Basting and quilting

Yesterday I finished basting the “Gather Ye Rosebuds” quilt and started quilting on it. I decided to follow Debby’s suggested quilting motif and had to re-watch her videos to refresh my memory. The Color Blocks QAL (which is free!) has been so much fun and now I have all the patterns, tips and instructional videos to use forever!

I finished the specific quilting in the flower buds and leaves all that’s left is the meander in the rest of the background. I’m using three different threads on top: a variegated pink in the bud, a medium gray in the leaves and although Dove Grey is show in this picture I’ve decided to use white in the background.

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We pulled out our Christmas tree yesterday and got it assembled last night, now I’ll take my time this week decorating it. The weather has turned chilly here so I think I might be getting into the holiday spirit (only 39 this morning but should reach 69 later today ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Hopefully I’ll have pictures to share next week!

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In other news, on Friday the CDC approved all adults 18+ can now get the covid booster shot so I logged on yesterday and made my appt for Monday @ CVS. Hubby got his a few weeks ago and unfortunately decided to get his Flu shot at the same time – let’s just say I won’t be doing the same thing! He felt like crap for 2 days afterward and we honestly think it was the Flu shot or the combination of both at the same time that caused it because he had zero reaction after the first two Moderna shots earlier this year.

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I broke down and bought Sammie a few shirts from Amazon… the one I made for her worked ok but it really didn’t fit her well and I had to adjust it every time she moved ๐Ÿ˜‰

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These worked so well I bought a second set in green :-p She usually hates wearing clothes but these are light weight t-shirts and she doesn’t seem to mind. Of course the colder weather probably helps!

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Our fall turkeys are back! Several days last week they were wandering just outside our fence. Of course, as soon I let Sammie out they scattered!

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

Not much sewing

It was our 36th Wedding Anniversary this week and as per usual we went out for a nice dinner at Ruth’s Chris…does anyone know the back story to why it’s called ‘Ruth’s’ Chris? Anyway, it was an amazing dinner with an awesome server who made the evening memorable.

Again, no pictures… it appears I’ve hit a slump with pulling out my phone to capture special moments – ugh! We did snap a few shots before we left

I haven’t been in my sewing room all week… I’m procrastinating again! I’ve decided to work on another top from the box of my friend’s mothers UFOs. This one is a finished top that measures 53×93 and I’ve recommended that I remove one of the rows of blocks to make it a bit more proportional. I will then use that row to finish the back. The reason I’m procrastinating is she used an overlock stitch when piecing the top together ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I’ve never seen that before! I don’t think it will be difficult to rip it out…but I’m not really sure so…I’ve been putting it off ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Oh I almost forgot… after posting last Sunday I did finish this double oven mitt from that same box. The pocket sections were already completed, I just needed to assemble the precut body with two layers of heat resistant batting, quilt and bind (LOL, it kinda looks like a band-aid in these photos!)

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It was back to the vet for my poor Sammie this week… her left ear just won’t shake an ear infection (not inner ear) so they checked again and it appears she has a polyp growing that is blocking a good portion of the ear canal. This is preventing the fluid from getting out when she shakes her head and just causes festering. Our only options were to have it surgically removed, which means anesthesia and there is no guarantee it won’t return – or – use a solution of cleaner/antibiotic daily for the rest of her life! Good grief! Right now we’re opting for the daily solution ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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

More Color Blocks

I’m happy to say I finished the August Color Blocks quilt! After posting last week I got focused and not only finished the quilting but got the binding on as well! I decided to go with a simple meander – I haven’t done that in quite a while and it felt good ๐Ÿ™‚

I auditioned a few different fabrics for binding but the top is so calming I went with a matching solid mint color. You can’t even see the binding in these outdoor shots, lol

I had already started on the September pattern last week so I jumped right back to it and cut the squares I needed from my black/gray scrap bin. I also decided to use a white on white print from my stash for the background.

I’ve got those blocks all pieced and trimmed, next I need to snowball two corners to make the ‘leaves’

I’m pretty darn happy with my progress this week, of course I was on PTO so I had plenty of time to work on it. Also we had one whole day of rain, and what’s better than spending a rainy day in my happy place!

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I also got to watch all the US Open matches I wanted last week. Did you catch the Ladies Final yesterday?? Leylah Fernandez 19 (Canada) & Emma Raducanu 18 (Great Britain) are the youngest finalists since 1999 and they were smashing the ball! WOW, what a match – I’m so happy for Emma!!! Later today Coco Gauff & Caty McNally go for the doubles title then Djokovic & Medvedev battle it out for the Men. It’s going to be another good day ๐Ÿ˜€

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

March top progress

I’ve got the top finished for the March Color Blocks QAL. I only deviated from the pattern a tiny bit this month by using a larger border on top & bottom to have the quilt be rectangle instead of square… although in this picture it still looks square LOL

I received more fabric from my old neighbor, it was delivered by another friend visiting Myrtle Beach this weekend. This time there were no quilts to finish, it was just a big ol bag of scraps!!! All for me!!!

I haven’t emptied it out yet but it’s crammed full – squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I can’t wait to play with these ๐Ÿ™‚

We ventured out yesterday to one of our old favorite restaurants that does not have outdoor seating… I guess I’m feeling a bit more confident now that I’ve had my first covid shot.

We went at 4pm to beat the crowd although it appeared many others had the same thought as most of the tables were taken. They had installed plexiglass partitions on back of each of the booths which made me feel a bit more comfortable and everyone wore a mask unless they were seated.

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I went for a 20 minute walk 4 out of 7 days this last week… starting small, trying to build up to full on exercising. The pollen count here is astronomical and after my first walk I suffered with a headache, coughing and sneezing. The next day I decided to wear a mask while walking and WOW what a difference!! I’m sure everyone else thought I was worried about covid but I don’t care!

That’s all for now…have a great rest of your weekend…Stay safe and

Let’s recap 2020

When I thought about looking back on this year I almost didn’t, ugh! It’s been a year I’d like to forget but I was curious to see just how much I got accomplished quilting wise, so here are the numbers:

Quilts Started: 17
Quilts Finished: 14 (plus 3 UFOs from last year)
Quilts Donated: 13 (includes finishes from prior years)

I’ll admit, I never would have guessed I started or finished that many quilts this year – 2020 has felt so unproductive!

I checked my WordPress numbers and these are the three posts that got the most traffic:
1. Hands2Help quilts
2. Finishing mode
3. Two finishes!

My favorite quilts made this year are:
1. Villages


2. Christmas Postage stamp


3. Plaidish

Even with all this quilting beauty I will still be glad to put 2020 in the rear view. I know 2021 will still have challenges but I’m hopeful the year will get better with each passing month โค

My New Year wish for you all is Health, Wealth and Happiness! Try to enjoy the last few days of 2020…

Linking up with Cheryl fromย Meadow Mist Designsย โ€œBest ofโ€ linky party

Let’s close out 2020

We had a quiet Christmas, just the two of us. There weren’t many presents, at this age if we want something we just get – no waiting for the holidays ๐Ÿ˜‰ We talked/Skyped with family and friends which was nice, otherwise we spent the day watching TV. It was pretty chilly here in Myrtle Beach, the high was only 32 with a ‘feels like’ in the 20’s…Brrrrr!

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I think I’ve found a quilt-a-long for 2021: Debby Brown’s Color Block QAL This is intended to use up scraps and each month she will release a new pattern. Fingers crossed I can keep up! LOL She has released some information early in case we want to get a head start on January and I’ve decided instead of using scraps, this time I’ll use one of the many FQ bundles that have been piling up from my FQS subscription.

As per the details, most of the patterns will use 2.5″ squares and the first one will use 16-patch blocks so I cut and pieced the FQ into strip sets, then subcut them into 2.5 strips ready to be pieced into blocks.

I pulled out four strips and made a block…but…I don’t like it. The color placement is off – too much dark blue and yellow check in this one block so I’ll be ripping it apart and starting over :-/ Plus I didn’t iron my seams open and it’s just too bulky at the intersections…must remember that when I get started again!!

I’ll be using up the last of my PTO this week and I plan to spend most of my time in the sewing room {fingers-crossed!}

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No big plans here for New Year’s Eve. I bought a bottle of Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante and some frozen appetizers that I’ll heat up for munching as we watch the ball drop in Times Square.

I want to take a moment to Thank You for sharing your kind words with me this year, it really has meant so much โค

I wish you all a safe and very Happy New Year full of Health, Wealth and Happiness!!

Holiday apathy?

Yeah, unfortunately I’m not much in the holiday spirit but I’ve been trying to change that! I made a Christmas quilt, we pulled out the tree, I (minimally) decorated, I made Christmas cookies (with issues) and I’ve been listening to Christmas music for days – nothing is working! I guess it’s just going to be one of those holidays where I’ll be happy when it’s done.

There really isn’t much more to say… I still have not been in my sewing room to sew or quilt, not one single day ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I did look on Pinterest last night to see what 2021 quilt alongs have been posted but nothing really ‘hit’ me. Ugh, I can’t wait for this mood to pass!!

I did go for a run yesterday, the first time in over a week since I tweaked my left calf muscle. It felt OK but I only went out for 20 mins so as not to have the issue come back. I’ve been watching more TV lately – I usually watch sports (tennis & NFL) but I’ve also been sporadically catching up on episodes of The Crown on Netflix. It’s a good show but sometimes it’s a little slow.

And that’s all folks… I hope you have an awesome and very Merry Christmas!

I’ve got a flimsy!

The Christmas Postage stamp quilt top is all pieced – woohoo!!

Once that was done I turned my attention to what I wanted to use for backing… I didn’t have any holiday fabric left in my stash so I was going to have to shop online for something (poor me!). I quickly figured out I wanted to use flannel…there’s nothing like wrapping up in a flannel blanket when it’s cold outside!

I went to many websites looking for what I wanted and I finally found it at JoAnn’s… and it was on sale!!!

Hopefully it will get here early next week… I’ve taken the week off just to use up some PTO and it would be a great time to finish up this quilt ๐Ÿ™‚

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We had a nice, quiet Thanksgiving. I made the traditional holiday dinner with Turkey breast, stuffing, sweet potatoes, limas, corn, gravy, biscuits and we topped it off with a Cracker Barrel pumpkin pie! Oh boy were we stuffed!! LOL We had leftovers the following night and the rest is history. The only thing still remaining is some turkey breast which will make one very healthy sandwich! After dinner we Skyped with my niece for about an hour to chit-chat about everything and nothing.

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

Wonky Stars finished

Right after I finished last weeks entry I went to my sewing room and started working on my Wonky Stars quilt. I decided to use my standard ‘meander’ for quilting and just ‘get it done’!

A few hours later (including breaks) the quilting was done!

Now to pick out binding… I wanted something to carry the halloween theme so I searched my stash and found this black & white stripe – Perfect!!

I quickly cut the 2.5 strips, pieced them together and ironed it in half. I had the quilt up on my design wall so I pinned the binding on to make sure I knew where to start the sewing so no piecing seams landed on the corners (I learned that lesson the hard way many years ago!!)

After a break for lunch and to watch some football, I finished off the binding later that afternoon and now I have a finished quilt!! Yay!!

Of course I no sooner got this one finished when I got the itch to start something new. Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict always has plenty of ideas posted on her blog and one of her most recent projects is making a Christmas quilt using her postage stamp tutorial. I’ve made one of these before in random scraps and it really came together fast. I went searching for all the red & green Christmas fabrics I could find in my stash and wouldn’t you know it I found a FQ bundle of Holliberry by Corey Yoder!! What? When did I get that? Oh yeah, it was from the FQ club at Fat Quarter Shop – ‘Doh, I completely forgot about it!

Sarah is making her quilt with 2.5 strips but I’m going to use 3.5 strips like I did on my last one. To make a 60×72 quilt I’ll need approx 24 FQ’s, this bundle only had 12 pieces… and two of those pieces are a gray colorway that I don’t want to use. Luckily I have enough ‘other’ Christmas fabrics that will make up the difference – whoopie! I plan to get started today – wish me luck!

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

Relief

Thank goodness the election season is done!!! Although there is still plenty of drama going on and I’m sure we’ll see a few more bumps, I’m so thankfully relieved the majority of votes have come out on the side of reason & respect.

After Years of Unrelenting Attacks by Trump Administration, Immigrants  Breathe Sigh of Relief with Biden Victory

This country has been living in a powder keg the last four years and I’ve been living in fear of the next civil war – I’m still not sure that has been totally averted but I think we have a much better chance of de-escalating the situation now.

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On to sewing, unfortunately I haven’t done any this week… I’ve been way too anxious… but I did clean the fuzzies out of my machine! Yay, little win! My Wonky Stars still hangs on the ironing board trying to coax me into quilting on it. Now that my nerves are settling down maybe I can actually start on it โค

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