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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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!!

 

 

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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?

So, I did a thing…

A quick Sammie update before I get started – she’s doing just fine and was back to her old self in no time!!! Thank you all for your well wishes! She gets her stitches out tomorrow so I’m sure that won’t make her happy. The Vet called last week to let me know the outcome of the pathology of the suspicious spot. It was Melanoma but she said it’s different in dogs, it can be benign and Sammie’s is benign!! Yay!! I’m so grateful ❤

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“So, I did a thing”…that saying has been popping up all over social media lately so I thought I’d join the fun. I’ve been wanting to get an Accuquilt cutter machine for many, many months now to help with all the fabric cutting I do making quilts. It’s very expensive (imho) so I’ve had it on my favorites list waiting for a sale, which doesn’t happen often.

Well, lo and behold, I’m reading Katy’s blog last week and she drops a little line near the end that Accuquilt is having a sale (sorry, the sale is over now 😦 ) and she provided a link…of course I clicked through. To my pleasant surprise, the sale was $50 off regular price!!!! Woo hoo! Of course, I snatched it right up!! It comes with a starter cutting die kit too!

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Since I was saving so much money I looked at the other cutting dies, which were also on sale, and found one in the size I usually cut most of my scraps (2.5×4.5). Oh my, this is going to save me SO.MUCH.TIME!

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As I mentioned in my last post, we were going to Myrtle Beach this weekend and wouldn’t you know it – I got the shipment notice on my new cutter and it was scheduled for Saturday 😮 I asked a neighbor if they would watch for the delivery and take it in for me so it didn’t sit on our front porch until we got back. But then to my surprise, Fedex shows up Friday afternoon with the delivery!! Yay! You get one guess what I did Friday night 😉 lol

I pulled out the scrap bin specifically set aside for the 2.5×4.5 rectangles and blew through them in no time – wow!! Now I just need to make sure I don’t get tennis elbow from all the cranking…hahaha!

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This bin already had some hand cut pieces in it…but I doubled that amount Friday night with my new cutter!

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We got up Saturday morning to leave for Myrtle Beach but both me & my husband just didn’t feel up to it, so we pulled the plug on the trip. There was no specific reason we had to go, just wanted to see the progress on the house with our own eyes instead of through pictures from our friends…but there’s always next weekend!

Since I had the weekend free and I received all the fabric I needed to work on my niece’s baby blankets, I made one of the receiving blankets she requested and I basted the crib quilt. I’m going to do echo quilting along the seams so the fabric will stay nice and fluffy. I also made progress on the Clemson tshirt quilt, only one more section to piece and then I can put the whole top together.

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Receiving blanket – Pink & White Chevron Flannel with Gray Minky Dot
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lower right section still to be trimmed and pieced

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I’ve stopped doing Yoga everyday…my wrists were really starting to bother me and the only new thing I was doing was Yoga. Hmmm, I’ll have to see if this is a known issue – I really liked how I was feeling otherwise so it’s a shame I had to stop 😦

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That’s all for now…I’m headed back to the sewing room to start quilting on that baby quilt…ttfn!

 

 

Sammie surgery

My little mini-schnauzer girl had to have surgery last week. She’s 9 years old and never had her teeth cleaned, the vet said it was time. She also suggested that while she was under  we take off some of the larger skin tags that had cropped up over the last couple of years, a total of 6, so we did that too. Sammie came through with flying colors but this Momma was a nervous wreck! The vet called while Sammie was still under to say that two of her lower front teeth were loose and she recommended taking them out, so I agreed.

I picked her up around 3pm, she was still a bit groggy and out of it but I got her home and made her something to eat and she gobbled it right up – that’s always a good sign! We got a prescription for pain meds and she only needed them for two days before she was back to her old self again…yay! Here’s a picture of two of the spots where skin tags were removed.

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and here’s a closeup of her missing teeth…LOL

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I took off Friday to take care of Sammie but she slept most of the day so I worked in my sewing room. I finished up the Pumpkin table runner and started on my next commission tshirt quilt (yep, the first girl finally brought her shirts over!!)

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This is not the final layout for this project, I just wanted to get an idea of size. I have lots of tshirt pieces left over so I may do a border with those, not sure yet.

I also put together a baby quilt top for my niece. They picked out the pink & gray fabrics (they’re having a girl!!) and gave me a few Pinterest shots they liked, thankfully it was pretty easy! I want to use a gray chevron flannel for the backing but wouldn’t you know it, none of my local stores had it in stock … so off to Fabric.com I went. I know, I know, I shouldn’t buy online but when it’s not available local there’s really not much I can do. My niece also asked if I could make a few receiving blankets so I got a couple extra yards of flannel and minky for that too. I need to have all this finished by the time I go up to Md for the baby shower on Aug 27…no problem!

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A little closer look at the fabrics.

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And while they were on Pinterest they stumbled across this adorable Tag Toy and asked if I could make it…um, I guess I could try…Ha! this should be fun!

So that was my week. The house in Myrtle Beach is coming along and we’ll be going down for a visit next weekend so I’ll have more pictures for my next post – which will probably be late 😉

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Still in t-shirt quilt limbo

I haven’t started any big projects lately because I’ve been waiting on a customer who wants a t-shirt quilt and unfortunately all I keep getting are excuses…so, I moved on to the next person who also asked for a tshirt quilt and wouldn’t you know it, now she has excuses. Geez, if you’ve changed your mind it’s OK, just tell me that! Whatever. I’ve been keeping busy with some UFO’s so it’s a win for me either way 😉

I pulled out a Halloween quilt that I had basted last fall (!) and started FMQ my go-to meander. Actually I’m really glad I did a simple quilt design because I chose a bright orange thread and now I think a more elaborate design might have overwhelmed the fabric.

In progress:

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All done… the center fabric is a panel I got as part of a fabric giveaway I won last year. I made another quilt with the fat quarters and put this together using the panel and left over pieces.

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I posted this for sale on my FB page and within 2 hours it was SOLD! Wow, that’s so cool!! 😀

I think that quilt put me in a fall mood because the next project I pulled out was fabric that had been sitting in a bag for 1 1/2 years. A friend had asked me to make a pumpkin table runner and she had picked out a few fabrics but said not to start because she wanted to buy more…so it’s been sitting in my sewing room all that time! Yesterday I finally decided to pull some coordinating fabrics from my stash and get started.

This first picture is my table runner from 2015 I used as a template:

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I’ve got the pumpkins pieced and basted…time to pick out backing and start quilting each block

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Up close

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Other than that I’ve been tidying up my sewing room and working in the rest of the house to get rid of unnecessary junk in preparation for our move later this year…ugh, what a chore!!

Here’s an updated shot of the new house in Myrtle Beach…roof is almost complete

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I’ve been doing pretty good following Yoga with Adriene’s 31 day Revolution series…I fell a few days behind so I’m only on Day 12 instead of Day 14, but I’m still happy with my progress. Wow, those standing positions proved to be quite challenging but I hung in there as best I could 😉

That’s about it for me this week…I hope you’ve had a good one!!

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