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I have to tell you, it's really hard to leave this view. But we can't afford two weeks so now we're home!
It was a wonderful week on Hatteras Island. The weather was kind of unpredictable but ultimately turned out really nice for us. We had 4 great beach days out of 6. Just 60 miles north of us in Nags Head the weather was much wetter. We were lucky.
Even with rain it still would have been a great week just to have the family together.
Oh, I almost forgot. My nephew loved the Soundwave wall hanging. He promises to send a photo when it's been hung.
I didn't spend much time on my projects. When I wasn't on the beach I was reading or losing at card games. I only took some crochet and my fly tying kit. There are my first 2 flies! I'm using Youtube videos to teach me and the materials are from a kit to make Wooly Bugger flies. Apparently there are about 100 different types of Wooly Bugger flies. I suppose it's like a quilt block. There are unlimited ways to color and compose them. My fly tying coach said I did pretty good with my first tries. I have loads more supplies to make 23 more.
When I return from a trip I'm totally focused on getting everything unpacked, stored and the laundry done. When I finished all of that Saturday evening I really wanted to sew. It's actually time to start a new project since Soundwave and the wedding quilt are done. But I wasn't up for starting something new yesterday. Instead I had some fun with my scrappy HST project. I got 2 rows together to make sure I'd like it and then I just started sewing and counting blocks for 16 total rows.
I will have enough of the scrappy HST blocks to make other quilts later.
I'm emptying a lot of bobbins too! On scrappy quilts I use scrappy thread. If the tension is good, the thread color doesn't matter too much as long as the color is a medium value. I was running low on empty bobbins but that problem is being solved pretty quickly.
I calculated hw many blocks I need and how many more gray triangles I need to cut out and I have just enough of the gray fabric. I'll start cutting these out this week and get back to sewing.
I have a scrap of a shade darker gray that I'll use for the binding. I think this will make a happy veterans quilt.
5/30/2022 02:47:22 pm
glad you had fund and the weather cooperated. I didn't even get in a beach walk with our unexpected trip to Norfolk last week - just didn't have time to squeeze it in
5/30/2022 05:20:41 pm
Oh... I like where your HST quilt is going! Glad you had a good beach week!
5/30/2022 05:59:46 pm
Glad the weather mostly cooperated for you and that you had a great time with family. Curious about tying flys though - will Chris use them?
5/31/2022 06:48:46 am
Tying the flies looks interesting. It is always fun to learn something new.
5/31/2022 09:00:00 am
Love the halfsquare block quilt! Looks like a good way to use up your scraps. What is the size of the blocks?
5/31/2022 09:46:09 am
Welcome Home - glad you had such a wonderful week with family. I, too, use my scrap bobbins for piecing scrappy quilts. It's so good to see a empty bobbin and then fill it back up. Your scrappy 1/2 square triangle quilt is going to be gorgeous. I love scrappy quilts.
5/31/2022 09:58:56 am
I’m smiling here because fly tying was something I use to do a number of years ago. I still have a box of supplies. 🤦🏻♀️ I love the quilt too.
5/31/2022 10:05:50 am
I am glad you are enjoying your fly tieing. The HST top is fabulous! I have been emptying bobbins too as I make all tote tote bags. I have more to empty. It will be nice to start with a fresh slate of empty bobbins.
5/31/2022 10:24:20 am
Wonderful that you had mostly good weather but then no matter the weather being at the coast is always great. Love the top photo. I can actually hear the surf ... well, my imagination can at least. Now you are rested somewhat and can get back to creating.
5/31/2022 11:25:16 am
Sounds like a delightful away time. I am so glad you were able to get away.
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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.