Dear Friends, My apologies for being away (AGAIN!) for so long. It’s taken me much longer to adjust to my new schedule than I expected it would As you may recall, I wrote a while back about all the new jobs and schedules in our household. We’re just about through the adjustment period, so I think it’s time to get back to work here around the house. 🙂  Maybe bust out some sewing projects …

Household Chores

In the last couple of months, quilting and sewing have taken a bit of a backseat to trying to get used to Chris working nights. Honestly, I thought it would be easier for me to adjust. I looked forward to some time in the evening when I could sew. The reality has been much different. My house is currently a wreck because I am used to doing a majority of my cleaning on the weekend. My bedroom looks like a HUGE clothing bomb went off in it. Chris is off three days a week, one of which is Friday. That sounds great, right? Except … he sleeps during the day, making it impossible for me to get in our bedroom and do things like CLEAN. I realized this last week that I feel a bit like I’ve lost my rudder.

This morning, after my shower, I threw a load of towels in the washer. But as I was sitting down to write this post, I realized that what I really need to do is organize my laundry and wash one load each night until I get caught up. Travis does his laundry, and Chris does his. That means that I only have to do the “household” laundry – kitchen towels and rags, our bath linens, bed linens for Chris and I, and my own clothing. If I can get caught up, I should be able to do the bed, bath and kitchen items on Saturday and Sunday, and my own clothing during the week (jeans one day every couple of weeks, work clothes once a week, whites once a week, etc).  Whether or not I actually do that is another thing. LOL

Quilting Projects

Can you believe that this year’s $5 quilt block at my LQS is almost done?! It doesn’t seem like it’s been that an entire year, does it? I still have a couple of blocks left to do, and the last block that I’ll get next weekend, then I can decide on setting and put it all together. The next $5 quilt block starts in June. I can’t wait!

$5 Quilt Block
$5 Quilt Block in progress (I can’t remember the month)

I’ve also been doing some work on the quilt that I’m making using some of my Little House on the Prairie fabrics. Chris bought me two AccuQuilt GO! Cubes for our anniversary, so that’s made cutting out the nine patch squares super simple. I wish that AccuQuilt and Electric Quilt would collaborate on a plug in for EQ7 and 8 that would allow the user to choose AccuQuilt dies for the quilt blocks. I think that would be totally awesome. Embrilliance has done that with their embroidery program, and I plan to buy it soon.

Also, I’m about to start putting some quilt sandwiches together so I can try out some of the things I’m learning in the Craftsy class Creative Quilting With Your Walking Foot by Jaquie Gering. It’s a great class, and if you’re looking for some creative, NOT free motion quilting ideas for your quilts, I highly recommend this class.

Sewing Projects

I’m almost embarrassed to say that I just found a draft blog post where I wrote about making a t-shirt back in August. Now considering everything that’s happened, and that was the month in which Hurricane Harvey came and overstayed his visit, I’m not surprised I don’t remember it. And I have NO idea where the t-shirt is now. But apparently, I liked it and found it easy to make. So I’ve decided to make another one and update the blog post. LOL Look for that coming pretty soon.

Cosmetic Bag

I needed a make up bag recently and decided to make my own.

This is the Easy Cosmetics Bag that I found on Craftsy. It’s a FREE pattern, so I felt I had nothing to lose by trying it. This is the first time I’ve inserted a zipper into anything. That’s sort of bad, isn’t it? I’ve been sewing practically my entire life and I always avoided zippers, but the fear is conquered!

OK, so the zipper might not have been exactly perfect, but it works well and I didn’t sew through it. I also didn’t have to try more than once, and I was sewing through lining and outer bag. I have had this fat quarter forever, so don’t even ask where the fabric came from or who printed it. LOL

Garments

I have also ventured in to some independent sewing patterns for garments, a first for me. The t-shirt I mentioned above that I made back in August was from an independent. I do remember that it was amazingly easy to make. According to my unpublished review, I loved the fit (WHY don’t I remember that shirt?!). I was going to start a tank tunic today but after seeing the t-shirt review, and now VERY curious, I am going to put that one aside and try the t-shirt again instead.

Well, this housework and sewing isn’t going to get itself done. I’ll try to post more frequently going forward. Thanks for reading!

 

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