May 31, 2016

Moira: Long Weekend

Lots going on around here these days - Last 5 days of school start today for me, just finished the long Memorial Day weekend and I'm going nuts trying to get everything finished up on my list of to-do's before heading out on a 3 wk road trip.  Making progress in some areas, others not so much (that vacuum cleaner is still not out of the   One thing that did happen was to actually put a couple of quilts for myself on to my list of projects that need to be completed this year.   Been a while since I've actually made something for me.

Finished off two commissions - the tub liner and one of the leather knife sheaths, this one is for one of my coworkers for school.   Three more knife sheaths to go and they will be done.

Embellished a t-shirt for my mom with some kitty fabric for her BD.  Gift is running late.....oops

And then finished the weekend by making a pair of flannel pillowcases for a Christmas present for my Dad.

I also played with my design for the May Block design contest this weekend.   The traditional block is the Drunkard's Path and curved piecing is not something I enjoy.  To get any sort of a design in the final 12" block I ended up with 3" finished sections.  the pieced sections are all made from scraps that I've had leftover from prior blocks.   I free-pieced the the spiky sections based on the size and shape of what I had in my scraps.

I did not keep the itty-bitty trimmings from these blocks!  the block shades from a navy blue down to a bluish-silver.   The quarter circles will be appliqued onto the appropriate square before they are all sewn together.  Block has to be finished and photographed by next weekend so that I can get it uploaded before the contest deadline.

And then there was the 'fun' of getting my old Singer model 66 out to use to sew the leather sheaths and find out that it had been too long since I last opened it up 'cause the belt had broken......Argh.    Thankfully if I go real slow, as in turn the wheel by hand, on my Kenmore I can get the sheaths sewn.   Now comes the fun of trying to find another belt for it while living out here in the middle of nowhere.


ladyhawthorne said...

The internet is your friend for finding old parts. Try ebay or amazon.

Pretty quilt block. We have the drunkard's path (traditional) quilt my Nana made. Took her forever and was so confusing to put together. I don't care to work on curved pieces either.

cq4fun said...

Rats! Tuesday sneaked by again, but I didn't have anything to share anyway. =P YOU, on the other hand, had a LOT to share!

Suztats said...

More great finishes marked off your list. I like the quilt block and the pillowcase fabric.

Judy S. said...

I can't believe how much you accomplish every week, especially while in the throes of the last week of school! Love the t-shirt you made for your mom, and I am sure she will, too. Have a fabulous trip!

Moira said...

Judy - it is my stress relief! And with all the crap going on at school right now I need it more than ever.