Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November Progress: OMG, Oh Scrap, and Quilty365

I have completed my November goal, to finish machine-quilt Panel #12. It brought me through the election, the constitutional block near the bottom-right..
One of these is from the kitchen curtain fabric I used in 1985, lol...
Oh, those Eighties,
Here is my memory still stored on a shelf:
I am still really enjoying the fabric selection process, finding things to represent daily life events.
41 more dots are required to complete my 366 blocks, and I will use those as border blocks. I have about 20 half-assembled, so I am only a bit behind:)

I have stalled completely with the big-stitch quilting though, stuck on Panel #11, right here with RSC-inspired Roses.
The last circle I quilted was here under one of the debate nights,
I have been sewing in short intervals. A little of this, and a little of that. I try to do a couple lines of quilting on my I-Spy quilt each day,
 And I trim a few of these Quilty365 centers now and then:
I do really like having the Martelli cutter, it switches the pressure points being stressed. The clasp is awkward, but I am getting used to it. Also, it is harder to keep clean since the lint gathers under the protective plastic, then suddenly poops a greasy pile on my precious.
I keep a Q-Tip nearby to catch those before they release.

Really, I have to avoid cutting though, and that means I've set aside my Kite Tails blocks. I will make one more soon, but for now all 23 are piled in their box. I have been referring to the project as BYOT; Bring Your Own Toppings.
These are indoor cell-shots, but to give you an idea of the whole!
I snapped a photo of some really good books I have been spending time with lately:
The top book was a gift from my sister a couple years ago, I highly recommend it. It is so informative, and can tell you how to deal with any odd-looking veggie you may be tempted to bring home from market, or new-to-you fruit your neighbor leaves at your doorstep. It seems to cover everything. I recently roasted green chili's, and yellow ones too, for the freezer. Those have prompted me to pull my Sante Fe cookbook.

Last week I made potion lotion, prompted by those two books in the middle.
I didn't have enough almond oil and opted for some olive oil mixed in. The almond oil is less greasy, but olive is good for dry skin and I did not want to use my yummy coconut oil since I am almost out of granola. Next, I selected these three essential oils from their descriptions in the books:
It was all pretty easy to do. I followed directions in the 2nd book, on library loan, to heat the oil, melting the beeswax, then emulsify with water. I really like the lotion, so I thought I would share this!

Thank you for catching up with me today, I am looking forward to seeing what everyone is up to!


Cynthia, at Oh Scrap!
Quilting is more fun than Housework

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Audrey, at QuiltyFolk

Elm Street Quilts





16 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing the book titles and the lotion ingredients! I love making my own soaps and lotions and stuff. Your circle quilt is amazing! XO

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  2. Good progress on your circles. Love that you used fabric from the 80s.

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  3. Your circles are going to be worth every stitch. They are looking great. Sorry you are unable to cut like before. I bought a fabric cutter. It was expensive but my hands are not as sore. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  4. Something must have been in the air today because my arthritis was more evident than usual. Maybe I need to try some of your remedies. I have not been able to adapt to the Martelli cutter.

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  5. Your circles quilt is always so beautiful, but you worked much more as me. I wanted to QAYG and ...not yet started.

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  6. Lovely circles, and how wonderful that you had your 80s fabric to include.

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  7. Lovely to see the stitching on your circles!

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  8. LOVE those scrappy Kite Tail blocks!!!

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  9. You've been busy. Even just a little progress makes a big difference over time. Hope you have more time to work in some stitching.

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  10. Good progress is being made on many projects. Nice work.

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  11. A lot of projects happening together. great idea to work a little at a time. The dots are looking wonderful. Not far from the finish line now!

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  12. The circles quilt is a work of patience and love. Good going, slow is best. Did the olive oil make the lotion smell stronger?

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  13. It's good to see that you are making lovely progress and keeping your sense of humor despite it all Heidi. I burst out laughing when I got to the part about the cutter pooping on your precious. :)
    I love how your circles are a memory album!

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  14. Your circles look so lovely sewn together, I like the look of you quilting it sure suits these circles. What a wonderful challenge this has been I loved every bit of time working with them. I hope to see your quilt finished in 2017. Cheers Glenda

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  15. Yes...I too enjoyed watching your circle progress this year! CONGRATS!

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