Sunday, March 30, 2014

March ALYOF Update

It's time to link up!
A Lovely Year of Finishes
I finished my goal for March!

Honestly, I couldn't be more glad that it's done.
This one was really hard to finish.  I didn't love making it.

This one has sat incomplete for a LONG LONG time.

In fact, I think I only have one other UFO that is this old.

retro rubies front

retro rubies back

But it's done.  Forgive the crummy indoor pics.  (I have been writing all day and working on hand quilting.)  I have to find a home for this guy.  This summer is going to involve some quilt clearing.  I'm not sure if I'll try to sell some locally, but my husband is getting tired of my stacks, I think.

I'm still not 100% from bronchitis and a sinus infection side lining me about a week ago.  I'm slowing getting back into sewing.  Odds are good my FAL list of completes is going to be smaller than I planned...which hasn't stopped me from starting a few new projects.  I put together this top.
It's my second one for Melissa's Starlight Starbright Quilt Along.  This one will be made into a top for a teacher friend who is retiring this year.  My value balance isn't perfect, but it will work.  It's going to be living on a boat!

Starlight 2

I'm a huge fan of Botanics and Architextures.  So much fun playing with these.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

missing my sew-jo

But at least now I kind of know why.

I've been sick for two weeks.  My parents came to visit last week.  I lost my smart key.  (MAJOR BUMMER, $$$)  I haven't been sewing much.  Broke a walking foot.  Felt badly about dragging everything out of where I had stuffed it for the parental visit.  Yesterday, the coughing jags started.  No amount of steam was fixing it.
I finally dragged myself to the clinic after work.
Sinus Infection.
Fluid in one ear.
Cough meds.
A puffer (that one is new. haven't ever had one before.)

I slept a lot after.
I still have to go in to hand out a math test tomorrow.
Then home to sleep again.

I'm looking forward to feeling well.  Soon.  Being able to breathe.  Having my sew-jo back.

Monday, March 3, 2014

ALYOF March goal...

I've been a blog slacker lately.

In part because I've been trying to clean and clear up scraps.

*sigh* I don't feel like I've been completely successful with either.  My walking foot is acting up, so I've ordered another one.  I haven't touched my Crazy/Twisted section yet.

My folks are coming for a visit next week so this week will be filled with frantic cleaning.  I'd much rather be sewing.  But I'm going to have to hide most of my sewing stuff.  Is it wrong that I've started a list of projects I want to sew at Stash Bash?  Is a list of ten too much?

I'm dancing a bit more, but I've also not been stellar in my eating habits.
On the up side, I'm going to be subbing for my teacher in a few weeks.  That's kind of exciting.  Plus, now I can't stop dancing or leading a class for an hour and fifteen will be embarrassing.

Ok...enough kvetching.  My goal for March.
So, I'm keeping it low key.  I've got my Retro Rubies almost done.  It just needs binding and burying threads.  I kind of hate this quilt.  I'm finding that some of my long standing FAL projects are there just because I wasn't having fun doing them.  I really didn't have fun with this one.  For some reason, the piecing was a struggle (and I've done curves before and liked them).  Because I didn't have any extra, I had to use some of the wonkier bits.  When I was quilting it, I shattered two needles.  (Turns out that was probably when the walking foot started failing.)  The thread kept breaking.  I just wanted to get it done.  I've cut the binding, but I haven't even sewn the pieces together or ironed it.  Y'all, that's not like me.  So, I'm putting this on the March list so I'm not tempting to bury it and give up on it.

I don't have a more recent pic on flickr.  So, this one will have to do.

retro rubies, still in pieces
If you follow me on IG, you've seen the progress.  Hopefully I'll get it done in the next week.  Then, I just have to figure out what to do with it because I am not feeling a strong desire to keep this one.  (Also odd for me.)

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