What’s Under My Needle – November 1, 2019

I spend a lot of time sewing. I work full-time, and I’m busy raising my two sons. I also record a podcast, and spend time doing CrossFit and various obstacle races (Spartan races, Savage races, the Bonefrog, etc.).

But, I try to get to the sewing machine at least once a day. It doesn’t always happen.

Here’s what I’m working on lately.

I’m taking an Elizabeth Hartman block-of-the-month quilt class at Valley Fabrics in Northampton, MA. Big shout out to Valley Fabrics. If you’re visiting New England and Western Massachusetts, take time to visit.

We’re making a variety of blocks in the class, including blocks from Hartman’s Fancy Forest quilt, Spectacular Savannah, and North Stars.

A couple of these hedgehog blocks (the green one) I sewed several years ago when I was still struggling with accurate piecing. You can see that that green little guy is awful wonky.

I really like the bold orangish/red of this fabric.

This is what happens when you run out of pink fabric mid-way through a block.

I’ve read about color, and I still have a ton to learn about color theory. A lot of times, I make color choices strictly by instinct and gut. I thought these colors suggested feathers and a forest owl. Judging by feedback I received on social media, a lot of people like this color palette for Mr. Owl.

Below is more work on my Elizabeth Hartman blocks.

In October, I also worked on several blocks for a swap partner, Lisa Tucker, of the National Quilting Circle’s Happy block swap.

The blue/aqua and green blocks are for my swap partner. The yellow/gold blocks are for me to keep for my version of the quilt – and my swap partner will be sending me more yellow/gold blocks that she’s made.

Finally, in October, I’ve continued plowing ahead steadily on my 365 Quilt. Will this quilt ever be finished? Who knows, but I’m continuing to sew, and sew, and sew. I think I can see a tiny, minuscule glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Right now, I’ve reached mid-September with my blocks, and then I jumped ahead to December and sewed four blocks. I’m trying to use every mental tactic/strategy I can think of to keep going with this quilt.

My latest strategy is that I decided to pause and sew together all the blocks I’ve made so far. That’s what I’m working on currently.

Finally, this visitor showed up in my sewing room in preparation for Halloween 🙂

What are you sewing?

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