This and That

It’s better to have too much to do than too little, isn’t it? I’ve been getting a few of my “too much” checked off my list, freeing up space for other things.

Tomorrow is my guild’s auction. We have one about every other year, bringing in a real auctioneer to lead the proceedings, and it’s a decent fundraiser for us. Since I’m both on the program committee and also president, I’ll have double duty during the meeting, as well as prepping for the sale. Guild members donate unwanted quilty things — wonder fabric (I wonder why I bought this!), kits, duplicate notions, projects in process — and the committee sorts and packages them into lots for bid. I went through my own quilt assets to choose some donations. The “big” thing I’ll contribute is a 24″ x 36″ Fiskars cutting mat, lightly used. Since I am not much of a shopper and don’t accumulate a lot, I don’t have other notions to donate, and not a lot of fabric.

Another thing on my list was a small repair. If you’re like most quilters I know, mending is NOT a welcome task. We don’t mend, we don’t do alterations, unless we absolutely have to. But my favorite purse was coming apart, with the zipper coming unstitched from the leather. Do you ever sew on leather? I figured this would be a tough project, simply from sliding a needle through the leather to restitch. In fact, the holes were large enough for me to do that easily. It took a couple of inches of backstitches to mend.

I restitched the last couple of inches.

This is the purse I got in Cuba. I almost always get compliments on it.

I also worked on my house quilt (AKA, the pink and brown strip quilt.) With Jim as my consultant, I tried arranging the flying geese a variety of different ways. (Remind me to post about all the different ways you can use them.) Putting them beak-to-butt, chasing around the quilt, is a traditional arrangement. But it seemed like way too much activity for the subdued center. We agreed it was better using fewer of them, arrayed wingtip-to-wingtip. Also, the set of geese included both teal and brown ones, as well as pink and red. I chose to only use the pink and red ones. (There are more than 80 geese left, more than enough to make an actual strip quilt. But that will wait for another time.)

Then it seemed that all that pink and red was a bit unrelenting. To break it, I used teal in the corner blocks, and a narrow border of olive green.

Notice that there are only two pieced borders in this quilt, the variable stars middle border and the flying geese farther out. There is absolutely nothing tricky about it. The rich fabric of the inner borders makes it look more intricate than it is. And the spacer blocks and unpieced strip borders mean that piecing accuracy and even “quilt math” is pretty unimportant.

Another busy week coming up, and plenty on my list of things to do. What are you working on these days?


23 thoughts on “This and That

  1. Pingback: Mending: A challenge | talltalesfromchiconia

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Thanks, Tierney. The trip to Cuba gave me a lot of special memories, and the purse is one of the rare souvenirs I’ve purchased on trips. It’s fun to use and brings me happy memories.

  2. Kerry

    I’m not a bag person, but your bag with the roses is really lovely. I tend to wear a bag around my hips – like a gunslinger! LOL! It’s really an outdoor activity bag as we do a lot of walking and I’ve just given up with a handbag and put everything in there. Saves my shoulders because I pack too much in! Also bonus of being hands-free.
    Am loving your quilt. That touch of teal really works well.
    I’m still cutting and prepping for retreat next Monday. I’m doing the large bear paw quilt – Lorna’s at Sew Fresh Quilts. I’ve already used a lot of stash – various greens for the bear paws and orange to match curtains in my daughter’s old room – rather lucky I had that fabric! That’s the main one, and then pretty much scrappy for everything else. Decorating finished yesterday – full speed ahead for fun! 😀

  3. KerryCan

    I’m liking the house quilt better every time I see it! And I think you made a good decision about the flying geese–there’s a calmness about the little house the way you have it right now. My to-do list seems never-ending–I wish I wouldn’t feel so stressed about it!

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      You can decide it’s okay to stress about the deadline stuff, and then you won’t stress about that stress. 🙂 For the rest of it, just keep movin’. The highest priority things will always get done, at some point. Thank you.

  4. norma

    Love the house quilt.
    I’m also trying to get things off my list – finished my Welsh quilt, made some fabric pots to sell…

  5. Paula Hedges

    Nice repair job on the leather purse. I can understand why you wanted to fix it. Your house quilt is wonderful. I have one I want to use as the center of a quilt and you have given me great ideas how to approach it. Recently returned from a trip to Texas and haven’t been able to get much accomplished due to either a cold or allergy symptoms I brought back with me. Looking at filling out the calendar for the rest of the month and maybe that will help me get refocused. Limiting my time on the computer is going to be on the top of my list of changes I want to make.

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Yes, the computer can suck a lot of time away from making. I’m getting better at walking away, especially from “news,” but then I find I miss things here in blogland I’d like to read or write. It’s a hard balance. Thanks for your comment on the house. I hope you feel better soon. My cold seems like it’s petering out now.

  6. katechiconi

    The house quilt is lovely. It just goes to show that you don’t need piecing gymnastics to make a really pretty, satisfying quilt.
    I have a pair of the Husband’s work pants to patch, 5 blocks to quilt, 6 rows of hand quilting still to do, and I’ve dug out some fabric to make us each a kimono-style robe to go in the caravan, but I’m going to put that away for now. Time to concentrate on the deadline stuff!
    (oh, and I’m wondering if I can get my ScrapHappy quilt done in time for our local Show)


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