Sunday, August 28, 2022

Sewing with Friends!

I put a border on my Boo Crew Quilt!

Becky and Barb and I worked on our Soul Mates Mystery Sewalong a few weeks ago and got the tops together.  My borders went on later that week.  Not the greatest picture as it is too big to lay out inside and I have not had the energy to take it outside in the heat!
Here is Becky's.  So fun to see two quilts in the same colors still be so different!

I got out my daughter's old dollhouse for Hazel (who will be two in September) and she loves it.  Here she is swinging the baby doll in the swing.  This kid is so much fun and talks so well.  She signs too but her talking!  She skinned her knee yesterday and said "Nana cleans the ouchy part and puts a bandaid on it" which is a line from a book she has.  She has an amazing auditory and visual memory too!  Blows our mind.  She is starting to tell us about events that happened in the past too.  She just moved up to the two year old room and is the youngest kid in her group again.  The parents go to meet the teacher, etc. and sevral other parents kept asking Hannah and Jeremy how she is talking so well, and commented must not be your first, etc.  She was apprently pointing to things in the room and telling her parents this is x's cup and this is y's backpack, etc.  Most of the other kids cannot name the kids much less the things that belong to them.  We are blessed!

Our last group sewing session Becky and I worked on Ruby Jubilee...barb was a clue behind so did some cutting.  She now has both clues cut but not sewn.  Here are mind.
Here are Becky's!

A few weeks ago I attended an online virtual reading retreat.  So nice to have a social life without leaving my bed.  I was in bad shape and skipped Friday night but did join in all day Saturday though laying down through most of it.  These books (and so many others) were highly recommended to us (each person got two minutes to pitch a book!  I did The Thirteenth Tale and got about fifteen people to agree to group read it in October!) and I immediately ordered them.  Many more went on my wish list for Amazon or for the library.  It was so much fun with reading sprints, games, panels, etc.  and I look forward to another one sometime!

Today I sewed my UFO for August together.  This is my lockdown houses quilt made with the bitty block house pattern called Home Sweet Home.  I started these houses in Arizona and sewed one per day til I was really sick of them!

I accepted a job with ASU doing some grading for ASL classes.  Mostly videos of students signing. It is supposed  to be less than ten hours a week.  I am hoping I can do it since everything exhausts me.  I figure I can grade laying down in need be.  If it is too much it will be short lived. Now that I finally have disability I am not desperate to work though I miss it so much.  I miss having my health more.  I go Wednesday for a table tilt test to see if I have dysautonomia.  Whenever I am sitting my heart rate goes up and standing even more so. If I stay out of bed all day my heart rate goes to 120 and stays there while sitting.  I get a horrible pain between my shoulder blades too.  My cardiologist ordered several tests and gave me nitroglycerin.  I am living 70 percent of my life laying down and even then struggle to function.  I still sew but not nearly as often or nearly as long.  


Saturday, August 6, 2022

Gudrun's Kimberly Sewalong!

Here are my fabric choices for Kimberly.  I think I already mentioned that I made my own layer cake for this pattern.  Really trying to use what I have and not buy fabric at full price these days.  The sewalong was on Sunday and I just finished the blocks today.  I sewed alone as no one wanted to join me on it.  I listened to audiobooks while I was sewing.  Here are my July reads!  My five star favorites were "The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating," "The Sound of Gravel," The Last Garden in England," Persuasion," (reread) and "Intimations."  It was another good reading month.

Here are the blocks I had done on Sunday as I played with the layouts.  Gudrun offers three different options and several sizes.  Mine will be lap size.  This is Kimberly 1.0.

This is 2.0.

This is 3.0 which is the one I planned to do.  However 2.0 has a secondary pattern of pinwheels which I really like so I may be going with that.  I will try to mix the fabrics better though!


Friday, August 5, 2022

Boo Crew!

Last year Barb made Bats and Boos and it was really cute so this year she talked me into making Boo Crew with her.  The pattern is free on the fatquartershop website for both years.  I have lots of Halloween fabric and changed up my colors to try to make it more colorful.

I did not have enough of one purple for the background so I did each one a different purple.  I like how that came out.  I am planning to do a small purple border and most likely a scrappy border with lots of colors in it after that.  I will get a better picture when it is a full flimsy!


Thursday, August 4, 2022

Soul Mates Part 5!

Barb, Becky and I got together again last Thursday online to complete clue five of Soul Mates.  I changed up the colors as I had an error in an earlier clue so why not make it a happy accident?  I tried out several looks before deciding.

This is the one I went with.  I wanted my inspiration fabric in this clue.  Maybe should have used it in the small blue triangles, but I am guessing I will like it when it is all put together next Thursday when we get toghether again.
Here is Barb's clue.  She ran out of the red she needed, so she found another that was very similar.  She is planning on donating hers to Quilts of Valor and it is going to look great!
Here is Becky's.  Really enjoying seeing hers in the same colors but different fabrics.