Quilting update

I just realized I haven’t posted anything since 7/5…whoops! I can tell you that I have not been running (surprise, surprise!) but I have been sewing!

After I finished the Quilt for Pulse quilt, I got it in the mail…and the coolest thing happened! Alissa posted a picture on Instagram the next week and I actually spotted my quilt in her living room (upper right, circled in red)!! What are the odds of that😉

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Isn’t that just the coolest picture…so much hand-made love❤

Once that quilt was finished I was left with a bunch of HST so I started putting them up on the design wall trying to figure out which layout I liked best…and landed on this one…it sure is bright!

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I decided to do some swirls with echo and before I knew it, it was all quilted.

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Since there was so much color on the top I went with a black and white butterfly print for the back.

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I had a teal solid left from the fat quarters used to make the border and it became the binding. Finished measurement 40″ square. No destination for this one yet…I’ll post it to FB to see if any friends would like to buy it.

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I also worked on some BOM & QAL blocks for Sugar Block club and The Splendid Sampler

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And last but not least…I’m almost done with the T-shirt quilt!! I got DH to help me baste it yesterday and I spent last night and today getting it quilted! Whew…my shoulders are exhausted!

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I know these pictures have bad lighting but the quilting actually shows up better that way – go figure! The client chose the purple backing fabric from a few online choices I provided.IMG_3242

I finished cutting & piecing the binding so all that’s left is sewing it on…that will be tomorrow night! The shade/color is a little off in this binding picture but you can see the design in the fabric much better.

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That’s about all I have for now…G’night!

 

American 4 miler

So I did a little run yesterday…I had actually forgotten that I signed up to run a 4 mile race on the 4th of July even though I had run it for the last two years…geez, where is my brain!?

Thankfully my running buddies reminded me late last week however I didn’t take the opportunity to do any training runs. But I still got up at 5:30 am yesterday morning and did the run!

I was dreading the weather because they were forecasting upper 70’s with 80% humidity for the 7:30am start…virtually swimming! But we were blessed with a rain storm that passed through in the wee hours which lowered the humidity a bit and the clouds stayed around for the entire run…YAY!

I knew I was going to have to take it easy or I’d never last 4 miles so I stuck with my 3 min/1.5 min intervals and  started out relatively slow for the first several run segments. I ran without any music for the first two miles – it was really nice. I took in my surroundings and even talked with a few other runners on occasion, clearly not pushing for any PR!

After 2 miles I turned on some running music and focused on completing the run, my legs were feeling pretty good and during a walk break at the 40 min mark I ate my Salted Caramel GU – yummmm! The rest of the run was pretty uneventful, I made the final turn for the finish line and picked up my pace as much as I could to get in under 55 minutes.

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(I forgot to shut it off right away)

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And our funny finisher’s photo!

(That’s me on the right – I had already finished my beer!!)

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And then there’s the bling

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ttfn and…G’night!

 

Quilt for Pulse – done

I finished up the #quiltsforpulse quilt this evening, Yay…just in time for the fireworks!

I pulled this lovely, almost rainbow striped fabric from my stash to use as the binding and I tried a different technique for sewing it on…I wish I could remember whose blog I saw it on because I would so totally give them all the credit they deserve!

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Essentially, after you sew the binding to the front, use a ruler to mark a 1/8″ line on the back – beside the line of stitching you just did to sew it to the front. Then when you turn the binding to the back you line up the edge with the drawn line and sew close to that edge. Of course I’ll need a little more practice to get better but I’m really happy with the results. The binding is even on both sides and the stitches almost don’t show on the front side (except for where I got off the mark two times and sewed into the binding – I didn’t take any pictures of that!!)

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I’ve got it in the wash now with 2 color catchers just to be on the safe side. I’ll  mail it out this week, hoping it brings someone a little comfort…ttfn…

 

 

A little run

I finally went for a run…actually I had talked myself into going for a walk and once I was out there I changed my mind. I didn’t wear my Garmin or my Vivofit2, I just took my phone and set the C25K app so I could change between walking fast & slow.

At 9am, the temperature was already 76 and the humidity was at 80% so, yes it was warm…ugh. Since I hadn’t run in 3 weeks I figured I would just walk and get my muscles moving again, but when the warm-up period was over and the app told me to ‘run’ I decided to try it. Oh boy, the muscles & bones & lungs were feeling quite creaky (!) but I stuck it out, taking it slow.

I managed to get through 7 run segments before I called it quits and walked for another segment to just cool down…I was pretty overheated by that time and since I hadn’t planned on running I only brought 1 bottle of water – doh!

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The only lingering issue is the groin muscle on my right side…it only bothers me when I’m running uphill so I think I’ll avoid hills for a while – that won’t break my heart! LOL

ttfn…

 

Quilt for Pulse – update

As I mentioned before, I’m working on a charity quilt for the Orlando shooting victims, families or first responders (learn more here). I finished making the last heart tonight and couldn’t wait to lay them out…omg…isn’t it so pretty (what a shame it’s for such a somber reason)!

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I know the lighting sucks and one of these days I’ll do something about it:-/

Here are a few other angles and the unintended bonus of making these hearts…HST’s!

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I don’t know what I’m going to do with the HST’s yet…but I do have 2 extra hearts that I think I’ll incorporate into the backing.

That’s all for tonight…I didn’t sleep well last night so I’m closing down and going to bed early.

ttfn and…G’night!

T-shirt quilt, BOM & more…

I’m making progress on my first commissioned t-shirt quilt…actually my first t-shirt quilt ever (why did I agree to make one for someone else first!?)

The client wants an organic look to the quilt (not something with all the same size blocks and sashing which would’ve been a bit easier!) so putting this together has been a slow process – like putting a puzzle together – and that never was my favorite thing!! Ha!

That said, I’ve figured out the top half and have it almost completely pieced…you can see a few shirts still hanging off the right side. There is also a partial seam hanging in the middle (on the left side of the center shirt) waiting to be finished. I’ve learned I’m not a big fan of partial seams…at least not this many!

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Because this one takes so much brain power, I’ve been taking regular breaks to work on something else (or maybe I’m just procrastinating!). I worked on the June block for Sugar Block club this morning – pulling the fabrics was the hardest part.

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And I’ve also started working on a rainbow hearts quilt to send to Orlando MQG (learn more here) in support of #quiltsforpulse. I need to make a few more orange, yellow & green before I start planning the layout.

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That’s about all for now…I’ve got the day off so I think I’m gonna go kick my feet up and take a nap!!

ttfn…

 

Blueberry Park Granny Square

Yay! I finished with a day to spare…what am I talking about?

My niece bought a new house and the housewarming party is this weekend. Of course I decided to make them a quilt and I pulled my most favorite fabric to make it with – Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis. I only had a layer cake (42 – 10″ squares) so I started planning a few weeks ago what design I would use. I just love the big bold prints so I didn’t want to cut them up into little pieces…hence I made a granny square block using the 10″ squares!

The lighting is really bad in this picture and colors are not true but you get the idea of the design:

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And here’s a picture after all the color and border blocks were sewn together. The lighting is still bad but the colors are a little more true

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I’ve trimmed and added 3 borders here

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And here’s the finished quilt today…I used big free motion daisies all over the quilt…I just LOVE how it turned out!!! It measures just shy of 66″ square

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A neutral backing

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I made DH hold it up outside for me so I could get some decent pictures in natural light – not sure how successful it was :-s

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I’m flying to Maryland tomorrow for the housewarming (which happens to fall on her birthday as well!) – it should be a great party!!!😀

Linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop Friday

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