Finding Time for Stitching

This week has been a busy one! My day job has had me working a conference all week, day in and day out, arriving before sunrise and leaving for home after dinner. We had about 150 people come to San Antonio to discuss new processes for migrating Air Force data to the cloud. Very exciting!

I stayed away from the pastry table!

Needless to say, after the drive home, my brain was not ready to shut down yet.

Being away from the sewing machine all week was stressful in itself for this girl. Monday night my darkened sewing room seemed so sad and desolate without the bright lights and the hum of a machine going in the background. So on the 2nd day of the conference, when I got home, I just needed to do something… anything, to satisfy the need to create and sew. I didn’t want anything too intensive so I dug out a simple Villa Rosa Designs pattern that called for four patches made from 5″ blocks. Hello Phoebe!

It said that 40 different prints from a package of 10″ squares could be used. I didn’t want to waste half of a layer cake so I went in search of a Jolly Bar that I thought would be perfect for this project. I know I had a couple of them around somewhere in my recently re-organized sewing room. I chose Bonnie and Camille’s “The Good Life”. So happy and fun! Of course I didn’t take a picture of it before I cut it but here is an image of the layer cake.

Jolly Bars are the brain child of Kim Jolly from the Fat Quarter Shop and are distributed by Moda. They are 5″ x 10″ rectangles, (half of a layer cake) and were perfect for this project. In less than 10 minutes the entire Jolly Bar was cut in half, sorted, stacked and ready to go.

I just needed to get some fabric under a presser foot. This was so beneficial to me. It helped me to refocus my mind, calm my thoughts, and yet feel a sense of accomplishment at the same time. For me, this accomplished what sitting mindlessly in front of a TV could never do.

In less than an hour, I had the main four patch squares of this quilt completed.

I still needed two yards of fabric for sashing and borders so on the 3rd day of the conference I snuck away to the quilt store during lunch. I chose a soft gray with light circles of dots for the sashing/borders and a red print for the binding. I have auditioned it here below. For the backing I found 4 yards of the dark gray print in the image below on Etsy for $4 a yard. Score!!

These Villa Rosa patterns are wonderful in their simplicity and yield a gorgeous result. The sashing was done by the end of day 3. I couldn’t do this pattern match again if I tried. Can you believe this was happenstance?

Borders were done and on at the end of day four. Yay! I’ll say it again… Hello Phoebe!

It feels so good to sew something from my stash and also feel a wonderful sense of accomplishment at the end of a very busy week.😊

Power Tools With Thread

Sewing nerd who is absolutely determined to perfect this insanely fun hobby.

14 Responses

  1. Cute quilt! Ah memories of work!!!!

  2. Kris says:

    Beautiful quilt! Nice to be at the end of this week 🙂

  3. says:

    Again, your talent shines through another project. It looks great! 🥰

  4. Rhonda Cooper says:

    I think you are just the BOMB! I like craft sewing and embroidery. Do you ever cut from yardage? I need to learn how to do this. Oh, There are many ladies on my sewing FB groups that are tripped up on the downloading part of embroidery so I always recommend your YouTube channel.

  5. Patricia Hadder says:

    Love your quilt, it is beautiful. Thanks for showing us. You are the BOMB.

  6. Teresa Vicars says:

    I have missed you but I knew you were busy. I am like you, I also feel the need to hear the machine humming along. I love your quilt and I need to check out those patterns. We all need an easy project to go to, just to de-stress. Take care

  7. Marilyn Neuber says:

    Great quilt. Thanks for the ideas.

    • Dolores Brogdon says:

      Very much enjoy your you tube channel. Been watching and waiting to sew again. To much swelling and pain in my hands for the last 4 weeks. Hoping to be at the end of this so I can. So much fabric calling me. Love your show.

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  9. Audrey Weber says:

    I’m new to watching your channel. I watch you every night at 10pm for a couple hours before I fall asleep. You are so inspiring. Love listening to your chats. You make me laugh, thank you!.

  10. Kathy Lane says:

    I missed you!!! Love watching your you tubes. I feel like we could be great friends. When we’re not sewing, sitting on the riverwalk talking sewing. I even made my own swing arm light with the cross hatch light to help with my machine embroidery. Like the Phoebe quilt too. Nice and easy and quick, when you need instant satisfaction. Take care.

  11. Bette Dolaher says:

    Love your videos. Great fabric on the ez quilt. I think we like it so much as it has a lot of designs used in aprons, tablecloths and other kitchen items of the 50’s.

  12. Judith Thorpe says:

    Becky I learn so much from you. I feel like we have been friends forever. I think oh I have to call Becky & ask her something haha Judy Thorpe

    On Fri, Aug 16, 2019 at 1:10 PM Power Tools with Thread wrote:

    > Power Tools With Thread posted: “This week has been a busy one! My day job > has had me working a conference all week, day in and day out, arriving > before sunrise and leaving for home after dinner. We had about 150 people > come to San Antonio to discuss new processes for migrating Air Force” >

  13. Judith Thorpe says:

    This is where I get some of my digital designs , they are have a great sale now. I thought I would share Judith Thorpe

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