One nice outcome of all of this extra time at home: I have definitely had more time to sew. Which I’ll take. It’s my favorite form of therapy. And true to form, I keep starting new projects, even though I already have enough UFO’s/WIP’s (UnFinished Objects/Works In Progress) to make anyone cringe.
But, as I’m starting new projects, I’m also trying to pull out and make progress on some of these long-languishing projects from yesteryear as well.
Here’s a peek of my table and what’s going on. (Disclaimer, I actually cleaned up the table before I took the picture. It was even more cluttered before.)
As you can see, set to the side but still accessible, my steam punk blocks. Even thought they’ve been put aside slightly, but I’m keeping them out so that I keep working on a block or two a week as I committed. I’m still really enjoying working on those blocks and it would be fun to get that UFO done.
Also on my table – my cutting and prep station for another batch of Round We Go English paper piecing blocks. I always have to have a handwork project on hand for couch, car, or other sitting time and these have been so fun to work on.
Probably my favorite part of making these is the chance to play with different fabric and color combinations. It’s like making a mini quilt with each block. These have been my ongoing handwork project for almost 2 years. (Which is actually relatively short compared to other ongoing handwork projects that I’ve started…lol)
I recently counted all of the blocks that I’ve finished so far and was surprised to discover I’m up to 47! I was originally shooting for 60 blocks, but I’m rethinking the size quilt I want to make with these and 48 might be the better number. I’m not sure I’m ready to stop making them though…
These templates are out of production, so they’re harder to find these days, but I have seen a few Round We Go EPP sets available on Etsy.
Here’s another longtime WIP. I started the classic patchwork blocks as part of a free quilt along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop in 2017. (!) About a year and a half ago I started finally piecing all of the blocks together. And then it sat folded in a box for 18 months. As you can see, it has the wrinkles to prove it.
The fabric for the blocks consist of Bonnie and Camille basics that were provided by the Fat Quarter Shop. I hoarded this B&C yardage for a quilt back years ago, so here is the perfect project for putting it to use! Over the past couple of weeks I pulled out what I have and finally picked borders from their current Early Bird collection. Now I just need to add those borders and get this off to the quilter!
Also pulled out of the box of pieced UFO’s – this patchwork quilt made with Vintage Sheets. (I think this one was pieced in 2015. 😲) It’s only been waiting for me to finally piece a back. That’s it! That has now been accomplished and it’s ready to go to the quilter as well!
I’m so excited to get this one back for summer!
My weekend goal is to get these delivered to the quilter on Monday!
Finally, I’ve continued to sew PPE masks each week for Project Protect – a partnership in Utah between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Intermountain/University of Utah Health Care networks.
If you live here in Utah and want to participate, log in to Just Serve to sign up. As part of this project all materials are pre-cut and provided by the hospital network in kits of 100 masks. This next round extends the turnaround deadline to 11 days, so if it’s felt too overwhelming to help before, now is a good opportunity with a longer window of time. Or divide the kit with a friend. I’ve taken that route too in previous weeks.
Last weekend we showed our kids the classic comedy, The Three Amigos. As I watched I suddenly had a realization. While I don’t have medical life saving skills (I’m sure grateful for those who do!!), there is still something I can do to help. Like the good people of Santa Poco, when facing their own El Guapo (who also happened to be the actual El Guapo): “I can sew!”
As I’m getting more efficient making these masks, I now find the process both therapeutic and enjoyable. I’m just a drop in the bucket as thousands of others sewists in their homes are making *1 million* masks a week as part of this specific project – not to mention the thousands of other mask makers all over the world out there! – but glad I can do something I like to help the cause.
And remember – no guilt on this one. If corralling a bunch of home-schooling kids, holding down a job, or doing whatever else you need to do to stay functional is what you have to offer right now, then that is helping the cause just as meaningfully!
And finally, you may have noticed my latest new project hanging out on my design wall above. That one is my latest distraction. More on that next week!
(Sorry to be a tease. 😉 )