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!