Monday, September 29, 2014

on the road

I'm so glad to be back from our weekend away!  I do like getting away with my honey (very much), but I always, always enjoy the coming-home.  Home to comfortable beds, restful routines, normal food... and also the sewing machine (shhh!).

Wormsloe avenue of oaks

This weekend we visited Savannah as well as near bye Wormsloe, a historic settlement site with this gorgeous avenue of live oaks.  It was all a lovely time, but truly I was way, way low on energy.  This weekend my body seemed to need a double portion of rest and to have sudden, urgent needs for nourishment.  Thank goodness for those backup walnuts I keep in my purse!

Wormsloe salt marsh

Anyhoo, we did make it out to the salt marsh, a view I'm glad I didn't miss.  Gotta love the low country.

cutting another Puzzle Ball

Along the way (when I wasn't napping), I made some headway on a Puzzle Ball for Eleni.  I had cut a selection of rainbow fabrics before leaving home, in hopes of making a sort of color wheel version.  Crossing fingers on the color arrangement...  Working in 3D is definitely more challenging than a 2D color wheel.

road trip sewing

I got most of the quarter circles stuffed and sewn closed.  This part of the hand sewing gets hidden inside the ball.  It's nice to be able to relax and just sew without hiding knots and whatnot!

road trip reading

I also checked out a fair number of sewing books from my library before leaving town, including 2 by Sarah Fielke and Growing Up Sew Liberated by Meg McElwee.  I don't usually need to own quilting books, as taking in the pictures and sometimes reading construction notes is just about perfect.  What new quilting books my library doesn't already have they'll often purchase by request.  So, it's a win-win way to support the authors and also save space on my bookshelf.

road trip reading

I particularly enjoyed this log cabin quilt from Hand Quilted with Love.  See how Sarah Fielke uses subtle color changes to create a secondary pattern echoing out from center?  Someday, someday I'll bite the bullet with log cabins.  Like for real.  They're such a timeless, classic quilting look.

road trip reading

I also learned in Quilting from Little Things about the usefulness of step down sewing, also known as partial seams (and used to make this Night Garden quilt).  This is a technique I haven't ever tried, but now that I'm familiar I already have one quilt in my mental queue inspired by some brickwork I saw in Savannah.  It's so great how new techniques open up new worlds of creativity.  Yay for always learning!

I'll have to tell you more about my thoughts on Meg McElwee's book some other time.  A whole baby sewing post is in order.  I've got plans.

p.s.  FYI, the book links here and in other posts are Amazon affiliate links, which means I earn a tiny commission on sales made after you click through those links.  Just want to keep you informed, as per my legal duties.  Hope you don't mind!


  1. Sounds like it was a nice weekend that just needed a little more sleepy time. :-)

    I love the look of a log cabin but don't care much for sewing them. The one you show here is particularly nice.

  2. Rosemary B here:
    Savannah Georgia? I have never been there. I want to go.
    I hope you caught up on some naps (nap-loaded) so you came home rested.
    The photos are gorgeous.... I have never been down south. I live in Northern Virginia and my daughters attended William and Mary and that is as south as I have been.

    Okay, moving on, I love the little ball bits. It is going to be sew cute. I can't wait to make baby stuff but I am keeping that thought to myself. Both of my girls are married now. I really want babies before I get too decrepit.. haha
    I want to make one of those log cabin quilts one day. Taking care of my parents still consumes a lot of my energy and will. It is getting better but really. They are both 91 now. I just love them every day.

    1. Rosemary, you sound like a wonderful person. Hoping you get those grandbabies soon! I absolutely resonate with the itchy desire to sew for baby. I came to sewing after my kids were grown and am SO excited to get this second chance. Have a great week!

  3. I am a big fan of both of those women. Enjoy. I look forward to seeing what you plan and make. I am waiting for my sewing mojo to return. I am currently knitting a lot instead....


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