I'll admit I didn't get much done yesterday because it was too sticky and humid. My husband says I'm super sensitive to humidity and I think I am because I am so uncomfortable in this kind of weather. I deal with it by trying not to move too much and by employing fans as much as possible, and at home, I will occasionally relent and turn on the AC in order to dehumidify the house. But I don't like to keep the house sealed up in the summer since we MUST keep it sealed up all winter long. In the summer, I want the windows and doors open to let the fresh air flow through all the rooms.
Enough of my weather comments and on to what I did accomplish yesterday. First up was to fix this Solstice Challenge block. This picture is the one with the points turned around as I'd made it the first time. I took apart the wonky points and then decided I might as well take the entire block apart and redo it. As I was putting it together the first time, I had to ease in the HST as they were a little too large. After I'd stitched the entire block, I reread the directions and realized that I'd made the HSTs but neglected to size them up, thus they were a little too large. Well, this was the time to fix this and I did before I sewed the block for the second time.
And here's the block, all put together again, and lying flat as it should! No ruffles!
After I finished with the Solstice block, I took out the Scandinavian fabrics I'd purchased on my trip to Duluth last November. I didn't have any pattern in mind so I looked at Quilter's Cache for ideas. I chose a simple block and made five of them out of the deer print, coordinating taupe and a red from my stash. This is the center of the table runner. Measures about 40" (8" blocks times 5).
Then I pulled the coordinating border fabric and cut a strip. There's enough red shading in the border print to work with the red in the blocks. Working at the ironing board was a little too steamy for me, so I put this aside and will attached the borders today. The whole thing should measure about 40" by 20" and it'll go in my Etsy shop when it's finished. I have a lot of these fabrics so I'll be making other items for the shop as the weeks go by.
I've also been continuing with my Among the Pines embroidery project and I finished the Bear block, leaving 2 more 6" blocks to do, as well as 4 rectangular ones.
As soon as I finished the Bear, I hooped up the Snowshoe block and got a good start on it.
Today's agenda calls for some laundry and a little cleaning in the bathrooms and kitchen before I begins sewing again. And I'm also finding time every day for reading my current Jane Smiley book. Nearly finished and already have another book waiting for me to begin. I love having the extra time to get all this reading done. Ah, retirement!