Monday, October 1, 2018

September Stitching: Progress not as Planned

Hello October! I was more than ready to say good-bye to September.  Work was a zoo last month. Though, it's not going to be much better on that front this month. Performance reviews and a high priority project are going to keep this month busy there.  Shoulder problems sidelined me the last week of the month, but on the bright side, that forced me to deal with the poor ergonomic set up of my sewing table.  

The final coup-de-gras for the month was not paying attention to where things were on my cutting/ironing table and my wrist made contact with my iron.  I'm not sharing any photos as a burn that matches up with the top 2" of an iron is just not a pretty sight.  I probably should have gone to the doctor, the burn was deceptively deep (that wasn't obvious till I debrided all the dead skin a couple of days afterwards).  Just know that a good iron set for cottons is capable of doing significant damage and be very mindful of where it is versus where your limbs are.  

Now on to the more fun quilty stuff that happened the last week.  My One Monthly Goal for September was to get all the block pieces made for the On Ringo Lake project.  I definitely bit off more than I can chew this month.  There are 8 flying geese in each block.  That's a lot of sewing and trimming.  I managed to make enough pieces to finish 5 more blocks. 

On Ringo Lake, Bonnie Hunter 2017 Mystery Quilt

The pieces for four more blocks are laying over on the sewing table waiting to be sewn into blocks.  I need about 38 for my version, so I'm about halfway there.  So not enough progress to link up with Patty's OMG post, but I'm happy to have moved the project along just a bit. 

One reason there wasn't more progress on ORL is the Halloween Mystery quilt sponsored by the local quilt shop.  It sounded like too much fun to pass up.  The third spiderweb is all stitched together. 

Halloween Mystery
designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)

The strips for the fourth web are cut out.  Hopefully that block gets finished this week. Last week the assignment was to make 4 applique blocks.  I finished the two ghosts.

Halloween Mystery
designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)

I'm not fond of applique, but these two weren't so bad.  With the shoulder problems last week it was nice to have something that I could finish by hand.  I've made a start on one of the two batty blocks. Those blocks need half of a Dresden plate block and I'm struggling a bit with that part.  Hopefully that will get resolved this week too.  We went to see the Scientist in Training this weekend, so I will not be able to pick up the last clue till Wednesday.  

Hopefully, I've identified all the hazards in my sewing room and October will be an injury free month.  Linking up with the usual Monday linky parties. 

Main Crush Monday
Monday Making
Monday Design Wall


Katie Z. said...

Ow, ow ow! You’ve had a rough go of it for a while. I hope October’s chaos doesn’t include any more pain.

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

OUCH!!! I hope you heal soon, it sounds very painful. You may not have stitched all the blocks this month but the way I look at it is as long as it get's finished your'e a winner anyway. I'm loving your halloween quilt progress, so fun.

Judy Hansen said...

I live your little ghosts! I want to make some. Good that you are getting a sewing table at tge correct height, you will be very happy with it, I'm sure. Re ORL, the result you have is basically three color quilt, with the black/grey giving additional interest up close. I love it. Sometimes the mystery quilts on the internet are a little too busy for my eye, and I think yours is very pretty just tge way it is. I no longer do online mystery quilts until I see the reveal, and decide if I will like it in my stash colors. I enjoy your blog.

Judy Hansen said...

S/B: "I lOve your little ghosts"


I love your little ghosts and any progress on a quilt is 'process; so good for you--sounds like you and I need to do a 'spa' day once we finish healing (you with the shoulder pain-me with my right side pain, you with the iron burn, me with the shingles!!!) aren't we glad Sept is over????
enjoy and to better health this month-di

MissPat said...

I'm glad you're not letting multiple injuries deter you from making some progress on your quilt projects. The worst I've managed quilt injury-wise is to slice the end of my finger with the rotary cutter (but I didn't get any blood on the fabric :) ). Here's to a calmer, more productive month.

PatriciaLud said...

Love the ghosts. Take care of that wrist - I know how painful that can be. I once enthusiastically ironed some fabric right into my stomach! Not an easy burn to explain, and no more crop tops when ironing.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

What fun a halloween mystery!!! I really like how your onl blocks are turning out - I may have to dig mine out again

Cheryl said...

I love the Halloween blocks, they are very cute!