Thursday, February 20, 2020

I Like Thursday: Treats

Oh, yeah, a week for chocolate.

We grocery shop on Saturday morning - which was the day after Valentine's Day.  So we scooped up some half-priced Dove chocolates.  Yum.

We had to make a trip to Springfield.  A stop at Cerrato's Pastry Shop made our errand worthwhile!  These three were what was left after the ricotta cake and chocolate bomb disappeared. (Didn't think to photograph until after they were gone.)  Delicious.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Turtles Together

I have the turtles all ironed together.  Batting is pinned behind the turtles.  I pulled out a bunch of thread to check out what colors I like best. 


Lots of choices.  If I'm lucky I'll start stitching today.  Fingers crossed!


Friday, February 14, 2020

Turtle Progress

I've been working on the applique turtles.  I don't have fusible web, as the instructions suggested.  But I do have 606 spray.  I printed the patterns to freezer paper, ironed to the pieces, cut them out, the flipped them wrong side up and pinned them to my spraying box.  The photo here is just before I hit them with the 606 fusible spray.  The pieces are each pinned down so they don't all scatter when sprayed.

The medium and large turtles were easier to work with than the little one.  Only one piece of freezer paper threatened to not peel off. 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

I Like Thursday: A Walk in the Woods


Friends and I took a walk in the woods this weekend.  Saw lots of interesting things.

First stop was the little waterfall, as usual.  Everything around it was encased in ice.  This photo was my favorite: the water looks like it's been painted.  I swear I can see the brush strokes.

An afternoon of good company and food (then I squeezed in a dance in the evening).  Quite a day!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Tiny Turtle


I've taken the plunge.  I cut apart paper pieces Thursday night.

I worked on the littlest turtle first.  I figure he'll be the most difficult since some of the pieces are so small.  If I could get him assembled properly, then the rest should be easier.  Plus, if I totally botched something with the smallest turtle, there's plenty of fabric to redo. 

Friday, February 7, 2020

Orrery Scrap Bowl



Before I put away my zig-zag machine I made a little coil bowl.  This is from the skinny scraps of my sister's quilt.  These scraps were too small to sew together as strings, but too long to toss out.  I hate chucking out fabric.

(My latest bag of scrap is getting a second life as colorful bedding for someone's pet rats.)

Thursday, February 6, 2020

I Like Thursday: Exploring and Playing


Caught up with a friend over the weekend.  We got a chance walk at Coggshall park in Fitchburg.  It was too icy to tempt some of the trails, but we walked around part of the pond.  I'm looking forward to visiting in the spring.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Cleanup and Startup

Printing on freezer paper is always an adventure.  Sometimes it prints, sometimes it jams and shreds.  I printed several of them before the printer started eating all the sheets.  Ironing a strip of paper at the top (the sheet on the far right) fixes that problem.  But that means I need to stop and iron in between cutting freezer paper and printing.  More work, but more reliable results.  I printed each turtle (or parts of turtles) three times, so I can cut all the individual freezer paper templates I need to assemble the whole turtle.  I am hoping to cut them apart and start ironing them to the fabric this week.