This is where I’ve been since Friday afternoon.
Isn’t it glamorous? HA!
This little cottage doesn’t have an ‘eat in’ kitchen, we eat all of our meals at the dining nook table – it’s really not even big enough to call a dining ROOM. But it has been cozy and sufficient for our needs – except when I am deep in the throes of nearly a weeks worth of playing “Mail order catch up!”
Whatever I could fill before the post office closed at Friday went – and I continued. What could go by the time the post office closed at noon yesterday was also dropped off.
The remainder goes on Monday!
As of last evening, all was done….and Sundays are usually a slower pace of “incoming” as folks take Sunday to spend with their families, and I’ll be happily on top of everything until I go out of town again.
And through it all, I let the knowledge that there would be evening sewing time ahead spur me on. I had a date with a my machine!
A sea of aqua blue and turquoise. I’ve got a need to SEW!
These string covered bits are for my Straits of Mackinac Quilt. If you have Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks by 100 designers, vol 14 you can make these right along with me.
I’ve been string piecing sets on phone book paper.
Also piecing on triangles I cut with the Tri Recs Rulers.
I could get a lot done on the pages, but there were always small pieces of fabrics left over that I wanted to use up, and I started using the cut triangles as the “leader & ender” for the bigger panels.
I found I can get 3 cut triangles out of each panel based on the size of my phone book page.
Aren’t these going to be fun?!
I will be back at the Grand Hotel Needleart Seminar on Mackinac Island in May of 2019. This project was designed after my visit there last year – and I am slated to be teaching this AT the seminar, so that is why I am kicking it into hyperdrive. It not only needs to be finished, but needs to be published and available by then. It takes time for things to appear in print. There is no time to waste.
While thumbing through my Facebook feed the other day, I discovered some quilty friends discussing various ways that they dispose of used rotary cutter blades. I thought it would be an interesting topic of discussion.
How do YOU dispose of your used rotary cutter blades?
I found this video by Olfa:
There were several other ideas shared by others and I liked this one shared by Kathy at the Cotton Cellar:
CLEARLY a great idea!
I’ve heard of people wrapping blades in duct tape, or putting them in sharps containers in public restrooms (I don’t want to carry used blades in my purse!) or simply taping the blade case shut and disposing as in the Olfa video above. But I like Kathy's solution:
"I use an empty Kraft Parmesan Cheese shaker container. I just leave it sitting next to my machine, so as I come across a bent or dull pin, I can just drop it into the container thru the shaker holes. And the half-round opening on the other side is just right for used blades.
Once the container is full, I can just snap the lid shut and throw the entire thing in the trash and start a new jar. Safety note: make sure to always keep the lid shut if you have young children or pets around..."More thoughts: Blades are metal, and can be recycled. Another hint was to keep them in an all metal tin, whether it is a tin for mints, or even as large as a metal cookie tin. This can also be taped and the whole thing can go in your recycling box. Just be sure to LABEL it so those who deal with it next can do so safely.
Do you have any other ideas to share on how you dispose of sharps safely?
Quilt Cam TODAY at 2pm on Facebook Live!
Be sure you have liked and are following my Quiltville Facebook Page. If you are anywhere within Facebook, you should get a pop up announcement that Quilt-Cam has started and you can just click the announcement to join in. OR, you can come to my Quiltville Facebook page (not Open Studio, that is a group – but my OWN page) and find the feed. It will appear as the first post, but you may need to refresh the page until it shows up if you are there too early.
And yes, the tablet is charged to 100%!!
After we have aired, I will embed the video into a post here on the blog, and also link it in the archives so those who missed it can find it later.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Always remember that you are strong enough to handle your challenges, wise enough to find a solution to your problems, and capable enough to do whatever needs to be done. But don't forget to breathe!
I love this vintage quilt found in Texas last week, lavender and cheddar? Bring It on!
Have a great Sunday, everyone!