Monday, December 10, 2012

Poking Along

I've been busy lately, but not with much in the way of quilting, unfortunately.  My father-in-law passed away at the end of November, so we've been busy dealing with all that that entails.  There has been little time for sewing or even for getting ready for Christmas.  So, I may be even quieter around here than I have been lately.

I have managed to find some time in the quilt studio.  I did get to make 2 Star-Crossed blocks for the Block Lotto this month.  They were quick and easy.  I just opened my scrap bin and took the first fabrics that caught my eye.  I think they came out pretty good, considering I didn't agonize about them at all.  We didn't have a color scheme this month, just had to be sure to have light, medium and dark fabrics.  I think these will be all I can manage this month.

I'm now up to 40 blocks on my Low Volume quilt - half-way!  Yesterday I declared the day a Mental Health Day and spent all day in the quilt studio.  All I can say is I LOVE the Bluetooth on my cell phone!  It leaves my hands free to cut, iron and sew while I'm on the phone, and I managed to get quite a few blocks done.  I'm really liking this one!  It's so different for me, and it's a nice change.  Frankly, I'm a little surprised I've managed to find so many light fabrics in my stash.  And yes, this is completely from stash!  Whoo hoo!  I have a big basket of full of cut pieces, so when I need some sewing/therapy time, I can just sit down and sew.  I love that.

One day last week, my friend C. came over and I cut some blocks for her.  That was fun.  I love cutting fabric up and visiting at the same time.  Well, while I had everything out on the kitchen counter (there is no room in the studio for two people at the same time - I MUST get around to cleaning it one of these days!), I went ahead and cut a bunch of projects for me to work on.  These will be Christmas gifts, so I can't say much else now.  But at least it's all cut and ready to sew for when I can manage to slip into the studio for a few minutes.  Now I just need to get this all sewn up in a timely manner, so it's ready for the Big Day.  Oh come on, force me to sew!  *grin*

Happy quilting!


  1. Sorry for your loss.
    I used some scrap triangles and sewed up some hsts to start my low volume quilt. It's not as low volume as yours but I think it will do. I'll post what I've done soon. Yours is really growing! Mental health days are so important.
    Get stitching!

  2. Your low volume is so pretty. I love that faded, shabby chic, look. The block is so simple, but it comes off as more complicated.
    I haven't done my block lotto blocks yet. I have been agonizing!
    Light, dark, medium(???)....where does one begin?? Then there is the Easy Street mystery. That is hogging a lot of sewing time.

  3. Oh geez.
    Sorry to hear about you father-in-law!

  4. I'm sorry to hear about your father-in-law. But your quilt blocks are sure fun! I've never seen that pattern before.

  5. Sorry to hear about your father-in-law, Sharon. Your low volume quilt is looking great. I love to get busy and cut a bunch of things out. You can actually see something accomplished. Happy sewing!

  6. Sharon, I'm so sorry to hear about your father-in-law - my condolences and prayers go out to your whole family, and great big hugs.

  7. Sorry to hear of your family loss. Condolences to everyone. It's nice to sneak away into the sewing studio to relax, take your mind off life, and just regroup. It was my salvation during difficult times. As for Christmas and decorating, hang a few bright quilts, dress the kitchen table with a holiday table cloth, hang a wreath and call it good! Worked in my house.

  8. Sorry to hear about your father-in-law. Thoughts and prayers for your whole family.
    The low volume is wonderful. Love some of the black and whites you included.

  9. Sorry to read about your father-in-law's passing. My thoughts are with you and DH at this time.

  10. So sorry to read about your loss Sharon!!

    Your low volume top is really shaping up nicely! Isn't it so satisfying to sew from the ole stash!!! I finished/quilted my Light White Summertime (low volume) quilt and I LOVE it. I need to get some photos taken and share!

  11. I am sorry to hear about your loss.

    How very talented you are. I love quilts. I like to buy them and have toyed with the idea of learning how to make them but never seem to get around to it.

    You come from Canberra? I lived there for over 20 years. Wonderful city.

    As for mental health days - they are essential. I have 'doona days' and I always feel much more able to face the world afterwards.

    Have a great Christmas in the Nation's Capital. I always call it that because I find that people are so negative when I tell them I come from there. My daughter on the other hand gets, "you mean people were born in Canberra?" Strange reactions always.

  12. Sorry to read about your Father in Law. Hope you had a good Christmas.


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