QAL updates

Before I get into my sewing updates I just need to say I’m sickened and enraged by the SCOTUS decision released last week. Women have fought hard for equal rights and with one decision we’ve just been set back almost 100 years. To not have full autonomy over our bodies is cruel and inhumane.

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Summer Book Club QAL

I’ve almost got the top pieced together and now I need to decide if I want to add a border or leave it alone. The top measures 44×54 which is a generous baby quilt so I may just leave it as is and use a bold fabric for binding… decisions, decisions!

Positivity 2022 QAL

I finally started cutting and piecing some blocks for this project. I’m using a long hoarded layer cake of SunPrint 2019 and I decided to swap 2 squares from SunPrint 2021 to have enough bold prints… hopefully they’ll play nicely together πŸ˜‰

The yellow & orange fabrics are from 2019, the other two are from 2021. These are the first 8 blocks, only 72 more to go! 😜

Pink Houses

I’m disappointed to report there has been absolutely no progress made on this quilt. It’s STILL hanging over my ironing board, basted and ready for quilting. I’m struggling with how I want to quilt it. I think I’ll go back to Debbie’s QAL site and see what she did with this one – maybe that will spur something!

APQUFO Challenge

June’s number is 1 and that’s my big Rainbow Postage stamp quilt. Unfortunately I’ve done nothing more than think about completing this project! LOL With only 4 days left in the month, it doesn’t look like I’ll be getting it done…but depending on what number is pulled for July, I might just keep this one on-deck.

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Wimbledon starts tomorrow so I’ll be consumed with watching those matches for the next two weeks. Serena is competing again but with this being her first singles tournament since being out 12 months, I don’t have high hopes she’ll make too far πŸ˜• My guesses for who will take the title:

Women’s Winner: Iga Swiatek

Men’s Winner: Novak Djokovic

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

Summer Book Club QAL

I’m still plugging away putting together the Tall Tales blocks for the book quilt. I’ve got 24 books made with only 12 more to go.

36 blocks will make a 45″ square quilt, perfect for donating 😏

I haven’t started cutting for the Positivity 2022 QAL but this is only the first week and those blocks should come together more quickly than the book blocks!

I haven’t made any progress on my Rainbow Postage quilt for the APQUFO challenge…ugh, time is just slipping away 🫀

Same goes for the Pink Houses quilt…it’s still hanging over my ironing board all basted, waiting to be quilted.

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I’ve started exploring Mediterranean style eating to try to help with weight loss. 5 times this week I’ve made myself this delicious salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, bell peppers, chickpeas, kalamata olives, banana peppers and feta cheese. I even made my own olive oil & red wine dressing. It was so yummy!! Where has this been all my life?

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

QAL updates

I started making the adorable Tall Tales blocks last week for the Summer Book Club QAL from Kate BastiΒ and now I have a dozen! I’ll admit the blocks are a little fussy but I think I finally have the tough parts down. The blocks are paper pieced and I decided to try using the freezer paper method so I didn’t have to deal with ripping all that paper out. Yeah, that took a little bit of trial and error too, but I really like it!!

I still need to add the sashing to most of these…

These ‘book covers’ don’t have any specific meaning, I just went through my FQ stash and pulled out the prints I thought would look good. Some folks in the QAL are matching their fabric to a specific book or genre – my stash is not that prolific 😜

The second QAL I’m following is β€œPositivity 2022” and the cutting & piecing starts this week! I’m using a cherished layer cake of Sun Print 2019 for this one and I can’t wait to dive in!!

I’m also trying to keep up with the APQUFO challenge. This month they pulled #1 for the project and oh boy, that’s a big one for me! It’s my rainbow postage stamp quilt that’s been sitting in the “to be quilted” pile since June 2019! I ordered wide backing fabric a few years ago and it’s been sitting with it…so, it will be interesting to see what progress I can make on it with these other projects I’ve started πŸ˜‰

Not to mention, I STILL need to quilt Pink Houses which has been basted for over a week – oy! πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

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Outside of sewing I’ve been trying to avoid the daily barrage of bad news by reading. I recently picked up 16 books at my library’s $5 bag of books sale and I just finished the first one: Janet Evanovich’s Fortune and Glory. I’ve read and liked a few of her other Stephanie Plum books but this one seemed a bit ‘corny’ to me.

I started another book yesterday: A Stanger In The House by Shari Lapena. So far, so good 😊

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

A Day Late…

I was so captivated with the French Open Men’s Final yesterday, I completely forgot about posting to my blog! Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t heard who won yet…don’t read any further!

Rafael Nadal won his record breaking 14th French Open title yesterday… he broke his own record! Congrats Rafa!! πŸ˜€

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I’m starting a couple of new quilt projects, I’m hoping that will help me get back into the routine of spending at least a little time every day in my sewing room. I’ve joined a couple of QAL’s:

Summer Book Club QAL from Kate Basti is the first one, it started this week. I didn’t participate last year but I happened upon the notice this year and thought it would help me get back on track. Plus, those Tall Tales Blocks are just so cute!!

Here’s my fabric pull, right now I’m planning to make two book covers from each of these fabrics then I’ll see how big I want the quilt and decide if I need to make more

Here are the first two books, one still in progress. I’m using Kona White for the background.

The second QAL “Positivity 2022” gets kicked off next week but this week is about fabric selection. I’ve decided to use two layer cakes I’ve had sitting around for far too long!

And lastly, I got the Pink Houses quilt basted…now I just need to get to quilting on it! I think I’m going to do organic wavy vertical lines…but I’m not 100% sold on the idea.

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That’s about all for now, take care!!

America is so lost

I cannot find the words to express how disgusted I am with the state of our country. Too many money hungry people willing to do anything to stay in power and too many brainwashed believers think those people are doing good work.

I don’t know where it goes from here, but I fear it will not get better anytime soon.

Symptoms lingering

Ugh, I can’t seem to shake these sinus issues that continue to linger after covid. I have this annoying post nasal drip that makes me constantly cough or clear my throat. I’m still taking Advil Cold & Sinus to help clear it up but it’s not really making it go away 😦 I’ve done absolutely nothing in my sewing room for more than two weeks now and it’s starting to really get me down. I had a really emotional day yesterday dealing with these symptoms and missing my fur baby… I’m feeling a little better today.

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My local library branch ran a $5 bag of books event on Friday so I got my butt out the door and spent almost an hour perusing the tables & shelves. I picked up this wonderful stack of books! I’ve heard of most of the authors but some are new to me. A couple of the books are just a few years old, however most are from the 90’s and early 2000’s. This should keep me occupied!!

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

Hands2Help 2022

Here are the quilts I’ll be donating to Little Lambs Foundation this year for the H2H challenge. I started some of these quilts back in 2018 and thought they’d be perfect to include this year! I’ll show them in order of age πŸ˜‰

  1. This quilt is called “Velocity”. This was part of a scrap attack challenge in 2018

2. Moda Love from 2018

3. Limelight from 2018

4. Trip Around the World from 2020

5. Back to the Garden from 2021 (Part of Color Blocks Challenge)

6. Gemstones from 2021 (Part of Color Blocks Challenge)

7. Woven Star from 2022 (Part of Color Blocks Challenge)

If you’d like to learn more about Hands2Help, visit The Academic Quilter

Recovering

So… in my last post I mentioned that DH was sick and I was trying my best to keep my distance and wear a mask around him but I started to feel ‘something’… welp, guess who got covid 😦 DH wouldn’t let me test him but I tested myself on Monday… yep, I was positive so I’m sure he is too.

UGH!! Thankfully we’re both vaxxed and had 1 booster late last year so our symptoms have not been bad. The worst of it is affecting our sinuses, it’s almost two weeks later for him and one week for me and we’re still battling stuffy heads and persistent dry coughs, yuck! Of course I searched Dr Google and although there are some conflicting timelines, these symptoms could last several weeks 😦 However, if this is the worst we have to deal with, I’ll consider us lucky!

As you might imagine, I have not stepped foot in my sewing room all week. It’s really hard to concentrate with a stuffed up head so I just spent my time watching tennis (Italian Open) and reading books. We have some AWESOME friends and neighbors who made sure to get us whatever we needed from the store ❀ I feel very grateful and blessed!

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

Sewing block?

Not a whole lot of sewing this week… I did get the back made for the Little Pink Houses quilt but that’s it.

I had wanted to have an equal amount of the leaf fabric and the pink grunge fabric in each section but of course I forgot to allow for the overage I’d need for basting & quilting… ugh… so that first leaf section will be smaller than the 6″ pink section, oh well :-/

As to why I’m not spending more time sewing… it’s as if I’m waiting for something else before I’m ‘allowed’ to spend countless hours in my sewing room. I can’t really explain it better. Every time I think ‘I’m going to sew all day today’ I come up with all kinds of excuses why I ‘should be’ or ‘need to be’ doing something different. But, Ha, do I do those things? No! WTH is going on with my brain??!! I’m hoping with more time I’ll be able to work it out 😦 Here I am retired and I can do ANYTHING I want with my time and I’m still not doing what I want to do, UGH!

I’ve been spending a lot of time on our screened porch enjoying the view and reading. I’ve pulled out my old Kindle Fire and have finished 4 books over the last month. I guess that’s something! Check out that adorable Elvis Gnome hubby got for his birthday πŸ˜€

Hubby came down with something this past week, he’s all stuffed up and has been in bed for most of the last 4 days (not unusual for him when he doesn’t feel well!). He will not let me test him for covid so I have no idea if that’s it or just some common cold bug. I’ve been wearing a mask whenever I’m within 20 feet of him but I’m not sure that will prevent me from catching it. I started feeling ‘something’ last night and I still feel it this morning…. F***!!! If it turns into anything I will definitely test myself 😦

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