Monday, June 28, 2021

June Update

I didn't do a flurry of activity at this blog, only to abandon it. I just have not been working on sewing projects this month.

Last week, I did work for a few hours on my Finger Lakes Log Cabin before it got too hot, but once it got uncomfortably hot in my sewing room, I abandoned that project until it cools down again.

Now that we're vaccinated, and all my clothes are unpacked, I figured we'd better start doing square dancing again, or I would need to get rid of the clothes. Honestly, I probably will still get rid of some but since there is pretty much no demand for square dance clothes and fabric has gotten crazy expensive, I'll likely cut some up for the fabric. But, I haven't gotten to that point yet.

We danced quite a lot, but then the weather in Portland got crazy hot. It was 115℉ (46℃) yesterday and 110℉ today. Dances are canceled when it gets over 90℉. And frankly, it has been so hot we've had to spend a lot of time watering our yard to try and keep our plants alive. And, even with our AC running all day, our bedrooms are too hot to sleep in comfortably. We've spent way too much time the past week hanging out in our cold basement streaming TV.

Since I'd like a project I can work on while in front of the TV, I started exploring some options for a new EPP project to try. I've never made one before and I've wanted to make one for years. I thinking about trying Free Spirit's The Hatter Quilt (the download is free right now).  
This pattern is not actually an EPP pattern, but I am going to convert it into one. I am going to combine the two half diamonds into a diamond and the four corners into a square. I don't think I'll be buying special fabric for the project. I already have way too much fabric I bought during the pandemic so I'm going to try and use fabrics from my stash. But I will probably buy a stripe once I find one I like.

It's supposed to be cooler tomorrow, so I'm hoping to spend a couple hours pawing through my fabrics and see if I can find any that speak to me for this project. =)


  1. Square dancing! I haven't square danced since first grade, and it was so much fun! That Hatter quilt is striking. Are you going to look for a black/white stripe or other colors?

    1. It's been 11 years since we square danced, but it's nice to get out there and see people and have an exercise we can do together. Yes, I broke down and bought a black and white stripe.