Every other week I have a 4-night stretch off. (For night-shift workers, this is equivilant to 3 full days). Last weekend I really should have taken the Christmas tree down and put away all the decorations, but I had a mini-rebellion. Instead, I worked in the sewing room, clearing away the clutter, taking down the black Halloween curtains (!) and re-organizing a bit. I have some dark blue-striped curtain panels that have been up in the room before, but the fact that they gapped when shut really bothered me. So I ripped out the side seams and sewed the pairs together. Not very challenging or creative, but it got rid of one of those little things that bugged me. And in the winter, the sun's path is low enough that, when it shines, it blinds me at the machine until after 11am. Not any more. Now I can leave the curtains shut until I'm ready.
I even got my hot air balloons back up.
(And yes, that's STILL snow on the ground, 4 weeks later!)
I cleared stacks of books off my desk and sewing table. These were bought at yard sales during the summer, in plans of reading while lying in the hammock. Didn't happen, obviously.
And as much of a Stephen King fan as I've been for years, I have some old ones yet to read. Some are stacked beside the bed, and others stored in a box under the cutting table, out of sight, out of the way, but still accessible.
This book I won 2 years ago in a giveaway by Julie at Pragmatic Compendium. I got about 2/3 of the way through, stopped to do my taxes, and just never finished.
Also in the reorganizing (and I haven't gotten into the closet yet), I found several UFOs I'd forgotten about.
I cut 12 of these squares, in preparation for a child's quilt, but only cut 9 balloons. I think I was searching for a different fabric for the last 3 balloons, and I've decided to use this fabric:
The problem I'm running in to is, even though I haven't turned the edges of the applique under just yet, it's too
big for the square.
Even turned diagonally, it's too big.
I don't remember why that is.
So I'm thinking I'll either need to trim the balloons and baskets down, or add borders to the cloud squares and make them larger.
Or, I suppose I could sew the squares together with sashing, and have the balloons overlap the sashings deliberately.
What do you think? Any other ideas?
In the meantime, I re-discovered these king-sized pillow shams bought at a thrift shop a while back. I'd already taken the seams apart, and laid out some of the pattern pieces for an apron. I finished cutting, and then sewed them together.
It's not quilting, but it turned out just as pretty as I thought it would. And it cleared just a little more off my cutting table.
And this week? Not much sewing has gone on, and the tree is down, but most of the decorations and lights still need to be packed away. I'm a late convert to Ghost Whisperer, and have been catching up on dozens of old episodes, thanks to ION television and the WE network. That's why there is no Saturday at the Movies this week--I haven't seen any movies in about 3 weeks!
I'm also now addicted to Farmville (thanks SO much, Mighty Mom). Coming up is a make-up dentist appointment, a groomer's appointment for Tandi, and having my truck towed to the shop. Despite trying to start it several times the last few weeks while it was surrounded by ice and snow, it has succumbed to the cold and only makes a forlorn clacking noise now. I do believe that's the sound of money exiting my bank account.
Oh, but look what came in on Wednesday:
I wish it were next weekend already.