A bit of a slow week

I didn’t get any work done on the memorial quilt or the #quiltsforvegas quilt {{{hangs head in shame}}}

I did however complete two commissioned table toppers…one for fall, one for Christmas…but I can’t show pictures yet because I just mailed them out yesterday and the recipient follows this blog :-p  I’ll definitely post pics next week!!

Outside of that, the only new information to share is I’ve rejoined Weight Watchers! I’ve packed on 25 pounds over the last year and I clearly need more accountability to help me eat better and exercise. WW has helped me in the past so I know it will help me again. Once I meet my goal I need to KEEP GOING to the meetings so I don’t slip backwards again, like I did this time. I know better so I need to do better!!

I’ve been listening to the audio book “The 5 Second Rule” by Mel Robbins and I love it!5sec

She makes so many good points – I’ve had many ‘ah-ha’ moments. This is my second time through and I’m hearing things I missed the first time…I’m going to listen to it over & over until I’m sure I’ve heard it all. I highly recommend the audio book because Mel reads it herself and she delivers it with wit & sarcasm that might be lost otherwise.

I woke up extra early this morning (5am!) to watch the Shanghai Final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal…it did not disappoint. Roger was on fire and Rafa just couldn’t get any traction. I’m going to need a nap today for sure!!

That’s all for now…have a great day!!

 

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Making progress and a new project

I was a bit more productive this week in regards to sewing & quilting. I started and completed a top for #quiltsforvegas. In light of the tragedy, the Las Vegas Quilt guild has put a call out for generous quilters to help them provide comfort quilts for the victims and first responders. So horribly sad there is even a need but I just had to contribute in any way I could, so I pulled my stash of colorful fabrics and followed the recommended design.

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this picture taken before it was all sewn together

There’s still plenty of time to help out if you can – they’re accepting completed quilts, fabric, blocks, batting, thread – help of any kind – through November 15 (and beyond if necessary).

I received the new package of stabilizer last week and completed cutting & prepping the final bricks for the commissioned memorial quilt. I played around with the color/print placement and finally landed on this layout (I had to stop somewhere or I’d never move on!).

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I sent this photo to the client and she was pleased. I still need to piece it all together but I asked her what she wanted for the backside – I suggested a solid or low volume print because there was so much color & movement on the front…thankfully she agreed! She asked me to pick a solid color, something dark & masculine (ha!). We landed on a nice navy blue – whew! So the next steps are all planned out – I’ve even thought about how I’m going to quilt it…I’m going to do straight lines about a 1/2″ on either side of the horizontal seams, hoping it will also give it a bit more of a masculine feel since she’s gifting this to her Uncle.

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I’ve been continuing on my Bullet Journal journey…I keep track of all my to-do’s and next actions (although I don’t always DO them!). I follow Boho Berry Tribe on Facebook and have caught “fountain pen fever”. I already have a Platinum Preppy and a Pilot Metro Retro Pop…but I just had to buy a Lamy Safari in Green…ah, that color is just fabulous and I bought matching green ink…woohoo! The ink is a little bit lighter/brighter than this picture suggests…it’s really nice!

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That’s the highlights from last week…I hope to get the memorial quilt all pieced this week and then go shopping for the backing fabric. I think I’ll go to the fabric store rather than buy online – I want to be sure I get the correct shade of Navy Blue 😉

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Just a tad late…

I’m still in a little bit of a sewing/quilting funk. This commissioned quilt project I’m working on using random clothes has really got me all wigged out! The clothes they gave me are SO.BRIGHT!

Here are the ‘bricks’ I’ve already cut and stabilized. I sent the customer this suggested layout to get her reaction and she likes it!! So I guess I won’t be adding in any blender fabrics!! I may still play with the placement to see if I can somehow make it a bit more cohesive but this is all I have to work with!!

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If you want to offer any ideas or suggestions – I’m wide open to it 😀

I needed a break and I also needed a new table topper for fall so I pulled out my seasonal fabrics and put this little puppy together in one evening – it measures 14 inches square. I quilted curved lines on the pumpkin but the thread matches so well you can hardly see it. I may go back over it with black…or maybe not!

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I’ve made no progress on the Redskin quilt other than deciding on the design I want to use…I’ve still got it on my ‘to-do’ list so there’s hope!

That’s all for now…I plan to pick up where I left off with this glass 😉

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A little bit of everything

I think I’m in a bit of a sewing funk…and I think it’s because of the commission quilt I’ve taken on. The customer provided clothes from a recently departed Aunt to use in making a quilt for the Uncle, but I gotta tell ya these clothes are not so easy to work with. The colors are bright and bold and some have pretty loud patterns. Not to mention the fabrics are not cotton, it’s a mix of poly, rayon, spandex and velveteen – I have no idea how I’m going to make this into a quilt!!  😦  Ok enough whinning, I’ll just have to figure it out!

I’m planning a brick wall/subway tile design, here’s a peak at some of the 5×10″ pieces I’ve already cut

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And here are a few more I haven’t cut into yetmemorialquilt2

I think I’m going to need to get some sort of ‘blender’ fabric to tone it all down and give it some cohesion (for you Project Runway fans, I can hear Tim Gunn in my head “This is a make-it-work moment”!) Now you can see why I’m in a funk!!

On a brighter note, I finished the Clemson t-shirt quilt…woooohoooo!!! I took it outside for pictures right before dusk so please excuse the sun spots 😉

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The 00 in the lower right corner is appliqued from extra t-shirt pieces and represents the year she graduated.

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I’m not sure if I mentioned this before but I’ve been wanting to make a Redskins quilt for my hubby and a few months ago I bought some fabric online(!) that I thought matched the tshirt pieces I’ve already cut & stabilized…LOL, Nope! So last week I finally took the tshirt pieces to the fabric store and matched them up to the correct Burgundy and Gold shades…wow, that ‘gold’ is pretty bright but it matches the tshirt!!!

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I’ve been playing with different design ideas and I think I’ve found one I like…we’ll see if I can get this done before football season is over!!

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Last but not least, I went to our local botanical gardens Friday night – they’re hosting a Chinese Lanterns exhibit and it was beautiful!!! I didn’t start taking pictures until I saw the Elephants (my favorite) but there were all kinds of animals like hippos, dinosaurs, frogs, alligators, butterflies, bears and many, many more.

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That’s my silhouette, just to give you size perspective

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These giraffe were so life like!

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That’s all for now…have a GREAT day!!

 

 

Not much this week

It’s been one of those weeks…I just didn’t get much done 😦

I wonder if it has anything to do with watching all the Hurricane Irma coverage! ugh! For some reason I’ve been geeking out about Irma and have spent WAY.TOO.MUCH time watching The Weather Channel.

Yesterday I finally got off my duff and basted two commissioned quilts. One is a cross-stitch top that the customer wanted me to quilt & bind…aren’t those butterflies beautiful!!

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It just needed straight-line quilting which was already printed on the top…woo hoo, easy-breezy! Now I’ll square it up, add binding and give it a delicate bath.

I also basted the Clemson t-shirt quilt with the backing fabric that arrived a few days ago. I really like her choice of fabric – although it has a pattern it reads like a solid from a distance. I tried to take a picture of it with my phone camera but it just wasn’t capturing the color correctly so this is a screen shot from the web.

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I also picked up another quilting job!! I got a referral from a customer I made a quilt for earlier this year. For the new customer, I’ll be using clothes from a recently departed Aunt to make a quilt for the Uncle (I think I’m becoming known for making quilts with clothes!). She dropped the clothes off Friday and gave me free reign to make whatever I thought would look good…ugh – so hard to know what that means!! I’ll start to work on it after I get the Butterfly quilt finished and start quilting on the Clemson t-shirt quilt.

It looks as though Hurricane Irma will not impact my area as harshly as they had been forecasting (I live just south of Charlotte, NC)…we’re expecting minimal wind and rain and the possibility of pop-up tornadoes late Monday into Tuesday.

That’s all I have for now…maybe next week will be more productive!! ttfn…

A little behind

I didn’t get around to posting last week because I was traveling so let me try to catch up now.

Last Friday I flew to Maryland to spend a few days with my niece and to attend her baby shower. As you may recall from my last post she had sent me a bundle of pink & gray fat quarters they wanted turned into a quilt (yes, she’s having a girl!). It only took me a few days to complete that project so I also made her a few receiving blankets and an elephant tag toy – you can read about that here.

Anytime I go back to Md I always hunt down some good crabs and I was not disappointed this time! We went to a restaurant called Fifer’s in Fort Smallwood.

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The Baby Shower was on Sunday…they had it at their house and handled all the details. I helped them pickup the cake and balloons that morning and we finalized all the food & decorations. I’ll spare you the hundreds of pictures and just show a few – they’ve already picked out her name too: Campbell Elizabeth

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How cute is this cake!!! ❤

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What a creative way to ‘wrap’ the gift!

I flew home Monday afternoon and haven’t spent much time in my sewing room but I did get a little bit done. I finally got around to completing the August Honey Pot Bee block and since I was on a roll I did September too!

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Since I got the September one done so early, there’s a second block option for Sept that I may make as well  😉

I also put this top together…I had to set it aside in my “Tops” box (waiting to be basted, quilted & finished) so I can work on a few commissioned projects.

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I picked up a new commissioned job to do quilting & binding on a cross stitch blanket (pictures next week) and I finally got my client to pick out backing fabric for the Clemson tshirt quilt. I had to order it online so it should be here early next week.

I’ve been watching the US Open for the last week…lots of great stories but my highlights are Roger & Rafa (how do they continue to play at that level?!!)  and all the US Ladies that are doing so well!

And I’m looking forward to another season of NFL…my team, the Redskins, isn’t predicted to do very well so as usual I’ll cheer on my back up team, the Patriots!

 

That’s about it for now…let me know what you’ve been working on!

 

 

Sewing for Baby

I finished the baby quilt for my niece in plenty of time for my trip this coming weekend…Yay! The color in the pictures is not quite right…the fabrics are a little more saturated but this is the best I could get :-/

Hanging on my design wall – before washing…

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Hanging from the ironing board after washing

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All folded, ready for packing…

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I also made another receiving blanket with the left over flannel

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And the new momma asked if I could try to make a tagtoy they saw on Pinterest, my first attempt is a little wonky but unless I can make another in the next two days this one will have to do.

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I’ve had my fill of pink fabric for now but I’m sure I’ll be using more as that little girl outgrows these!

I put the final seam in the Clemson tshirt quilt…I’m now waiting on the client to pick out backing fabric. I emailed her a few options but she didn’t love them so I asked her to go online and find something, let’s see how long this takes!

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We made a little purchase this past week – we’ve had a Dodge Van for over 20 years and it served us well but it was time to let it go. We’re downsizing everything for our move to Myrtle Beach so I guess it made sense to downsize the vehicle too! We’ve been checking out KIA Soul’s for quite a while and finally pulled the trigger…I love it. It has quite a bit of passenger space and just enough room in the back to haul small stuff when the rear seats are folded down. We’ve nick-named it our “Rat Rod” after those cute commercials with the mice!!

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That’s about it for now…what have you been up to this week?