It seems that everyone is really busy right now, with more things to do around the house, working from home, video conferencing, kids home from school, and trying to be sure we have what we need for an extended home stay-cation. I saw another blogger call it a ‘corona-cation’, and that seems like a good title too. I hope you are all staying safe and well. So, now that we are spending more time in our sewing and craft rooms, I wanted to find a way to inspire your creativity and sewing time. I keep thinking about the rabbit that begs not to be thrown in the briar patch, LOL, just where he wants to be!! Having projects helps me to focus and be productive, so I’m going to try to come up with some small and quick projects for you in the coming weeks in addition to the ongoing quilt alongs and charity projects we have going on now. I actually like it best when I have several going at once so I can move around as I get bored or tired of a project and want to change it up. Here’s what is going on in my sewing room this week. I finished up the nine patch quilt sashing, and ultimately decided not to add another border. It is already 60×72, and another border would make it a bit too big. So, I loaded it on the longarm and will work on quilting it over this week.
I finished the binding on the last To The Nines quilt, added the label, and it is ready to hand off to the QOV committee for awarding to a veteran soon.
Then, I got a new-to-me toy this week and I am really excited. My old Brother machine is just toast, and I have finally made the decision to let it go. Now I need to decide what to do about the embroidery part of the old one. This machine was purchased from a friend who didn’t want it anymore. It is practically new, only a year old and barely used. I couldn’t pass that up when she offered it to me, and I picked it up just a couple of days ago. I’m still going through the manual to learn how to use it.
I finished a quilt repair last week, and I have three more in the queue. When I get tired of sewing, I have more cards in the works for the Safelight Project.
So, fire up the slow cooker, and let’s have some fun. Click on Slow Cooker Recipes to see the ideas for chicken, beef and pork along with step by step instructions for some wonderful meals that cook while you sew. With St Patrick’s day this week, maybe you’d like my Slow Cooker Corned Beef with Cabbage and Cheddar Mashed Potatoes.
If you haven’t begun the Scrap Dance Twist Mystery quilt along, it isn’t too late. Step 1 Cutting Instructions were January, and February was the first sewing step. The third clue will post Friday of this week. Clues come out monthly so it is easy to work around your other projects and catch up when you need to. I have two more blocks to make, then assembly can begin. I have to stay far enough ahead to write the steps and have the pictures ready.
My Scrap Dance pattern line originated from the mystery quilt alongs. The patterns are designed to use up your leftovers from other projects. The patterns have fabric cutting in scrap sizes, and include multiple sizes of projects. I give a table, like this one, telling you what to pull from your scraps. See all my Scrap Dance patterns on My Patterns page, and you can order from there too. Leave a comment on this post, and I’ll draw 2 winners from the comments on Friday to get a free pattern from my Scrap Dance line. If you order and your name is drawn, I’ll refund your purchase for one pattern. Order three patterns and get a fourth one free.
I’m also doing a monthly quilt along from the book Vintage Christmas. See the first post at Vintage Christmas Quilt Along. We will do two blocks a month for six months, then put it all together so your project will be usable for this holiday season. Posts are the fourth Monday of each month.
If you have some bigger scraps lying around, make some case sets for gifts for your friends, get a head start on Christmas sewing, and for our Safelight Project. Download the free pattern – Safelight Case Sets
When going out is not recommended, retail therapy online to the rescue. Need a few fat quarters, a cute print for some case sets, or some nice background fabric? Bluprint is having a St Patrick’s Sale, use code LUCKYME for an extra 20% off your order of fabrics, notions and supplies at Bluprint, hurry this sale ends on Friday! The sales for National Craft Month are still going on too, with 50% Off All Classes, or get any ONE class for just $10 with code CREATE10.
So, what are you going to work on this week?