Saturday, December 31, 2011

Orca Bay Part 4 + 5

After finishing the top for the Baby Quilt, I finished string piecing the next part for the Orca Bay mystery quilt. I had put the papersquares aside while piecing the Baby Quilt, only using them as leader / ender project. Now I had a number of started blocks and a LOT of empty paper.... Ending up with a lot of short fabric strips I even had to cut new strips. (daylight photography results in so much better colors..)I put them aside after cutting them to size and continued on with adding wings to the half square triangles. Again I needed to cut more strips as my "bottomless pit" did not contain enough different blacks. The fun part with the blacks and neutrals is that I finally cut into my collection of baseball swap squares, which I have been hoarding for years now!

Again I put them aside after finishing and cut out the black / neutral / red squares needed for the next step. I layed out one of each blocks needed and decided that I would need more brain than I had left this evening and retired on the couch to remove paper and dog ears while watching stuff I had recorded over the last weeks (though I ended up deleting a lot - is it just me, or is TV getting worse every year?)

Friday, December 30, 2011

Baby Quilt

Yeah! After all the holliday feasting and visiting was over I spent two days reading and doing absolutely nothing. Then I spent some time shoping, doing household chores, attending a Pre-New-Years dance at my mum's place and yesterday we went to the museum of art history to see an exhibition of winter themed paintings that will just run one week more.

Today belongs to me and my sewing machine! It took me just a couple of minutes to finish the top for the baby quilt I am working on and now I will try to catch up on the Orca Bay mistery quilt. As I will have guests on Jan. 2nd, I will have to clear out all my sewing and knitting and drawing stuff from the living room and clean it. That will have to start right after the New Years Concert on Sunday, so I'd better get sewing...

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

These last few days and weeks before Christmas have been rather full, hectic, stressfull and not at all "a peacefull quiet time" as it should be. All I could do was keep breathing and put one foot in front of the other, just walking on.
In the middle of all that I took time out (and if it was instead of sleep) to make my own christmas cards. I am certain I saw something like my tree somewhere on the internet, but my brain being what it is, I have no idea where - so wherever I got that from - thank you! Some hours of enjoying myself with fabric was sorely needed.
Then a message reached me that a very dear ex colleague of mine has become a daddy for the first time. That calls for a baby quilt no matter how hectic life is. This time I know where I got the idea from - where else but Bonnie! I am nearly finished now but had to stop working on it on Tuesday evening, as there just was too much else going on.
Still - on Friday evening, the day before Christmas (we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve in the evening) , finally home from the office, the tree at least bought, the flat looking as if a bomb had gone off, everything I had brought with me just droped in the hall, the living room full of sewing and knitting I just had to make one more present, a notebook for my sister. Smiling and singing, covered in glue, who needs sleep, I worked along until after midnight. It is Christmas and everything else can wait!
Yesterday was a "relaxed" day of a last bit of shopping, sort of cleaning up the living room, decorating the tree, wrapping gifts (putting them into fabric bags I have sown years ago and reuse every year) and getting myself organised for going to my sister's.
While we spent a lovely and funny evening there, for others it obviously was not as peaceful as wittnessed by the smashed bottle of wine and roasted chicken or duck lying in the street just a few houses before I reached my sister's.....
Today the whole family will meet at my brother's place for lunch and then I will have two whole weeks of to relax, take more photos, blog, finish a baby quilt, continue working on my Orca quilt, repair my cabinet which yesterday decided that my wc paintings had gotten to heavy an spilt them out on the floor, find a place for my new mini oven which is not so mini anymore and does not fit where the old one was,....... I will definitely not be bored.
Merry Christmas everybody!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Orca Bay Part 4

Last weekend Christmas finally caught up with me - shoping for presents, baking cookies, visiting Christmas Markets and all the usual household stuff prevented me from starting to sew. Monday evening I went to a concert but Tuesday I finally started to sew my red strips! My camera changes the colors quite a bit, I'll have to figure out how to get true colors when posting photos.After I gave up Tuesday evening because I had to go to bed I continued Wednesday morning before leaving for the office and promptly ran out of thread....

Well tonight gives me a chance to catch up, before the next part will be posted tomorrow (though - to be honest - I was so mixed up with dates today that I checked Bonnies page again and again in between work hoping for the next part to pop up only to realise when reading her post today that I have to wait ANOTHER day because it is thursday today. Ouch! Anyway, more time to catch up.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Orca Bay - next Part

I hardly could wait until the third part of the mistery was published and spent Saturday evening and Sunday morning cutting out and piecing the 175 half square triangles I need to finish half of the blocks (as I only want to make a twin size quilt)
Now I will spend Sunday afternoon cleaning up the corners and watching my season 8 DVDs of NCIS I just received last week. How long till next friday?