Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Slow Road to Health and Sewing

It's been a long two months while I focus on my health and while I'm still not at 100%, I'm finally starting to feel like myself again. I've also started sewing some small projects in the way of 3 blocks for Stash Bee. My own hive mates were amazing and sewed blocks for me for May and June but I felt well enough to sew my own block for July, which was a maple leaf:

Another hive needed 2 angel blocks that requested more traditional fabrics. Lucky for them I had an aunt that had given me just the types of fabrics that were needed. I just had to dig deep into my scrap bins to find them, praying that I hadn't donated all of them to charity. Luckily, I still had a few left.

For now, I still need to stick to small, short projects but I really miss playing on my longarm. But I have enough projects that need finishing, mostly borders and such. I think in another month or so I hope to try and do some longer periods of sewing the take a bit more concentration. Until then, baby steps. The same goes for blogging as well. Don't want to overdo it.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Blogging Break

I've had so many other posts that I thought I'd be posting this month but this wasn't one of them. Unfortunately, I'll be taking a medically required blogging break -- a break from blogging as well as catching up on all the awesome blogs I follow. I basically need to stay off my computer as much as possible. I will still respond to emails and do enough to maintain the Stash Bee website, but for now I'll be laying low.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

May's Goal: School Gifts

It's that time of year - crunch time for the end of school. I have 4 weeks before the end of school and just yesterday I was informed that next week is teacher appreciation week. Why do they never put that on the school's calendar to give me a heads up about it?!

So my goal this month is to make some teacher gifts. His super amazing 1st-grade teacher will be getting a rope bowl accented with purple fabrics (her favorite color) that will be filled with all sorts of fun goodies like coffee and gift cards. She will also get a handmade zipper pouch.  So far, the only thing I've pulled are the fabrics for the pouch:

I'd also like to make either zipper pouches or small rope bowls for his secondary teachers - for a total of 3 more gifts - for music, PE, and art.  So that's a total of 5 gifts in all, but given that they're smaller, it's totally doable.

Linking up to this month's OMG over at Elm Street Quilts.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Introducing... Eliza

I'm happy to announce that my long arm finally has a name. Eliza has joined the ranks with Ruby, Pearl, and Bessie. She and I are still getting acquainted, and while we had a bit of a rocky time this past week, we've really bonded. (If you've been following me on Instagram either on my own account or on 52Quilters, you'll have an idea of what I'm talking about - but I promise, I'll be posting about it early next week).

As you might have guessed, she's named after Eliza Hamilton, from the popular musical Hamilton. What can I say, the theatre geek in me just wouldn't be ignored. I flirted with the idea of naming her Peggy just for the pure humor of being able to say "And Peggy!" but ultimately it was Eliza that stuck.

And as you can see by what is on the frame, I met my goal for this month and finished making the extra blocks for my Stash Bee quilt. Here is a photo of it laid out on the front lawn.

Linking up to the OMG link party.

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