Monday, August 20, 2012

Trying To Have It All


The sun was shining in Galway this weekend.  As it comes out so infrequently, I was just dying to get outside.  But I also really wanted to sew.  What to do?  What to do?  Move your sewing machine out to the back garden, of course!  I packed her up along with my Chaos scraps and moved the whole show out to the picnic table.  I was a chain piecing maniac out there.  It was very breezy, so basic piecing was about all I could do. 



Since the hens have had a few awful run-ins with the local dog, I now only let them out when I am around to supervise.  So, this lady joined me for a long while.  It was a great sunny afternoon out for everyone!



Once back, inside I focused on my paper pieced block for Hilary.  Hilary and I are in Sew &Bee Happy together and she wanted us to help make a quilt for her son’s 21st birthday.  What a great quilt to be a part of!  Hilary went to the time to design a block and template for paper piecing that are now available on her blog along with a really great tutorial.



This is possibly the most complicated block I have ever attempted.  It is not perfect, but I am quite pleased with how it came together.

Keep your eyes pealed…many more bee blocks to come later this week!

18 comments:

Irina said...

that's a great idea! sewing outside... could never do it myself as it's aways so windy here. Your hen is lovely! a Barred Rock like our Kona. How are they settling in? a part from the dog...

Erin @ Billy Button Design said...

Oh I would have loved to do the same.. I just sat out the back on my banana lounge instead and soaked those rays up....Great weekend wasn't it!

Susan Standen said...

Love that you took your machine outside! Hope that not too many bits of fabric blew away.

Di said...

Sewing al fresco! Perfect. Di x

Ella said...

Great post Cindy
Have a great great weekend
Lots of love
Ella xxxx

Patchwork and Play said...

The bee block is incredible! That's going to be an amazing quilt!

Jennifer said...

what a great idea!! I can totally run an extension cord to the porch off the apt, though, its in the front of the house and the neighborhood will likely think i'm crazy... hehe

Jennifer said...

what a great idea!! I can totally run an extension cord to the porch off the apt, though, its in the front of the house and the neighborhood will likely think i'm crazy... hehe

Sarah said...

Sewing machine at the picnic table and chooks running about on the lawn.... *sigh* bit jealous.... lol

Katy Cameron said...

ROFLMAO, love it, sewing on the picnic table with mad hens running around in the background :oD

Cherie said...

Wow sewing outside that's a new one. Hope it wasn't windy. =D

Leanne said...

Sounds like fun. Why are your chickens picking on the local dog?

Lynne said...

What a great idea. I often have to choose between sunshine and sewing room - now I see that with a bit of effort I could have both!

Nicky said...

Have you trained the hens to catch any fly away fabric?

Kris said...

I have done that before. Especially when it was really hot! We once lived in a house with a beautiful vine covered pergola that was the coolest place on extreme days (sometimes it was so hot where we lived that the air con struggled to keep the house cool in the afternoons) We would set up fans to help cool us and every now and then would go for a quick dip in the pool and then back to the shade and the sewing!

Archie the wonder dog said...

I hope you weren't too windswept by the time you came back inside! Poor chooks, I hope the local dog gets a peck on his nose and learns his lesson...

diane said...

Nice way to have best of both worlds...sewing and some summer sun.

Judy said...

What a great idea to move your machine outside! And being able to watch your chicken must have just added to your day :-)

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Label Cloud

241 tote all heart appeal antique applique apron art quilt aurifil award baby quilt back background bag basket batik bee Bee Blessed Big Stitch Swap bird's nest birdie stitches birthday blankets of love block blog blogaversary blogger bundle bloglovin' BOM book brit bee brooch bundle bunting business card holder camping cathedral window chain piecing chaos charm pack charm squares charm swap chickens Christmas class clothes color commission community community quilt contest craft craft fair cross cross stitch Cúchulainn cushion design wall diaper Do.Good Stitches donation double wedding ring drawing dress eclipse election electronica embroicery embroidery eraser stamp exhibit fab fabric fabric tape facebook FAL farmers journal fat eight fat quarter fat quarterly feature festival of quilts film finish finish along flag flickr flying geese FMQ FNSI frame Free Motion Friday free motion quilting friends fugly Galway Galway Now gift giveaway goal goals goodie goodie swap granny mania granny squares graph guest blog guild hand puppet hand quilting hand sewing happy hat help hexagons hey girl hospital hot pad HST I Spy ICA improv innovation award inspiration interview invitation ipad ipad cover IPS IQFOI Irish chain Japanese key fob kind stitches knit knitting knitting and stitching kona lattice illusions laugh launch learning lecture Liberty linky list little star loops love on the blocks LQS Day magazine market medallion mennonite miniquilt mixer cover mod logs Mod Pop QAL modern blocks Modern Irish Bee modern irish quilters modern quilt guild modern quilt guild bee modern stitching Modern Stitching Bee monster mouthy stitches mug rug mural name name game name tag napkin needle book new york beauty newsletter Nieve notebook cover overlocker panel paper piecing patchwork pattern Pay it forward Peace Valley peanut butter perle cotton pezzy pizazz photograph PIF pillow pillowcase dress pin cushion pinwheel PJ placemat podcast polka dot pom pom portholes post pouch precut puffy pouch puppy purse QAL quilt quilt exhibit quilt frame quilt top quilter in the gap quilting Rainbow Charm Swap research retreat retroflower review sale sampler scarf science scrap scraps screen printing seams selvage sew and bee happy Sew Bee Blissful sewing machine sewing room shop significant sizzix sketch skirt solid spools stall stand star stargazing start your own stitched in color string stuffed super tote surprise swap swoon tablerunner teaching text thumb tack tiles top tote toy travel tree skirt tumbler tutorial twinkle twinkle twitter video vote walk wallet website win WIP wonky house yarn youtube zip

Total Number of Page Views