Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Playing Around

After a couple of busy weeks I am finally getting back to working on some signature blocks I started for an exchange in my Yahoo group Small Quilt Talk. There are 2 swaps/exchanges going on simultaneously and I signed up for BOTH. So, yes, I am making 60 blocks for each swap = 120 signature blocks total. I know I am nuts. I can't imagine what I was thinking. All I can say is it sounded like a good idea at the time. When we were planning this I reminded people that if they organized themselves and paid attention it would be easy. Hah. Not that I am struggling, mind you, or stressing yet, but seriously -  120 blocks??!!  I have only 45 blocks finished so while I'm on my way to meeting the deadline in September that still means I have to get cracking.

 
 
 
I had pieces cut for a few blocks and so sat down and made a few last week. I was really getting into the swing of things but then had to stop on the weekend to clean and cook for a fondue birthday party we gave for my son's girlfriend.

 
Remember fondue? Does anyone still do this? I know at  my age I don't need to eat that much cheese so we also cooked beef and shrimp and vegs in hot oil. Oh sure, that's so much better than cheese, who am I kidding? LOL. But my kids always loved it when they were young and so it was fun to get the family together and bring out the old fondue pots again.  I never actually get too full from fondue. It always takes forever, eating one morsel at a time, and so the best part was just being with family and socializing a bit. 
 
 
On Sunday, I made sure I had  a little time to make some progress on my signature blocks. I even bought a pretty new project box so I can keep all the pieces together and close it up without losing anything if I need to work on something else.
 
 
The tool everyone in the group has been using for making Flying Geese units -
 
 
I have to admit I've never been a "tool" freak or buyer of every gadget  that comes out. This Quilt in a Day Flying Geese ruler sure came in handy though. I love using it so I also bought a few more in different sizes.
 
 
 
 
September will be here before you know it.  Why is it something always comes up to take me away from my sewing routine?  I hope to get some more finished today. But right after I finish writing this and then play with the dog. Since she lost her companion she's been awfully lonely and clingy and follows me around everywhere. I'm her companion now and she doesn't understand why I can't spend every waking minute playing. When I sew, she's always at my side and just sits there and stares at me until I get up to go outside with her.
 


 
It's lonely being an only . . . .

 
C'mon, Mom, throw the ball. You know you want to.
 
 
Playing with my dog. Much more important than sewing some days . . .
 
 
 

10 comments:

Sandy Rowe said...

FYI, I got my fabric from Andover yesterday! Thank you!

Patti said...

We still enjoy fondue. It's been forever since I did anything other than cheese fondue - maybe it is time to change that?

Cheese fondue has become our traditional Christmas Eve dinner. Now that both my husband and our son must be gluten free it has become more of a challenge, but I finally found a bread that works for them. I add ham to the menu now - it is good dipped in the cheese - as our daughter-in-law doesn't feel like the fondue by itself satisfies her for the entire meal. (She is so thin she can eat whatever she wants, lucky girl!)

Leeanne said...

Sounds like a big promise, 120 blocks, I'm sure you can do it!
I was reading on someone's blog the other day that they gave their 17yr old son a Fondue for his birthday, it was what he asked for.

Merilyn said...

It is a big task all those blocks, but so far they are looking great!!! Poor little dog, it's sad when they don't understand where their little mate has gone...
I missed that whole fondue thingy, but it does sound quite delicious!!! Look out for a tiny package in the mail Kathy!

Debbie Rogowski said...

oH Yes Fondue, we love it and that is the same pot I have too lol. Well actually my daughter moved out with it and even made some just a short time ago

Melanie said...

First photo is a great snapshot.

Ann in PA said...

Your signature blocks are coming along nicely!
Those Fondue dippers look delicious...must dig out my pot from the back of the cabinet. Taking a break to spend time with a cute, warm cuddly puppy is great therapy! Ann in PA

Anonymous said...

What a beauty she is and your right ,playing with her is so much more important. Alene

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Twenty-one days since you posted anything. I begin to worry about you! But I notice another of the few quilt blogs I follow has not posted in 20 days. Maybe something is happening in quilt blogland? But whatever, I hope you are well, and just busy.

Regina said...

Me too! Hope your having a great time!

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