Monday, May 17, 2021

A bit more progress

 Here it is the start of another week and another week of being in lockdown.  We had hoped to be out of lockdown by the end of this week, but it has now been extended until at least June 2nd. I totally understand keeping us in lockdown as the case numbers are still high enough in Ontario.

Mini Forget Me Not
We continue to work remotely, so that hasn't changed at all, and we will be doing that even after lockdown as that is how we work most of the time. The weather is at least getting warmer out so that means we can spend some time sitting on the balcony.

Mini Forget Me Not - this past week I was able to make some good progress on this piece and am now looking forward to seeing more of it done.  I still have quite a bit of the background to work on but will see if I can get a bit of the details of the flowers done this week.  I think a lot of that will depend on how much time I have to work on this piece.

Mini Forget Me Not

I am very happy with where I am on the piece as I am just about 80% finished, so it means that once I can start to work on the details the entire picture will start to come alive.  I will see what I actually get done this week as my schedule is a little busier with a bunch of virtual conferences that are all being held this week.

Mom's throwEnglish paper piecing - the throw got a bit of attention this week as I was sewing a lot of the seams together that I needed to do. I am now just about finished attaching all the motifs as I have three more to go as well as finish the rest of the seams.

I had hoped to have all the motifs added before the end of the weekend, but that didn't happen given all the other stuff that needed to be done.  I will try and get these motifs added in soon so that I can then figure out how to quilt this throw and get it finished up. I am excited to see it completed and hope that my mom likes it when she gets it.  I have enjoyed working on it and look forward to knowing that she will be able to use it and hopefully feel that popsy is still near her.

Mom's throw
With the weather warmer up we decided it was time to try and plant some different flowers and items in containers on the balcony, so that is one of the things that we did this weekend.  I will take some pictures of the various containers once the plants have had a bit of time to get established.

I hope everyone continues to find the time to do something that you enjoy doing each day.  I continue to spend bits of time each day doing what I love doing, and it makes everything else seem not so bad.  With the weather warmer up it means that there will be more chances of going for walks and just getting out which is always good.

Have a good week, and please remember to stay safe.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Some slow progress

Here it is the start of another week and yes we are still in lockdown which may get extended again. Remote working is still going strong so that is one of the good things about this.

Mini Forget Me Not - this week I once again worked on this piece each day, and it is making me happy to see that I am slowly making progress on it. I didn't get as much done as I would have liked on this piece but at least I have been able to move it forward.  I am working on the very top section of the piece, and I am loving how it is something together.  It would like to see if I can get right across the top before too long. 

It has been interesting watching the colours come together on the top section and I can't wait to start to fill in the rest of the colour on this piece.  I am going to be added some more forget-me-nots before too long, so that will add some night colour to the top of the piece. I will see what I work on this week as I would like to see more of this design completed before too long.  My goal this week is to reach over 75% completed on the piece and then will see what else I can achieve.

English Paper Piecing - the throw is getting closer and closer to having all the motifs attached.  I now have 8 motifs to attached, and then it will be time to figure out the quilting of the piece as well as the binding of the entire piece.  It is making me happy seeing that I am getting so much closer to having a finish on this quilt top.  

This weekend I started to work on making sure that I will have some fabric ready to start to work on the other throws that I am planning on making with this fabric.  I have learned a lot about English paper piecing through doing this quilt top, and I am looking forward to seeing if the other ones are a bit easier to manage.

Over the last little while I have been trying to figure out how to quilt this throw and have been watching lots of videos and I think I have finally figured out how to do it.  I hope that once the piece is all attached I can then talk to a friend about my idea, and then I can start with the quilting and binding of this piece.  

My goal now is to get the eight motifs added to the throw and then continue to work to get this throw completed and given to my mom.

Socks - I am happy to say that I finally sat down and worked on getting these two socks finished up.  It didn't take me long to get them finished.  Now to figure out which socks I will be starting so that I can have a bunch of socks on the go again.  I currently have one sock started and now to work on making sure that I can get these two circular needles filed again before too long.

I continue to work on some other projects and will be taking pictures of them soon.  My goal this year is to have fun with my projects and not stress about any of them.  I have some projects that need a lot more attention and some that don't so will see what happens in the next while.  While we remain in lockdown I will continue to see which projects get the most attention as I know that my crafts have helped me through this last year and will continue to help.

I hope everyone has a good week, and you continue to find a bit of time each day to do the things that you enjoy doing.  I will see what I do this week as I know finding some time each day is also important to me so hopefully next week I will have more progress to show you.


Monday, May 3, 2021

Some progress this week

Here it is the start of another week and yes I think things are slowly starting to improve, but it is going to be taking a while.  We continue to be in lockdown and will be for another three weeks so will see how things go.

Working remotely continues and that is something that for us, we have done even before the pandemic, so things haven't changed much.  The being able to go to a coffee shop or sit on a patio that is what has changed and hopefully that will start to open up again soon. Vaccinations continue to be administered and currently just over 40% of all Ontario adults have their first dose.  Now we just wait to hear when we can start to get our second dose.

In Our Garden Many Flowers Bloom - this piece once again got a bit of attention and I have finished one colour of the flower stems.  I love how quickly this piece is stitching up, and I am looking forward to seeing if I can get more of it done this week.  It is fun to see all the bright colours because that isn't something that I normally stitch with.

This week I hope to continue to add a bit more to this piece as it would be nice to see this project completed soon.  I do have a few other projects that I would like to work on, so I need to get this piece done before the other ones can be added.

Mini Forget Me Not - I continue to work on this piece each day, and I am making progress on it.  I continue to work on some larger areas of colour, but I have also started to fill in some other colours as well.

This week I decided to see if I could get part of the fairy added, so I got most of her hair done, and I have also worked on both her arm and face.  The arm is just below the bottom of the picture.

If things go well this week I will continue to add more colours to her as well as some bigger sections.  I love how more and more of the design is starting to appear, and I can't wait until I start to add the flowers that are at the top. This piece has been very enjoyable to work on especially with it having the larger sections of colour as well as the little bits of colour in various areas.  I know that before long I will be working on just the top section of the piece but until then I will continue to bounce down and see if I can get rest of her finished up so that I can have a picture of her.

English Paper Piecing - I didn't get any motifs added to the throw in the last week as I was working on getting some other things done.  I will see what I can get done this week as it would be nice to see the entire throw attached, and then I can work on the quilting of it. 

Socks - once again I haven't finished knitting the two socks that I just need to finish up, but I have been able to make a bit of progress on another one.  I love having a sock on the go for when I am attending a webinar or a social via the computer. Now to see if I can finally get those two socks finished up as with all the webinars coming up I think I better make sure that I have more socks available to work on.

Of course, I have other projects on the go but will be taking pictures of them once they are at a point where you can see some detail.  I am happy being able to spend a bit of time each day doing something that I love as it makes handling everything else just a bit easier.

I hope you find some time each day to do something that you love doing.  It doesn't matter how long you spend but at least taking that bit of time for yourself ensures that you have the energy to help others around you.  Continue to stay safe and take care of yourself and others around you and then hopefully before too long we will all be able to get back to doing all the things that we miss.