Another Friday

It’s Friday again already! How did that happen? My son remarked earlier today that it’s been a weird week for us. And so it has. We started out with him sick (sore throat, all better now), then I got sick (food poisoning, also all better now, but there were moments when the alternative was pretty attractive), a bunch of odd little goofs, and today our heat has gone out. Nothing major, obviously, just bumps in the road, but it’s been a whole week of them. It might get a little chilly here this weekend. I fiddled with the heater too late to try to get someone out to fix it, today, so I’ll wait until Monday to call. no worries. We have quilts.

I did get some sewing in, though (mostly because I stayed off of Facebook and avoided the news). I finished up backs for four quilts, all of which you’ve seen before, and popped them in a box to go off to the quilter. Making a back is probably my least favorite thing. Yes, I know it’s not hard. And yes, if I’d clean off my sewing table, it would be even easier. But no. I leave junk piled on the edge of the table which then gets knocked in the floor.¬†Then I pick it up and put it away. Or move it somewhere else, to be put away later. Not the most efficient method, I know, but it works. Sort of.

I’ve also been sewing some simple things. I’ve wanted to doing some easy piecing with lots of color that I can plow through quickly. There have been several new designs floating around in my head, and I just needed a break from them. So, I’m making a houndstooth quilt for my son. I’ve really really enjoyed sewing with an ombre. (This is Moda Marble Dots.) I’ve had to think a little bit about what to place where, mostly because I didn’t think before I started, but I think it’s going to be pretty cool. The background is Basic Grey, but I can’t remember the print name. I’ve had it for quite a while and finally decided I wanted to do something quick and easy with it. Here is that quilt in progress:

Simple houndstooth
Pretty, huh?

I am also plowing through a huge stack of charm packs. Yes, charm packs! I know, I know, I never buy precuts. But I did. These are ¬†from Moda: “Fancy” by Lily Ashbury. I mixed them with a Kona solid for something quick and bright and mindless. I must have been wanting spring to come. Well, yeah, and…color! I’m just making tons of half-square triangles of these, it’s kind of a “I-want-to-sew-but-don’t-want-to-think-about-it” project. I may set them like this, may not. Who knows? Either way, I’ll get a quilt big enough for my bed so that will make me happy. Wait’ll you see which print I chose for the back! I’ll post a pic in a day or two. But trust me, it’s loud!


I’ve finally started listening to books on Audible, by the way. Last week I listened to C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. I had read it eons ago, but was delighted at the depth the narrator brought to it. Well worth a listen! I also listened to The Girl on the Train. Odd book. Fascinating, but odd.


This week, I started listening to Jan Karon’s Mitford series. People had raved about those books for years, but somehow I just hadn’t gotten around to reading them. Well. Audible has changed all that. I wonder if, from now on, this quilt will remind me of Miss Sadie and Dooley? Barnabus?


Until now, I always listened to music (usually classic rock, but sometimes bluegrass, classical, or jazz) or watched reruns of old TV shows on Netflix (The Dick Van Dyke Show, among others). Somehow, though, listening to books makes me feel a bit more…virtuous. Like I’m really getting more done. Yes, I know, the Mitford books are fiction, they’re fluff, but still. Let me have my little fantasy, OK?

There are several more projects (and books) in my queue, and still more backs to piece. (I swear I wonder why I don’t just buy wide backs to start with?), but I’m plugging along. I have a couple of new fabric packs which I’ll show you soon. I need to think on them some more before I commit to doing anything. But here’s a hint:

Just a hint

Do you listen to anything when you’re working? What have you been sewing?

A Work Day

It’s another snow day here, which means a work day for me. I have nowhere I have to be (thank Heaven!), and I’ve thrown a chicken in the crock pot so I don’t even have to think about supper until it’s time to eat.

I’m cooking this:

A Work Day
Chicken in Coconut Milk with Lemongrass, photo from

The recipe is here. The best part about this recipe is how unbelievable the house smells while it cooks. Think of it: garlic, lemon grass, cilantro, and coconut milk…mmmm! I’ve posted links to this on Facebook before, but I really, really love this stuff. Besides, anything that frees up time is good, right? (The recipe calls for this to be cooked in the oven but trust me, the crock pot works great.)

While that’s cooking, I’m planning to make some more Goose in the Pond blocks. I’ve decided to make twelve of them, total, which will end up being 45 x 60″. Since it’a workshop sample, I think that’s a good size. It’s not too big to haul around, but is big enough that you can see the secondary pattern. Besides, I have exactly enough pieces made for that size. Problem solved, huh?

Here’s the first block:

A Work Day
All sewn up!

I’m also playing around with this:

A Work Day
Bow ties!

Wishing you a great day, no matter what you’re doing!