On Saturday afternoon, I was getting ready to choose and prep linens for various projects. Out came the trusty sewing machine (I have to set it up each time) as I like to zig-zag the edges of the linen. After that, I looked around to see if there were anything else requiring my sewing machine since I had it out already.
Here, I will back track a few days. As you know I've told you I've been organizing my 'stuff' and in the process I weeded out 2/3 of my quilting fabrics and donated them, finally after hoarding it all these years, to the local quilt guild. They made and donated 500 quilts last year so they were happy to get this donation, and I was happy I gained some storage space.
In the process I 'found' some fabrics and an old unfinished lap size quilt. On Saturday then I decided to try my hand at stitching a new cushion cover, as you see below. Start small, right?
I just loved this fabric, all caramel and pinks and creams! From there I made another one in a square shape in the same fabric, then another two in rich pinks, and another two for my DH's man-chairs. Now, this happened over the course of Saturday and then Sunday.
By Sunday afternoon I had made 6 cushion covers and felt pretty bonded to my sewing machine! I felt more confident and eyed my unfinished quilt with guilt and hope. The quilt was already sandwiched with batting and partially quilted 'in the ditch'. What it needed was really to finish the binding. To make a long story short, I decided to do a "quick and dirty" finishing job with my machine. My quilting teacher would've tsked at the finishing!
Here is the quilt with a couple of new cushion covers made.
I was just relieved that I finally got it finished and can stop feeling guilty! You wouldn't believe how good that'd felt! Now I can put my quilting guilt and days behind me!
...and happily go back to cross stitching. THAT was the detour courtesy of my sewing machine!
I received a couple of new charts today from Country Stitches.
The charts themselves are huge which is a good thing for my poor eyesight. However, I was surprised at the size of each design! Jane and I will do a SAL on "Be Kind and Be True", which on 32 count, will be finished at about 10 x 12 inches in size. That's way bigger than I'd imagined from the photo. This would be fabulous to do over one I think though that's not something I will attempt.
I'm so enjoying my time off (can you tell?)! I've been going for walks more often and am feeling so much better. I want to share a photo with you on our walk today. This is in a nearby park. Two days ago, this was a pond and people had little motorized boats out on the water. Unfortunately the pond has shrunk now to a puddle.
Thank you all you scissor-obsessed stitchers out there! I certainly enjoyed all your comments. They were so funny and I could feel your obsession all the way here in my neck of the woods. If you see me with a photo of a flower frog with scissors, you know I will be beyond hope! ;-)
Have a wonderful week!