Still procrastinating

Yeah, yeah, yeah…I’m still procrastinating on that commissioned t-shirt quilt. Needless to say I won’t be taking on another one of these any time soon. I’m seriously burnt out on this type of project 😦

Over the past two weeks, I did actually finish re-working the top by pulling out one of the sections and moving it to the back…and last weekend DH helped me get the monster basted but… since then it’s been hanging over the ironing board in my sewing room untouched. Even though I’ve put it on my To-do list every day for the last week, I’ve just ‘ignored’ it 😦 Grrrr, I can be so frustrating – LOL!

We are still planning our move to Myrtle Beach and have F.I.N.A.L.L.Y. picked a date – Feb 9th – so I’ve REALLY got to get a move on this quilt if I have any hope of finishing it before I have to pack up my sewing room – YIKES!

Speaking of moving – I’ve contacted Penske to get a quote for the truck rental, I’ve contacted a local moving/hauling company to get a quote for the manpower to load said truck. Once we make the reservation for the loading they’ll work with their franchise in Myrtle Beach to reserve manpower on the other end to unload said truck. It’s all starting to come together and we’ll be in serious packing mode very soon.

That’s about all for now…if you have any spare motivation, send it my way so I can get that quilt done!

ttfn 😉

 

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Lazy Holidays

It’s been pretty low key around here for the last week. I was sick with a stomach bug on Christmas day – ugh!! I woke up at 3:30am with diarrhea, chills and a very sour stomach. I was able to go back to sleep for a little while but was back up before 7am again. I moved to the couch and around 10am finally ‘tossed my cookies’…sorry if this is too much information. I suffered through the rest of the day feeling like I’d been hit by 17 buses (no clue where that saying came from !?).

Needless to say, Christmas was postponed in our house until the next day. I felt a little better so we exchanged gifts and just hung out on the couch most of the day. Later, I fixed dinner but I couldn’t eat any of it 😦  I feel much better now so all’s well that ends well.

There was no sewing this past week – ugh – but I did talk with my neighbor about making changes to her commission quilt. As you may recall, in it’s current state it’s about 30 inches longer than it is wide and it will be too long for the full-size bed she plans to display it on so, we’re going to move one of the rows of shirts to the back side and position it at the top so if the quilt is folded down there is a little surprise of more shirts! (A big Thanks to Quilt Mouse for the suggestion!)

That will be my mission this week – unpick and resew the top and piece the backing.

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Let’s hope the new year brings lots of good health, joy and adventure!

HNY

 

It’s been a while…

I’ve been in a funk for the last few months – I’m attributing it to the overwhelm that comes with moving. I haven’t done much sewing & quilting since my last post in early November so there hasn’t been much to share…until now.

I knew I needed to spend some quality time in my sewing room to relax and stop obsessing over every little moving detail so I broke into my Vintage Holiday charm packs and followed Jenny Doan’s tutorial for charms on point. It’s a pretty neat trick and I love the result.

Here are a few in process shots and the finished quilt:

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Believe it or not, I STILL haven’t finished the commissioned memory quilt for my neighbor (uuuuuuugh!) that monster keeps haunting me!!! I think my issue is I don’t like the final size cuz it’s MUCH longer than it is wider (74×106). I keep telling myself to just push through and finish but the other voice says “fix it”…so I’m stuck until I decide what I’m going to do.

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That’s all I have for now…

I hope you have a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Happy New Year 🙂

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FINALLY!

YES! Finally, the house in Myrtle Beach is officially finished and completely ours! This journey has taken 22 months from contract to completion and has been fraught with so many frustrations but we’ve finally crossed the finish line! **cue huge sigh of relief**

The final hours of negotiation were so stressful and at times I thought we would have to get lawyers involved (*cue gagging) but eventually everyone acted like adults and we came to a settlement. We were so relieved to have it all behind us, we only captured these two pictures before leaving

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We’ve already ordered the window blinds and if we’re lucky they’ll be ready for install when we go back down for Thanksgiving… I’ll be sure to capture room by room shots on that visit! The house is beautiful and we’re very happy with the results however, it’ll take some time for us to get over the bitterness of how long this process took…but we’ll get there.

We haven’t landed on an exact moving date yet – it will probably be some time in January.

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Because of all that stress, I’ve spent very little time in my sewing room…which is the exact opposite of what I should be doing!! Sewing & quilting relaxes me so I really need to carve out more time for that!

I did get a few stitches accomplished this week, first I completed two charity blocks for Carol at From My Carolina Home I plan to make a few more and then send them to her to put into a quilt.

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I also did a little work on a commission baby quilt for my husband’s cousin. She messaged me several weeks ago and wanted a gray owl quilt to give to her newest grand daughter for Christmas. I found this cute pink & gray owl fabric for the front and a gray dot flannel for the back. This is a whole cloth quilt so now that I have it basted I just need to get it quilted and bound.

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That’s about all for now…if you don’t hear from me for a while just know that I’ll be packing & moving…UGH!

Have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

 

 

October update

I missed a few weeks posting so I’ll start off with what’s happened since the beginning of the month.

First, we went to Myrtle Beach on Thur 10/4 to have the final walk-through of our new house on Fri 10/5. On the surface everything looked fine but as my husband started really inspecting things we found a ton of minor issues – from missing door knobs & hinges to scuffs & marks on the floors and walls. As you can imagine we were NOT happy. There was a war of words with threats of legal action but I was finally able to calm the situation down and the builder will be addressing everything before we take possession of the house. We’re going back down Fri 10/26 and I pray it will all be done and we can move on from this horrible experience.

I was in a pretty bad funk after all that and I seemed to be punishing myself by not doing any sewing for about 7 days  :-p  but then I remembered I needed to finish the quilt for my great niece and I got my rear in gear!

The indoor lighting is pretty bad here but it’s all quilted and bound – it measures 72×90, plenty big for her new transition bed.

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And then I went back into my funk until a few days ago when I finally started making some progress on the commission memory quilt. I called my neighbor to apologize for taking so long and she said ‘do not even give it another thought’…so sweet of her! But I did get a few inner rows pieced last week, I just need to keep the momentum going!

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We celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary by going out for a nice dinner last night at Del Frisco’s in Charlotte. Both the food and service were amazing 🙂 We had the valet snap this picture as we were leaving…

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That’s about all that’s been going on in the last few weeks…

Have an awesome rest of your weekend 🙂

 

Short and sweet…

I was out of town much of this past week for business meetings so I don’t have a lot to share. I left on Monday, returned late Thursday and I was too exhausted Friday to do any sewing. I set my targets pretty low for Saturday – just get Campbell’s quilt basted.

I dragged my ironing board out onto the deck along with my favorite basting spray (not an affiliate link) and tackled that project. Since I had everything all setup, I figured I’d do a few more – so I grabbed another finished top from my pile and just kept going. I basted three more before put everything away.

Of course I didn’t even think to take pictures during the process 😦  The temps weren’t too bad when I started but by the time I finished I was soaked with sweat – ugh! It was SOOO humid – where the heck is Fall?!

Here’s a picture of all four basted sandwiches draped across my couch

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(from l-r: Limelight, Squared Out, Moda Love, Campbell’s receiving blanket quilt)

I’ll start quilting on Campbell’s first since I need to have that done before I go up for a visit in early November for her 1st birthday!! My plan is criss-crossed diagonal lines to create a diamond pattern, that shouldn’t take me too long :-p

And that’s all folks… Have a great rest of your weekend!

 

Lots to share

I don’t have any finishes this week but I have lots of pictures to share 😉

First up, I finally laid out all the t-shirts for the commission memories quilt I need to make. It’s a little messy but it gives me a template to follow once I have them all cut and stabilized.

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Next up, I FINALLY got around to making a test block for my design drawing – I looked back in Instagram when I originally posted this picture, it was Sept 2016!!! Oh my, I had no idea that much time had passed 😦

My original idea would be to have each grid square be 4″ finished – that would make the quilt 80″ overall. I was not ready to take that on so I visually divided the quilt into 4 quadrants and decided to have each grid square be 2″ and I set about making one of the quadrants.

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And here it is!!!! Woohoo! Squeeeeeeee! Can you tell I’m a little excited? In the drawing I used the only pencils I had which gave me a holiday feel but I wasn’t in the mood for that right now so I pulled 4 contrasting fabrics that I had enough on had to finish the quilt.

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And then I just HAD to see what it would look like finished so I put the picture in Word and rotated it to make this mock up. Oh boy!!! Now I really gotta finish this!!! 🙂  Looking at this mock up makes me think of a poppy flower…is it just me?

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If that wasn’t enough excitement, I happened to stumble upon a local quilt guild having a quilt show this weekend so of course I HAD to walk through. Here are just a few of the gorgeous quilts at the show

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I was so intrigued by this last one that I went online to find the pattern…and purchased it in .pdf!!! Ugh, now I need to master Y seams!!!

Ok, I think that’s enough for today…have a great rest of the weekend!