THE LIST. Then we looked at the weather report, and there, rounding the tip of Florida was Tropical Storm Issac. And The Weather Channel said it was heading straight for us. WH went into total preparedness panic mode and my whole weekend was shot. Thankfully, it didn't really come here - we had a little wind and rain, but nothing really significant - and my prayers go out to those who did get inundated by the rains and damaging winds from Hurricane Issac when it came ashore in Louisiana and Mississippi.
And somehow the next couple of weekends just weren't any more productive.
But this past weekend, I actually sat down at the sewing machine and got a few things done. But not before I missed the deadline for a swap. I really hate it when I do that.
I participated in the Scrappy Mug Rug Swap and the theme was "summer". I had decided on a beach theme because my partner said she liked it. I had an idea for a paper-pieced beach scene, but my attempts were not successful, so I finally decided to do an applique project instead. I've been doing applique since my teens and I spent a lot of time doing applique and embroidery for my kids' taekwondo school when I was a SAHM. This beachy effort was much more successful.
pumpkin before, although this time I drew my own rendition of it because my silly printer wouldn't work. I thought it looked a little blah, so I added some hand quilting at the last minute.
I even remembered to add labels. But not to take pictures of them.
Then I started getting caught up on bee blocks.
Then I made Heather's string blocks. I like to make string blocks. And I have a ton of fabric "strings" so no cutting - just digging through the sack of strings I culled from the scrap basket. I even had the white cut already. Easy peasy.
And finally I sat down and did Hilary's paper-pieced kaleidoscope block that she designed herself. I've decided I don't like paper piecing much, but I do like the results. It is very precise if you do it right. I was glad to get this one together. It is currently winging its way to Australia.
So, that was my weekend. I did make progress, and I'm pretty much caught up on swappy stuff, at least for now. It feels great!