Moving Forward

Thanks for all who sent well wishes about my finger. In response to Sandy’s (Gray Barn Designs) sewing humor, my finger is “on the mend”.😄 My pointing finger will actually be pointy when it is totally healed. According to my doctor’s instructions, I have been spending time with my finger wound uncovered. This has prevented me from doing any cooking…Oh, darn! I have also not done much of anything else, in order to give my finger a chance to remain uncovered. I was told it would heal better if I did not keep it bandaged too much.
I have also been a bit hesitant and rotary blade-shy. I took stock of all the sharp and pointy tools used in sewing, and I made a commitment to Safety First. Today was my first day to try things out. I do have to move my finger so it won’t stay stiff. I bandaged the finger, took a deep breath, and picked up the rotary blade. I managed to cut the remaining fabric for the Blue Moon quilt. The fabrics are beautiful Batiks from Hoffman, Timeless Treasures and Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
I used a ruler gripper to cut this time, but not a glove. I’ll use a glove when my finger is totally healed. The gripper worked quite well. It feels much better to have my fingers above and away from the rotary blade!

I was also managed to sew black strips to 24 colored strips. It was a bit clumsy at first, but it got better.
   
My hand-stitching projects are out of the question for now. Hopefully, it will not take too long to get back to these projects.
In the meantime, I have signed up for a free online workshop by Shannon Brinkley, on how to grow your unique style.
I am also studying YouTube videos by Jude Hill. She makes beautiful spirit cloths. Her tutorials are inspirational. Once my finger is fully healed, and the flexibility returns, I would like to try creating my own versions of spirit cloths.
Any suggestions or recommended tutorials are greatly appreciated. I want to keep busy as I move forward in this healing process.

Finger Update

It looks like I won’t be working on my new quilt project for a while. As mentioned in an earlier post, I sliced a piece of my pointing finger with the rotary blade. I thought the cleaning and bandaging I did last night was enough. But when I went to clean it this morning, the bleeding started up again and I could see the finger was swollen. I am glad I decided to go to a clinic today. The PA pulled a piece of fabric out of the skin…Yikes! 😲 I really did a number on this finger. It is now cleaned and hopefully on the road to healing.
Next item on my list : Purchase a ruler gripper😉

Ouch

Today I was set aside for cutting fabric for a new quilt project. The pattern is Blue Moon. I purchased the pattern and fabric at the Undercover Quilt Shop in Seattle.
I had only three more fabric pieces to cut when I ran my finger over with the rotary blade. In the photo, what you see is a 1″ x 1/2″ slice of my finger.
                   
At least I did not get any blood on the fabric!

Fabric Pouches

I am so happy I ran across tutorials by Teesha Moore, on how to make fabric pouches. I have a canvas storage box filled with different sized pouches that I have prepared. As I sit to relax and watch movies, I pick up one of the pouches and start stitching and decorating. I had quite a few completed, when I realized I had enough to make a cover for a fabric journal.
There is really no need for me to start collecting any more objects, but over the past year, I have been collecting pin-back buttons and pins. Don’t ask me why, but all of a sudden I have a collection. Up until now, the pins and buttons have been tucked away in a drawer. On my trip to Seattle I found some cute additions for my collection. I thought it would be a great idea to make a fabric book to display my buttons.
One of my favorite pins: Guess What? Chicken Butt
I chose fabric pouches that fit together to make a 6″ X 8″ front and back book cover. Then, I made a fabric pouch book spine  that was the length of the covers. I made the width of the spine to fit the number of fabric signatures I made. The signatures were not all the same size, but close enough. I like the effect of the different sized signatures. I There is a mixture of hand-sewing and machine-sewing on the signatures. After completing the signatures, I sewed them down the center, onto the book spine. There are some “blank” signatures, ready to be filled with more pins and buttons.

Two Down…One More to Go

It feels good to have finished binding two large quilts. It took two days on each quilt, but it got done.

This is the Tannenbaum quilt that I made for my daughter-in-law’s sister. I purchased some of this fabric when I was in Fayetteville. The rest was purchased at the Mesquite Bean. The pattern called for an all white background, but I added color to the top corners.

I made a special quilt label with a picture of the sisters when they were children.

I will post the picture of the second quilt after I gift it.  My quilting friend used extra thick batting for this quilt and it is super comfy.
In between binding, I have been making quilted fabric pouches. These pouches are so easy and fun to make. I plan on making a fabric journal for my collection of button pins. The front and back cover for the journal will be these pouches.

Enough is Enough

It is taking me longer than I would like to get rid of this cough and cold that I caught on the last days of my trip to Seattle. Even though I am not at 100%, enough is enough.  My To-Do List kept calling me, so last night, I started binding one of three quilts that need to be bound. I want to get this done before I get back to piecing the house quilt that is in progress. I also have a new quilt I want to begin, using the fabric I bought in Seattle.
Is there anyone who likes binding quilts? I find it so tedious. Yet, the finishing touch it adds to the quilt is quite satisfactory.
In between binding, I have started making some fabric quilt pouches. When I was researching fabric quilt books and junk journals, I ran across art work by Teesha Moore. These pouches are perfect for creating small artwork while watching TV or just relaxing. Right now, I have no plan for using these pouches as book covers, bags, or wall hangings. I am just enjoying making them. Here is the link to four tutorials on how to make fabric pouches by Teesha Moore.
Recently, I have become interested in crows. I have been reading about the meaning and symbolism of crows. There are both negative and positive symbols. I am choosing to believe that a crow may be a symbol of life magic and mysteries . A crow can also symbolize intelligence, flexibility and destiny. This morning, I sketched  a crow on muslin. Then I pieced different black fabrics to fit the form which I sketched. After gluing the black and orange fabric, I ironed double back fusible to the crow. Then I machine stitched the crow, so I could cut it out. I ironed the crow applique I made to a green fabric. Then I followed Teesha Moore’s process for making a pouch.


Now that I have had some fun, I need to get back to binding.

 

Seattle

My trip to Seattle was a great get away. My daughter-in-law is a fun, fantastic travel companion.
We got to visit with my brother, enjoy cool weather, and experience Seattle. Our first stop was at the Seattle Design Center where my brother is the vice-president of Trammell-Gagne. After drooling over gorgeous fabric, I was given some free samples.  I have no idea how I will use these fabrics, but it will be fun just thinking about it.
The photo does not do justice to the quality and beauty of this fabric.
We sort of had an itinerary, but mostly, we acted on impulse. One of our impulses was to ride the ferry to Bainbridge, after we had already put in a morning of sight seeing different Seattle areas. We hopped on the ferry and walked onto Bainbridge Island, with no plan, low phone battery, and one battery charger. It is amazing how much we depend on the phone now. We used it for our map, our bus schedule, and eventually for Lyft. We walked up hills to a bar that kindly let us sit and recharge our phones. On our way to the bar, I saw quilts hanging out in front of all of the shops….I had walked into a quilt heaven. It just so happened that it was the day of the Bainbridge Quilt Festival. Since I could not use my phone camera, you will have to view the online site for the Bainbridge Quilt Festival that has all the 2019 quilts on display.
I also got to visit the Undercover Quilt Shop USA on Virginia Street, right by Pike’s Market. They had a beautiful, varied selection of fabric, and I purchased some fabric to make a quilt.
Everywhere I looked in Seattle, I could see designs, colors, lines, and spaces that were inspirational. What a great trip.
Now, I am recovering from a cold and cough that I caught while in Seattle. I guess it is a small price to pay for such a wonderful trip.
Today was the first day I felt better, so I made a little hand-stitched square while watching TV.

I have three quilts to bind, one quilt to finish, and one quilt to start. I think tomorrow will be the day I get back into my sewing room.

Quick Fix

My Juki sewing machine is back in order. Apparently, there was a screw loose…in the bobbin encasement…not me!🤪 It is the tiniest of screws, and we can’t figure out what made it loose.  The technician says he’s never seen a case like this. He kept asking me if I had adjusted it. I didn’t even know it was there! The loose screw was the culprit causing the tension problems. After the technician adjusted the tension, he checked out other parts and tidied up a bit. No charge, since I had just had it serviced this summer. I tried the machine out at the store and it seems to be back on track. I’ll put it to use when I return to my sewing room. Now there is no reason to be looking at new machines. Well, I’ll still keep looking, but there is no need to buy another one😁

Happy Dance

Last Sunday, I set three goals that I wanted to reach by today.
My three goals were : exercise; complete the 130 house blocks; and have fun.
Put a by exercise. I started Zumba classes this week and I. Love. It! My Meemaw friends and I danced and laughed through the sessions. It felt like a party, and not exercise. A bit sweaty, but fun just the same.
Put a by House Blocks. I completed all 130 houses. I may choose to make the quilt into a throw size and not use all of the house blocks. The leftovers can always be used in another project.
Put a fun. It has been a FUN week.

130 House Blocks

Also, I had a great time with family and friends at a baby shower for my daughter-in-law. My granddaughter told me that I was present on Grandparents day because she took the Flat Grammy I made. Apparently, I had a great time in third grade. I helped her with her spelling test, had fun in PE, and got a cookie for being there. The time spent in the back pack left Flat Grammy in a bit of disarray, but there was no permanent injury.
Another great piece of news is that my eldest son has moved back to the Austin area. I now have all three sons close to home.
I think this calls for a Happy Dance!
I hope you have had a great week also.
Thanks to all who have encouraged me to stick with the house quilt. It really helped me get this done.
The next two weeks will be very busy for me. My plan tomorrow is to clean and reorganize my sewing room before I shut it down for the next two weeks. It will be good to get away for a bit and re-energize.