Saturday, June 15, 2019

Not a lot of June progress.....

There's no progress at all on my June goal. I have been dithering on the backing for my Cobblestones top. I just can't decide what fabric to use and I've changed my mind twice already--even after pre-washing one of my choices. 
In the meantime, I was forced to do some "Marie Kondo-ing" when my California Closet literally fell off the wall. So embarrassing. So....I was forced to sort through years decades of clothing (I didn't think I was a hoarder, but....????). 

The worst part was hauling thirty-some bags of clothing downstairs and packing it into my car. What a relief to have it all donated and out of the house! Mr. Moosebay had vowed to sort through his closet if I did mine, but I'm not seeing any progress on that. He did re-install my California Closet and I'm pretty sure it's going to stay in place from now on--fingers crossed--lol!

I have managed to get lots of applique done in the evenings though. The Pineapple block (lower left) is the latest for the Hospital Sketches and it will go beneath the center wreath in the finished quilt. 

Along with the weekly Temecula Wishing Rings blocks, I got part four of Cheddarback pieced. I took the easy route with all the blocks--flippy corners for the bow tie, flying geese for the star, and printed out a paper foundation for the pinwheel sort of block using my EQ8 program. 

 
The last two parts of Stonefields were loaded with circles! My Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Circles really got a workout. I was tempted to buy another set since there are only three or four of each size in the set. 

The final nine blocks. Now I need to motivate myself to sew everything together! Everywhere there is blue in both groups of blocks was to be pink if I used the kit fabrics. I raided my stashes of French General, Jo Morton and finally used some of my Judie Rothermel Dressing Gowns fabrics. I think there is still plenty of pink in these blocks and even more in the previously finished blocks. 

I haven't done any wool applique for ages, so in desperation to find some kind of hand work to do in the evenings, I dug out a tote of Primitive Gatherings pin cushion kits. Some of these go back years! There are a few Black Friday freebies and some from Lisa Bongean's  book Summer Gatherings. Apparently I bought the kits when I purchased to book? Who knows! The stitching on the three designs to the left is finished. I had forgotten how enjoyable it is to stitch on wool. I have several more projects in the tote, so it should keep my nights busy until I finally get Cobblestones finished and need to stitch on the binding! 

15 comments:

  1. I love your applique projects--hugs, Julierose

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  2. Your hand applique blocks are exquisite, especially love the pineapple and wreath blocks.

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  3. Are you serious about getting rid of 30 bags of clothes? A lot!

    My favorite of you projects shown this time are the wool pieces. I especially like the one with the basket/bird and the strawberry. I am sure I could unearth some projects long forgotten. I have some little kits from Temecula that have long needed attention. I have a wool kit for a wool Christmas tree....one that makes a stand and would sit on a table. And on and on.

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  4. It doesn't take long to have a closet get out of control. Ask me how I know. But it doesn't matter now, you got it done. Great pineapple block. You have been getting some stitching finished. I've been looking around for a fun wool project. I haven't had one for awhile as well. Nothing has tickled me yet. Those are cute pin cushions and you moved a few kits out of the totes. Seems like June has been successful.

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  5. My goodness!! You may not have chosen your backing fabric, but you have been a busy bee!! All of your blocks are wonderful. My favorites are the Stonefields. I have had the pattern for ages, and have been collecting fabric, but I just can’t seem to make a start.

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  6. wowzer! good for you for cleaning out your closet. I bet it feels great to go in there now! I'm hoping to do more cleaning out of stuff soon too.
    Great SAL projects. Love your colors for the hospital sketches. Love to see all your progress

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  7. Your woolies are so sweet - like your Minnesota outline on the Home block. Stonefields is lovely & Hospital Sketches in blues is so serene. You were smart to do Block 19 as a paper pieced foundation. My first attempt was frustrating to say the least and I ended up drafting my own paper piece pattern which turned out better.

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  8. You have a lot of lovely projects going on there. Love them all and I bet it feels good to be rid of 30 bags of clothes.

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  9. Pfewww... your blocks are ALL stunning ! No doubt you are a busy (but happy !) quilter !!

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  10. So many wonderful projects, but I can't seem to get past the fact that you had 30-something bags of clothing to donate! Are you wearing flower sacks now, or do you still have clothing left? :)

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  11. For not a lot of progress you seem to have made good progress to me!! Well done on the wardrobe de-cluttering. It makes you feel so much better doesn't it?! Christine xx

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  12. 30 Bags! Well, to be honest, if I got rid of all my "will never fit into this again" clothes, it might be that many. Thanks for the inspiration to clean out. Your blocks are amazing. Not sure how you got all that stitching in and the cleanout too!

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  13. Looks to me like a ton of progress. It's a big deal to sort through a closet like that. It's such a good feeling in the end. Your blocks are beautiful.

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  14. Your Stonefields blocks look amazing! And you're keeping up with Hospital Stitches with your beautiful blue blocks, and with Cheddarback. And destashing -- what a chore! I think you're amazing with all you did in June!

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