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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Catching up and Sunday Stash

The last two weeks have been absolutely unbelievably stressful and busy and all-around mind-numbingly wild.  Let's start with the happy news, I passed my recital hearing (I play all of my music for a committee who decides if I'm ready or not to play my recital)!!!! and my proposal paper (19 pages and almost 3900 words when submitted) also passed! YES!!!  Those were two of the biggest hurdles I needed to pass in order to graduate in May.  So, I am superfluously excited about that.  I also got my first paycheck for my first "real" orchestra job.  I won the audition last September and started playing in January.  It felt really good to deposit that check :)  The sad news, not unexpected but sudden, is that my grandfather passed away.  He has been sick for a long time and I am so glad I got to spend time with him when I was home for the holidays and say goodbye.  I won't lie, it has been terribly difficult being 1200 miles away this past week...I'm going home for the service next weekend, and I will be glad to spend that time with my family.  My coping mechanism has been copious amounts of crafting.

I may have ventured to a JoAnn store 50 miles from my apartment... I may also have ordered a ruler from Amazon...maybe.
Last weekend, I played a concert (for my "real" orchestra job) and decided I would go the the JoAnn store in that town since all of them near my apartment are lamentably awful.  It was retail therapy and I got some good stuff!  That teal print is actually two 33 inch pieces that were folded on the bolt so I got them both as remnants (score!) and will be making pillowcases out of them probably tonight.  I made a set of pillow cases over break and love them and I'm running low on pillowcases because I haven't bought any since I moved to college (undergrad, not grad school) and let's be honest, they are looking kind of old and ratty 8 years later.  It is a text print with French phrases.  I found the tan/cream colorway of it a few months ago and bought it for the background on an upcoming project.  The cute tile prints were a bundle and I have absolutely no idea what I'll do with the colors, but the gray and the other gray fat quarter will be part of the wavelength quilt by Freshly Pieced I want to make.  Plus, who doesn't love those colors???  I am making a new purse for myself, the mini Daytripper from Dog Under My Desk and I needed some zippers.  I bought these, but I am not sure if they will work.  I wasn't able to find 'purse' zippers, these are 'sport'.  We shall see.  I have had a bundle of 5 single yard cuts for ages (at least 4 years) and have never found the perfect project for them so I decided to make a matching set of accessories.  I have plenty of fabric and plenty of patterns :)  And lastly I finally purchased the Sidekick ruler from JayBird Quilts.  I have the Rock Candy pattern from last summer's road trip and I want to make it this year!

I have also worked on and finished a few things!!!
This is a close up of the free motion quilting I did on my Twitter quilt.  The border was really fun and I just did swirly loops in the other blocks and traced around the flowers.

My first pieced back!  It was nice to use up with large chunks left over from the front.

Completed quilt!  Yay!!
This quilt was one I decided to make in the "alternate" colorway of the original fabric almost as soon as I saw it in a McCall's magazine.  I raced online, ordered the fabric, and worked on it here and there.  I also enlarged the pattern to use all of the fabric I had purchased since I had minimum cuts buying online that were much larger than necessary.  It is very cute and whimsical.  I'm not sure I'll keep it, but for now it is sitting on my couch.  I haven't washed it yet, I don't trust the washers in my building's laundry room not to mess it up. 

I decided to use up some old  fabric and try to make a rag rug.  It is nice to work on at night watching TV, but my stitches are really uneven.  I am tempted to tear it out and start over...once I find the crochet hook...
My roommate last year is an avid cross stitcher.  I started doing it again this summer when I had no sewing machine and I like it :) So I bought a magazine with pretty flower charts in December and just started working on a stargazer lily.  It is nice to have something small and simple (it looks complicated but is really easy) to work on after a long day.
I am also working on Harry Potter blocks for the Project of Doom QAL 2015.  So far I've finished 2.
And last night I decided to try and make a  tiny lined drawstring bag.  It was supposed to be for my new Nikon Coolpix camera, but my machine's free arm is to big to finish it.  Sigh.
Thats all I have for now.  Lots of pictures and words.  Hopefully your weeks are full of fun projects!  Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash!