Thursday, January 8, 2015

Simply Slow


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. 

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

23 comments:

  1. aw look at them all tuckered out from playing. look like my two all snuggled in quilts and blankets. love your 9 patches. sometimes slow and steady wins the race. looking good!

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  2. It sounds like you are having a wonderful time playing in a slower mode. As you say, with this cold weather, a perfect time to play with fabrics!

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  3. Slow is good, it's like hitting reset, your mind is working and you'll have some great ideas. I love the thought of the babies playing in the scraps like a pile of leaves.

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  4. Slow or even no sewing at all is sort of expected this time of year. I'm hunkering down in the cold weather, too. I love what Dana said about hitting reset--that's what I was thinking, too.

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  5. What a lovely lot of scraps and the two kitties look so comfy and settled. A lovely time for sewing when you can't be out. Keep Warm and safe. Hugs, Susie x

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  6. Oh fun new scraps. Nothing better than playing with them.

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  7. It must be that cold weather slowing you down to a full stop. Kitties always know how to spend a cold day...or a warm day...

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  8. that is quite a pile of scraps!! I am enjoying playing with mine right now too.

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  9. LOVE that cartoon!!!! You will make wonderful use of all of those scraps.

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  10. I love playing with scraps. I think you slow is faster than my slow. Sixty nine patch sounds fairly quite speedy. I'm having trouble getting out of slow mode since the holiday but I am enjoying the change of pace.

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  11. It looks as though you are a magnet for scraps. I'm glad the babies had fun playing in them It's been really cold here this week and we had small amounts of snow twice. It makes me wish I was under all of those blankets with your cats.

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  12. Your 9patches would also be fantastic in the pattern that Bonnie Hunter posted recently - sorry I can't remember the name of it but it's a good/easy pattern and you have quite a few done already. The furkids certainly know how to keep warm!!!

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  13. Getting 60 done was no laughing matter in my book. I'll just sorted through more scraps to work on some blue somethings......we'll see. I didn't think I'll be doing her pattern but playing nicely on the sidelines for the RBSC,

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  14. If you need more scraps I have tons. Maybe both of us can put them to good use this year. I look forward to seeing what you make.

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  15. Slow is good, scraps are too! Bonnie Hunter's Dancing Nine's free pattern would be good for your 9 patches should you need an idea.

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  16. Congratulations on your scrap-a-abundant gift! Have fun playing and creating, new scraps are great at any speed!

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  17. I am so glad you are getting out of your slow time!! Hope things are well!! Now, with that said, I don't think 60 9-patches in one session is slow. If that's slow, I am really slow!! Keep warm in that cold weather, it can be dangerous!!

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  18. I totally understand. Scraps often call my name, too.
    Love those 9-patch blocks.
    The fur babies looks comfortable. Thanks for sharing a picture. Hope you are okay. Stay warm.

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  19. you slow mode still blows me out of the water :) happy scrap busting :)

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  20. It sounds like you are chugging along perfectly fine to me. Sometimes slow is good for the soul.

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  21. Sixty 9- patches is being pretty productive. Enjoy your slow paced stitching. Say warm!

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  22. I think you aren't giving yourself enough credit! You have a lot done! And, I LOVE all of the scrappiness of this post!

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  23. Love the cartoon at the top of the post. My sewing life revolves around playing with other people's scraps -- it's never dull, that's for sure!

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