That's Theo (now wanting to be called Teddy) going to check out the spiders. We think the web might glow in the dark. Hum, I wonder when I can figure out if it does or not?
Yep, I ended up with no Monday Meanderings post and skipped right on to To Do Tuesday. I will share part of Monday distractions at the end of this post.
First up -- my very weak goals achievements from last week. I will note that it doesn't really bother me that I didn't accomplish all my goals. I'm still getting tired from the Covid bout and my motivation levels have been lower than usual. That said I will tout my forward progress on several projects.
Bind Flowers and 9 Patch quilt — started not finished
Quilt and bind another quilt — more than half quilted
✅Finish sewing Tumbling Triangles together
Border Oct UFO Challenge Quilt — nothing done
Make ✅Sept & October BOM from A Quilting Life -- one still to do
✅Work on Halloween quilt — laid the first border out and a possible second border. But no sewing.
Finish quilting and bind quilt
Finish binding Flowers and 9 Patch quilt
Make October BOM from A Quilting Life
Work on Halloween quilt
Border Oct UFO Challenge Quilt
Sew borders on Traffic Jam
Oh my! It's as long as last week's list! Although several goals are well on their way to completion.
I messed up the binding on Flowers and 9 Patch by sewing the binding to the front of the quilt. Normally I'd sew the second time by machine except I don't like machine sewing from the back. So I'm hand stitching that. I was multi tasking the binding while Ruthie quilted the next quilt. All was going fine when unbeknownst to me the top thread jumped out of one of the guides. A half later I realized it. The back tension was a flat line. So I ripped it out. Not that hard actually because I could pull out that back thread pretty easily. That was in the evening on Sunday. Poof -- the week was gone.
Here's what I seemed to spend way more time on than anything else. (Nope, it wasn't on the list.)
I made this walker bag and turned it into the guild outreach committee last week. The floral fabric has a definite late 80s vibe to me. It's a decorator fabric so it is a bit heavier than quilting cotton. Unfortunately, I have about 15 yards more of the fabric I was given from an estate of a quilter. (Or at least I "think" that is where I got it.) My issue is I don't have many fabrics I can use with it. I have one more cut out. And I'll be scouring my stash to see if I have any other fabrics I can pair with it. Or maybe I'll check JoAnns for clearance fabrics that might go with it. I hope I can find some more velcro and grosgrain ribbon in my stash. I liked this pattern and if you want to make some walker bags check out the pattern here. Evidently, I am the only person at guild to turn in a walker bag this year. So, I guess I'll be making some more as the need is great.
And on to my big distraction. We met our son and grandkids yesterday (Monday) in downtown Fredericksburg. We thought they would enjoy tracking down all of the otter statues in the city. The seven statues took us all over downtown. As we found one the kids marked them off on a map. After a good hour at the playground having found the last statue, we returned to the Visitor's Center where they were given a very nice goody bag with buttons, postcards to color, and other assorted goodies.
I'm linking up to the following parties.
Happy Quilting All! Bonnie
I try like crazy to use more fabric than I bring in every month. Wait! I forgot to post my stash busting stats for last month. So, I'll start with that first. I bought a whole lot of fabric from Connecting Threads -- mostly wide backs on sale. So, yep a large amount of fabric came in during September.
Fabric In Month
Fabric In Year
Fabric Out Year
In or Out Year
But quite a bit of fabric went out too. As Nann, who blogs at With Strings Attached suggested I save my scraps up over a few months and then weigh them and covert that to yardage -- which happened in September to the tune of 5 yards worth of scraps. I also made 12 composition book covers that came to approximately 2 1/4 yards of fabric. And, last but not least, the quilt shown below, Voyager.
It was a beautiful day Friday so we planned an outing after our neighborhood chorus's rehearsal. It was my first time singing in at least 3 weeks. We both decided to mask up so we wouldn't get Covid (again) nor possibly spread Covid (me.) I'm better but I do tire more easily.
After singing we went for a quick bite to eat and then went to a new park near downtown Fredericksburg. It was a great day to be out by the Rappahannock River. The new park has a great playground for kids and it looked like it had stairs leading down to the river and a small dock. I pulled out Voyager and started taking pictures. I always take way more than I need so I can eliminate ones that I don't like.
For some reason there is temporary fencing between the play area and the river. It might be to keep kids from wandering down and falling into the river. It seemed a pretty steep hill.
It's hard to see the quilting on this one. The pattern is called Curly. I chose to quilt it with the length of the quilt loaded parallel to the bars on the long arm. I used a light turquoise So Fine thread from Superior Threads.
Part of the reason we chose to go to this particular park is because Fredericksburg has a promotion called Otter-ly Amazing Fredericksburg. It was designed to bring attention to downtown Fredericksburg and highlight the Rappahannock River as a healthy ecosystem. You can read more about it in the Free Lance Star.
Selling a game about Fredericksburg, its history, and its downtown raised enough money to create otter statues that were placed throughout the downtown area. Needless to say we needed to visit at least one of the bronze statues. Parking is tight in downtown so we thought the new park would be easier to get in and out of.
Here's an otter and her pups.
The statue isn't very large. I am assuming they are life-size. Notice the fish in front. A pair of local artists made the statues. I imagine we'll take the time to walk the downtown area at some point and see the rest of the statues.
I'm linking up with the following Linky parties:
*I am delighted to see Sarah who blogs at Confessions of a Fabric Addict has returned to blogging. Waving at you Sarah -- sorry it took me a month or so to see you've come back. We've missed you!*
That's it for me today. I haven't made much progress on my goals list this week so I think I'll try to get one or two more done now.
Happy Quilting All! Bonnie
Good news first. I am feeling so much better than last week at this time. I've stayed in my studio most days leaving Pat the upstairs. He does not want to get Covid again. Nor do I for that matter! I've had several good days playing in the studio all day and will continue for several more days until I have 2 negative tests. I'm hoping to get one tomorrow -- but I may not yet.
On to my goals for last week. Several days I spent more time laying around and reading and less (or no) time sewing. You'll notice I didn't get everything done on my list but I did get other things done. (I'll admit, I spent more time off list than on list.) So here's the list and what I did get done.
✅Quilt and bind a quilt (not the binding though.)
✅Continue making triangles for tumbling triangles -- all sewn and into rows.
Remove papers from string blocks -- oops nothing done.
✅Work on grands’ Christmas ornaments -- This weeks I sewed some beads on a dolphin.
Paint wooden pumpkins -- two have the first primer coat on one side...
Here's the top I quilted but didn't bind yet. Hopefully the binding will get done this week.
Bind Flowers and 9 Patch quilt
Quilt and bind another quilt
Finish sewing Tumbling Triangles together
Border Oct UFO Challenge Quilt
Make Sept & October BOM from A Quilting Life
Work on Halloween quilt
Retreat is over. Boo Hoo! But we had a great time. It was good to see old friends and meet new friends.
A group of us decided to visit Fork Mnt Quilting in Rocky Mount, Va on Wednesday afternoon. Great store. Friendly owners who went out of their way to help several of our group who wanted kits that they were out of. While we continued shopping they made up the kits. If you are near the south east part of Virginia it's worth a trip. Surprisingly, I bought one fat quarter on sale. (I know ridiculous. I should have made a list before I came as when we got back I remembered several things I should have gotten!)
And if you are close to the store take some time to zip over to Homestead Dairy for the very best ice cream I've ever had.
I chose cookie dough ice cream. This double scoop was a small cone. It was so fresh and tasty. If I hadn't ordered first I might have realized that I could have chosen two flavors. Oh well, next year I'll do that.
I wandered off to get a few more pictures.
Merci was checking out the cool gourds. The one she's holding was star shaped.
Here's the name so you can get some wonderful ice cream if you're in the area.
Get ✅Happy Blocks & 👎🏻string blocks to top stage
✅Make baby quilt top
✅Make all 79 triangles for Tumbling Triangles — More than half done
✅Get whatever projects left moved forward — several did get moved forward
✅✅✅Enjoy retreat! — Boy did I ever!
This is the Happy Quilt I laid out last week and was able to sew together at retreat.
Here's what's may be happening this week.
Quilt and bind a quilt
Continue making triangles for tumbling triangles
Remove papers from string blocks
Work on grands’ Christmas ornaments
Paint wooden pumpkins
We'll see whether I get many of these goals accomplished this week.
Here are my normal Linky parties for you to surf. I'll be doing that this week too. (Hopefully I'll remember to come back and link up the rest of the blogs.)
To Do Tuesday
That's it except for one small issue after retreat. That nasty virus Covid has hit some of the retreaters. So far 5 out of 24 of us have gotten it. Well make that 6 out of 24. Yep, I tested positive Monday morning.
As of this morning I was negative but considering my roommate got it I'm pretty sure I will too. Plus I'm feeling like I have a cold. Bummer. It's fine as long as I can continue to sew and read this week. I'll keep you posted. I have moved myself to the spare bedroom and am staying in my studio mostly. In other words, Pat and I have reversed roles. He was at a Barbershop competition over the weekend and several of their members have also come down with Covid. Bummer. But he stayed masked all the time. None of us at the retreat did though. Sigh.
Happy quilting all! Bonnie
I'm so excited. I'm going to a quilting retreat with my friends from Country Piecemakers today (or Monday depending on when you read this.) It should be a wonderful week. So before I go let's see how I did do on my goals last week. I'm very pleased with it.
✅Trim and bind turquoise quilt
✅Finish last 3 composition book covers
Make Sept BOM from A Quilting Life -- again not done. Oops!
✅Get projects ready for next week’s retreat
✅Go to Virginia State fair; man VaStar booth
Oh that poor Sept BOM from A Quilting Life -- it's been on my to do list for weeks. I just picked fabrics for it. I'm taking them with me on retreat and hope to get it made and maybe even the one that will come out on Thursday. I'll let you know next week whether I've succeeded.
But everything else was done and I'm happy at all the check marks. Here's what I am planning to do this week. (A week with no cleaning, no cooking and all the sewing I want to do!)
Get Happy Blocks & string blocks to top stage
Make baby quilt top
Make all 79 triangles for Tumbling Triangles
Get other projects brought moved forward
On to photographs. First up is Ellie's Flowers on display in the Virginia Star Quilt Guild's booth at the Virginia State Fair. I was able to get the card in the same picture. Remember this was a challenge to use a card to inspire a quilt. She sent me a nifty 3 d floral arrangement card.