DPPAS update and other ramblings

On January 4 I posted the list of people playing along  on this new project.  I think there were 45 or 46.  That was then —  or more specifically, that was before the EQ monthly newsletter came out which talked about this project.  Since the newsletter came out,  I think that number has nearly doubled!  Unbelievable – well not really because that EQ newsletter reaches a lot of people and it’s brought in quilters from all over for some of my past projects designed in EQ.  But I have been seriously busy last night and today sending out questions and passwords.

I did manage to get some sewing done on my mystery quilt.  I also decided that I truly hate my iron.  Last time I had to replace it, I bought a different model than I usually buy.  I like steam, lots of steam, this one will steam a lot on occasion but when I hit the burst of steam type button, I want to hear that whoosh of steam! 🙂 It’s not real dependable and the button is way too hard to push.   Plus I don’t think it holds the heat properly – I may have ended up with a defective one.  I’m definitely adding a new iron to my future shopping list and this one will be relegated to the bench (or shelf) to pinch hit only when truly needed.  Plus, I’m out of Best Press so that wasn’t helping matters either – more to add to the shopping list.  I do like the fabrics I ended up with tho – they are looking good together and it’s good to get some sewing time.

I even decided to wander outside this afternoon — only as far as the dumpsters and the mail boxes — but it warmed up enough that the inch of ice had melted on my sidewalks and the parking lot was slushing up so it wasn’t so treacherous to walk across.  A bit of fresh air that didn’t just suck the life out of your lungs because it was so cold was rather nice.   I may actually make it to the grocery store tomorrow since it’s supposed to be upper 20s to 30 — only a 50 degree difference or more over the beginning of this week.

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Are you ready for a mystery?

1414 Mystery Quilt Lane

Next weekend is mystery quilt day.  Have you chosen your fabrics?  Are they cut?  I have spent quite a bit of time this morning pulling fabrics out of the stash, tossing them on the floor, keeping some, unfolding to see how much yardage I really had, tossing more aside due to lack of yardage.  I had a plan, discarded that for a better plan, then I saw the sash of cute snowman flannels and plaids — I have a very small flannel collection and not enough of anything to use for background but made mental note of using them for snuggly tv quilt for me soon.  Pulled winter fabrics – not enough of what I wanted to do with it.

Finally a decision – or at least the beginnings of a decision.  I don’t know if all these will be used but I think most of these will survive the cut when I actually see how much yardage there is since I think there is enough of the ones I need the most yardage for.  Finally – it’s been ages since I’ve had time to cut and sew.  I should be quilting my nephew’s quilt but I don’t have the thread I want so off to iron these fabrics.

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