This weekend started off as a weekend of chores and this was the biggest one. We love having a woodstove. It saves us a lot of money in the winter. But it's messy! I'm lucky that we have this in the basement. I know that people still heat homes with woodstoves and I don't know how they keep their homes clean with an active woodstove. I sweep every day but at the end of the season it takes several hours to clean everything up. I hate doing it but I'm glad to have it all tucked away for the fall. Because I don't go near this corner except during fire season, I didn't notice that the chimney sweep left their drop cloth last year. I have it ready for them to pick up tomorrow.
After that and a few other chores, I dyed some quilt backs for veterans quilts. They are soaking now and I should be able to load a couple of veterans quilts later this week.
Finally I got around to some sewing. I pulled some light gray fabric and cut a bunch of triangles and started sewing some blocks together.
I'm using my Brother machine and was having trouble with the beginning ends jamming into the throat plate. I decided to try some different needles to see if it made a difference. These needles made all the difference! I will now keep some of these in my supplies to use for piecing.
I'm not sure how I will use these blocks but Mary sent me an idea of alternating blocks with 2" and 4" HST blocks like this. This would make a nice veterans quilt top. Mary has all kinds of great quilt ideas for charity quilts. If you aren't familiar with her, check out her blog. She has a great library of free patterns on her sidebar.
I also made some progress on starting all of my new crochet projects and will share those later this week.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.