With this years mystery I challenged myself to finish each part before I start the next. Otherwise I end up with a few of each and never know what I really need to do without reading all the directions again.
After finishing Part 2 up on Sunday, I figured out how many strips I needed and set out cutting. ….
I made 3 that night to make sure they were coming out correctly.
Monday I spent time cutting all my rectangles and a few of the triangles.
Tuesday I pieced one side of 12 pieces.
Wednesday I had dinner plans with friends – no sewing time.
Today I’m busy with work and a Christmas party after.
The forecast shows more sewing time this weekend. I can’t wait.
Before I started on Part 2 of the mystery, I remembered that my triangle rulers were slippery. My favorite way to add grips to my rulers is with the Nexcare Flexible Clear medical tape. I love that I can tear it to the size I need.
Here I’ve added a small strip to the top of my triangle. On my Easy Angle, I added tape to the front and back to allow flipping the ruler while cutting. The Clear tape makes it easy to see the lines I need to use.
6% of the goal achieved and the rest cut waiting on assembly. Not looking forward to all the trimming – but my personal goal is to be more accurate with this quilt.
Last week was a busy one for me, the pieces sat like this until Sunday when I made time to start piecing. I sat down and paired up the pieces … my love of office supplies shines thru.
The clipboard holding my 8.5 x 12.5 ruler with the grippers up holding all the pieces. As I was working I thought a piece of sandpaper would work really well too.
I also love Sort Kwik – it makes separating the pieces much easier. Being in the midwest in the winter my hands are usually dry and the pieces just stick. With this it’s easy to fan them apart.
By Sunday evening all of my flying geese were finished and pressed. I broke the process into several steps, allowing myself time to run errands and watch a movie between them. It worked well for me as sometimes the monotony of piecing gets boring.
This year I’m using close to the same colors and I decided to go with solids instead of scrappy. My hubby asked that I make a few quilts that don’t use white.
I picked up the Kona Shadow (gray) when the colors were first released. On Saturday, I was able to pick up the pink, turquoise and brown after a great internal debate on the right shade of turquoise. I’m glad I landed on the lighter shade and love how my colors remind me of a 1950s kitchen along with a great sunset.
Shortly after getting home I set out cutting my strips and used a large jelly roll pan like Bonnie suggested. I typically use a 8.5 x 12.5 ruler and I like the larger size along with the sides.
Between picking up my sewing area explosion, watching football and playing with pups I was able to get the strips sewn.
I really loved the tray as I was working with the pieces and moving between cutting, sewing an ironing.
Finally on Sunday evening, I made the push to get the blocks completed, plus 6 extras.
I’m so excited to have the first part complete! After three years of mysteries, I finally remember to document how many pieces were in each strip, just in case we make more 9 patches.
….. since I was in a sewing groove, I finally added the last 5 borders to my En Provence mystery quilt. No pictures yet, my design wall is too small.
My little Buddie Holly, first baby, crossed the rainbow bridge around 10:20 AM.
This was the most difficult and easiest decision I’ve ever made. His health started failing on Friday. When I did my morning kisses and ear rubs, he fell to the left. All day I wondered what was going on and what I should do. Friends said get him to the vet and try soft foods.
Over the weekend, he inhaled the soft foods and seemed to be doing better. I was relieved. On Sunday night he was stumbling and pacing, then I realized he didn’t know how to lay down anymore. I fell into an uneasy sleep once I heard him collapse on the bedroom floor.
This morning I went to check on everyone and he was miserable. He’d been pacing and stumbling since Midnight and was trying to find a corner. We were blessed to cuddle him all morning until we made it to the vet.
Below the image is my description of how the morning went, it could be considered graphic. And I don’t blame you if you don’t want to read the details.
As we left for the vet, I sat in the backseat cradling him, we took a loop past the river and I had to hold his head up so he could see. He would turn his head looking when he heard sounds and when we went over the river – his nose and ears were still good.
Our vet was very understanding and laid out all the options. He spent time with Buddie checking him out and said we could do more testing but it might end with the same result. With a broken heart I said I think it’s time to say good bye. It’s definitely not what I want but it’s what’s right for him. Mr BlumenSew was pushing the testing option, as Buddie fell between my legs and laid there shaking. I was blunt and said is this the quality of life you want for him?
After a brief discussion we made the very difficult decision. The vet and staff were very kind. We were able to hold him as he received the first shot which made him sleepy. We held and cuddled our boy telling him how much we loved him. His little ears would perk up when we said some of the family and pups he would see in Heaven. He fell into a very deep sleep with his nose under my arm, he loved burying that long rat nose.
Once it was time Mr. BlumenSew asked to leave the room, he was shown to another exam room. I was on the floor kissing B’s nose and rubbing his head. His silly ear wanted to stand straight up, which was so unlike him. I finally folded it back for his “fix your ears” pose.
Words can’t express how hard it was for me to leave him there. When someone (animal or person) holds my heart, I don’t want to leave them alone. I know it’s just their shell and their spirit is gone.
I made it out to the car before I started sobbing. Mr. BlumenSew and I stood in the parking lot crying for several minutes.
Then our life post Buddie began. His siblings wonder where he is and my heart is still hurting. I know that time will help me to find a new normal, I’m not ready for that. Don’t be surprised if your on my street and you hear my “Bubba where are you call”.
This is a place I’m creating to keep track of my creative journey. I love to do Quilt a longs and want a place to share my creations. In addition to sharing all the other creations I make, I’ll be posting on topics that interest me.