Another UFO completed

I got my April UFO project completed early last week before we took a 3 day trip to Charleston for a Corvette car show.

The APQ UFO challenge number for April was 9 and that equaled the Sugar Blocks quilt top on my list. Last week I was still mulling over how I wanted to quilt it and as usual, I went with my tried & true all-over meander. To add some pop, I decided to go with a bright yellow thread and I had a solid yellow fabric in my stash that I used for the binding. A finish is a win!!

Here are a few close ups of the quilting

I’m still working on my Little Pink Houses quilt, I need to finish the backing and then get it basted.

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Here are a few pictures I took while we were in Charleston. I opted not to go to the car show on Saturday so there are no pictures of Corvettes :-p The first two are at Shem Creek just outside of Charleston and the last two are from Joe Riley Waterfront Park. We had absolutely gorgeous weather, upper 70’s with no humidity โค

We got home just before lunch time today… man, it’s nice to go away but it’s even nicer to come back home!!! :-p

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

A quick trip

We made a last minute decision to travel to Charlotte, NC this past week to get my sewing machine serviced. I bought my Pfaff ambition 1.0 from the Charlotte Sewing Center and had been taking her in every year for an annual cleaning & service. When we moved to Myrtle Beach I struggled to find an authorized service center in my area. My options were to travel to either Charleston, SC or Wilmington, NC but both places required me to leave the machine for 2 weeks… not very convenient.

Hubby suggested I call the Charlotte location and ask how quickly they could complete the cleaning and to my surprise, they said they could do it in one day!!! So, we drove up on Tuesday and dropped off my machine then spent the rest of the day visiting with some of our old neighbors. I picked up my machine the next morning and after visiting with a few more friends we headed back home. It was a quick trip but now my Pfaff is all cleaned and ready for another year of sewing & quilting!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Unfortunately that’s where the sewing update ends because I haven’t been in my sewing room since we got back – ugh! I seem to be stumped as to what quilting design I want to use on my Sugar Blocks quilt so now I’m procrastinating ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I would love some suggestions before I just default to an all-over meander :-/

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I washed down the screened porch on Friday to remove the latest layer of pollen and we had our first meal outside last night… simple burgers on the grill. It was a perfectly warm day with a breeze… so nice!!!

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I’ve been watching a lot of tennis this week with several tournaments going on at the same time. Carlos Alcaraz continues to dazzle at the Barcelona Open and Iga Swiatek is proving to be a dominant women’s #1 player! Djokovic is being put through the wringer at the Serbia Open (his home country) and is currently a set down in the finals, however he’s won all his matches this week being a set down so I’m not counting him out just yet!

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

Getting settled in

This was my first week being retired while at home (the actual first week was spent traveling to Florida). As I suspected, this is going to take some getting used to…most days I kept asking myself ‘what do you want to do’ and of course I either thought of too many options or nothing at all!! HA! I don’t handle too many options very well… I get overwhelmed and end up doing nothing or if I pick something, I regret it later :-/ I’m also really bad at holding myself accountable to ME so the schedule I made up has gone mostly unused ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I’m not panicking yet… I know this will take a little time and I’m allowing myself some grace to figure it all out. Although, I would appreciate any advice from other retirees or folks who don’t have jobs…how do you manage your time? Is your day structured or do you run without a plan?

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I haven’t spent too much time in my sewing room this week but I did get the backing made for my Sugar Blocks quilt top. I pulled a few options from my yardage bin and landed on these pretty floral and blue fabrics…and I actually got it all basted!!

As a reminder, here’s the top

Now I just need to figure out how I want to quilt it!! Once again, too many options ๐Ÿ˜‰

I mentioned that the ladies I work with had given me a generous gift certificate to 5bucksayard and I just couldn’t wait any longer! I logged in early last week and found the most beautiful fabrics and they arrived right before the weekend. Squeeeeeeeeeee!!! I can’t wait to figure out how I want to use them ๐Ÿ˜€

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I’ve also been watching Tennis this week, they’re playing in beautiful Monte Carlo, Monaco. Unfortunately the two guys I wanted to see play each other were knocked out in the first round ๐Ÿ˜ฎ (Djokovic & Alcaraz).

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

Officially Retired!

It’s here… it finally happened… I am retired!!!! Woooohoooo! Let the FUN begin ๐Ÿ™‚

I had a nice last few days at work, they threw a couple virtual parties for me. One with my direct team and another they opened up to anyone in the company that wanted to drop in to share a few memories. Both were great and of course we did the whole ‘back when I started…’ thing, LOL!! My boss made up a Jeopardy style trivia game and one of the categories was 1979, the year I started…Ha, I didn’t know any of the answers LOL

The company sent me a crystal vase with a nice inscription on it… I joked I could use it as a ‘cocktail’ glass!

But the best gift goes to the two women in my department, they sent me a very generous gift certificate to 5bucksayard. This is a fabulous small business in TX that sells fabrics at a remarkable price – I cannot wait to dive in and buy a ton of fabric!!

We’re leaving tomorrow for a road trip to Savannah for one day, then on to Tampa for the rest of the week. We’re meeting up with some old friends to celebrate Hubby’s birthday and my retirement… let’s hope we have good weather!!

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I finished the top for the March Color Blocks qal called Little Pink Houses. I decided against the extra borders in the pattern because I didn’t want to wrangle a quilt that big through my domestic machine.

This measures 52×63. When I posted pictures on FB one of my neighbors said she’d like to purchase it!! Wow! I’ll ask her input on backing fabric and quilting design as I finish this off.

They released the next number for the APQ UFO Challenge… and April’s number is 9. Squeeeeee, that’s my Sugar Blocks top from May 2017… I’ve been wanting to get this finished for a long time ๐Ÿ˜€

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I finally got hubby’s Medicare Part B all sorted out!! Phew! Early last week I found a phone number to our local Social Security office and spoke with a very nice lady there. She pulled his records and said his case had been assigned but she would take care of it immediately so everything would be ready for April. Wooohoooo, the very next day the website was updated to reflect his Part B would start 4/1. Then we enrolled him in the supplement plans… so now we’re all set!! Yay, but it really should not be this difficult!

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

9 patch Hearts

I put the finishing stitches in the 9 patch Hearts quilt earlier this week and now it’s all done! As a reminder, I finished the top back in 2018 and then it sat in my ‘to be finished’ box until a few weeks ago ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I’m so happy to have it completed and I found a home for it too. We had friends stop by for visit on their way home to Mass from Florida and I decided to gift this quilt to them โค They LOVE it!!

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I’ve been doing really well building my habits of daily walks and drinking at least 64oz of water every day. I was on a 9 day streak until our friends arrived on Friday :-/ I got distracted talking and catching up and let my streak end .. oh well, I’ll just pick right back up when they leave tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

Loopy Hearts

I’ve started the quilting on my 9 patch Hearts quilt… I’m sure there’s another name for this pattern but I can’t find it, LOL

I’m doing a loopy meander with random hearts. It took me forever to get started but I finally pushed myself yesterday and I got through about 1/4 of the quilt. I should get through a lot more today while watching tennis, then I’ll need to start thinking about binding. I’m not sure yet where this quilt will live – I really like it for myself but I’ve already got way too many quilts. I’ll have to see how I feel once it’s finished ๐Ÿ˜‰

I went through the stack of quilts I’ve set aside to give away for theย Hands 2 Help challenge being hosted this year by the Academic Quilter… I’ve got 7!!! Wow! I’m pretty sure I’ll be donating them to Little Lambs Foundation. You can still participate because signups don’t “officially” start until March 20. The full schedule can be found in the kickoff announcement.

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I’ve been doing a little better with the weight loss goals I’m tracking. I’ve walked and drank at least 64oz of water each day for the past 5 days ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Let’s hope this is the start of a very long streak! I snapped this picture while walking the other day… signs of Spring!!

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

Getting back to it

I put the final stitches in my Woven Star top and ran it through the wash… it’s been added to the stack of quilts ready to give away.

Every year I participate in the Hands 2 Help challenge hosted by Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict, unfortunately this year she’s having some health issues so another long-term participant of the challenge has volunteered to host.

As I make quilts from my scraps throughout the year I typically hold onto them for this event. The Academic Quilter is hosting this year and her kickoff announcement just came out this morning. Please feel free to join in… you can feed your quilt-making passion and help others at the same time!!

I’ve also made progress putting my Weight Loss quilt together. I started this four days before we lost our beloved Sammie in December. Unfortunately no weight has been lost but I’m still tracking my goals of drinking 64oz water (blue squares) and walking (pink circles) daily – some days are better than others!! If nothing else, it’s pretty LOL!

I had a goal of completing my applique hearts quilt by Valentine’s Day… yeah, that’s not happening! I did piece the back and I’ve got the top & back draped over my ironing board to start basting. Hopefully I will get that done today and start quilting on it. I plan to do a loopy meander with random sized hearts sprinkled in. I’ve changed my goal to have this done by the end of the month…that should be achievable!

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Not much else happening around here! Have a great rest of your weekend and enjoy the Super Bowl if you’ll be watching.

Woven Star top

I got the Woven Star top all pieced this week… it took longer than expected because I made a few mistakes and had to rip out a few seams ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But all’s well that ends well!

I know it looks a little wonky in this picture but it’s really not that bad ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL It measures 50×50 so it will make a nice crib size or child size quilt.

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We had a bit of winter weather here this weekend… so pretty when it only lasts a few hours, haha! The picture with the wild turkeys was taken about 4 hours after the ones with the snow.

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I just finished watching the Australian Open Men’s Championship match between Rafa Nadal and Daniil Medvedev… if you don’t want to know the outcome… STOP reading now!!

It was an epic 5 set match that could have gone to either player and it included some phenomenal shot making. Also on the line was a chance at breaking the three-way tie between Roger, Novak & Rafa of 20 grand slam titles… and the winner was:

RAFA NADAL!!!!! Wow, it was a crazy roller coaster ride! He lost the first two sets and it appeared he was physically done…but if anyone has watched Rafa you know he’s never out until the very last point has been played. In true Nadal fashion, he rallied to win the 3rd & 4th sets. He broke Medvedev’s serve early in the 5th but was broken back to bring the score to 5 all. Rafa broke Medvedev again to take the lead 6-5 and was able to serve it out for the WIN!!!!!!

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There are two big NFL games later today and wouldn’t you know it we’re having problems with our DirecTv service. It started last night so we called and of course they can’t get anyone out until Monday morning ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Luckily I was able to use my smart TV to stream the tennis match on ESPN+ otherwise I would’ve been furious. If it doesn’t clear up for the football games, I’ve got my laptop jerry-rigged so we can watch on the app but use the TV as the monitor. Oy!! what a mess!!

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

I’ve got the blahs

I didn’t do any sewing this past week, waaah ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I thought about it a lot but nothing happened! I did get a lot of shipments in this week and a couple were fabric, so there’s that LOL

The first shipment came from Tierneycreate’s newly rebranded/reopened Etsy shop “TextilesandSmiles“. She had posted a combination of jelly roll fabric and a book with jelly roll patterns and I scooped it right up! It arrived extremely fast and she included a beautiful handmade wallet as a gift ๐Ÿ™‚

The next delivery came from Missouri Star, I jumped on one of their Black Friday sales for this beautiful fat quarter bundle called Sunlit Blooms from Maywood Studio. OMG! I just realized this is the same fabric designer as the jelly roll I got from Tierney!!! What are the chances of THAT coincidence??!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

The last few photos are from Winter Wonderland at the Beach, a holiday lights walking tour we took on Thursday. The weather was perfect for it, around 55 degrees. Just chilly enough to bundle up a little but still comfortable enough to take our time ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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!