Yesterday and today have felt more like early spring than mid-winter here in eastern Maryland! Temps have been in the high 60's during the day and the sun has actually shone out most of the day. Rare pleasures. :)
I was feeling better enough yesterday to get up and dress again but had no desire to go out. Skip drove my PT Cruiser to work and left the Dart at home ... but forgot to tell me so. chuckle. He did that so I could take the Dart for its annual emissions checkup and certificate. 'Course, since I didn't know and didn't bother to go out and look in the carport ... it didn't get done.
Was a strange day as I could not settle down and do anything much. I managed to wash dishes and tidy the kitchen and feed the cat ... but otherwise I spent most of the day fidgeting from one task to another and not accomplishing much. Sigh. I did sit in the evening and knit most of another pretty facecloth for Eva ... which I finished tonight. And I rented a movie from iTunes to watch while I knitted.
Last summer Suicide Squad came out while something else was going on ... house packing? I don't remember now. Kevin and I wanted to go see it but never managed. So, I rented it last night to watch (much cheaper than going to the movies here or in Jackson:). I expected to enjoy it ... I generally like action movies and the Marvel comic ones have been among my favorites. SS is a DC Comic production (owned by the same folks, now, but written in very different styles in original). I found it ... odd ... interesting to me in places and puzzling in others. I'm not sure I always understood what was going on. shrug. Did get my cloth mostly knitted, though. :)
Today I actually woke up when my first alarm went off at 9:30 a.m. I treated myself to a lie-in and listened to my audiobook until 10 - I've been working my way through Terry Pratchett's Discworld series slowly. Right now I'm enjoying Guards! Guards!. I had read the book years ago but mostly forgotten the story line. Terry's books make me chuckle often and occasionally laugh right out loud ... and I have found that laughter really is the best medicine for what ails me. :)
Once I got up and about, fed the kitty and looked out the windows ... I remembered that the car still needed its inspection so I went out for a while. Dropped off some mail, stopped by the bank machine for some cash, and went to the emissions station for testing. Was kind of busy so that took a bit (several cars in front of me) of time. I had thought I'd go grocery shopping but forgot entirely about that chore by the time the car stuff was done and just drove right home. Air head today. :)
I was annoyed with myself for doing no sewing yesterday so I sat down at my machine again once I got home. I still felt dithery (I get this way when I've finished an important or long-term project) so I started by cleaning and oiling my machine. Sure needed it! :)
When I was cleaning off my computer desk yesterday, I found the pretty Daiwabo fabrics I bought at Quilter's Haven while I was in Kansas last November (don't ask me what they were doing upstairs by my computer instead of being downstairs by the sewing machine; I have no idea what I was thinking back then:). The photo at the top of this post shows the store sample my sister and I liked - and I agreed to make one for the tables in the new house. So, I took all those out and put them in a case yesterday and carried them down beside the sewing machine.
Once I got the machine cleaned, oiled and revved up, I opened up the pretty box and dug out the Sue Daley pattern for the project - it came with both die cut papers _and_ acrylic templates so you could make the project with English Paper Piecing methods or more traditional patchwork.
Here are all the fabrics I bought, collected together:
There's about two dozen fat quarters of various Daiwabo prints there ... the design uses a dark, medium and light print in each hexie. I decided to do my more recent version of EPP which is glue-basted and sewn together by machine. So much fun!
Here are the hexies I assembled before I quit sewing:
I photo'd this one before I sewed the block together. :) This one has a softer value contrast than the other two.
These two have central motifs fussy cut from the same fabric but use different surround prints.
My sewing session got interrupted by my husband coming home from work. He wanted to go grocery shopping (and we needed food:) so out we went, me for the second time today. Skip likes shopping at the local warehouse place, BJ's (I think it reminds him of the comissary and PX places he shopped with his Dad as a kid). I find the concrete floors hard to take so I ride a motor chair when we shop there. :) I think we bought some unusual things (I don't usually go along) because I was there ... but it's all good as long as the food gets eaten. :)
Since we got home and put it all away - restocking the larder - I finished assembling the last hexie. The piece as shown in the photo is a more-or-less rectangular runner ... but I texted my sister and learned that she wants to use it interchangably on the table in the kitchen (rectangular works fine there) _and_ in the living room (a nice circular oak table for playing board games and such). I think I will make a modification to the layout in the sample and use a hexie 'flower' shape made of seven hexagons in the middle, flanked by triangles of three hexies each on each end. I _think_ that will yield an almost diamond shaped runner which might work better on both tables. We'll see once I have enough units made to play around with.
Once I finished sewing, I retired upstairs to watch my evening tv and knit. Finished the facecloth and put it to block ... and watched most of Finding Dory on Netflix (yes, I have eclectic tastes:).
Not sure what the weather will be like tomorrow but I'm happy to be well enough to go out! Apparently Skip did not have any trouble with the tire on the Cruiser for the past two days so we've decided it must have a very slow leak. I'll keep an eye on it and try to keep it inflated ... will likely have to get it repaired or buy a new one some time sooner rather than later.