heat indexes. I have had to give up my early morning walking and now I am doing a Stationary Bike inside – which is fine with me until we have “cooler” weather!
In 2018 there are two quilt shows that I hope to be ready to enter, New Braunfels and Austin Shows. I was unable to enter the San Antonio Show this year due to those lovely UFRs, darn! At least I will be able to attend the show and see what South Texas quilters are working on.
My Carpel Tunnel Surgery on left hand has been delayed until 31 August, so now I have about 7 days to really relax and quilt, as long as no one finds out! Phones off the hook and the gate lock!!! LOL We went through a tough month again but it turned out fine Clay missed the bullet. I wish I had his immune system! So healthy!
Were you aware that there are ONLY 132 days until we have an opportunity to start a new year – 1 January 2018! I remember in 1992 how much I wanted that year to be over with and was so happy to bring in 1993 – it ended up being one of the best years of my life!
Vacations to the Gulf Coast are scheduled for the week of Thanksgiving and Christmas! We have rented a Cottage with 2 bedrooms and a full kitchen and living room at Fulton Beach and are looking forward to the Holiday Getaways! I am sure there will be a short get away in October to ABH (anywhere but home) to celebrate being through with Doctors for 2017!
If I am lucky enough to complete some of my little short goals between now and 31 August, I will do one more update, if not, it will probably be in mid-September or a little later when I will do another post. Until then, happy stitching, keep cool or warm (if you live in Iceland) and see you in September! (I think my Scorpio humor is showing today!!!!)