Thursday, October 31, 2013

Puttering...

I've been working on a number of things recently.  Some small projects, some big, but generally puttering around.    I'm enjoying the process of sewing more lately instead of focusing on just getting things done.  As a result, I'm a bit slower working on projects, but I'm enjoying myself.

I recently finished making an ironing caddy for a friend.  The pattern is Caddy Pad Pattern by Sister's Common Thread.

Traveling Iron Caddy
It holds your iron when you travel, but also opens up and can be used as an ironing pad.  It would be great for taking to classes and retreats.  Instead of including a template, the pattern gives you directions for drawing the sewing lines on your fabric.  I had to read over it several times to make sure I understood what it was saying, but otherwise, it went together pretty easily.


I also started a new quilt using the pattern 'X-Rated' by Carrie Nelson from the book Schnibbles Times Two.  Her pattern calls for using a Layer Cake but I used 5 Charm Packs instead since that's what I had on hand.  The fabric is Independence Trail by Minick & Simpson.  I was glad I had a lot of floor space for this one since you have to lay it out in advance.  Then you sew it together in diagonal rows.


I have it about half way pieced right now.  The rows in the middle are really long now.  I don't know what I'm going to do about borders yet, if I'll do a piano key border like she has in the book or something different.  I think I'll wait until I have the center together and decide then.


I was really hoping to make Clover this month.  It's the Schnibbles quilt designed by Carrie Nelson that Sinta and Sherri selected for October.  I loved this quilt as soon as I saw it and was looking forward to making it.


However, this month quickly became busier than I expected and I had to put it off.  I also discovered this quilt is laid out and sewn together in diagonal rows, just like the other quilt I'm working on, and to be honest, I didn't want to work on 2 quilts like that at the same time.  I prefer not to sew long rows of fabric together (I get bored) and seldom put a quilt together that way.  But I really like this pattern so I know I'll make it one day in the future, just not this month.

Other than that, I've been busy painting, painting, painting and making far too many trips to the vet.  I'm really having a hard time believing we're entering November already.  Does anyone else feel like the end of the year is coming way too quickly?

Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive. 
Titus 3:14 (NLT)

4 comments:

  1. I have two sets of a very similar ironing caddy/pad cut out waiting for me to get organized enough to put on the walking foot and stitch them all together. I think it is a brilliant design. I agree, the year has just flown by!

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  2. I have the iron caddy, too! I just have not made it! I hope all of your fur babies are OK and it is just routine check ups!

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  3. Love your iron cabby! I made one also in really bright colors! Your X-Rated Quilt is going to be beautiful!

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