Since I finished up sewing my 4 Patch blocks yesterday, I took out the pieces I had cut for clue number two today and carefully separated the side triangles. I made sure that I had each pile in its correct orientation for sewing. I am really happy that I spent the money and time to use a die to cut my pieces - they were a snap to sew together as the ends have been neatly clipped off so that everything matches beautifully. I can't do that so well with hand cutting. :)
I learned to call these two kinds of triangles Peakies and Spikes years ago from Doreen Speckman ... though I cannot remember which one is which just now.:) Somewhere here in my chaotic hoard I have a full set of acrylic templates for her patterns. :)
I did some housework (struggling with the kitchen this week) after breakfast/lunch (didn't wake up until about 11:30 a.m.:). I called the Howard County animal shelter and found out that they do, indeed, take donations. I still have the nice metal kennel we used for our dog (now passed away) and several cases of cat food purchased Bright Eyes (who, also passed, no longer needs them). I started gathering up the various bits for donation - will load the car and take them to the shelter tomorrow.
My back started hurting too much to keep standing after about an hour so I (sigh) had to go sit at my sewing machine and start piecing. :) I managed to sew the first half of this clue's steps before my neck argued for a break.
I really like the fabrics I am using for this set of pieces! There are three different oranges (my 'constant' fabric instead of magenta) and four neutrals. Tomorrow I hope I can get at least some of the second side triangles sewn onto the units I made today. :)
The weather was sunnier today and a bit milder, temperature wise. I think there was a front coming in, though, as the wind was very brisk all afternoon and the trees outside my livingroom picture window were dancing around. I need to be sure to buy some more black oil sunflower seeds while I'm out tomorrow to fill my birdfeeder again. Little birds were flocking all over the yard in the late afternoon when I looked out - there must have been two or three dozen of them around the feeder. Finches, sparrows, juncos - early winter mix of residents and immigrants.
PS I went to Bonnie Hunter's En Provence page to post the photo of my Clue 1 four patch blocks last night ... and discovered that the linky is closed. I guess four weeks late is just too late to show off. LOL! Tomorrow Clue #5 should be issued on her website ... I'm only three steps behind, yes? :)