It was a busy day after all!

Yesterday I took the day off, as much as I am capable of taking the day off.  Being as tired as I have been lately, I didn’t want to be up on my feet at the machine all day, so I decided it was a non-longarm day and I’d do other stuff.  Looking back over the day, I think I did MORE than if I had spent the day longarming, but my body enjoyed the volume of sitting time.

I started the day working on the Star Crossed commission quilt, I cut out all the pieces for all the blocks:

Those pins in the stacks of cut pieces, those are my markers.  They say things like “Block A 2-1/2″ square (96)”  or “Block B, unit 2, 1-1/2″ x 6-1/2” (#), so I know which stack is for which section of what block.  They’ll stay up like that until all the blocks are pieced.  It doesn’t use up a lot of paper to do this, as I use the backs of misprints and cut them into small squares; yet it keeps me organized!.

After doing all the cutting for all the blocks for Star Crossed, I decided I needed to sit for a bit.  Anyone who knows me knows I can’t just “sit”, so I popped in an audio book and started working on my next knitting project “Pizzazz Party Shell” from the Winter issue of Love of Knitting:

I’m not using the yarn called for in the pattern, I’m using Boboli from Berrocco as I LOVE the softness and variation of color it has.

Those that know me know I also can NOT sit for long (unless I’m deathly ill), so after a short break I decided I needed to get “productive” again and I moved back to the sewing machine and piece the blocks.  I suppose technically that is still sitting, but it doesn’t feel like it.  And I managed to get the majority of the 24 Block A’s done for the quilt:

After a supper break, I needed to do something else, so I plunged into washing the Merino locks. Now I’m NOT going to say this is what they are supposed to look like, I may have accidentally agitated them while washing and started to felt them, but I am going to say I enjoyed the process.  Watching them turn from a creamy yellow with the lanolin in them to a pure white was an amazing process.  And one I will repeat in the future.  At this point they’re drying on a rack in the guest bathtub:

Finally I finished off the night, while waiting for the news to come on to monitor the weather, with starting to spin up this braid:

This braid is a Merino/Silk blend from Funhouse Fibers .  Funhouse is one of just a few of shops I purchase roving from, and I can say I’ve never been disappointed with a braid from her.  She also does custom dyeing of braids if you need something specific!

At the end of the night I had only a wee bit of the first of the two braids of this that I have spun, but it’s a start:

 

Today, while Snowy sleeps on the spare bed missing his boy who isn’t here this weekend to visit:

I’ll be following Baci’s directive and quilting the next quilt up that’s on the table he’s looking at:

How is it that dog KNOWS when I’ve taken a day off and have quilts to be done.  And points me to the work too!  ;>)
All in all, I’d say it was a busy day after all…….. even if it was a day OFF!

 

 

Friday, March 2nd

The sky to the west of me is silver grey this morning.  The sky to the east of me is purple blue.  Although it’s light outside, the sun is not in sight anywhere and I am hearing the occasional rumble of thunder.

 

All of which means it’s a no quilting day here for any of the machines.   Instead I’ll spend the day working on cutting out a commission of my “Star Crossed” pattern with these fabrics:

And washing these Merino locks:

And hand stitching down this applique block: (The lettering is machine stitched onto the replacement block, it’s the block itself which needs appliqued onto the quilt,)

Of all of these projects, it’s the center one that I’m unsure about.  I’ve cut out plenty of quilts, and as I designed Star Crossed, it should be a breeze.  And I’ve done enough applique that stitching down that block will be a nice break from standing at the cutting table.  But washing those locks, well it’s my first time and I’m really not sure what I’m doing, so wish me well.

All of this, of course, depends on my ability to maintain my energy level today with all that gray dreariness outside.  I think I need  to turn on lots of lights and turn up the music today!