WIP…Jungle Babies almost done!

I’ve made progress on the Jungle Babies quilt I started at the beginning of the month…although then I called it Baby Animals. I had purchased some animal print FQ to use for the backing so last night I pieced together four of them to make the backing. I inserted a layer of cotton batting and then I basted with pins – not safety pins but regular straight pins :-( not a good idea!!! LOL! I need to buy basting safety pins but just haven’t gotten around to it and I didn’t want to lose the motivation so I just made it work with what I had – and yes, I stuck myself several times, thankfully no blood!

I decided I would quilt diamonds onto the faces of the animal squares and just stitch in the ditch on the rows of red sashing. I didn’t stitch in the ditch on the columns of sashing because I like the way it looks on the back with just the rows. I used black thread so it would be noticeable on the front but not so much on the back. Before I basted everything together I used a pencil to draw the diamonds on the topper; I’m glad I did because I know I wouldn’t have been able to do it free hand!

I like the way it turned out…now I just need to figure out what I’m doing for the binding and make it happen! Looks like I’ll be making a trip to Hobby Lobby!

Front 1

Front quilting

Back 1

Back quilting

Fabrics, FO and Running

Whew! I sure have a lot to talk about tonight!

First, I got in another run yesterday – it was  a short one but I’m just trying to get back into a routine so I don’t want to push it too hard yet. I got out the door in around 8am while it was still cool but not cold. By the end of the run it was feeling quite nice!

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I also got a bunch of new fabrics in the mail yesterday – I get so excited to open the packages, it’s like Christmas morning when I was a kid! I received the March shipment from my Fat Quarter Club and aren’t they just gorgeous! So fresh and spring-like! The colorway for March is Orange:

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I also joined a virtual quilter’s yard sale on Facebook and bought a few pieces: one was an animal print fat quarter bundle and another is a yard of midnight blue star print. Four of the animal prints are going to be pieced together for the back of my Baby Animals quilt…now I just need to get some green for the binding. I have no idea what I’m going to do with the midnight blue fabric :-/

animal prints

Midnight blue stars

I have one finished object (FO) to report: a baby blanket called Bunnies and Owls. I still have no idea who I’m going to give this to…it may go to charity.

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Baby quilt#2 side angle Baby quilt #2

That’s about it for now…

G’night

…and back to Running…

I finally got my rear in gear today and put in about 3 miles…but let me back track just a little bit.

My running buddies have been asking me to join them for a 10k in April but I’ve been hesitating. I haven’t run with any consistency since last year and I’m worried that I’ll have a tough time completing 10k. They’ve assured me that they’re in the same boat so I took the plunge yesterday and registered; I’m hoping now that I’ve dropped the cash I’ll get back into a running routine.

Yesterday started out cold (40s) and rainy but by the afternoon the sun was shining and it was in the upper 60s…you would think I’d have taken that opportunity to put in a few miles…nope.

I met up with L at church this morning and we talked a bit after the service. She’s been off her running program as well and planned to put in a run later today; I agreed that I needed to do the same.

After lunch with hubby, I changed clothes and psyched myself up to go for a run/walk. I had no idea how I’d do since I haven’t run for 30 days! I set my c25k app for 3:1 (run/walk) intervals and gave myself permission to walk as much as I needed. The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, sunny & 75 with a light breeze, after the harsh winter it was a welcome heat.

Everything started out fine except my c25k app was acting a bit weird, it clocked my first running segment in the 10’s and my second in the 9’s – no way I was running that fast, seriously no way. It seemed to right itself after that and the numbers were a bit more realistic. Also, I only covered about 2.7 miles (not counting WU/CD), another clue something was off at the beginning.

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I was so worried how I’d do after a 30 day lapse but I was pleasantly surprised! My legs didn’t give me any issues and even with a head cold my breathing was ok. I did take an extended walk break about halfway but otherwise I ran on cue. Now, the goal is to keep this going and get back into a routine of running 2x/week with a long run on the weekend. I also want to seriously start some strength training to help lose weight and to firm up my arms – since I already have a membership at Anytime Fitness I have no excuses!

Wish me luck!!

Fabric calls and I answer

Does your fabric call to you like mine does? I’d like to think so, otherwise I might be going crazy! LOL

Although I’ve got two baby blanket tops in varying stages (see here and here) I just HAD to start another one tonight. You see, I still have unused fabric from the January shipment of my Fat Quarter Fabric club subscription and since I already have the backing fabric I just had to make the top.

I cut each of four fat quarters into six 6.5×9 blocks and laid them out into a random pattern until I liked the way they looked, I ended up with 6 rows of 4 across. I almost stopped there but decided to stack and label the rows and before I knew it I started piecing the rows together. When I finished row 3 I almost stopped for the night but since I was halfway done I decided to finish the rest of the rows.

I’ve got them all laid out on the bed (on top of my Ready, Set, Go topper and the Baby Animals topper – how embarrassing!); tomorrow I will sew the rows together and if all goes well I’ll start quilting it.

Bunnies Owls top
I’m calling it Bunnies and Owls (how original!)
close up bottom right
Close up bottom right corner

The backing fabric is flannel so I won’t need to add any batting and now that I have a walking foot I think I’ll have better success quilting than I did on the very first baby quilt I made.

Flannel backing fabric
Flannel backing fabric

I haven’t decided yet what I’ll use for binding. Funny thing is I don’t have any idea who I’m going to give this blanket to, I just feel the need to finish it!

Let me know if your fabric calls to you too so I don’t feel like “I’m the only one”!

G’night!

WIPs

I’m still sewing and quilting but I haven’t started back running yet…not sure what I’m waiting for :-(

I started another baby blanket, this one intended for one of my grandsons…probably grandson #1. He’s really into trains right now but I don’t want to make him a blanket with all trains and have him lose interest so I’m taking a gamble and making him a really bright top with the cars and bikes from the Ready, Set, Go collection. I got these as part of the fat quarter fabric club shipment for February and then used some of the other coordinating fabric to fill out the rest.

I was stumped on what to use for the backing fabric but I really LOVE the remnant piece I got at Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago (I don’t know what it’s officially called but I call it ‘cosmic‘) and I wanted to use it … so I decided the top of the blanket would be for his current age (2) and the back of the blanket would be for when he’s a little older … problem solved! I didn’t have enough of the cosmic fabric for the entire backing so I added strips of plain black to get the size I needed.

(my photography skills leave a lot to be desired but hopefully you can get get the idea)

Ready Set Go

Close up

Back w flash
with flash (a little over-exposed)
No flash
No flash

Now I need to baste and quilt it…I’m thinking of running a chevron pattern down each of the strips on top using red thread while having black thread in the bobbin, the idea of it looks good in my head…we’ll see!

It was too late to keep working on that quilt so I started taking left over fabric scraps and began building ‘scrappy blocks’. I have no idea what I’m going to do with these – maybe inspiration will come one day.

Block 1
Block 1
Block 2
Block 2
Block 3
Block 3

G’night…

March patchwork challenge…1st attempt

Here’s the challenge for March: Nine Patch Frame

Oh boy, this one is really tough…especially for a beginner! From a distance it doesn’t look too bad but once you zoom in you can see all the mistakes. I tried to do a ‘scant 1/4″ seam’ but I just can’t figure out how to do it consistently and because of that all my intersections are off…way off! On top of that I made mistakes cutting the pieces and didn’t have enough of the Cherries fabric. I didn’t want to re-cut the small triangles (because it was late and I was tired) so I pulled some matching similar different fabric and cut the larger triangles, I should’ve known it wasn’t going to look right! ugh!

And don’t even get me started on sewing the 3rd & 4th long strips for the frame!!! I had to read the instructions twice and I still didn’t really get it until I just started sewing…I kind of figured it out but because the seams weren’t ‘true’ my frame was a bit wonky :-(

Guess I’ll be giving the ‘alternate selection’ a try! LOL

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Baby animals quilt top

I no sooner get the Crossword Puzzle quilt completed and delivered to my Mom (she LOVED it), and I just had to start on a new top. The remnants and clearance fabrics I bought last week were calling me so I jumped right in when we got back from Maryland and I have a new quilt top, it’s currently 33 1/4 x 39 3/4.

Baby animals top

I cut the baby animals remnant into 5.5″ blocks and then decided to border them with the red plaid clearance fabric. I realized too late the plaid was probably not the best choice as the material was quite wavy and it makes the top look all wonky…but it’s done now. I still need to square it up and decide what I’m going to do for a border. I need to go back for more fabric because I really don’t have anything that will match – I was thinking a light/medium green (to hopefully offset all that red), all ideas are appreciated!

I also started playing with ideas for making a quilt for my niece. Her last name starts with M so I was trying to figure out how I could make a big M for the middle and then use her favorite colors for the rest of the quilt. I created a foundation paper piece block and did a trial run with some Walmart clearance fabric…good thing because I still need to tweak it a little bit, this sample is almost 6 x 6 (the right side looks all wavy but it’s really not, it must be bad lighting or bad photography!).

Letter M example