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Headcolds and Orca Bay

Orca Bay Mystery Quilt Progress

Last Tuesday I started feeling funny with an odd scratch in my throat but I hoped for the best and attributed it to allergies. Then Wednesday it got worse and finally Thursday it really set in. I managed to get through Thanksgiving lunch with the family before heading home and crashing on the couch for the night. All weekend I’ve been holed up here in my pajamas not feeling like doing very much.

My cast iron teapot was pulled out and kept me company in my sewing room.

I did get some sewing done when I felt up to sitting in my sewing chair. My big accomplishment was finishing Step 1 of Orca Bay! I can’t tell you how relieved I was to trim the last quarter square triangle block and toss it into the bin.

Orca Bay Mystery Quilt Progress
Orca Bay Mystery Quilt Progress
Orca Bay Mystery Quilt Progress

Orca Bay Mystery Quilt Progress
Here are a few of the 224 blocks that I completed:
Orca Bay Mystery Quilt Progress
And my absolute favorites because of the owls:
Orca Bay Mystery Quilt Progress

I was so happy to see that the next step was to work on the blue string blocks! Whew. I love string blocks! I became addicted in June when I took my first workshop with Bonnie Hunter and haven’t looked back since. My Singer 201-2 “Betty” was turned into a string block station so I can sit and sew string blocks whenever I feel like it.

Orca Bay Mystery Quilt Progress

Orca Bay Mystery Quilt Progress

Orca Bay Mystery Quilt Progress

Orca Bay Mystery Quilt Progress

Orca Bay Mystery Quilt Progress

Orca Bay Mystery Quilt Progress

Orca Bay Mystery Quilt Progress

I’ve got about 30 of the string blocks done so far. Had I felt better they would have been finished today but I didn’t sew very much today. Most of my day was spent watching TV on the couch next to the tissue box while I wrapped fabric around cotton clothesline. I’m making several fabric bowls for my secret pal for the reveal next month!

I hope everyone else is making progress on Orca Bay. That first step was a doozy!

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