Instant Gratification…it’s a disease!

I just couldn’t wait until I went back for more fabric for the Patchwork Pumpkin table runner so I decided I would make a single pumpkin table mat with the fabric that I had…I have ‘instant gratification disease’!

Another reason for the single pumpkin – I realized I made my template in reverse after I cut out the first pumpkin. Its not really that big of a deal, I could just make the others the same way and no one would ever know. But I’ve been watching YouTube videos on needle turn applique, which I think is just a fancy way of saying the raw edges are turned under before being sewn to the background (please correct me if there is some other meaning!); and I think I want to do that on this table runner…hence the first pumpkin would be wasted.

So tonight I cut two 12 1/2″ squares and used Heat n Bond to set the edges of the first pumpkin on one of them. Then I ironed on the stem (I used some brown flower fabric that I thought wouldn’t work but it really does!) and then the leaf. I made a sandwich with the two squares and some batting, using spray to baste the layers. After debating with myself about whether I would ‘try’ FMQ on this square I decided WTH!

First I zigzagged around the pumpkin, stem and leaf and then did a few lines down the pumpkin to give it dimension. I had a little trouble with puckering at the bottom of the pumpkin…must figure that out before I do the rest of them.

I changed to my darning foot and set the machine for FMQ. I was quite nervous and my first few swirlies are a bit shaky but I tried to relax and just let it happen…soon it started to feel a bit more comfortable. I still wobbled several times but I have to say I’m pretty darn pleased with the outcome…yay!!

Here are way too many pictures of the finished product:

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Odds and ends

I was trolling YouTube earlier today looking through various tutorials for inspiration when I came across this video for “No waste flying geese“. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this particular method before but it really looks easy and it’s adaptable to whatever size geese you need.

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I posted last week that I made a quilt for my fur baby – Sammi – and I finally was able to snap a picture of her sleeping on it. She really hates getting her picture taken so I tried to snap it while she was sleeping but she has a sixth sense whenever I pull out the camera and she woke up. I got the picture before she could get up!

 

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I started my next project over the weekend – I’m attempting to make this Patchwork Pumpkin table runner I found on Pinterest without the pattern. It’s not that I don’t want to buy the pattern, it’s more that it’s a challenge to see if I can do it just by looking at the finished product…ha, we’ll see how this turns out!

I’ve almost finished prepping the first pumpkin but I don’t have the right brown fabric for the stem, that’s the first hiccup. Second hiccup is that I don’t have enough background fabric! I always do this…grrr…start a project without having all the fabric. One day I’ll learn my lesson :-/

I guess I’ll be making a trip back to the fabric store…oh my…

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That’s about all for now…G’night!

 

How about a little exercise…

I figure all that time in my sewing room needs to be balanced with some exercise, right? And since my running schedule has been a bit sporadic lately, I made plans last night to get out the door this morning for a good workout.

Now when I got up this morning I was NOT feeling it…oh my, I was so groggy! I thought of a million reasons not to go but I told myself “just get out for a walk if nothing else”. Of course once I got out there I fell into my running intervals – 2:2 run/walk. This seems to be a really good number for me right now.

For the first mile felt a little creaky but by mile 2 I felt like I was in my rhythm. Mile 3 got a little hot because there was less shade. I thought about stopping around 3.5 but I had 4 miles in my head from the beginning and I wasn’t going to stop when I was that close ;-)

Looking at the numbers now is kind of funny because mile 2 seems to have been my slowest – maybe that’s ‘my rhythm’! LOL!

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I don’t think I shared that I got new Bluetooth earphones…and I really like them. They are so light weight and fit onto my ears really well. I got them from Amazon for only $19.99 – what a deal! Of course they’re not “Bose” quality sound but they’re good enough for running.

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I plan to spend some time later today in my sewing room…and I’ll probably need a nap too!

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Small Projects

I must be procrastinating again because I’m focusing on smaller projects instead of finishing the monochrome quilt top. It just needs one set of borders so I’m not sure why I seem to be putting it off! Ah, maybe it’s the quilting that’s scaring me…I have NO IDEA how I want to quilt it and now with the added pressure of my neighbor wanting to buy it, I’m dragging my feet…ugh!  Oh well, maybe I’ll get to it tomorrow :p

On the bright side, I’ve finished 2 double ended potholders. One I’m not so in love with, but the other one looks pretty good!

The ugly duckling first – it’s not the sewing and quilting that’s turning me off, it’s the combination of fabrics. I started this one as a ‘tester’ for enlarging the original pattern so I really didn’t pay much attention to the fabric choices…big mistake & lesson learned.

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The dark blue and orange on the top side goes together pretty well – it’s that horrible flower pattern on the back…it just.doesn’t.match! And you may say that it doesn’t look too bad in the photo, but trust me – in person, it’s THAT bad! Oh well, it’s done and that’s all I can say.

The second one, which I finished tonight, is a mix of teal fabrics…not necessarily the color you think of for kitchen fabrics but I was really drawn to them so I went with it. I quilted an X on the potholders and then echoed the lines to fill in. Then I quilted large diamonds on the length in between the potholders; I think it turned out really nice…it kind of looks ‘upscale’…maybe…lol

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I think I’ll give the potholders a rest for now, unless someone makes a request.

Speaking of requests, my sister posted a picture & link for a hanging fabric book holder on my FB timeline and my cousin asked if I would make her a pair. I said “OF COURSE!” She picked out some fabric online from JoAnn’s so I’m headed there in the morning to pick up a few yards. According to the instructions, it shouldn’t take me too long to sew it together so this should be another ‘small project’ :-D

That’s about all for now…G’night!

Fabric haul and a small project

I’ve been off work for the past couple of days and I’ve been able to spend quite a bit of time in my sewing room, but alas it’s back to work today.

On my last day off yesterday I did a little shopping, I needed to get border & backing fabric for my monochrome Granny Square top (which by the way one of my neighbors has said she will buy when finished! Wow! As such, she wants it to stay all black & white, no other color…fine by me!)

There’s a Mary Jo’s fabric shop about 30 mins from me that I’ve never visited and I noticed there was a quilt shop just six miles from there participating in Row by Row, so it was a two-fer! Going into Mary Jo’s was a bit overwhelming at first…so.much.fabric…but it’s all clearly organized into sections so it was pretty easy to find the Black & White patterned fabric. Unfortunately, none of it was right for this top. I browsed around and found some fat quarters I liked so I picked up 4 for $10. I also looked at the sewing machines – they carry Baby Lock. There are two features that I must have: Needle Down and Speed Control; anything else is just gravy. The assistant showed me a few but I think I fell in love with The Rachel. It’s got my must haves and it was on sale but…I did not buy it…I’m not ready – yet. I also picked up a spool of Gutterman thread, I’ve heard good things about it and wanted to try it…and lastly as I was checking out I noticed they had Bosal In-R-Form on sale for $6.72, I got that too.

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Next stop was at “Sew Much Fun!” quilt & fabric shop…and it lived up to it’s name! The people there were very friendly and welcoming and they allowed me to browse to my hearts content. I found some lovely fabrics in their sale bin but alas nothing jumped out at me for the border/backing of my top. I looked at their sewing machines – all Bernina – and found one with my must haves in my price range but I didn’t fall in love with it…Baby Lock is still in the lead, lol. I also picked up their pattern for Row by Row and the schedule for classes they offer.

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Since I still needed border & backing fabric I went back to my old standby…Hobby Lobby…and I’m so glad I did! They had the black & white dot swirl fabric that I used on my very first quilt and I’ve often said (to myself) that I would buy it all if they had it again…and I did! I also picked up another black & white patterned fabric that I thought would work well for the monochrome top. I went to the cutting station and told the attendant that I needed 3 & 2/3 yards of that fabric and unfortunately they only had 3 yards…not enough. She said they had more on order so I got an 1/8th yard as a sample so I could at least see what it looked like against the topper. Then I told her that I would take what was left of the black & white dot swirl fabric…and here’s where it gets eerie…it was exactly 3 & 2/3 yards!! More on that in a minute.

I also browsed their remnants section and picked up quite a few pieces that were almost a yard each and most of them were under $3…woohoo!

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I messaged my neighbor to let her know that I had a couple of options for the border & backing so she stopped by last night…and as I suspected, she chose the black & white dot swirl fabric! It was a message from the fabric gods when it measured out exactly!! LOL.

I also made one small project last night, it’s an Oven Hand Mitt. It was pretty simple to put together but I think I was rushing a little bit because I made a mistake when cutting my pieces (1 inch too short) and my seams are not as good as they could be. I’ll try it again another time.

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That’s about it for now…have a great day!!

Productive day

I’ve been in my sewing room quite a bit today…I needed a break so I figured I’d pop out here to post a few pictures.

I finished piecing together Cozy Afternoon block 3 but I’m not really happy with it. The border squares are not aligned and I’m thinking about re-doing them using paper piecing instead of the original instructions which had me cut on the bias…I always have trouble with that :-(  I’m also not too pleased with the placement of the center square but there’s not a whole lot I can do about that one…

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After finishing (for now) that block I wanted to work on another small project so I pulled some scrap fabric and a couple of fat quarters and made a blanket for my ‘fur baby’. I can’t believe I hadn’t done that before now! I haven’t quilted it yet – I’m just going to do some straight lines echoing the seams. I’ll try to get some pics of her on it later.

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I’m planning to go fabric shopping tomorrow morning (another PTO day) at Mary Jo’s and a local quilt shop called Sew Much Fun! I’ve decided to add a teal border to the monochrome top I’ve started and use that same teal fabric for the backing. I have a ‘test Granny Square’ block I made a few weeks ago that I’m going to incorporate into the back; it has the shade of teal I’ll be looking for…wish me luck!! Here’s a reminder of the top and the test block:

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That’s about it for now…I’ll probably head back to the sewing room later, who knows what I’ll make next! I’m really loving this ‘sewing thing’!! :-D

A little run

I mentioned in my post last night that I was going to try to get a 4 mile run in today…WTH was I thinking!? I haven’t run that far in weeks so I must’ve been pretty tired when I posted that…lol!

I did go out for a short run this morning using 2:2 (run/walk) intervals; it was extra soupy humid and I was DONE after 30 minutes. The 2:2 intervals seems to be a good combination for me – just as I’m getting overheated it’s time to walk. My average pace wasn’t too bad but I really wasn’t trying to go at any certain pace, just whatever was comfortable. The last .25 segment pace looks really good but it was all downhill :-)

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The rest of the day will be spent in my sewing room working on Block 3 in the Cozy Afternoon series. I’m getting a little better at applique so I would say this effort is paying off.

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