Friday, June 22, 2012

How can it be Friday night already?

Finishing-A-Long - LBSP

I am still determined to make a honest effort on my Finish-A-Long list. I made two of these LynneBobSquarePants blocks tonight. I really love the old fashioned look of these blocks with the Moda lawn fabrics and Kona Charcoal but each block takes a while to make. I am thinking I will do 3 or 6 more and call it a nice lap quilt. Whether I finish it this quarter or not, I am 1/3 further along than I was before, so it is progress.

Free Bee - Totems for John

Those three blocks are now joined together and in the mail for the Free Bee, to John. The inspiration for this assignment was the totems made by Erin Wilson (go here to see, I'll wait, she is amazing), and they were just fun to make. I was thinking of windows as these 10" blocks came together. They are made with Oakshott shot cottons.

Seam ripper, closed

Now, I saw this lovely hand made seam ripper on Amy, from During Quiet Time's blog here a week ago. Her husband made it. I ordered it that night and it came today - a week, record speed. In that picture it is closed and on the chain.

Seam ripper, open and detached

Here it is open and detached, read for action. It has a most satisfying weight and is perfectly made. I can't wait to use it. (And we all know there are no shortage of opportunities.)

Needle holder

I blame my guy for this new inclination to collect beautiful sewing accessories - he went shopping and surprised me with a few beautiful wooden things for Mother's Day last month. That is a handmade needle case - imagine carving that little knob.

Magnifying glass

The magnifying glass is handy, especially when the reading glasses are not. But look at that little wooden ring, it is continuous, not glued - a beautiful piece of work.

Embroider scissors holder

And last were the little embroidery scissors. I expect that I will be on the look out for other unique and hand made sewing doodads - seriously, I had no idea such lovelies were about.

I also seem to be making a few more mug rugs - which you see along with the accessories, and I prepared quilt backs this week too. Tomorrow morning I plan to sandwich and baste the butterfly top  and my Stained quilt top. And then, if there is time, I will quilt too. Unfortunately, there is much work to be done to get ready to decamp to the coast for the summer so I am not sure how much sewing can happen. But I am giving it my best shot, Q2 of the FAL ends in a week.

However, the best news is that my miserable cold is finally on the mend, I have scheduled it to be all gone by morning - here's hoping.

Enjoy your weekend, yesterday was the solstice, summer is finally here.