Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Tuesday's Orts--Cinco de Mayo

Tuesday's Orts--bits and pieces and events that land here occasionally...
  • I've continued working Guild projects, though my primary problem is obtaining batting! I think I have enough large cutoffs to piece for this little playmat for giving to a Mom and Baby class. 
These pieces were leftover from a baby quilt I made 7 years ago and the cute Riley Blake prints needed to get out of the stash drawers. 

Poor piggy is looking down at his cut off tail--I needed a few more smaller squares! I have a couple more pieces of the fruit print and will pull something from stash to piece a backing.  

 
Another baby quilt sandwich that needs a binding made and attached.  These were lotto blocks I won at guild.  Simple in the ditch quilting and a backing made from cutoffs of another backing.
  •  Our neighbors are organizing a Cinco de Mayo Social Distancing Driveway party tonight.  We've placed our order with our favorite Baja-style fish taco place.  All the neighborhood kids have been having bike rodeos in the evenings on our cul de sac. 

  • We did another social distancing visit with our daughter's family.  I gave the boys some bubble wands and a refill of bubble soap.  The kids had spent all day playing in the backyard.  Mama has even gotten out the Teepee I made Cove for his first birthday--it makes a great shad shelter in the backyard--where they have been spending many hours a day since they can't go to daycare, the gym, school, work....  A neighbor was getting a drive by birthday party that evening too, lots of honking and waving, several trips around the cul de sac :)
  •  Our son and his wife have their first wedding anniversary this month and I am working on their quilt--though my son always calls it "Ashley's quilt"--Dreamweaver by Jen Kingwell Designs.  I had expanded the pattern size and getting things to fit together has been problematic.  There was sacrifice of the design to attach the center ring to the outer ring applique style, with overlap of more than an inch, but c'est la vie', it is done.

  • Um--it turns out my template plastic was NOT heat resistant!  I used a tiny buttonhole stitch to attach the center and inner ring to the outer ring.  The next step is bias tape to finish the circle edges and the spokes of the dreamweaver.  I have to buy more of the solid turquoise that Ashley wants.  I mocked up the size bias tape I wanted with a leftover binding strip from something else.

I like the pink with the prints of the background and center as well.  This will be 3/4" single fold binding and I'll machine stitch it down too. 
  • Traffic rant:  Despite far fewer cars on the road, the tailgaters are worse than ever!  Seems that less patience for delays is available during social distancing.

  • Someone really wanted me to get up out of bed the other morning...hi Mini

3 comments:

Janet O. said...

I am always impressed with the number of quilts you get put together.
It is fun to see how creative people are as they find ways to socialize and celebrate while they keep their distance.
That Jen Kingwell quilt boggles my mind. Kudos to you for making it work! I'd probably be huddled in a corner, rocking back and forth and talking to myself with a glassy-eyed stare.
Oh, Mini means business when it is time to get up and get her breakfast.

Barb said...

I totally love that round compass you are doing. Glad you got to spend time with your family

Sherrill said...

WOW!! Your DIL picked a difficult pattern for you. I think I would've suggested something else--HA! And I love the LOVE pattern, have made it twice-one of each size. I'd love a bed-sized quilt in that pattern. We opened up here for inside dining on 5/1 and you better believe I was there! And hair salons, etc. opened a week ago. My cut and color was Tues. and pedi was Wed. I've been in-store shopping, dining in, even took a short trip with a friend and STAYED IN A HOTEL!!! I refuse to fall prey to this virus. I continue to sew, masks et al.