I’ve been MIA for much too long. I have no excuse for it – I just haven’t had anything to say. Or rather, it seemed like too much effort to say that I hadn’t really been doing very much.
I have been spending a lot of time with various family activities, which has been marvelous. Most recently we were at the beach with all the kids and most of the grandkids.
Also, I spent a number of days spread out over a few months watching all the episodes of Downton Abbey. If you have been living under a rock or just got back from a trip to Mars or just haven’t really paid attention, Downton Abbey the movie premiered last month. It was a continuation of the PBS series, which I have on DVD. Since my dear friend, Barb and I are big fans, we thought it would be a good idea to review the series before going to see the movie. Then we went for tea and scones before going to the theater. That was a lovely day.
Other things I’ve been doing:
1) hand sewing on my Tea Leaves quilt. I’ve been working on this off and on for nine years – maybe in another nine, I’ll be able to get it finished!
2) cutting scraps – one week that was all I did. When I woke up, I’d drink my tea and trim scraps. During the day, every chance I got, I’d trim scraps. After supper was over and cleaned up, I’d trim scraps. For a whole week!! And you know what? I still have a humongous $#!? load of scraps that need to be trimmed!!! Since my goal is to use up most of my craft supplies before I die I’m going to have to live to 183!!!
3) I’m still cutting scraps, but recently I decided to also do some sewing and finish some of the many UFOs that are hidden all over the house. Mom’s table runner is done, my reversible fall/Christmas table runner is done, the patriotic checkerboard quilt is quilted and ready for binding, I hemmed three pair of capris (finally!) and I started sewing the sashing onto the fall homespun quilt blocks.
4) Now I’m using Jack to rip the sashing off, because I had to cut and sew sashing onto all the blocks before my brain actually let the math sink in and I realized I was making a quilt top that would be too large to actually load onto the frame to be quilted, besides being too big for my bed! Erg! I really don’t like to un-sew!
I’m not going to review previous goals today (since I just got done telling you all what I have done, whether goal related or not)
1) continue cutting scraps – at this time part of that goal is to cut enough 2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangles to fill a project box for a future scrap quilt or two.
2) Sew binding on patriotic checkerboard quilt
3) Quilt Sister’s Nine Patch
4) after un-sewing with Jack (the Ripper) get fall homespun into a top to eventually quilt.