Tuesday, April 14, 2020
I had used this as a cue that it was indeed time to take a rest, thus my step away from all social media. I was curbing TV, but every media source was just resounding that I had to do a total step away. The last two lines were my mantra.
I had several quilts pulled for quilting - I did two and was not upset with that. I spent time outside, time with my Mom, time with my furkids, a little purging and cleaning. BUT it was all slow - not over filling and kept to simple.
I have even switched out my machine. My Juki 500 series has been in need of repair since before Christmas and now my Juki 600 series (work horse) is really in need of some tender love. So I am going to step back and slow down. This little machine cannot be rushed, but has a lovely stitch and perfect 1/4" foot. It will take me back to what I really enjoy - just fun scrap block making for a while. (I actually have four other machines and a long arm - but I need to slow down right now)
I had been searching thru stash for backing for the Kaffe strip quilt and came across a bag of HSTs. I don't remember this bag being there before and even looking thru these I don't remember making them. BUT they are all my fabrics and the thread is what I use for piecing and the stitch is definitely my Juki 500. Magic or gremlins???
Barb @ 3CatRanch has been playing with found HSTs and I am in love. This was a good smack up the head - time to play with these and let the other things go for a while.
When I work scraps I like to use a block that is easy to quilt math, works up quickly (or with little thought), and will use them up to their fullest. Some of the HSTs are two colors, but at least 90% have these two light grays so I will use these primarily and make something else with the two colors later. I have four 1 yard cuts of w/w that I'll use for the skinny sashing and the tiny corner stone is the 'never go away' solid gray scraps.
I will slowly read and catch up on all the blogs I follow while I take my time to work thru these pretty little blocks.