Let's see how I spent my time...
SUNDAY - Today, I revealed my final entry for Season 11 of Project QUILTING. Here is a preview, in case you happened to have missed that post:
Sarah announced the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge 2020 over on Confessions of a Fabric Addict. I signed up BEFORE the official start, but YOU can head over to sign-up now.
There are five (now six) different organizations scheduled to receive the quilts made this year. You can choose the ones that best match the type of quilts you like to make. Guidelines for each charity can be found at the link above.
(While encouraged to choose from the participating charities,) Quilters are free to donate to an organization close to home, in the event that they need to save on postage or they may donate to an organization close to their heart, as there are only SEW many hours in the day to make the quilts we want to make.
MONDAY - I am happy to announce that Maggie's scrap bag mug rug has been completed. I finished this little beauty last night:
Here's another look at it in the light of day:
The backing was compliments of (one of) Ella and Barry's recent (or not so recent) scrap haul(s.) Want to hear the best news?? I even remembered to attach one of my labels to the back:
I attacked this pile of fabric...
... And made these two blocks using some light TEAL scraps...
... In advance of tomorrow's blog post. What fun!
I also released a new Sew Some Love Sunday post. What?!?! It's just a LITTLE bit late. :P
TUESDAY - This morning, I released a new Tutorial Tuesday post. (It may be the 1st actual tutorial here on the blog.) Special thanks to my friend Tiffany for providing the content!! You won't want to miss the super quick quilt:
Once that was done...
Permission to play!! That's what I gave myself with another set from a darker shade of TEAL:
Before settling down to...
This pile of scraps (and about 10 others just like it!) arrived on Friday when delivering Ruth S's quilt. I sorted these out (over the weekend) for a project to keep me busy during the last week of TEAL month at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Now seems like a good time to decide what to make:
I picked out a few sets of fabric to have a little TEAL fun:
WEDNESDAY - Last night I finished up this Mug Rug made from the scraps from Table Topper that Ruth S. made for the (theoretically) upcoming SECU Family House Volunteer event...
... And machine stitching it down on the back. This is directly OPPOSITE of how I normally do my binding application.
My review of the method...
By using a wider strip of fabric than my norm, this method made for nice crisp corners. (That may have been true of my usual method, too.) I do LIKE the lack of a stitching line on the front edge of the quilt, as it looks more like a hand finished quilt. However, I (personally) am NOT fond of the line of stitches this makes around the perimeter of the quilt. I do LIKE the clean finish the method gives the back of my quilt:
I'm really glad I tried Allison's tutorial. The BACK of my quilt looks phenomenal!! (It may take some practice to get the FRONT of the quilt to look as good.)
Would you try it, again, Joyful???
You bet! That being said, I think I will use my "old standby" technique with a wider binding strip next time just to see how that compares (to what I usually do.)
I have been in need of a laptop case for my new(ish) computer. It's just thatmuch too big for the case from the old one. Enter MORE scraps in (a very light shade of) TEAL from last week's gifted scraps. This time, a lone Four Patch block. Just ignore the fact that it's been sliced:
Once sliced, I rearranged the pieces:
Try to ignore the fact that the resulting Disappearing 4 Patch could benefit from another date with my handy dandy iron:
Hmm... what to do next? Let's go back to the TEAL scrap pile and see what pieces and parts might work:
Additional progress will occur AFTER some time is spent on more pressing projects. You know the ones I'm thinking of, don't you? The ones with actual deadlines!! Sigh...
To that end, I prepared the backing fabric chosen for the next quilt to be longarmed. And, LOOK!! There's TEAL in that project, too:
The top is currently 55 x 69. Perfect for Mercyful Quilts! This will be my first H2H quilt for this year's drive.
THURSDAY - This morning, I attended my first Weekly Quilt Group meeting in quite a few weeks. No!! We didn't meet face to face. We met on Zoom. This was the 2nd week for our Virtual Bee, but I just didn't have it in me to attend last week's meeting. :o((
After the meeting, members will email or text project photos for inclusion in an upcoming post on our group blog. I have volunteered to write up those posts to give the regular CCLQ editor a break. I've actually already started this week's post! :o))
I had planned to share this photo of my new project:
I ended up sharing the three little projects that you've already seen.
The other thing I did this morning was release the first post in a new blog series. If you are interested in what my life is like in the time of "Social Distancing", here is a link to the first edition of Quarantine Chronicles. Some of the information overlaps and other bits are Corona-cation specific. I decided that keeping things a bit separate felt better to me than clogging up every post with the sordid details of life specific to the pandemic.
FRIDAY - My new mini quilt from the other day found a home! It is serving as my "kitchen quilt"... Until we get April's color announcement from Angela next week. It is doing a brilliant job of filling the room with cheer:
I got the big board out for another project this afternoon, then I pressed the next set of TEAL blocks for my niece's wedding quilt...
Since the big board was still out, this evening I pressed the remaining fabric for my Magic Star quilt:
SATURDAY - It's LINK PARTY day for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge over on Angela's So Scrappy blog. If you like shades of TEAL, you won't want to miss it! Since it's the last Saturday of the month, there will probably be some fabulous wrap-up posts.
After linking-up with the RSC Quilters, I'm going to go sew the 4 additional sets of TEAL/purple Magic Star block parts that I cut after dinner last night:
And from the other side of the lamp, these:
This one from Libby @ Hillside Quilter is the first one that I see when I turn on the studio lights:
Wave at the top due to the wire, NOT due to Libby's binding!!!
Sharing with Cynthia