Friday, August 16, 2019

What I've Been Up To, Squirrel Strikes Again

Another week has flown by.   I've been busily working on daughter Katie's BD request, a crazy quilted wall hanging with a vintage mermaid in it. I'm almost finished with it, some finishing stitches and I will assemble it tomorrow, and share it on  Sunday for Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.

I have done the piecing on this month's assignment of Sweet Land of Liberty, which is being coordinated by Lori, of Humble Quilts on Quilts by Cheri Friendship Group on Facebook.

I got the economy blocks done, and the heart, still need to applique the people and tree  The tree shape was thanks to Nancy Messier at Joy for Grace.  I was having a hard time finding a primitive tree that was not a stick tree or Christmas tree and she kindly shared her drawing.  I hope to get that appliqued tonight after I finish stitching the border on the CQ mermaid.

I got the snails trail blocks done.  I have more than was needed, as the pattern I had made 2.  

I had 2 blocks that were way to wonky anyway.  

I pulled out some 2.5 inch neutral squares for my project in the My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop hosted by Carla at Creatin In The Sticks coming up September 9-13.

This is where the squirrel led me astray.  It was a good thing though.  After I had finished beading the mermaid piece, I went to put them away, and it was bugging me they were in several locations, some of them not even accessible.

I have a pet peeve about my seed beads getting mixed up.  Some of those containers you can get for beads, with all those little compartments, that are adjustable allow beads to slip under the barrier, and then they get mixed up.  So a number of years ago, I bought a new container, that had a compartment on top, and on the bottom you could swing the top open and put your other beads in containers down there.

The trouble with this was that when you swung it open, the seed beads started falling out where the hinge was.  To combat that I put a piece of Glad Wrap across so they wouldn't fall out when I got in the bottom space.  I also tended not to look in the top because I was going to have to peel the Glad Wrap off and the beads were stuck to it, and if you brushed them off, they would start falling in the wrong compartment.  

The squirrel got me thinking of a side table DH made a number of years ago to to beside my chair in the sitting room.  2 drawers were filled with CQ papers, and the third was filled with some other stuff.  

So I spent two days reorganizing my beads , and picking all the ones out of that container that has the Glad Wrap on it, and into another container I had upstairs in storage. I'm really happpy with the result!

The other thing the squirrel got me to do today was to get a start on straightening up my office.  I had set a huge pile of patterns/books, etc aside to sell on Etsy.   I've been slowly adding things to  my shop here.  I hope to get a button on my blog soon.  .

That's all for now.  Thanks for stopping by! 


K Reeves said...

Sometimes the reorganization of a fiddly thing is the best possible use of time for the future! I stopped and did some cleaning up in my sewing space after the fair exhibits left, and now I am once again inspired to sew. Good thing, because I am about 5 blocks behind on the Vintage quilt I'm doing from Lori Holt!

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Love your snail blocks! I really need to make some one day... I know what you mean with those bead containers... it's so annoying when the beads go over into the other compartments. Glad I am not the only one who gets distracted by squirrels! xx

Susan said...

Wow you have been busy lately while I was off in Never, Never Land! Great bead storage idea. I use the round containers for fish bait to store a lot of my beads, and sometimes get extra tubes at the bead shop for nothing, too. If you have a lot of beads, accessible storage is always an issue, but I think you've solved your problem with this! Your SLOL is right on target and so far ahead of me, I can't even see it. LOL

Karen said...

I find that Snail's Trail blocks are time consuming. You really have to pay attention to which way the angles are placed. You did well.