A busy weekend
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.
4/19/2022 07:21:59 am
I love seeing your fabric soaking in the dye bath. And the pretty colors in those triangles just make me happy.
4/19/2022 08:05:27 am
I love those Microtex needles. I usually piece with the 80 sized needles. I know on batiks they work really well since those fabrics they use are tightly woven.
4/19/2022 09:51:49 am
Our friends heat their house with wood and have their stove in their living room. She is always complaining about how dirty the process is. When we were first married we had a wood stove too and I hated all the handling of each piece of wood. We cut our own, piled it in the bush to dry, and then went back in the fall and hauled it out and THEN stacked it at home and then had to haul it in to burn it and haul out the ashes afterwards. Too much like hard labour. It wasn't so bad when we had a 'free' source of the wood but once we lost access to that and had to start paying for it, it ceased to be a good option. My broom and vacuum certainly were a whole lot happier too.
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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.