Ahhh, this getting back into a normal work routine is hard stuff. I’ve been doing lots of little things around here, but nothing really substantial. We’ve had a gorgeous weekend (well, until tonight — drizzly, just in time for the full moon that we can’t see boohoo!) so I did a little gardening. MyDadLovesMeBestSister bought me this pretty hydrangea — aren’t the colors gorgeous?
Don’t worry — it won’t look like that next year. It will look more like the picture below. My hydrangeas have been pretty fussy the last few years and this year there have hardly been any blooms. Who knows what the problem is? There are a lot of teeny tiny wannabe blooms on them now — I’m wondering if the ridiculously wet spring we had this year made them not want to bloom — and now that it’s drier, they’re giving it their best shot. It’s going to be too little too late though — a frost is surely not too far off. Can you believe it’s almost October???
Now that The Aunts’ Quilt is almost over, I’ve been wondering what to work on next. I’d love to start a new project to attempt to make a dent in my stash, but I’ve realized I have way too many UFOs and need to get to work on them. They’re all really sloooooow, long term projects. I might have to do something quick for a little instant gratification before too long. I dragged out the UFOs — there’s the Chuck Nohara quiltalong (which I’m not really along-ing, ’cause if I were, I’d surely be kicked out by now), the Trip Around the World, some paper-pieced stars, and my little Liberty churndash blocks.
Sadly, in my search for these, I found other, older UFOs. So … no starting a new project for me! I’m thinking I’ll just work a little on each of them for awhile. I worked a little on the TAW earlier this week. It’s very slow going now that I’m on the bigger rounds — I’m estimating that one round is probably 5 – 7 hours of work. I need to prep some Chuck blocks — those are fun to do. The stars probably won’t get much attention. Not sure where to go with them and I’m really not a fan of EPP. And then there are those cute little churn dash blocks. I LOVE them — but whose idea was this??? (I’m lookin’ at YOU Jan!) I worked for several hours on them this afternoon and only got some hsts and long strips stitched and pressed. Slow, slow, work. Good thing I’m fairly patient!
There’s been a little work in my little shop too. More new fabrics (it’s that time when all the stuff ordered at spring market arrives!). These two cute little Japanese prints — a garden print and a cute little black check.
And teeny little Japanese mini-stripes by Yuwa. Love, Love, Love. These are perfect for stash-building. I first saw that little black stripe at Amitie in Australia last fall and when I saw other colors at market in the spring, I knew
I we had to have them!
And, lastly, I’m still going through trip pictures. The last part of my fun trip was in London — I’ll show you more pics next time.
Ok, I’m off to trim up those little hst blocks. Have a Good Week!