Sunday, January 12, 2014

Farmer's Wife, Football and Freedom!

It was a nice quiet weekend, that is if you don't count the really crazy thunderstorm we had Saturday afternoon!  Lots of bright lightening and booms of thunder shaking the house.  At least it did not last very long and we never lost power.

We had friends over for a late lunch and football yesterday - it was fun and I got to advise my friend on some Etsy stuff - when she starts up her shop I will let you all know so you can check it out!  She's a wonderful quilter and I'm excited that she is going to start putting some things up for sale.  I always enjoy discussing Etsy with other people - it sharpens me up as well, and it is fun to encourage other people.  I know that there are many who are unhappy with all the changes and things that happen on Etsy, but I have just enjoyed the outlet of being able to sell my quilts and share them with other people and love to share that with others.  Definitely has been a blessing for me, and for many others.

I've been really struggling with trying to get my sewing room in better order.  Too much stuff in there and it really is hard to work when there is so much clutter around.  My local library is having a craft sale and has asked for donations, so it's a really good time for me to get rid of some of my overflow, but it means I actually have to pull stuff out and go through it now!  So far I have 4 large paper bags and a big box full of stuff - you know, the easy stuff like all the corduroy I've had for years and haven't done anything with, and a bunch of heavy fabric that I haven't touched in ages.  I need to go through some magazines and books as well as things like zippers and trims.  I have a lot of older things that I'm not going to use and need to let go off.  I'm  looking forward to having more freedom of mind when I can get some of the clutter gone and not have to deal with all the piles!

I enjoyed working on some Farmer's wife today - after I spent a bit over an hour trying to find my book - oops.  In all my cleaning I somehow managed to put my book in a bag with the American Girl patterns I was organizing earlier in the week (oops - see what I mean about the clutter!).  Happily I did figure out where it was and promptly got to work making these:

I know, some people would not classify using 40 pieces to make a 6 inch block, including odd shaped pieces and lots of triangles, but I love a good challenge!  It is quite satisfying when you can get most of the points to match and even fussy cut some cute little christmas motifs to go in the corners.  I'm working my way through the book from front to back, just because that seems like the simplest approach to me.  It looks like next weeks blocks are easier, these were a couple of tough ones, but enjoyable for sure.

I've got my work cut out for me next week - I have a set of drapes to sew as well as a wedding gown to create, so definitely enjoyed my quilting fix for the weekend!

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