Sunday, February 11, 2007
A Happy Weekend
DH made yesterday a "Teddy-tate" day for me. That's a day when he lets me do what I want to do, when I want to do it, even if all I do is vegetate. He cooked lunch, cleaned up the kitchen from lunch and then cooked dinner (bacon cheeseburgers and crispy french fries - my request). I only had to clean up the dinner mess last night and that was because I did it before he could.
How did I spend my Teddy-tate day? First I finished up six bindings I am donating to Cricket and Nancy for HeartStrings quilts. I finished my siggie blocks. I was able to use some of my 6 inch charm squares and leftover cream fabric for the blocks. I'm happy with how they turned out. Then I started working on my red work “A” block from Bobby Socks.
Today was a day for me to play. First I made a small notions bag for my hand quilting tools. I had made a similar one before Christmas and use it for my binding tools. But I wanted another one. I pulled a FQ out of my stash and had a bag done in about 15 minutes. I wanted to be able to close it so I cut 48 inch strips of yellow, purple and green ribbon and braided the strips together and made it into a pull string.
Then I got the crazy idea of making Valentine postcards for my parents. I had some Valentine fabric I bought last year so I decided to use some of that. In the process of making the cards I decided to give machine quilting a try. I put the darning foot and plate on my Janome and gave it a whirl. Wow! How much fun I had! I don’t know what I was afraid of – maybe messing up???? Anyway I finished three postcards – one each for mom and dad and one extra one for DH’s office.
I wasn’t ready to quit playing in my studio since I was home alone so I pulled out my nickel charm drawer and spent some time trying to find a combination of nickels that looked like fun. Nothing was jumping out at me. I started rummaging through my other charm drawers and found a packet of Northcott Heaven Can Wait charms I received from a friend. I thought about starting another quilt with them and found a pattern to use them, but decided to wait another day to start a new project. Instead I pulled out my Triple Irish Chain I’m making with Jinny Beyer fabrics and put together one more 49 patch block. 18 blocks down and 14 more 49 patch blocks to make.
Now I’m relaxing and finishing up the laundry. Tomorrow it’s back to the dreaded office.