Some of this, Lots of That and Winnings!

YTD stash reduction = 4.67 yards.  Used 2/3 yard to make some arm rest covers.  My husband has been after me to make something for his recliner for months because the cover we bought is falling apart on the back side.

What with the broken hip and not knowing where I had stashed the fabric, it hadn't got done.  Yesterday, I was searching the bottom shelf of my stash for another project and found the fabric. Yes! So I promptly cut the covers and started to stitch them. Then the power went out mid-afternoon. I had to come up with something else to do, even as the light was fading fast. I jerry rigged a light source using the flashlight I had just gotten the day before.
Yes, it looks bright outside, but there was no way I could haul that chair over to the window.  I sat there and stitched on my hexies til I realized the power wasn't coming back any time soon (out for 4 hours total) so started getting out the candles and battery powered lights. Wish I'd taken of picture of me cooking  - that new flashlight was hanging from a magnetic hook on my exhaust fan over the stove as I grilled some lamb chops. Fortunately, we have a gas stove, and with a match I could light the burners. Bonus was we ate by candlelight.  Haven't done that in years.

Once the lights came back on, the covers got finished.  The fabric is the same one I used on the sofa and this chair.  I'm making a  quilted cover now for the back of the recliner.

And going back to that handy flashlight (it's nine LED), it came in a box from Shelly. She hosts the 350 Blocks Project of which I was a part of last year.  She holds this fun activity year round.  What I love about it is that you don't have to make something new.  It's you making blocks from your UFO, WIP or stalled new projects.  It gets one moving on those quilts half done. Plus at the end of the year, she awards prizes. And this year I won!

Here's what was in the goodie box besides the Missouri Star Quilt Co gift card that came via the Net:
Thank you so much, Shelly! So Fine by Superior is my go to thread. Those leaf pins are great; have the ruler for that pattern, a useful flashlight as I've noted, a delicious smelling bar of soap. Last, but not least a great 4 pack of solid fatquarters from Clothworks - American Made Brand. Woohoo!  Go here if you'd like to learn more about this fun way to move forward, and here if you'd like to read comments from quilters reporting on their first month.  Last year we made a total of 33,875 blocks!

Now back to life over here.  I'm so happy to report that I'm walker-less.  Here's my constant companion now:
I just have to remember to place him to my left when I sit. I tend to walk off without him, LOL.  And I can feel it.  If I go 10-15 minutes without him, my hip starts to ache.  This tells me I do need to keep him around.

What kept me busy besides hand stitching? I finished the St. Anne's baby quilt top -the one I had to rip out all those edge stitches.  It's quilted and off to the next member of our group to get clipped and washed. It's a modified rag quilt.
Ruler and walking foot work

Just Loop-de-lo for FMQ in the border
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Blessings!


Comments

Shelly said…
I'm glad the flashlight came in so handy so soon! (It's from My Cowboy -- he thinks everyone needs at least one -- he's made sure I have about 10 of them!). And they are bright and I do find them very useful. Your new companion beats the walker, I'm sure, and it's good that you're getting better all the time.
Kate said…
Congrats on graduating from the walker! That has to be a good feeling. Sounds like you made the best of the power being out. Those new LED flashlights are really handy.
Chantal L. said…
Happy to hear you have put the walker through retirement lol. It's a step in the right direction. Hope to see all that you have been sewing soon. ;^)
margaret said…
good to hear you are at the walking stick stage now, you will soon be free of all aids. I would be in a state if the electric went off, do have a torch but no candles, suppose I should buy a few in case especially as we are having so many storms these days. A goo win you have had lucky you. Good to see the chair got covered and you are working on the hand stitching
Clare M said…
You have been busy. Glad you have been upgraded to a walking stick. The baby quilt has come up nice and well done in the power outage. Hugs.
So glad to hear you are making progress.
Oh my your a regular Macgyver! No situation you can't handle.
desertskyquilts said…
Wow, what fun you've been having. =) Love the box from Shelly, and it really came in handy, didn't it? I'm so happy you are now walker-less! That's a lot of progress.
Karen H said…
So glad to hear that you are without walker now! Keep it up! You certainly have been busy and I like how you rigged the flashlight so you could sew. That is always a great frustration for me when the power goes out and I simply can't sew. Will have to keep your solution in mind!
Jennifer said…
Sorry to read about your hip, but glad you are making good progress. Glad your power wasn't out too long - and that you could cook dinner!