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


Audrey, at QuiltyFolk

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Monday, November 7, 2016

October Winners: One Monthly Goal

Winners were drawn yesterday for the October OMG Giveaways!

Congratulations to Kathy, of Kathy's Quilting Blog! Kathy finished a gorgeous Hunter's Star, I actually saved a picture to my desktop and it is high on my list of must-do's. It is simply stunning!

Kathy won the $25 Gift Certificate to The Fat Quarter Shop!
Next, we drew for the little bundle of sweet that I put together:
Congratulations to Tanya, of Tanya Quilts in Colorado! Although this is a random drawing, I was happy to see Tanya's name draw, after reading how she risked her health to photograph her finish, in time to link-up! Hope you are feeling better this week Tanya!

The third and final draw, for $20 Credit at Bagmaker Supply:
Congratulations to Quilting is in my Blood! Check out her link to see another gorgeous finish accomplished in October!

Have you set your November goal?  

Today is the last day to link-up over at Elm Street Quilts!

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