Using my tools

I’m plugging away making all those houses for the Village quilt…after I had made several dozen it dawned on me that I had tools I wasn’t using – ‘Doh!

While I was constructing each house I would finger press the pieces until I attached the roof – then I set it aside. After I had a dozen houses I would get up from the sewing machine and take them to the ironing board to press. This got old pretty fast and I was losing motivation to continue…then it dawned on me…

Last year I bought a mini iron from Amazon when they had a really good sale and I had never even turned it on (smh!) – I also bought a wool pressing mat (which I’ve used several times). I put the wool mat beside my sewing machine and now I can press as I go without getting up – Eureka!!

That little iron is amazing – I’m not an affiliate, I’m just impressed! It gets really hot and sets the seams very well. It also has ability for steam but I’m not using that. If you’re sewing small pieces, having a setup like this is a real time saver and my blocks look really good too!

I’ve worked on the houses each day…here are the shots I’ve been posting to Instagram

All the color block houses are done (according to my scrap bin colors) so I spent yesterday cutting the pieces for the two dozen scrappy color houses and I put a few together last night (sorry for the bad lighting!)

Once the rest are made I’ll start putting the groups together according to the pattern. I’ve already cut the necessary sashing pieces so I’m all set!


In other news…it looks like Hurricane Isaias is going to be heading right towards Myrtle Beach – UGH!! As if 2020 isn’t already stressful enough, now this 😦 Thankfully we live about 7 miles in from the coast so we won’t see any storm surge but we’re expected to get 4-5″ of rain within a few hours time. We didn’t have any flooding issues last year with Hurricane Dorian so I’m hoping we fare just as well this time!


I haven’t written much about Sammie lately – thankfully she’s still doing well. She’s taking daily chemo pills and that seems to have stalled the lymphoma. She also takes a prednisone pill every other day which makes her body temperature run warmer than normal. She doesn’t run or play as much as she used to because she gets hot but she still gets around just fine. The only other issue she’s having are these bump/warts that are popping up all over her body.

I’m not sure what the official name is for these but the poor baby has them all over, luckily they don’t seem to bother her… except for the one on her back right paw.

The Vet looked at it last month and said due to her age and the lymphoma they don’t recommend putting her under anesthesia to remove it (or any of the others) so she suggested cryotherapy – freezing it. We did that and it got a little better but still bugged her so we went back Friday and had it done again. I’m hoping it will shrink to the point it won’t bother her anymore, finger crossed!!


That’s about all that’s been going on around here…have a great rest of your weekend!

4 thoughts on “Using my tools

  1. Hi Sharon — your villages quilt is super cute! I love all of the colors!

    I hope hurricane Isaias misses you and doesn’t do much damage to the US…2020 has definitely been a challenging year! We too are expecting lots of rain.

    I’m happy to read Sammie is doing well — those warts do look bothersome! She’s such a cutie ♥

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    1. Hi Karla! Thanks, I’m really excited to get the top finished. Isaias was downgraded to a tropical storm but it still looks like it’s headed straight for Myrtle Beach…eeek! I’m sure we’ll be fine!


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