Sunday, February 5, 2017

Stitching on the Oasis...

It's a busy day in store here today, but luckily I could start it with a bit of stitching.

I've been working away at my Happy Days quilt but put it aside this morning to try to figure out the centre of my Midnight at the Oasis. 

I had put the pieces of this together on the flight to Alberta at Christmas. 

English Paper Piecing was not the method that was instructed in the pattern, but I thought it would help with my accuracy. Now I've been in a quandary as to how to get this into the final centre block.

My first thought had been to applique it on to a background.....but then thought there must be other options.

I ended up coming back to my original thought and started to applique it to the background this morning...

Not bad, I think it will do.

When it's all sewn on I'll clip the background from behind it so I can remove the bits of paper.

I wasn't sure which colour thread to use to applique all the different coloured triangles, I didn't want to switch colour thread every couple of inches!

I settled on a nice soft grey, using my favourite applique thread, Superior's MasterPiece.

Perfect, it blends right in!....

Here is the block so far with one of the points appliqued down. There is a problem I've had to overcome....I won't tell, so see if you can spot it! (it's ok, if you see it you can keep it to yourself!).

I have to say, this block has been very labour instensive as well as brain intensive (so much thinking involved, lol), but in the end I think it's going to be okay. I'm not usually too, too picky, but when I'm working on what's going on in the very centre of my quilt I like to do the best that I can.

In my running group there is a challenge this month to walk/run/move for thirty minutes per day for 25 days. I think it's fun to take part since normally in February I don't think I would move much at all!

I started out well on Friday. I had an appointment in Cayuga so afterwards I went over to the new arena. They've incorporated an indoor track for the community to use for walking and running. So fantastic....more communities should try to do something like this. I hear that this track is well-used by many....including the seniors from the Retirement home practically next door!

So, Day 1 of the challenge started off well. Day 2, not so good. Oh well, I'll try to pick things up again today.

Here's little Minnie, using Cooper as a pillow as she's watching do my stitching this morning. I'm so glad we made it through the week puppy-free! 

We did not want to breed the two at this time, so when Minnie went into heat at the end of November she went to stay with my son for a little holiday. Well, the day after she returned didn't I catch them at it! It was only the once, and at the very end of her heat. I didn't think she was pregnant but wondered if she might have a single pup....luckily, her supposed due date has come and gone....woohoo!!!

I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching, and with Cynthia for Oh Scrap!.

Have a wonderful day!


  1. Your star looks great! Have fun appliqueing it down today. We have a walking track at our local arena and my friend and I try to get there twice a week to walk briskly for an hour each time. In the spring, summer and fall, we like to walk outside.

  2. I love your star. So many pretty fabrics. That background fabric is fabulous.

  3. I have the Midnight at the Oasis pattern, and keep looking at it wondering if I am ready to give it a try! I think it will challenge my skills! It's fun to see your progress. Your star looks wonderful!

  4. I like your star, your fabrics are really fun! Keep up the exercise!

  5. Such wonderful colours for this block - just perfect!

  6. The Oasis quilt pattern is on my want-to-do list. Your version increases my desire. Nice indoor track. If there is no ice, I take a walk outside as it is simpler than driving to a track.

  7. The block is looking so handsome. Nice job! I like the idea of 25 min. a day of walking. I do have a track close by but I'd have to walk in the cold and that isn't very tempting.

  8. Incredible piecing in that block of yours. Well done!!

  9. This is gorgeous! Oasis is on my 'yeah, someday' list - thanks for letting me enjoy yours vicariously!