I’ve been a little silent…

I’ve been working hard in my sewing room trying to finish up a few WIPs (works in progress) and finish designing the memory quilt I’m making for my friend.

I decided I needed to layout all the bricks again with a tan/light background to be really sure that’s the way I wanted to go before I buy more fabric…and I’m SO glad I did.

Here are the two backgrounds side-by-side…

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I had originally thought the lighter background would allow the ‘bricks’ to really stand out but there are quite a few light bricks and I think they get a little lost in the tan background. However, with the burgundy background all the bricks stand out…so that’s the way I’m going.

I’ve also been trying to finish up my Cozy Afternoon quilt. I got the triangle pieces attached and then sewed on the green border…and then – ugh! It just didn’t look right. There needed to be something significant between the center and the borders.

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I took the fabric I had intended to use as binding and cut it into 2.5″ strips, folded them in half and tacked them up to frame the center…ahhhh, much better!!

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I don’t want to remove the light green border pieces because they’re already cut to size so I’m going to ‘applique’ the dark green trim around the center. Not necessarily a conventional idea but I think it will work just fine. Then I’ll need to figure out what to do for binding. I think it needs to be a dark color but I don’t have anymore of the dark green so whatever it is I’ll have to go buy it!

I’m gearing up for The Splendid Sampler QAL that begins 2/14 and runs for a whole year…yikes! They’ve released a sneak peak block and some patterns so of course I had to try them. I didn’t make these with the fabrics I bought specifically for this sampler – I really want to wait for the actual blocks before I cut into them.

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Instead I used fat quarters from my stash to make them.

Folding Block Station: the block on the inside is the ‘sneak peak’

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Fabric Bucket:

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Lastly…no running for me this week. The ‘let’s do it tomorrow‘ gremlins have taken a hold of me and won’t let go!!! It doesn’t help that we’re having another cold snap and I just can’t fathom the idea of running 10+ miles on a treadmill…excuses, excuses!!

I’ve got a 10 mile race next weekend, 2/20…this should be interesting, LOL!

ttfn and…G’night

Superbowl Sunday

Let me just start by saying “I LOVE FOOTBALL”! I have ever since I was a kid, my family would always gather around the TV on Sundays to watch as many games as were televised (there was no NFL package waaaay back then, lol). So, needless to say I’ll be watching the Superbowl today for sure ;-)  Although I live in the Carolinas I won’t necessarily be cheering for the Panthers – I’ll really just be cheering for a competitive game. Blow-outs are so boring…yawn.

I started my day off with the Super bowl 4 miler race – I finally got to run with my buddies again!! Yay!! We met at our local church and carpooled into Charlotte. The race started & ended at Panther’s stadium which was kind of cool and as you might imagine there were a lot of people wearing Panther’s jerseys and colors. I was all layered up because the temp at the start of the race was only 36 degrees…brrrr! The last layer was my New England Patriots Tom Brady jersey and I also wore my Washington Redskins fleece headband – a little conflicted but warm.

I had not been out for a run all week due to my toe/toenail issue. I really could’ve run on Thurs, Fri or Sat but opted to just wait for today. Good news, no toe issues today – yay!

After we parked and headed to get our swag I realized I had forgotten my ear buds – geez, you’d think I wouldn’t forget stuff after all the running I’ve done :-s  We picked up our bibs and they gave us nice long sleeve shirts and a pint glass with the Super bowl race logo (similar to what we got last year).

Long story short, I felt great throughout the run and when I crossed the finish line I realized I beat my time from last year by almost a whole minute…woohoo! My training IS paying off!!

I stopped my Vivofit2 right after the finish line but completely forgot to shut off my phone app (probably because I didn’t have my earbuds) so it ran on for another hour or so, lol! Looking at my run segment times I can’t believe I had a few in the 9’s & 10’s…what!?!

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A first for this year, we got medals – yay! BLING! And the post-race area was filled with booths of food and beer – yay! BEER!

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I came home, showered and then went to lunch. Afterwards I went to the grocery store and then laid down for a 40 min power nap. Now, I’m ready for some football!!!!

ttfn…

Memory quilt progress

As mentioned here, I’m working on a memory quilt for a friend and each night this week I’ve deconstructed the shirts my she provided. I finally finished 13 shirts (lucky number?) and have enough bricks to layout my design.

I pulled the coverlet off my king size bed and laid it out on the floor to use as my template. In hindsight I should’ve turned the coverlet to the light side since I’m planning to use a tan solid for the sashing but alas I didn’t think of that until I was halfway done laying out all the bricks and I just didn’t have the energy to start over :-/

I decided to go with 8 1/2 bricks per row x 18 rows – this will net a quilt approx 94×108 – WOW! This will be the largest quilt to date for me…I don’t even want to think about how I’m going to quilt this baby! I’ll get to that when I get to that :p

Here’s what it looks like all laid out on the floor

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Now that I had the layout I started calculating how much fabric I’ll need for sashing and binding and of course I don’t have enough of the tan. I bought it before I knew I was going to use it for this purpose and only have 2 yards; after doing the math I’ll need at least 3 1/3 yards so I’ll buy 4 yards (I always get extra cuz you never know). I want to make sure I use the same dye lot for this quilt so I’m not going to mix what I already have with what I purchase.

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I had to take a break from this project so I started cutting pieces to make the Sugar Block Club block of the month for Feb. I got all the pieces cut and then ran out of steam tonight…so I’ll finish it in the morning and post some pics.

ttfn…and…G’night

 

 

 

 

A new project…

As if I don’t have enough projects ‘in flight’ I started another one this week. A friend lost her husband almost 2 years ago and she asked me if I would take some of her favorite shirts of his and make a quilt. I was deeply honored that she would ask me to do it so of course I said Yes.

My friend stopped by this weekend with an arm load of shirts and told me to use all or part. We had talked briefly a few weeks ago and all I could get out of her is that she didn’t want the shirts to still look like shirts in the final product. I started asking her a few more questions about she wanted and she said “I’ll leave it all up to you. You do great work & I trust you”…Wow, no pressure!!

I spent quite a few hours scanning projects on Pinterest getting ideas and I finally landed on making a version of The Wall made by Melissa Corry. I just happened to buy some solid fabrics last week at Hobby Lobby and one of those is a tan/khaki color which will make the perfect sashing color with all the plaids.

I’ve already deconstructed 10 shirts and cut the fronts & sleeves into 5″x10″ bricks and a few 5″ squares. Some of the shirts have produced as many as 14 bricks but the average is closer to 10.  I have 3 more shirts to go, then I’ll start laying it all out. If I use all the ‘bricks’ this is going to be a pretty big quilt!!

I’m not sure the best way to layout the bricks – I want to spread out the colors and saturation so I took a picture of what I have and put a gray scale effect on it to help with the decision.

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I still have the back of each shirt which is not cut up…if I don’t need that fabric for the top I’m thinking about piecing those together to make the backing, although I’m not 100% sold on that idea.

After 3 nights of cutting I’m really itching to sew something but I’m just too tired so that will have to wait for tomorrow.

ttfn…and G’night :-)

Saturday long run

After I watched the Australian Open Women’s Final yesterday morning (DVR) I went out in the afternoon for my long run. I’m just about 4 weeks away from the Half Marathon so the long runs are getting really long :p  The plan called for 9 miles so I mapped out a route starting from my house that would take me 4.5 miles away…at that point I had no choice but to finish so I could get back home ;-)

I changed the intervals on my app back to 3 min run/2 min walk; I figured I would need the extra recovery time as the miles added up. The temps warmed up nicely to the low 50s with a mild breeze; I wore capris, a long sleeve tech shirt and short sleeve tech shirt. I also wore my running jacket because the weather folks said the winds were going to pick up.

As I started the first run segment I was feeling pretty sluggish – I thought I was dragging that car behind me again! I wasn’t able to shake that feeling until I got a good mile in – ugh! But finally I fell into a rhythm and the next few miles seemed to pass without much notice. As I hit the 4 mile mark I ate my Salted Caramel GU and very shortly after that I knew I was going to need to find a bathroom. Luckily the halfway mark was at a local restaurant we frequent so I didn’t feel bad at all taking advantage of their facilities.

As I started back toward home I could feel the second toe on my left foot start to hurt, I’ve had that feeling before and it usually means my toenail was not going to have a good day. I stopped to re-tie my shoes hoping that would help but as I continued on I could tell it was too little, too late. I soldiered on, taking a few extra walk breaks, but I was not going to be defeated! I had several thoughts of calling hubby to come get me around mile 7 – I just kept debating with myself and next thing I knew I was at mile 8. Well, there was no stopping now!!

Bottom line – my legs and lungs held up pretty good, it was my damn toe that almost did me in! LOL  I’m not 100% sure what caused it but I think it may have been my socks. They’re the same brand I’ve been wearing but I just bought a brand new pack and I wore them without washing first. Don’t know if that was it but that’s the only difference I can think of so I’ll be sure to wash all those new socks before my next long run ;-)

Since I had that potty break about half way I had to stop my Vivofit2 and restart it when I got going again so I’ve got two entries that don’t quite match up with the C25K app…but you get the gist.

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ttfn…and G’night

Woohoo, one down

I hunkered down and finished the QAYG pillow cover this morning…(ahem, when I should’ve been out doing my long run).

I had recorded the Women’s Final for the Australian Open (cuz it was on here at 3am) and decided I’d watch that and let the temps warm up a little bit – I plan to do my 9 miles after lunch.

If you haven’t seen the outcome of the Women’s Final yet…***spoiler alert***…don’t read any further.

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Unfortunately, Serena did not win…she looked shaky from the start – I had a bad feeling when she couldn’t even bounce the ball before her first serve…oh well, there’s always the next one Serena!

Now back to the pillow cover – I started this last weekend during bad weather and put the binding on it this morning. I followed Maureen Cracknell’s Crafsty class for Quilt As You Go and I really, really like this method. I’ll be using it again for sure – hopefully to make a bed size quilt for my niece.

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One more…

I can’t believe I found another project I started last weekend…it’s a QAYG Pillow cover. I bought the QAYG class on Craftsy by Maureen Cracknell and just had to give it a whirl.

I pulled out my green scraps and found just enough to make 4 sections…unfortunately it ended up a little wonky on one side (conveniently cropped out of the picture) so I’ll have to trim it down but it should still fit the pillow form.

I just need to whip up the back, sew it together and put on binding…and viola, it will be done. Yeah, I wonder when I’ll get back to that!?

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I do have to say that I thought the joins would be more bulky than they are – I think that’s what made me shy away from this technique for so long. Not any more, I’ve got a large blanket I’ve been putting off that would work great with this method…Oh No, I can see another project starting in my future…

Someone please stop me!!!