May Sewing Projects: What is under your needle?

May has been a crazy month here. A lot of big shake-ups at work that are leaving everyone feeling a little on edge and uncertain. Anxiety is high and palpable. I heard the other day someone on the radio saying, to judge how happy people are at their work, listen to the amount of laughter. You can still work hard, and laugh too. That day at work, I listened for the laughter. Instead, I heard the tense quiet. The next few months will bring endings and changes none of us are willing to see. But, just as a forest fire destroys the existing wildlife and plant life, it also promotes growth and new beginnings. It is hard, however I am trying to keep that in mind.

May Sewing project #1: Pleiades star block #7

I feel like I haven’t gotten much done, sewing wise. I got another of the stars done on the January Pleiades quilt along with National Quilting Circle. This star taught me a big lesson. Scraps are not good to use in such an exacting pattern. You won’t have enough of certain fabrics to do what you need to do. I tried to make do, tried to make the pattern fit the fabric I had and that was a total fail. All of the green fabric, went back in my stash bin, and I started looking for others that I had enough of.

After not measuring twice and cutting once, realizing I cut too little on the main fabric, I cursed myself for wasting fabric. But, again, into the stash I go to make do. Scraps are not good choices to “make do”. I did find a few fabrics that played well together, and was finally able to get the right pieces cut.

By this time, the fabric, the whole project aggravated more than a little. I just wanted to get this block sewn, done and into my completed pile. Perhaps I didn’t read the directions quite well enough. My star does not look at all star-like. However, I will let you in on a little secret. This is my quilt in the making. I’m not selling it, I’m not showing it. This is for me, and no one but me and you will know this block was supposed to be anything than what it is. So, keep my secret, ok? 🙂

May Sewing Project #2: “At The Sea” Fabric Postcard

Also this month, I was involved in another fabric postcard swap. I haven’t been a procrastinator at all, but I  didn’t get any ideas for it until this morning. Fortunately I was able to whip it out and walk to the post office before end of day. Talk about waiting until the last minute! I hate waiting until last minute for things like this. I hope my partner loves it as much as I loved making it. Have you made any fabric post cards?

I did learn a few things on this postcard. The bobbins I received earlier in the month from I Love Quilting Forever work perfectly fine in my Brother machine. I was really worried about that. I know some sewing machines can be picky about what bobbins are used in them. Mine must have liked this one I used. I also used the Coats and Clark thread my daughter had never used. It split apart on me when I was trying to thread my machine. I have never had that happen with Güttermann thread. I haven’t used my Aurifil thread I received in my May Sew Sampler box.

In case you missed it, here is a recap of the posts from May:

Happy quilting!

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