Sunday, May 13, 2018

Well, no wonder I couldn't find my mojo...


When I don't want to sew, I know something is wrong. Feeling jet-lagged and fatigued two weeks after our trip was my indicator. My doctor sent me to the ER, and the ER doc discovered my hemoglobin was way low. I was admitted for 36 hours and received infusions of two pints of blood and a bag of iron. I have a colonoscopy next week to see if there's an internal bleed, and I'm very happy this issue isn't blood-clot related.  I'm also thrilled with my doctors and the LaGrange Hospital.  When I got home, I looked for something easy to do.  This little zip pouch was just the ticket.
Holly found me this terrific cork and zipper. The edges are raw.  Free pattern courtesy of Sew Sweetness.


With this little bit of energy, I have also gone back to the project on my design wall.  I had 12 improv blocks from my ever-growing scrap pile.  But for a usable quilt I need 20 blocks.  I am still finishing the final three.  Attic Windows seems like a great way to feature these blocks.  And I need a new hand project.  So I will work on this block by block, do a bit of machine quilting to get each block into its "window", and then finish each block off with some hand work.  Below are two blocks set into their windows.  The side panel fabric is from New Zealand and features those wonderfully lacy leaves and little hidden kiwi birds. 


This high school graduation quilt has been quilted, bound, and delivered.  It is 90" x 108."  This quilt is the 4th one I have done for Meg, a nurse I met during my first knee replacement way back in 2009.  So now each one of her 4 kids has their own t-shirt quilt.  Meg's daughter is graduating from Fenwick, whose colors are black and white.  Meg let me know that her daughter has been showing this to her friends - great affirmation!
This fabric is going to be turned into a Sloan Bag for my friend Jenny.  I love this fabric and have yet to cut into it.  With black handles and side pockets, I think this will be stunning.  The three fabrics on the side will be used for the lining, accents,  and interior pockets.
And this is how I'm celebrating Mother's Day.  What a gift my mom gave me by teaching me to sew - and giving me her machine!

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