Thursday, January 8, 2015
I know my year is keeping it simple, but I think it went to keeping it slow. I went right down to doing nothing and then having trouble even getting motivated. So what perks me up - makes me happy?
Scraps!! Someone sent me three grocery bags full of scraps. New possibilities, new incentive, new mojo. I don't buy novelty fabrics, so when they arrive in these little baggies, they tickle me. There were a lot of polka dots in this mix - yahoo! A day was taken to just sort and put some of those sorted piles into the fabric food chain. The rest will get chopped down and added to my scrap barrels - a project for another day.
And that lead me to look at my barrels. They are all just crammed packed - from my 1.5" right up to my 5". Seems like I am cutting a lot of 2" lately, so I decided this would be a good place to warm my machine back up. And Keeping it Simple - just some 9-patches.
Normally I would have whipped right thru that barrel in a day or two, but we are keeping it simple (and I'm still having trouble getting out of slow). But I did get sixty 9-patches done up. There is no plans for these, but there are so many possibilities. And with the Sweet 16 Challenge for Hands2Help - they can easily be turned into 16-patches to play with.
That lead to finding that baggy of blue scraps left from last year (which was just a few days ago) and start thinking of playing with RSC15. January's color is a medium blue and there are lots in this pile. What I don't use will get chopped down and the other blue hues will go back in the baggy for a future month.
My SIL has come back to sew again after all the Holiday travels and parties and she needed my portable banquet table set back up for laying out her project. So since the table was out I decided to get a couple of quilts sandwiched and ready for quilting. With this cold snap upon us for the next couple of weeks, having a warm quilt in my lap while finishing it up sounds like a good plan.
And speaking of a warm quilt to chase the chill - look at these two! There are two quilts, two thermal blankets and I think an afghan under there - perfect snoozing spot. They got tuckered out after playing 'leaf pile' with my dumped scraps. I couldn't get mad at them - like little kids, they need an outlet for their pent up energy. We are all stuck in the house with this weather - I'm happy playing in scraps and so are they.