Monday, July 27, 2015

Deck Time

Many are sweltering in the summer heat but we were fortunate to visit our cabin for a few days where temperatures have been in the mid-70's with an abundance of sun shine.  We are using this time to catch up on a few projects.

 My husband, Dale, has a deadline with the publisher of a wood carving magazine to submit a step-by-step article for carving an old cowboy.  Dale begins with a block of wood and I photograph each step.  When it's complete we add the narrative and ship it off for a future issue of Wood Carving Illustrated.

I don't just sit around waiting to take photos, I'm busy with applique on another large block for "Cat's Away", the BOM from Material Obsession.  Just 2 more of these large blocks and it will be time to sew it together.  I have 2 projects nagging at me - Cat's Away and Enchantment, the quilt that has been put away and ignored more times that I want to count.  My goal is to have both off to the quilter by Labor Day weekend which is a short 35 days from now.

August and the deck - a perfect combination to meet those goals.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Did I Meet My Goal?

I'm certain you have been losing sleep wondering if I met my goal of completing my Enchantment wall hanging (ha ha).  The answer is ........ sort  of.  I thought it was finished but when I hung it up on the design wall there was a blank spot that was crying out for "something".  Oh, I just couldn't start on "something" so I left it home as we packed to visit our cabin for the 4th of July celebrations.

I brought 4 sunburst blocks from the Cats Away BOM to work on.  These include the center block that is pieced but needs 8 tulips appliqued and embellished, 1 sunburst that has applique completed and needs embellishment, and 2 sunbursts that are still in the bags they were mailed in.  My plan is to piece the 2 in the bags and get the wool cut before we leave in 1 week for another wood carving retreat.  That will give me more than enough applique and embellishment to take as a road project.

But first, here is a poor quality photo of today's project.  It is raining outside our cabin today, the lighting is dim, and the lightest fabric I found for a background was the reverse side of a placemat!

I have to wear a medical ID bracelet and most of them are really ugly or too expensive.  After all, I have to save money for thread and fabric!  I found a source that will engrave the ID tag with the important information and then I can add my own beads.  I am not a jewelry maker and have no idea what I'm doing but I took apart some old necklaces, added some beads purchased at the Gem Fair and now I have 4 bracelets.  

Truth is I would rather be stitching but it was a productive break.

p.s.  Don't worry about me.  It's more of an aggravation than a serious illness.

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