Monday, July 11, 2016

What I've Been Working On

Currently, I'm in 'use it up' mode. I had previously made a few quilts using these fabrics, but I still had some in my stash and it was time to get the rest of it into useful quilts.

So I made another little strip quilt with the rest of the chuck wagon fabric. I liked the previous one I made so much that I made another using the square in a square blocks although I used different fabrics:

And the last of it turned into 2 lined drawstring bags which still need their ties run through them so I'll share those in a day or two. Then I pulled fabrics for this print:

that also made appearances in previous quilts:

And I pulled out my favorite pattern again:

And no, there's no purple in the focus fabric, but I needed another color and I think this'll work. I've got enough of both prints for backings

and enough of the flower print leftover for probably another quilt so I'm brainstorming patterns because this is NOT going back into a bin! As of now, I am making hourglass blocks:

Our temps have consistently been between 105 and 112 and them are wilting temps for this old gal.  Stuff still has to be tended to on the ranch, but we try to save running around in the pickup to check waters and cattle for the heat of the day and when I don't tag along with DH, that's my time to sew. I don't like to sew when he's home in the evenings unless I'm binding a quilt or working on an EPP project and sitting with him.

This weekend we had UFC fights both Friday and Saturday so that gave me some hand stitching time and I've made a little bit of progress on my EPP stars since I last posted about it. I am absolutely smitten with making these little stars:

I can't recall if I've already posted these, but if I have, just pretend I haven't. :) We also made a trip to Odessa, Texas and picked up a new flat bed gooseneck trailer on Friday so that gave me 6 hours of stitching time although I didn't stitch the whole time:

I was pretty impressed with the fact that I was able to thread my needle while barreling down the road.

I'd say there was a whole lot of stitching going on around here last week. Here's hoping the trend continues!


allthingzsewn said...

I think the purple goes very will with the other colors too. I love the colorful stars. I don't see how you can sew while riding, though I have never tried it. I get nauseated while trying to read. I just might try sewing and see if there is a difference.

Janet O. said...

Yup, you are a stitchin' fool!! That is said with love. : )
I think it is a fun challenge to figure out ways to use up leftovers, but some leftovers refuse to go away, it seems. They just keep on multiplying. I hope yours cooperate with you and get used up. You have some great projects going.

Nancy A: said...

I am anxious to see what you are going to do with the stars. I have cut out the fabric to make some, but haven't gotten any farther with my idea, They are set aside for now because of 3 other quilts that I need to make that have deadlines. But we are going on a long road trip this fall, so I plan to pick up my star project then.

Nancy said...

That border fabric with the little cowboys is too, too cute! And your stars are beautiful, Karin.

Alycia said...

Wow - look at you go! Use it up modes are great - so take advantage while it lasts!

juliehallfeldhaus said...

Can't wait to see all the finished projects. I have a few yards of the little western cowboy print so can't wait to see what you come up with> Then maybe I can copy it:)

Tired Teacher said...

Fantastic projects, especially he little hand-stitched stars.

katie z. said...

That is too hot! I'd be wilting too.

Rhonda said...

You've been busy sewing, that's great. I wish I had time to sew. It hay season here & I've been the cook, extra tractor hand & goofer lately....sigh. Maybe next week. Happy sewing!!

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