Sunday, July 24, 2022

Summer Progress

 Bloglovin has been down a great deal this summer, which means that I do not get informed when one of my blogger friends publishes a post. I don't keep a separate list so I have to find them from people who have commented on my post or posts written by more popular bloggers.

We have been getting a lot of summer thunder storms. The electricity has gone out several times but it comes back after a short time.


This gives me more time to do more quilting. I have been getting better every day after my surgery and today I feel like I can go about life as normal. I will be going back to work on Monday, so I want to catch up on the chores that has been slacking. I kept up with the daily work, but there is much to be done.

2022: 15 Minutes to Stitch Week 29


Quilting wise, this week I was able to finish trimming the half square triangles of the Jazzy Blues quilt. The trimmings are half an inch wide. A sane quilter would think that is the perfect size to throw away. After all, if you sew them together, the entire piece will be hidden in the seam allowance. But if you have been reading my blog for any amount of time, you will know that I have a hard time throwing out fabric like that. I have been making myself throw away the fabric trash in the kitchen trash can to avoid my pulling it out of the trash can but these trimmings aren't going to go any trash can until at least after I make a mini quilt out of these pieces.

Besides the trimming, I also finished sewing this postage stamp / checkerboard block. This is my leader ender project while I make the Jazzy Blues blocks. I now have eight of these blocks.

I also cut the squares for the square in a square block for Jazzy Blues. I made a couple of sample blocks since I am going to try to make them with little or no trimming.

15 minute days these two weeks --7 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 153 out of 198 days
Success rate  = 77%


Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Holiday Getaway


 My project at work was ending, and my co-workers were contacting their managers to see if they could get some work on other projects that are going on and coming down the pipeline. It was a busy year and I too asked for more work, but before I got an answer, I went on a getaway. I went away for a couple of days and got a much slower change of pace. I was on the tenth floor so I was able to get a great view of all the neighborhood holiday fireworks.

In case you want to know, I wouldn't recommend getting gallbladder surgery, or any type of surgery actually, as a getaway. The change of pace and the view may be nice, but there may be some drawbacks.


2022: 15 Minutes to Stitch Week 27, 28




 Before the surgery I made the HSTs for the Jazzy Blues quilt. I used two different half yard fabrics because they are in opposite corners and are part of two different designs in the quilt. I had already started trimming them to size, and after the surgery, I have continued trimming them a few at a time. I don't like the trimming step and thought about starting the next block, but decided I should spend the time thinking about the next fabrics to use for the next block. I have the fabrics selected, but I am deciding which fabric to use for the next block as I go along.


15 minute days these two weeks --10 out of 14
15 minute days this year -- 146 out of 191 days
Success rate  = 76%