Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Orca Bay - Steps 3, 5, 6

I slept until 8:30 this morning..... Hmmm....in actuality, it was more like.... I slept until about 7:30, but laid around in bed until finally feeling I needed to get my day started by 8:30.

After whipping up a batch of muffins for the girls, I was downstairs starting my quilting day by 9:00.

Angela (soscrappy) wrote to me regarding yesterday's slump in quilting mojo...
Seeing the blocks come together should be enough motivation to get through the rough spots. The Ohio stars are pretty cute and don't need any HST units, you could cheat and put some of those together first. It will all get done eventually, right?

So, with that type of mentality this morning, I decided to cut and cut and cut out the pieces needed for step #5 and step #6 before actually doing any sewing today.

And then.....working with a batch of 50 at a time, step #3 HSTs were pressed and one HST "wing" for step #5 was added.

This worked out QUITE slick! I didn't feel bogged down at the ironing board pressing all 350 HSTs at once......ugh---the tedious repetition of extreme boredom!! I was able to stay "entertained" with the changing over of task every 50 units...

I'm absolutely amazed how long I was at my machine, cutting mat and ironing board today......yet.....

It doesn't appear that I have a super lot to show.

All 350 step #3 HSTs have had one "wing" attached, and 100 have been 100% completed with the 2nd "wing." (shown below in the upper corners) Behind the machine, another 100 await pressing and trimming, before tackling the last 150. Pictured above left are all my units waiting for step #6.

Paul informed me that he needs to work yet again tomorrow, so I'm thinking one more full day downstairs and I should be all caught up, just in time for clue #7 on Friday.

Hmmm.....9:00 start; a little break for lunch time and dinner prep; and closed up shop at 5:00. Seven hours today of sewing.

13 comments:

kelltrek said...

Good job, steady progress toward the goal. I like to break up my sewing into smaller chunks as well. I really like your colors.

scraphappy said...

Great progress today. Getting caught up by Friday sounds like a great goal.

Andra Gayle said...

I finally got all of my half square triangles together. I am about to go cut the triangles to attach to them. Then I still need to trim up my units from step 1. I am not sure I will be ready by Friday.

Alycia said...

Thats great progress!! Those little units take a lot of time!!

Cheryl Willis said...

I am behind on several steps but am finishing up on my ohio stars, doing a few 1/4tri then a few stars etc,... got 10 more of each light and dark to go

Quilter Kathy said...

Very exciting...you caught up so fast!!
I hope to be ready for Friday too!

Leeanne said...

Great work, I find it helps to listen to upbeat music. Your fabrics are upbeat, bright and cheerful....loving the orange!

Amanda said...

I'm impressed that you've managed to get so much done, my holiday time always tended to be more like your yesterday, dragging myself around trying to recover in time for the next term to start.

Patchwork Penguin said...

You go girl!!! Things are looking great!

Kevin helped me get one whole strip drawer pressed and organized yesterday, so it felt like a good day here as well.

Hugs!

Me and My Stitches said...

Great progress! I'm jealous - I still haven't started Orca :(

Linda said...

Glad to see you have your mojo back!
Linda in Southern Illinois

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

woo hoo, that is what I need, about 7 hours of no interruptions!

Andee said...

So impressed with your progress...I am finally home (kids at airport awaiting plane back to Wisc) and don't work til tonight...not feeling great but I need to get up there and get cutting and sewing! Thanks for the extra motivation!