I decided to work on some long neglected machine piecing projects while I have access to a sewing machine. It has been more than 3 years since my favorite sewing machine was killed [It took a header down a flight of stairs and never recovered. It was a sad, sad day. I still mourn its loss…] and I have not been able to replace it. These machine piecing projects have been hanging around far too long.

I was a little surprised to realize this particular project has been hanging around for more than 3 years. I didn’t think it had been that long. It is a tree skirt that I started using the Inklingo Jane Austen Patchwork Collection. I started working on this at the house where I am currently house sitting. I remember printing and cutting the shapes while here. From pictures on my camera’s flashdrive, I know I worked on laying out the diamonds and did a bit of sewing while at another house. While there I also made my first grandchild’s quilt. He’ll be 3 this week that’s how I know how old this project is. Then there is this picture…

JAP tree skirt

It was taken at a third house. I can tell by the design wall. [Yes, I house sit mainly for other quilters and some are kind enough to let me use their machines since I’ve been without one for so long.] I think I finished up that first diamond. Unfortunately I can’t find that diamond. It’s not in the project bag with the rest of the shapes. I really have no idea where it could be except somewhere in storage. Also missing is a shoebox with approximately 125 unfinished .75 inch hexagon flowers. The shoebox also contains all the half and house hexagons shapes to make the quilt square and about 250 finished hexagons flowers. And 3 months of a twelve-month BOM is missing as well. I really thought I was so careful to keep everything together when I sorted, packed, unpacked, and had the movers arrange the storage unit. Not so.

I need to go to the storage unit for a couple of other things. I just dread it. One of the things I need to get is in a filing cabinet at the back of the unit—all the furniture will have to be moved out to get to it—and the movers put the filing cabinet in sideways. The drawers only open about an inch. [I know because I had to find another document in there 18 months ago…] At least the weather is cooler this time of year  We are in the mid-80s this month. Wish me luck…

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My focus in 2017:
Sewing in 2017

  • 1 Year of Stitches embroidery project
  • Hexiflowers (aka Grace's Garden)
  • Death Star pillow
  • Tonopah Nevada topographical map
  • 1855 Wales Center map
  • Winnie the Pooh map
  • Ethan's Quilt
  • Thea's Quilt
  • Rachelle Fae CQ block
  • Machine quilting with a walking foot

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Colonial Garden Collection

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Waltzing Matilda


6, 9 & 12 inch blocks


The traditional size: 1 inch Patchwork of the Crosses


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