Still cramming it in

Last week I told you all what I’ve been doing for the last several months. I crammed a lot of stuff into a single blog post. This week I am still trying to get my feet on the ground, finish up appraisals, clean the house, think about Thanksgiving, plan some sort of Christmas list, you know, regular stuff. But I’ve also managed to get a few hours of sewing in. I wish I could say “days” of sewing, but for now that’s not going to happen. I am still cramming as much into my days as I can. It makes me happy, though, to handle fabric, and I’m generally a much nicer person when I’ve gotten to play a little. (Please tell me I’m not the only one?)

What am I sewing? Well, I can’t show you that just yet. I know, I know…but I think it might be worth the wait. I have several quilts in progress that I am planning to pattern, so I’ve been working on those. See why I can’t show you yet? I knew you’d understand.


My latest is a fun piece I found in a local flea market. It’s a ratty little thing but has a neat inscription on it and is a block pattern that I’ve never seen before. I’ve been trying to work out the most efficient way to make it. So far I’ve only made about six blocks, but I have fabric on order (yes, I did too need it!) to make one that ends up bed-sized. I originally started cutting pieces from a layer cake but quickly realized that 10″ of fabric wasn’t enough to do the pattern justice. The fun thing about the pattern is that I’m seeing so much potential for playing with color, introducing interesting secondary patterns, and mixing it up in other ways.

Check out the fabric the original maker used for sashing. Wild, huh?

Interesting choice, yes?

The fabric I’m using is Aloha Girl, from Moda. I did not have plans for it when I originally bought it (which is just kind of crazy, really, but who knows what I was thinking), so I’ve just kind of winged it when it came to cutting. I’ve created some interesting scraps!

Aloha Girl
Aloha Girl, by Moda (photo courtesy of Missouri Star Quilt company)

It appears to be sold out nearly everywhere, but I think I can find a little yardage to take care of sashing and a border for what I’ve made. It may not be the fabric I would have chosen had I bought it when it was available, but I am okay with doing that for this particular piece.

Another of the pieces I’m working on has had its binding on since April, just awaiting me hand-stitching it to the back. But, since I sewed the very narrow binding on in a hurry, I am having to fix it in a couple of places. It ended up too narrow to wrap to the back! You know what that means, right? Yeah, my seam ripper is getting lots of action.

Meet my little friend

So, there you go. There are others but these have been the main focus this week. There will be progress I can show you one of these days, but not just yet. I have yet to decide whether to sell the patterns on my website, on Etsy, or somewhere else, but I’ll let you know when I start putting them out there. Part of this process will include writing up new lectures and workshops too. I am really looking forward to that. It’s always fun to give a new idea life, don’t you think?

What have you been working on?

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  • Bill V.

    LOL! I’ve been busy too, but try not to think of the blog as another thing on the to-do list. Don’t let the blog be a monkey on your back! No apologies necessary. Have fun with it, and if you don’t have time, don’t worry about it. 🙂

    • Lori East

      All good. We do what we can!