Smaller finishes

Since I finished three quilts in the last few weeks I decided I’d work on some smaller projects…and how cute are these Elephant Plushies (free pattern alert!) I had some fun fabric and extra polyfil laying in the corner so it all just happened!

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I made the big blue one first and then made a baby…

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I’ve made two more big ones to send off to my sweet great niece – her room is decorated in pink & gray and I used some of these same fabrics to make a quilt for her crib last year.

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Next up I’m going to make a golf seat cover for my friend in Myrtle Beach – we’ll be going down next weekend so I’d like to take it with us.

That’s about all for this week…Have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

 

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More finishes!!

I took off a few more days this week…since the 4th of July fell on Wed, I added Thur and Fri. The weather here has been so uncomfortably hot & humid, I spent a good part of those days in my sewing room getting things done!

First up, I quilted and bound my Velocity quilt. This was my scrap attack project for July that I started early and now it’s completely done!

These first two pictures are before washing, it was cloudy almost all day yesterday so as soon as I saw the sun peek out I ran outside for pictures, lol

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And here it is after washing…LOVE that crinkly goodness!

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You may recall I had basted three quilts last week so the next logical thing to work on was that third one – it’s called Piece Out and the pattern is from Missouri Star Quilt Co Block magazine, Fall Vol 3 Issue 5.

I started quilting on it last night with intentions of finishing today…but I got in a groove and the quilting was done before I realized it!

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I saved the trimming and binding for today and finished that off this morning. I didn’t have any of the original fabrics left for binding so I searched my FQ stash and found four prints that match pretty nicely to make a scrappy binding!

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And that backing fabric is just so pretty, in fact it says that word along with dream, love, bloom, cherish and a few others.

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I was about ready to post it for sale on FB when I showed a picture of it to a friend and she bought it!! Wow, that was fast! 🙂

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

 

Time off

I took a few days off because DH was having knee surgery for a torn meniscus

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He didn’t really need me to take off, especially since I work from home and can be available to help if he needs it…but I figured I could use the time to sew & quilt while he’s laid up 😀

I should be spending time working on all the WIPs & UFOs I have but no…I wanted to work on something new so I pulled my July Scrapattack project early and started working on that! I pulled “Velocity” which is not a free pattern (darn it) so I decided I would wing it and figure it out as I go…can you see where this is going?!

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The angles were pretty easy to figure out – I held up one of my quilting rulers to the picture and it matched up to the 60% line. That was easy…I grabbed my scrap bin and started cutting 2.5″ strips and then used the 60% line on a 4.5×8.5 ruler and made the angle cuts. I pieced 20 blocks in one sitting.

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Now comes the hard part…those end pieces!!! Ugh – how the heck do you figure that out??? I had no clue so I cut a few 12″ squares and then cut them diagonally but that didn’t quite cover it, the angle wasn’t the same 😦 Back to the drawing board and after a few more ‘bad cuts’ I finally figured it out! Please don’t ask me how – I’ll never be able to explain it LOL

I added 4″ borders to the top & bottom and 2.5″ to the sides, now it’s 52×59.

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Early this morning I made the backing for the Velocity quilt and I also basted it!! Along with two other quilts that have been patiently waiting in a stack in the corner of my sewing room

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And since I like to start with the smallest one first, I went to town on the autumn batiks squares at the bottom of the picture…and now I have a finished baby quilt!!!

This was my first time quilting Orange Peels but I got the hang of it pretty quick – I love how it looks on the back too!!

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A quick update on our new house in Myrtle Beach, the outside is done and so is most of the inside…there are two issues that need to be taken care of before I will say it’s ‘completely done’. Let’s see how long this takes!!!???

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That’s all for now…

Have a safe & Happy 4th of July!!!

Sewing & quilting…no running

I’ve been working on some sewing projects over the last week.

First up is a new table topper I made to represent summer…I love the little quilted clouds!! I had a bit of help from the ‘footprints in the sand’ fabric and the stripey binding reminds me of a beach umbrella so I’d say mission accomplished!

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Next up is a WIP I’ve had basted for probably 4 months now! Ugh…I started quilting on it last week and today I finally finished it – whoop whoop!  Here is it laying on the deck in full sunlight…

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This is a shot showing the back…before I put the binding on.

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It measures 74×84 and to give a size comparison, here it is laying on our king size bed. It’s in the wash now getting all crinkly good…it’ll be ready for the first cool day of fall – ha – hopefully many months from now!!

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I have not run – AT ALL –  since returning from my business trip a week ago Friday 😦  It’s been unbearably hot here and although there are other options I could’ve checked into for running indoors…I simply did not do it. The temps are not supposed to get any better in the next 10 days so…I’m going to need to figure something out! Come July, I need to start training in earnest for the Half Marathon in Myrtle Beach in October…and I’m not even sure I could go 3 miles right now.

Happy Sunday! ttfn…

Not much happening…

No sewing/quilting happened this week because I had business travel. I won’t bore you with all the details just suffice to say I was supposed to be home Thursday night but my flight was cancelled so I had to spend another night out of town 😦 After rescheduling with another airline I finally got home at 5pm on Friday… 😦

I did complete two C25K runs this week:

I finished the second round of Week 3 last Sunday…ugh, it was so hot!! I waited until there was mostly shade on my running route but that didn’t help as much as I hoped. Still, I averaged about the same time!

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I ran Week 4 Day 1 while in Columbus…again it was so hot & humid. I blew my average because I started the app too soon – I forgot I would have to wait at the crossing of a large intersection before I would be able to run/walk without stopping – oh well! I did jog in place but of course that doesn’t show up, LOL

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It’s going to be extremely hot here this week so I’m not sure when or where I’ll be able to run. I don’t have a membership to a gym and our treadmill is buried under moving boxes in the garage…so I guess I’ll just play it by ear 😉

That’s about all for now…have a Happy Father’s Day!!

 

Moda Love and more

I finished piecing my Scrap Attack June project and it’s only the 10th of the month – woot woot!! It’s good that I finished early because I’ll be traveling most of next week so there won’t be any sewing time 😦

After I finished making the 36 HSTs for the Moda Love pattern, it was time to square them up…ugh, my least favorite part!! They only needed a little trimmed off but if it’s not done the whole top will be wonky, so I can’t just skip it. There are tools that help make this part a little easier like Bloc Loc rulers and cutting mats that spin – my HSTs were odd sized, 7.5″, so Bloc Loc couldn’t help me. But I do have a spinning cutting mat…however I failed to remember that until after I was done and complained on IG about how much I hate trimming, LOL!!! Next time 😉

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Here’s the finished top…now I need to figure out what to use for backing and how I want to quilt it.

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I also made a couple of sofa pillows from fabric I thought had beach colors or beach theme. It’s been a while since I’ve made pillow covers but they turned out OK. I used the ‘overlap’ method on the back so I can use different inserts, for these I’ve stuffed in cheap standard sized bed pillows from Walmart – works for now!

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I did some quilting on the one on the right, outlining the print to add some texture. I opted not to do any quilting for the one on the left. I have just enough fabric left to make one more of each but will need to use coordinating fabric for the backs.

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Here they are in natural light and below you can see the back of one of the pillows. I had to add a button closure because the pillow insert was making the back bulge open. I actually used the button hole foot attachment on my machine to make the hole and to sew on the button! Wow, first time and it worked really well 😀

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I also made this cute little pillow below to match a few others I made last year – DH wanted a pillow he could put behind his head so I used a ‘quilt-as-you-go’ method to sew strips to rectangle batting pieces and then sewed them together. I also used the overlap method for the back.

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I completed all my planned runs for Couch to 5k – another woot woot! I finished up Week 3 but decided to do it again because I haven’t been able to finish the last 3 min run interval without stopping 😦

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I came really close to finishing that last 3 min run interval on Friday so I’m hoping I can complete it when I run Day 3 later today. Our weather has been pretty hot & humid which I think has been my problem but not gonna let that hold me back!!

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Have a Happy Day! ttfn…

 

Scrap attack and C25K

Now that the focus on the Hands 2 Help challenge has passed, I got back to my May Scrap attack project…and I have a finished top!

The picture on the left is the pattern I chose for the May Scrap attack challenge and my finished top is on the right using my solid fabric scraps. I already know how I want to quilt it but it’ll have to wait it’s turn in line because I have 4 others that need to go first!

I pulled my challenge for June and once again, it’s a FREE pattern! This should go pretty quickly because the pieces are larger.

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I still have so many solid scraps/fat quarters I’m going to use solids again for this one; in fact I already have all the pieces cut and the HST marked for sewing!! I altered the size of the blocks just a little because I didn’t have enough background fabric, instead of 10″ blocks mine are 8″. It will still make a nice size throw and I can always add borders to make it bigger 😉

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I’ve been keeping up with the C25K program and I’m really happy about that. I usually listen to upbeat music when I run but I’ve switched it up for the last few weeks by listening to podcasts. And to my surprise, the workout feels like it goes by faster and it doesn’t feel as taxing! I know, I know, it’s all in my head but I’m really loving it right now!

The podcast that I’ve liked the most is called Half Size Me by Heather Robertson and it’s all about sustainable weight loss. Heather lost 150 lbs and has kept it off for 6 years – she’s not a doctor and she’s not selling any products; I really enjoy her style and her message.

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I’m headed back to my sewing room – have a happy day!!! 😀