Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Toy!

So as quilters, we all know that notions = toys. I had a whole bunch if credit card rewards that I can now link to Amazon. I had been eyeing a Quick Curves Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful for quite some time, but it's hard to justify a $25 ruler; that becomes much easier when it becomes only $1.87 out of pocket. 

Last night to inaugurate sewing curves - my first time when it wasn't a 3D object turned out well. It helps that they have a series of YouTube tutorials to explain how to use the ruler correctly. 

If you'll remember to late June, I posted about a pink block I made for a charity quilt going to a cancer center in Grand Rapids, MI. Rather than just make blocks that would never be used, my practice blocks (that were good enough) were made in the pink theme for Anna to add to the quilt. 

While I was sewing, I had company from Pippa, who is as I write becoming less of a lady at the Spay Spot - friendly reminder it's actually bad for female cats to have repeated heat cycles without having kittens, it can cause major hormonal imbalances leading to cysts and other health issues. But as always, she was my supervisor. She probably won't be jumping quite that high for the next week or two.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Slow times...

It's been nearly a month since the last post. I got to the end of night shift, but since I had gone on vacation in the middle of the 10 weeks for my college reunion, I got thrown into that jet lag feeling again and just wasn't feeling the draw to the sewing room.

I'm back on days now and have sunlight for working. I'm plugging along on the Framed quilt with 48 blocks done. Only 30 fit on my design wall at a time though! This was on the dining room floor, but they've since been transferred to the wall. I'm thinking of making it 86x98 instead of the full 98x98, which was the original intention.
My other project yesterday was making a scrub cap. I've started shadowing CRNAs (Nurse Anesthetists) in the OR at work in preparation for submitting my grad school paper work through the Navy. I had to wear the lunch lady mesh hair net, and decided that wasn't my thing. I went on Etsy and bought a great, simple pattern for $4 and had this made in under half an hour. It even has elastic in the back. The ones for sale there were all $12-18, which just seemed like too much for something I knew I could make easily. And the moose are so cute - it was a novelty print that I've had in my stash for a while. I will definitely be making more of these.