Catching up

I was traveling the last two weekends and missed putting up a post. Not much sewing happened during that time but let’s catch up.

I’ve completed all my blocks for the #grannycabinsewalong with Then Came June. I worked a little ahead because I knew I’d be traveling. Here are all the blocks up on my design wall…ooo I love it!!

I also started on a commissioned project for Christmas Placemats. This is a free paper-pieced pattern but I could not get the pieces to print out at the proper size so I had to draw them myself – eeek!!! Because of that I needed to sew a few ‘tests’ to make sure I got it right so I used scraps from the Christmas fabric bin. The top placemat is a mirror image of the pattern – ‘doh! Didn’t even think about that. In the second placemat I got the angle wrong on the thinner tree and on the outer trees (sheesh!) I’ve made adjustments for that so now it’s time to cut into the fabric the customer sent me…wish me luck!!!

Linking up with Oh Scrap!

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I skipped my WW meeting for the last two weeks and honestly I’ve been a bit lax on watching what I’ve been eating so it was no surprise I was up 1.4 when I weighed in yesterday. It’s ok…really, it could’ve been much worse! I’m back on the eating plan today and I’m confident I’ll lose that and more.

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Update on our other house: it’s officially on the market as of Friday!! If you know anyone moving to the greater Charlotte, NC area please share this with them. It’s a beautiful home and we were very happy there for 13 years.

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And just for some ‘awwww’ factor, here are a few pics of my adorable great niece Campbell at her 2nd birthday party. She shared it with her cousin who turned two in Sept.

That’s all for now…enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂

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More progress

I made a little more progress on my scrappy improv rainbow project – I got the batting cut to size and I pieced the backing.

Here’s the back hanging on my design wall. I’ve had this bronze dot fabric for a while and up close it’s really pretty – but in pictures it reminds me of measles!! I didn’t have enough for the whole back so I added the other dot fabric.

I’m also participating in the #grannycabinsewalong and this week we needed to cut our fabric and make a test Block A. I’m so glad I made a test block because I don’t like how the print on my color 4 fabric looks once it’s cut and pieced into the block. I think it interferes with the design of the block so I’ll be finding another option.

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I spent some time this last week decorating above my kitchen cabinets. I had been waiting for DH to install ply board so my decorations wouldn’t get lost below the molding and then a friend said “why don’t you just use foam blocks to sit the items on?” Well HELLO! Why didn’t I think of that – LOL!! I measured the space and went to the store to find the size I needed but none of my local stores had the right sizes or enough foam blocks so I went to Amazon and found exactly what I needed. A few days later I started working on it.

I purchased all the decor a few months ago and unfortunately I didn’t buy enough greenery 😦 and now the store doesn’t have it out because they’ve switched to the seasonal stuff – UGH!! Crap!! I guess I’ll just have to wait until after Christmas to buy more – FML!

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I went to WW yesterday and as I suspected I went up a little bit, 1.2 to be exact. I splurged quite a bit this last week so I need to buckle down and get back on plan.

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Update on the house in Lake Wylie: The buyer has officially backed out and we told him he will not be getting his deposit back. DH spent all last week up there and was able to clear out all the remaining ‘stuff’ that didn’t sell in the estate sale. He also got the yard back in shape so now it can be put on the market. He talked to a realtor that lives in that neighborhood and he thinks we may be able to clear more than we had agreed to with the other buyer – that sure would be nice!!

That’s all for now – have a great rest of your weekend!!

Making Progress

In my last post I was looking for my mojo and I think just the act of writing about it made it show up! Later that day I went in to the sewing room and knocked out two more colors for the improv blocks and continued to work on it throughout the week.

I now have a finished top! It measures 57″ square

I’ve already cut the batting and I’ll be piecing the back today while watching football! I’d really like to get this quilted and bound in the next few days – I REALLY need a finish :-p

I’ve also signed up for the Granny Cabin sew along hosted by Then Came June on IG. This is the first week so there’s still plenty of time to join in if you’re interested. I pulled my fabrics from my FQ bins following the same color themes in the pattern but using prints

I’ve already had to switch out the #1 fabric because I realized it wasn’t a complete FQ – I had cut into it at some point for a different quilt 😦 It’s ok, I had plenty of dark navy choices!

One of my neighbors asked if I could make some golf seat covers to be used as giveaways for her club. I had made a couple for her a while back so I had the basic pattern. I went to my local quilt shop last week and picked up a few yards of golf themed fabric and a neutral green flannel for the back.

I knocked out these two yesterday

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Any Downton Abbey fans here?

I’ve been impatiently waiting on the movie to release, I’ve missed that show so much!! ❤ My local theater hosted a Paint Night event before the movie and yes! we painted a Downton Abbey scene! It was so much fun, they played DA Trivia while our background scenes dried a bit and the theater gave away 1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes for their favorite painting…and guess who came in 2nd? Woohoo! I got 2 movie passes, 2 popcorns and 2 sodas – Nice!

Here’s the prize winning painting :-p

I was so pleased with the movie – it was like visiting with old friends again!!

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I splurged quite a bit this past week so I decided to ‘skip’ my WW weigh in yesterday… ugh, I hate going when I know I’ve gained 😦 I’ll get back on track this week so I’m not tempted to skip any more!

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That’s all for now – enjoy the rest of your weekend!! 🙂

Finding mojo

I’ve been having a hard time finding my mojo in the sewing room…I can sit for hours and think about all the lovely things I want to make but that hasn’t translated into a lot of actual sewing.

I did get a few more improv color blocks made since last week and here’s the layout I’ve had in my mind. The green scraps have been sitting untouched on my cutting table for almost a week – ugh!

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I dropped 1# at my WW weigh in this week for which I’m very happy. I had a bumpy week with food choices so I was a little worried.

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Nothing new with the other house in Lake Wylie, the intended buyer still has not responded to our attempts to contact him so we’ll need to start making other arrangements to put it on the market. DH seems to be in a bit of a funk too and isn’t his normal ‘gung-ho’ self so I’m having to light a fire under him 😦

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That’s all for now – I’ll leave you with a picture of my Sammie girl. I was getting ready the other morning and saw her sleeping so peacefully I had to grab my phone for a picture

Have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

Esmerelda finished

Not only did I finish the commissioned Esmerelda quilt but it’s already been mailed and received…and good thing too because baby Lucy made an early arrival!

I’ve never used flannel for binding and it was a little tricky…it kept wanting to slip and slide all over the place, because of that I was a little unhappy with the finished look – but after it gets used and loved I’m sure I’m the only one that will notice! 🙂

DH’s cousin was over the moon happy when she received the quilt and sent me the most heart-felt message…got me a little choked up ❤ I can’t wait to see pictures of Lucy laying on or wrapped up in this quilt!

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While I watched the US Open this week I made a few more scrappy improv blocks. I’m pulling my color bins and just putting scraps together until I can cut a 10″ block. It’s kind of fun having no pattern or instructions to follow :-p

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Hurricane Dorian blew through Myrtle Beach on Thursday but we were spared the worst of it because the eye wobbled a bit more East than North – Thank God!! We still got gusts around 60mph and a ton of rain but we didn’t have any damage and never lost power – wow! That was our first hurricane living here and I’m not looking forward to any more!!

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My WW studio was closed most of the week due to the impending storm but opened back up on Saturday, my weigh in day. I couldn’t believe that I actually dropped .4! I was so stressed out from the storm I was eating way too much but at least it was WW friendly food – I guess that helped! lol

That’s all for now…have a great week!!

Esmerelda

I’m almost done with the Esmerelda commission baby quilt. My DH’s cousin picked this pattern out of the choices I gave her – this will be for her 3rd grandchild due in October. I’ve made 2 other quilts for her other grand children.

She had a specific color scheme in mind and wanted flannel. I gave her the fabric requirements, asked her to go JoAnn pick out the fabrics and send them to me. I think she did an awesome job!

Here’s the top with just the center quilted, I’ve since added orange peels in the outer squares and the binding is sewn to the back. Later today I’ll finished sewing it down to the front with a simple zig-zag so it can withstand years of washing 🙂

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No other sewing this week – I wanted to prioritize getting this done and mailed out to her for the baby shower in mid-Sept. Also, we’ve got a little storm called Dorian bearing down on us next week…ugh…our first Hurricane season living in Myrtle Beach!

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I went to my weigh in yesterday, I was up .8. Not horrible but I thought I was going to be the same as the last time I weighed 2 weeks ago. It’s ok, I’ll just keep plugging away. Also, my neighbor decided to join WW and I gave her my code for the referral so I’ll get a month free once she’s been on the program for a few months. It will be nice to see the program through the eyes of a ‘newbie’ again.

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I needed a little brightening up so I had highlights put in my hair yesterday. I wanted it to be a little more blonde but this is so much better than my natural mousy brown color!

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That’s about all for now… enjoy the rest of your long weekend!!

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A little more progress

I finished the Esmerelda top this past week and I even got it basted yesterday…I plan to spend a good part of today knocking out the quilting and maybe even get it bound. I would really like to get it in the mail next week 😉

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I also made a receiving blanket with some of the left over fabric!

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Even though I have so many projects in flight…I couldn’t stop myself from starting a new scrappy project – ugh!! I didn’t have enough energy to work on one of those projects but I wanted to sit down and sew…so… I pulled out my yellow scrap bin and just started sewing some of the scraps together. I kept adding pieces and strips until I had a piece big enough to cut a 10″ square. And then I made more… 6 in total! I have no idea where this is going but it sure is fun!

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The last two weeks of visitors caught up with me and the scale…I knew I was going to be up by a few pounds so I chickened out and skipped my WW meeting!! I’m already back on track and I’ll feel better about weighing in next week :-p

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That’s about all for now, enjoy the rest of your weekend!