Yesterday I didn't sew at all, which is pretty unusual, especially considering I'm trying to finish a dozen quilts before summer. But on Monday, having finished the Boxy Stars top I had to try out the next pattern, "Tradewinds" by Cozy Quilt Designs. This is a super easy pattern and goes together very fast. You make strip sets of 3 strips and of 2 strips, cut them into triangles and put them together with a triangle of background. Four of these blocks make a complete big block. I made all of these in one day. These were made using a bought strip set. Looks kind of 70's, doesn't it? Then I ran out of strips and had to wait until I was in town again to get another set.
In the meantime, it was a lovely sunny day on Tuesday and I was inspired to do some heavy duty cleaning. Got out the power washer and attacked the garden shed which was direly dirty! Mouse droppings and dirt and grease, all gone! Well, there are a few soaked-in greasy spots on the floor, but the shed is transformed! AAAAH, satisfaction.
But the weather was still nice and I was still inspired, so I carried the deck furniture that had been stored in the shed out to the deck, sprayed them with Fantastik with bleach and power washed them. Doesn't this look inviting? Just needs a pitcher of lemonade and a plate of cookies on the little table.
I just wonder how I could still feel ambitious about cleaning this morning, but when you're on a roll, go for it! So I filled a bucket with some hot water, dishwashing liquid and ammonia and attacked the linoleum with a stiff scrubbing brush. Fortunately I have one with a long handle and am able to scrub standing up. Then down on hands and knees to mop up with hot water and dry with an old terry cloth towel. OH BOY! Do I love a clean house!
In the meantime I will share a few comments that came through my email.
Sharon wrote: "...more or less keep up the good quilting work and stamina...ha, ha and also show us your completed work!! I also enjoy seeing the nature comments and cooking, green house, etc. etc."
Betty wrote: "My opinion of the boxy stars is that it should be shown somewhere - it is so clever, the colors seem perfect to me."
Shirley wrote: "The Boxy Star top is really pretty. Maybe I will try that one day because it is paper piecing. I do lean toward the blue border but the purple does look good too."
(I happen to know that blue is Shirley's favourite colour.)
Thanks, Friends, for sharing your encouragement and comments!