Moving and sewing update

Let’s do the moving update first:

We still don’t have the furniture moved yet – UGH! I drove back down to Myrtle Beach (MB) early last week with a car load of stuff and I plan to stay through Easter. DH came down late Thursday with his car loaded…not sure how long he’s staying. He mentioned our next step was to rent a small truck to bring down ‘non-furniture’ items and I asked him why the ‘next’ truck couldn’t be the furniture and save the last truck for everything else. This made him think for a minute and he didn’t have a good answer so I think I won!!! hahaha! Time will tell ๐Ÿ˜‰

As for sewing, I’ve been working in my sewing room almost every day. I’ve finished the Criss Cross top and squared up the top & bottom edges. I’m going to wait to square up the sides because there are quite a few bias edges in the strips and I think it’s stretched in the middle…ugh, we’ll see how quilting goes!

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This quilt is going to be donated to one of the charities from the Hands2Help challenge coordinated by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. It’s not too late to join in!!

While I was taking a break I started scrolling through IG and came across a post from littlequiltsong with the cutest heart quilt… of course that meant I had to follow the links, print out the pattern and start making my own!! Ha! So now I have another quilt to donate ๐Ÿ™‚

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When I read the pattern details it said the 6″ heart was fat eighth friendly and I knew I had a bundle that had been collecting dust far too long so I pulled it out and got started. I need a total of 25 hearts…I’m about half way there! I wish I could remember the name of this fabric line but for some reason I opened it and didn’t keep the wrapping ๐Ÿ˜ฆ If you recognize it, let me know…I appears to be some spin on Alice in Wonderland…?

[Edit I found the fabric online: Wonderland by Rifle Paper Company for Cotton and Steel Quilt Fabric]

And next up is a new fabric purchase…ahem, yeah I need more fabric like a hole in the head but when MSQ puts up a sale on Alison Glass Sunprint 2019 layer cake I just could not resist!!

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That’s about all for now…I need to get Criss Cross basted and start quilting on it…the H2H deadline is May 19 so I have a little breathing room but I’ll also be away on a business trip the whole week of 4/29.

Have a great rest of your weekend!

 

 

 

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Short & sweet

I’m back in our ‘old’ house for a few days to put the finishing touches on packing and hopefully get the truck & movers lined up for the furniture. DH is still dragging his feet but he’s getting better :-s

I have a few pictures to share of the new house and a new quilt project I started last week. Yup, I no sooner got my sewing machine setup and I just HAD TO start something!!

First up here’s a few pics of the new house

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One side of the kitchen all setup. I lost about 4 cabinets from the old house to the new one so I had to figure out where everything would fit!
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And here’s the other side, facing the living room.

 

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This is one side of my new Happy Place!! I plan on adding a few book shelves for fabric storage and DH is going to make me a design wall out of insulation board…so more to come!

And here’s a shot of the Criss Cross quilt I’m working on with all of my solids stash & scraps. I plan on adding two more columns but that will have to wait until I get back there ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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That’s all for now…have a great rest of your weekend!!

Moving…

If you’ve ever moved you know how exhausting it is…especially if you’ve lived in your current home for 13+ years. How the hell did we accumulate all this stuff?? That’s the blessing and curse of having lots of storage space in our current home ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

We’ve been weeding out stuff as we go through every room – deciding what will stay for the Estate Sale, what will get trashed and the rest is getting packed.

Here’s what we’ve got stacked up in the garage to load on the truck tomorrow. We’ll be adding to it today with another bed to break down and my office to pack up. I saved those for the very last.

 

I’ve torn down my sewing room and hidden in the middle of all those boxes is all my fabric stash (!) DH couldn’t believe how much ‘stuff’ came out of that room!! Here’s what it looks like at the moment

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I still need to shrink wrap that cart and breakdown the table where my Pfaff sits. The Pfaff is going in the car with me along with a few other items I want to keep in my control.

Does anyone have any ideas about how to ‘pack’ my over-sized cutting mats? I don’t want to roll or bend them…my only idea is to sandwich them between the box springs! Help?

The rest of the house looks like this – boxes and paper everywhere. We were extremely lucky to have neighbors who moved into our area last year and who used professional movers…they gave us all their boxes! At first we didn’t think we’d need that many but we’re going through that stockpile pretty fast!

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That’s about all for now…wish me luck for tomorrow and the rest of the week as we head on down to Myrtle Beach to unload and unpack. Ugh, my back hurts just saying that!!

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Pillow covers

I don’t have a lot of sewing or quilting to share this week but I did get the pillow covers finished from last week…woohoo!

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I also ordered a pack ofย 10″ Karat Mini-Jewels Batiks to make a few more!ย But that will have to wait until I get my sewing room setup in the new place… speaking of…

The rest of my time this week has been spent packing and recovering from packing – ha! Geez, it’s been over 13 years since we last moved – I’d forgotten how back-breaking and exhausting it is!!! I keep calling our house in Myrtle Beach our ‘forever’ home – I sure hope so cuz I don’t think I can do this again!

The house is in a constant state of disarray as I move from room to room packing up what we don’t absolutely need over the next two weeks. We’ll be renting a truck late next week to take all the packed boxes down and the following week we’ll be hiring movers for the rest (DH thought it would be more economical this way…ugh). It sounds good in theory and it looks good on paper – but – when it comes to doing the physical labor, it is overwhelming.

If you’re planning to move anytime soon, my biggest tip at the moment is to take pictures of anything you’ll want or need to replicate, put back together or plug back in. This includes the obvious electronics (TV, computer, etc) but I’ve even captured pictures of the inside of my frig so I can try to replicate how I arrange stuff in the new frig – ha!! It’s amazing how foreign a new place can feel so hopefully this helps me get comfortable more quickly.

 

That’s all for now…have a great rest of your weekend ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Myrtle Beach update

I’m posting this from the new house in Myrtle Beach!! No we haven’t officially moved in yet but we have just enough basics that we can sleep here – LOL. We have beds and some kitchen supplies so it feels more like a hotel than a house at the moment. We’re planning the big move at the end of the month – keep your fingers crossed for me!!!

Here are a few shots of our make-shift living spaces:

  1. Kitchen and current workspace

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1a. Check out our new plates…fitting don’t you think?

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2. Master Bedroommvimg_20190310_092954

3. Living room (Poor Sammie is so used to having rugs to lay on, I threw one of my quilts on the floor for her but she’s in her dog bed in this picture!)img_20190310_093008

4. My new desk that DH & I put together yesterday…no chair yet ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  (the view out the window is of my neighbor’s house and the 11th tee on the golf course we back up to)img_20190309_163739

5. The electric fireplace TV console…for the huge TV hubby had to have! By the way, the fireplace is excellent…I highly recommend electricfireplacesdirect.com (not affiliated in any way!)mvimg_20190307_100159

6. Last but not least, this is where my sewing room will be

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We’ve been here since Wed night and will be heading back to our other house tomorrow. I’m surprised we survived here for 5 night with so little stuff – maybe that’s a sign that we don’t ‘need’ so much!!

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A new project

In my last post I said I was getting the itch to start something new and that’s exactly what I did…but at least it’s not another quilt top! I follow Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict on Instagram and last week she posted this picture of aย mesmerizing quilt block that I just had to try out.

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She calls it the disappearing hourglass glass block and it looks a lot more difficult than it really is. I pulled some leftover Batiks 10″ blocks I had in my stash and followed the tutorial on her blog, here are my results:

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Each block finishes at 16.5″ (they’re just stacked in a line for the sake of this picture). At first I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with these beauties, I don’t have any more of these batiks so I can’t make more blocks then I realized they’d make perfect pillow covers!

I found some neutral fabric in my stash for the backs and have started quilting them, hopefully I get these done before the end of the day…I’ll post finished pictures next week.

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We’re headed to Myrtle Beach late next week and we’re taking both vehicles which will be packed to the gills with stuff we won’t need for the next 3-4 weeks. DH has finally gotten the ‘bug’ to get in gear with our move and told me yesterday we’ll be completely moved by March 27. I sure hope so!!

I already have a business trip planned for April 29 and I made my flight arrangements from Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) ๐Ÿ˜ฎ That will be my first time using that airport – we’ll see how that goes ๐Ÿ˜‰

That’s all for now…have a great rest of your weekend ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Framed Out – done!

I pulled out the last basted quilt sitting in a pile in my sewing room and got it done last night. I hemmed & hawed for quite a while deciding how I wanted to quilt it and finally decided on diagonal lines. There’s just so much going on with the piecing I felt it needed minimal quilting.

Here’s a picture from last August of the finished top

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After a quick pressing (thank goodness spray basting holds for several months!), I quickly got the diagonal lines done. I looked at the backside and it just looked like it needed more so I added straight lines down and across through the blocks – and then I was happy.

The original designer (Cynthia Brunz) didn’t have a name for this so I’ve called it “Framed Out”. I took these pictures on my bedroom floor – it was the best lighting I could find as we’re experiencing a rain-a-thon here in SC…ugh…

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As usually happens with me, I had trouble with some dragging at the crossing of the quilting lines…but I’m hopeful once it gets washed it won’t be very noticeable.

I’m seriously getting the itch to start something new and that’s the last thing I need right now. We’re starting to pack for the move and I certainly don’t want a half finished top weighing on my mind…but when has that ever stopped a quilter – LOL

That’s all for now… have a great rest of the weekend ๐Ÿ™‚