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!!

Self Isolation feels so weird

So weird but necessary…I still feel like we’re stuck in a Sci-fi movie. I’ve done a pretty good job of staying away from all the negative news and I’m feeling a little better but I haven’t gotten as much done as I thought I would.

Early last week I started piecing the monochromatic Plus top. I decided to break it up into 9-patch sections so they’d be easier to sew together, this is where I stopped that night.

It was 2 days later when I finally finished the top

Then a few days later I pulled out my batting scraps and made some ‘franken-batting’ for this quilt. I don’t usually do this many scraps but once I got started I just kept adding. I sure hope all those seams won’t be noticeable in the finished quilt :-/

Once I had that finished I glue basted it all together – and this is where it still sits. I can’t decide how I want to quilt it…I’ve looked at charm quilts online for inspiration but nothing is speaking to me 😦

I got my shipment of sew-on velcro and finished the Safelight case set I started 2 weeks ago, now I’ll start making a few more sets.

I had such high hopes of spending all my ‘isolation’ time in my sewing room and that’s just not happening.


No weight loss this week but I’m staying steady so I’ll take that as a win!


Have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

Keeping my mind occupied

I’ve been trying to keep myself and my mind occupied so I don’t obsess over every bit of news that gets announced. It feels like they’re doing updates every two minutes and it can be so overwhelming if I let myself consume it all…so…I’ve not been watching very much TV and I’ve been trying to stay off social media as much as I can.

I want to spend all my time in my sewing room but for some reason I have this ‘fear of running out’ mentality – UGH! There is no way I’ll run out of fabric in the next couple of months but my mind just keeps saying ‘but what if I do?’ and that seems to be spoiling all the joy. I’m going to fight off that feeling and get in there today!!!

I did get a few things accomplished before this ‘fear’ mentality set in. I finished quilting the Plus quilt

And here’s the back side

I even got it all bound. I chose a dark blue batik I had left over from another quilt a few years ago

Then I took a little break to work on a smaller project for a charity called Safelight Project 2020. Carole posted about this a few weeks ago and I printed off the pdf pattern for the sunglass case, cosmetics bag and tissue holder. I initially used a self-adhesive velcro and tried to sew through it but my needle got so gummed up I had to remove it. I pulled off that velcro and I’ve ordered some ‘sew on’ velcro from Amazon.

While that project waited I pulled out some orphan strip sets and sewed them in columns but I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them until Debbie @sparethreads suggested I add background fabric between the strips and use it as backing – brilliant!!

I pulled some white from my yardage bin and cut the pieces. I’m not sure I like the quality of this white fabric (it’s a little to ‘gauzy’ for my liking) so I’ve left it hanging on the design wall until I make up my mind. Once I figure it out I’ll piece the monochromatic plus top and this will be the backing for it.

And that’s where my sewing ended… it was National Quilting Day yesterday and I didn’t go in my sewing room at all! Ugh, so sad!! 😦 But the weather was gorgeous here yesterday and I spent a lot of time outside. I’m hoping all that vitamin D will give my mood a boost! 🙂


No weight loss this week, but no gain either :-p We’ve been eating at home almost every meal and before all this social-distancing stuff I believed cooking our meals would help me drop weight…now that I’m doing it all I see that was just false hope – HA! I really need to watch what & how much I put in my mouth!!


That’s all for now…enjoy the rest of your weekend ❤

Unsettling times

It’s a very strange time right now…it feels like science fiction movie I can’t get out of, but I’m trying to stay calm and not let anxiety rule my thoughts. The best medicine for me is to stay in my sewing room as much as possible.

I decided to use one of the Connecting Threads fabrics that came in a few weeks ago and the remaining blocks from the Chandelier quilt to make the back. It kinda gives it an ‘antique-y’ feel.

I no sooner got that done and I found a pattern I wanted to try with all those 5″ squares I cut so down that came and up went this Scrappy Plus pattern

And here is it all pieced! The pieces sat on my design wall for a few days until I decided to throw caution to the wind and sew it together.

Last night I made a backing out of yardage scraps but I didn’t stop to take any pictures! I glue basted it and now it’s under the needle waiting for me to quilt on it today

I’ve also put another Plus quilt up on my design wall and this one will be pieced next…don’t adjust your monitor it’s supposed to be monochromatic!

I still have more than half of that stack of 5″ squares left so I’ll need to figure out what’s next!!


I’m going to mention this again…this horrible situation has taken a back seat to all the COVID19 stuff but I don’t want to forget about these people who still need so much. If you’d like to help out you can get more details here. I haven’t taken my quilts to the Post Office yet…but I better get a move on before THAT gets closed down too 😦


I haven’t lost any weight this week but that doesn’t surprise me, I’m a stress eater…however I’m happy to say I haven’t gained any weight either so I guess I’ll mark that as a win!!


That’s about all for now…stay safe and have a great rest of your weekend.