I hope everyone's weather has been as
fantastic as ours! The rain stopped and it
has been perfect out! Fall is my favorite
season but days like these make me wonder
if spring might...Nah, love me some autumn!
But it is absolutely beautiful and it makes
it very hard to be in the house sewing.
That being said, I didn't do too badly this week,
granted I kept the to-do's on the lighter side.
1) Ombre Lattice quilt: Finish all blocks
Bearing in mind the major jelly roll issue I have,
I got all possible blocks made and am now needing
to hit the LQS for at least 5 more shades.
I'm not sure I'll be using every block up there.
The shades I find will determine this.
2) Farmer's Wife: Two more blocks
Oops, only one.
Blaming this on the great weather.
3) Start on 30's quilt
I made a lot of progress here!
First, I pulled all of my 30's fabrics out.
These were the main two featured in my other 30's quilt.
This quilt needs to be pretty similar so I'm repeating.
I'm just crossing my fingers there is enough
of that green to put on the back as well.
The rest of my 30's stash is pretty scrappy so I did
some bargain shopping online and now have eight
new fabrics (1 yd each) arriving next week.
I also sketched up the general idea on the EQ8 but
these blocks are subject to change. I will also likely
put a piano key border in there somewhere.
Again, this is just a rough idea.
I am curious what everyone thinks of putting that
block in the border corners. I know it's usually
a different size and/or even a different block but to
bring this to a queen sized quilt, the border ended up
being exactly 8" so I threw that chain block in there.
I kind of like it. Thoughts?
Here is the first of 32 chain blocks made up.
4) Knitting: Scarf progress
I did a little bit but I have yet to grab a progress pic.
A few other things, non-quilty/knitty
(well, one thing very quilty):
A newspaper/straw barrier down on my tomatoes
and put up a fence to keep the chickens from
tearing through it all (they love straw!).
I also pulled this rock path, raised it up a couple inches
and got it put back down--a little more level this time.
This included digging up all flowers and replanting
them, along with some different ones. I have space
left to add in more (soon!).
It looks so much better....in real life--sigh.
I also took out all but a few of the iris;
they'll thicken back up in no time.
(Between the bunnies and the chickens, I just go
ahead and put fence around everything.
Not as pretty but it sure avoids the frustration!)
I struggle to toss anything landscape-worthy
so I put the iris on the side of the chicken run
where they should do just as well.
The girls got a new coop sign, by the way.
"The Breakfast Club"
Overall the garden is doing very well. I'm now picking
strawberries daily--they're so flavorful!
The YMCA has opened in limited capacity so I have
started doing some strengthening on the machines
with the help of my DS who's really into all of that.
Here's hoping that helps with some of my issues.
Lastly, a friend and I took a short road trip to two
smaller-town quilt shops. Sadly, neither had
my ombre confetti fabric but I still scored at
my favorite $5 clearance rack:
Left to right:
2 grays: West Point quilts
2 creams: both Henry Glass fabrics that are in my
Farmer's Wife quilt; this is super because I was
running out of background fabrics. YAY!
White & brown dot: 6+ yards, background for something.
I snapped just a few pics for those of you who
are starving for some LQS time.
This next one is not really my style but I
admire the work put into it:
Moving on to next week's to-do's:
1) Purchase fabrics to finish remaining ombre lattice blocks.
I know they have them at one of the LQS's here.
I just haven't made it out there yet.
2) Farmer's Wife: two blocks
(three would be better to make up for this week!)
3) 30's quilt: cut out all chain blocks while working
on QAL pics and directions. See how many I can
get pieced up.
4) Evening knitting: this just isn't a priority but I don't
want it to go "UFO" so just any progress is good.
And with that, I am off for some actual coffee shop time!
Things are opening up and life is heading back to
some sort of normal...whatever that is anymore.
Looking forward to checking in with this week's to-do
link up. It's always encouraging and inspiring to see
what everyone is making!
Happy gardening and quilting!
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