Sewing therapy

I can’t imagine how I would be handling this pandemic and self isolating if I didn’t have my quilting hobby!! And even with that, I’ve still had a few days of gut-wrenching anxiety about the foreseeable future. I’ve experienced anxiety in the past but it usually was when a loved one was having a health crisis…all this COVID stuff feels like it’s been going on forever and I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel – yet. I’m usually a pretty positive person and have always tried to look at things from the ‘bright side’…that’s getting harder each day this drags on. Ok, enough about that, let’s get to the good stuff!!!

Last week I was struggling to figure out how I wanted to quilt the monochromatic Plus top…shortly after posting I landed on a design and got to work. It went pretty quick and I really, really love how it turned out. Here’s the backside, you can see the ‘Heart strings’ quilting better

I decided to use yellow mini bracelets fabric for the binding to pull out the little bit of color in the top, then I took it outside for some photos before running it through the wash.

Once that was done I turned my attention back to the Safelight case sets. I pulled fabrics and supplies for four more and got started.

Here they are assembled except for velcro, those little tissue holders are so simple to make and I love how the trim looks!

I’ve got six sets completed…now I just need to figure out how to get them to Carole! I really don’t want to go into the Post Office but I’m not sure how else I’m going to get the envelope/box and get it mailed…ugh!

After those were done I started playing with all the 5″ squares I still have…I’ve been wanting to try a color wash style quilt like I’ve seen on Exuberant Color’s blog so I separated some of the squares into light, med & dark and put them up on my design wall…not sure it works as well with these larger squares but I’ll keep playing with it.

Like many others I’ve been cooking a lot more often and I decided last week I wanted to bake some cookies. I usually only bake cookies once a year during the holidays but I wanted something sweet so I got to work.

Unfortunately the batter really didn’t turn out, I think I messed up measuring the flour and it was too loose. I went with it anyway!! All was going fine until I pulled one pan out of the oven and thought I was reaching for the next pan to put in (without a pot holder!) – except I picked up the pan I had just pulled out O U C H!!!! My right index finger and left middle finger got it the worst but thankfully nothing that needed medical attention!!!

The weather has been lovely the last few days, low 70’s and no humidity so we’ve been eating dinner on the screened porch. Yesterday I put up a new hummingbird feeder and as we sat there eating we had our first visitor!!! I was not fast enough with my phone to get a picture of him sitting on the feeder but you get the idea here

That’s about all for now…have a great rest of your weekend!!

Stay safe and stay sane!!

11 thoughts on “Sewing therapy

  1. Thank you so much for the Safelight case sets! Your prints are so bright and happy! I know what you mean about going to the PO, I have been taking sanitizing wipes to use to open doors, and I think I may go to gloves next. I’m only picking up once a week and this week will begin wearing a mask when I go to any public place. No rush, the next delivery to Safelight won’t be until May. Thanks so much for linking to the project too.

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    1. Thank you Carole! I’ve made myself & hubby a few masks that we’ll start wearing anytime we leave the house. Our state is not on ‘lock down’ yet so I might try to get to the PO next week, I’ll let you know once they’re on the way ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. OMG Sharon your quilting is beautiful! I love the pieced backing and Carole’s right your fabric choices for the Safelight gifts are so bright and happy! I made masks for hubby and myself — my son wants a couple so I’ll get those made today and in the mail tomorrow!

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    1. Thank you Karla!! I’ve been trying to focus on using stash and orphan blocks for my sewing therapy, I figure it’s a a win/win! Now I can’t decide which ‘side’ of the quilt I like more ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve tried several mask patterns so we have lots of ‘prototypes’ to use. I think the one I like best is where the ties are sewn as binding on the short sides. Stay safe!! โค

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    1. Thanks Tierney, my fingers are feeling much better now ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been trying to do meditation to help with the anxiety, have you heard of Headspace? It’s an online resource and it’s free for 30 days, it’s helping me so I don’t get stuck on all those ‘ugly’ thoughts ๐Ÿ˜€ You take care and hang in there too!!

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