Sunday, December 27, 2020

15 Minutes to Stitch

My oven is working again. I ordered a new igniter switch, and it came right away express mail. But it arrived broken, and they sent the replacement by first class mail. All the videos said it was easy to replace, but it took two other brains and a few days to figure out how to put it in. We had turned off the gas during the first fix, and I left it off in an abundance of caution, which meant I was without a stove too for more than a week.  I got by without resorting to eating out, but once it was fixed, I made up for lost time by baking a pizza and cranberry cookies.

I've been rotating the rugs in my house the past couple of weeks. I want to make sure that Zeus always has traction wherever he walks, so my hardwood and tile floors have to be covered. This means the smaller rugs get moved to the kitchen, and other rugs have to replace the space those rugs took up. I don't like the idea of having rugs in the kitchen, but we have to do what we have to do. This process involved sweeping, vacuuming and mopping the floors, vacuuming both sides of the rug and taping them down in their new position.

2020:  Weeks 51 and 52 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

I forgot to update last week so there are two weeks in this recap. The first week, I made the small Blue Ornaments Quilt which I showed you twice already. You'll see it again in the end of the year recap, so I won't show it to you yet again now.

And this week, I was supposed to hand stitch the fusible pieces on the back of the quote quilt top.  Since I am fusing the second layer to the backing and not the top, I wanted to make sure the little strips I added to the sides are secure. 

Instead I worked on another small quilt. Back when I was cleaning the sewing room, I had picked up this kit and said, "surely, you can give this one up," but I knew that if I made up the kit, I wouldn't have to give it up. Remember my cleaning by quilting philosophy?  

I postponed the cleaning of the sewing room but that particular kit stayed on my mind, and especially at Christmas time, it insisted on getting some attention. It is an Advent calendar with 24 pockets. I will show it to you when it is done. I may have another finish before the year is up.

15 minute days this week -- 14 out of 14
15 minute days this year -- 308 out of 362 days
Success rate  = 85%
Even though this is week 52, there will be another post to finish out the rest of the days of the year next Sunday. I want to give Kate my continuing gratitude for hosting this challenge, and am so happy that she is continuing it in 2021. It really does give me great motivation to stitch every day and keeps me accountable.

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Kate said...

A week without an oven is really not any fun at all. Glad you were able to get it fixed. Congrats on all the stitching time this year. Thank you for linking up most weeks. It's nice that we can keep each other motivated. Hope you had a very Merry Christmas and are looking forward to the new year.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

You certainly have risen to the challenges~ no oven and a year of stitching at least fifteen minutes a day; good for you! Bravo!! You had an excellent success rate. I love your sky pictures, so bright and blue!

Rose said...

You have did so good on the 15 minute challenge...tell me: Does the 15 minutes usually lead to more time sewing? And do you include cutting and choosing fabrics part of the 15 minutes to stitch? I need to follow your link and check out the challenge.

Oh, and in the post below, are there other posts that include the sledding quilt?

June D said...

Outstanding photo!