Monday, November 28, 2022

A Little Stitchin' Time

 I've been working in the fun room.
It been a game of sorting and nixing and did I mention sorting?
I began a pinwheel quilt-top last spring.
I had the pinwheels arranged on the floor.
And there they sat. . . 
all summer!
The garden happened, and that was all there was to it.
Then the garden ran late~
Finally, during the past couple weeks,
I've been able to get back to it.
I finished the quilt-top.
I have to finish the quilt I'm quilting now
which is taking forever.
Then I have another one in front of it,
then I can get to this one.
(before the borders)

As I have been stitching,
I have also been trying to go through things 
and do what I like to call "editing."
I have done plenty of good ol' organizing,
and I have a stack of things to go to donation.
In addition to that, I've been trying to think
of projects to "use up" some fabric.
One of the things I've wanted to do for a long time
is make new ironing board covers.
I have two ironing boards - both vintage/antique.
The covers on both were in dire condition.
The larger board, I use for shirts and household ironing.
The smaller board, I like by my quilting 
for pressing blocks and quilt pieces.
I figured I would make a new cover for the smaller one.
So I gathered some fabric and set out to work.
Well, I didn't feel like measuring and thought I could just wing it.
I thought wrong.
Cheater cheater Punkin eater - never pays.
In this case, it was too big so I went ahead 
and put it on the larger board.
It worked fine but then I still had the smaller board to cover.
Back at it but this time I measured like a good girl.
It looks more "wine" colored than it really is.
Both work great and it cleans up the room that much more
having a couple more pieces of fabric out of the stash
and not having ratty looking ironing boards around.
It's funny how something so simple can render a sense of accomplishment and pleasure in using it.

It's nice to move back indoors for the winter.
Our first flakes fell this morning.
Nothing sticking and I still had to go to work,
but enjoyable to see nonetheless.
By February we will be singing a different tune.
But for now~
the first snowfall is cause for celebration.
Keep well and warm dear friends. 



  1. Oh that brings me back to my 'home ec' classes in high school with the "measure twice cut once". Must admit there have been times when being aware of my sewing experience I took a short cut and made a huge mistake. Hmmm.Could have kicked myself.

  2. Great idea to make your own ironing board covers, and they look so nice. I love the quilt top. It will be a fun one to quilt whenever its turn comes. I am also ready to move back inside for the winter, except that we really never do that here on the farm. I can't help getting excited about the first snowflakes.

  3. New ironing board covers is a great idea! I've been working on mending, but my ironing board could use a perking up too.

  4. So nice to see you post. I have been doing that with my Christmas things. I have collected vintage Christmas for many years and this year my daughter is loving the vintage look. So I took her a whole big box of ornaments. I do not host parties anymore, so I don't decorate like I used to. I have a couple of antique ironing boards and they have santa's painted on them. I stand in the corners at Christmas.

  5. Pretty quilt..... I like all your rosy colored fabric.....Yes, we don;'t need a huge project, to feel a lovely feeling of accomplishment......First snow..... Mmmmmmm.... Over here, we seem to be getting less snow, so any is delightful..... really hope we have a good snow cover, this winter.....but glad to not have to drive in it, daily......

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  6. My ironing 'board' is actually just a pad that fits on part of my computer desk, despite the fact that I have two others I could use. I have a really small one and a 'regular-size' one. I've lived for nearly 12 years in this apartment without a regular ironing board and even though I now own one I consistently forget I even have it.

  7. Working on a nice quilt project is extra enjoyable when it is a slow process. Your ironing board covers are so nice. Homemaking brings such happiness!