Do Over

This week was a total do over. I’m still fighting the crud that makes me want to sleep all the time. I went to guild in the morning yesterday and came home and slept. I went to bed early even. I’m glad there are no other symptoms, but the constant fatigue needs to go.
Very little moved in the sewing room this week. I brought a kit home from guild that will sew up into a charity quilt. I’m not counting it as fabric in since I don’t get to keep it. It’s just visiting for a while.

charity-quilt-kit

This kit even included binding fabric. I like these super scrappy quilts more with each one I make.
Linking up to Patchwork Times.
Fabric in: 70 yards
Fabric out: 21 5/8 yards
Net Added: 48 3/8 yards

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A Little Quilting Decision

So less than a month into the school year license boy managed to bring home one of those multi-symptom always evolving nasties that make you wish you could spend the day in bed. I got off easy with mostly fatigue. Still, it cut into the creative time.
Since I wasn’t up to basting a big quilt, I decided to pull out the monochromatic challenge piece and finish it in a multi-color kinda way.

monochromatic-design

I trimmed three sides and left one uneven because I liked it that way. I sketched the design in fuchsia and plan to sew it that way. It was the only color that popped when I auditioned thread.
Not sure about the rest of the design. I like to let it unfold in its own time.
My goal is to finish it for Art Quilt Group Tuesday. I am sadly behind on the monthly challenges and want off that train.
I could use a little more creative play in my life.

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The Big Quilting Decision

I finished sewing Joan’s Garden together, as much as I plan to for quilting.

joans-garden-top

I decided to quilt it myself using a quilt as you go method. I bought the wide bed sewing machine for that purpose and feel bad I haven’t used it more. I also feel compelled to start quilting all my own stuff. It’s the next logical step in my quilting journey.
This top is as good a place to start as any. All those fabrics should hide a multitude of sins.
I made sure I was nowhere near a place I could buy fabric this week.
I’m linking up to Patchwork Times.
Fabric in: 70 yards
Fabric out: 21 5/8 yards
Net Added: 48 3/8 yards

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Dropping Yogurt, Adding Oatmeal

I’m outdoing myself on the new foods lately.
After trying and not liking the soy yogurt, I switched to coconut milk yogurt. I liked that even less. It has an underlying tang to it that doesn’t appeal to me. I hear there are almond milk yogurts on the market, but I haven’t found them in the local stores.
Since I haven’t found a non-dairy yogurt I like, I’ve dropped the idea of making it myself.
The next new food to hit my table was gluten free oatmeal.

gluten-free-oatmeal

I admit I’m not a big oatmeal fan beyond adding it to chocolate chip cookies. I decided to give it a try with the weather turning colder. I want something hot and filling and satisfying when it’s cold outside.
It rates a thumbs up from me. I even screwed up and added too much water and it still turned out good. It had plenty of apple pieces and not too much cinnamon. Maybe next time I’ll add some nuts. I wouldn’t want something that sweet for breakfast, but I’d eat it for lunch or dinner. It definitely made a healthier dessert than a handful of M&Ms.
I also bought the oatmeal because every ingredient is a recognizable food item. No weird chemicals. No mystery ingredients. I can pronounce every word.
By cutting nearly all the dairy and gluten from my diet I stopped the headaches and feel much better. It took a solid two weeks for me to notice the difference. It’s so easy to get a little sloppy about your diet over time because gradual changes in health tend to go unnoticed. I’m back on track now and ready to try other new foods.

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Stash Report And Garden Rows

I so wanted to start a new project yesterday. I’m a little bored with posting about the same quilt all the time with me sewing at a snail’s pace. Before I made it into the sewing room reasonableness won out. I need to work on the twenty-something projects in process first or I’ll never clear the clutter out of my workspace.
I’m half way through sewing the rows together for Joan’s Garden.  The next row is spread out across the ironing board.  A big quilting decision looms in the near future.

joans-garden-rows

I’m linking up at Patchwork Times.
Fabric in: 70 yards
Fabric out: 21 5/8 yards
Net Added: 48 3/8 yards

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September a Lovely Year Of Finishes

I haven’t seen a finish since July, but that won’t stop me from setting another ALYoF goal.
This month the choice is easy. I want to get the Joan’s Garden quilt blocks sewn together to the point the quilting can start.

joans-garden-layout

I haven’t decided if I will quilt it or not. Doesn’t matter. That’s the goal.
Just for fun I’ll add another project to the September short list. I need something small to balance out the other project. I’m going with piecing the heart applique quilt.

applique-Raffle-Block

It needs a dogtooth border. I picked the fabrics and everything. It sits on the bed, patiently waiting for me.
I’m linking up to Fiber Of All Sorts.

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Garden Layout

I finished sewing all the blocks and finalized the arrangement.

joans-garden-layout

I started squaring blocks and sewing them together.
I like the individual blocks more than I like the quilt. I hope it grows on me as I sew the top together and quilt it.  The quilt looks less green in person than it does in the picture.
I know I want to explore some variations on this pattern, maybe with smaller blocks and sashing, definitely different colors. Neutrals might be fun. Maybe white on black fabric with primary colors?
Gotta love the endless possibilities.

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