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 πŸ™‚

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 ❀

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

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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 πŸ˜‰ 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 ❀

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 😦 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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ˜€

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 ❀

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

Wonky stars…still

Wonky stars is still not finished… I did at least get it basted but it’s been hanging on my ironing board for the last week.

I need to clean out the fuzz from my sewing machine before I can get started quilting on it and I just have not found the motivation to do that 😦 I did make a few masks for Fall and Halloween but that’s about the extent of my time in the sewing room this week.

Happy November and the dreaded clock change. I love getting an extra hour of sleep but I DO.NOT like that it will be getting darker earlier!! I’d happily stay on daylight savings time all year… hear that Clock Gods?

This next week is going to be a crazy rollercoaster ride in the USA no matter what side of the political fence you’re on. With all the absentee ballots mailed in or dropped off we may not know the outcome of the election for several days after November 3rd. If you’re watching this ‘cluster’ from outside the US, please say a prayer for us!!!!!!

That’s all for now…enjoy the rest of your weekend

Covid fog…

Not much progress was made on my Village quilt…I made the backing but took no pictures. Yesterday I cut the batting, took my setup outside and got it spray basted…no pictures. Now it lays across my ironing board waiting for future action…still no pictures 😦

I think the covid fog got a hold of me this week and stole my creative joy 😦 I MUST do a better job of fighting it off!! I’ve read a few posts from bloggers I follow who are struggling with the same issues so I know I’m not alone; I guess I thought I’d be able to handle it better – HA!

I brightened up a little bit yesterday because I got to watch professional ATP & WTA Tennis! They’re playing the Western & Southern Open in New York with the players and their teams staying in a ‘bubble’. I can only hope it works – if it does that means the US Open will go on as scheduled to begin 9/1. There will be another 10 hours of coverage today…I know where I’ll be!

Just for fun, here’s a pic of my great niece playing in her backyard pool

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

Village Ta-Da!

Woohoo! I finished the Village quilt top yesterday πŸ™‚ I’m so super happy with how this turned out. Of course, half way through I always doubt whether the final top will look good but in the end I’m usually very pleased.

After I pieced all the rows together, I got excited thinking the top was done…

It was a few hours later when I realized I still needed to add borders! LOL NOW it’s done πŸ˜‰ It measures 70×76 before quilting

Not much else happening around here. I’ve been watching WTA tennis this week – there’s a tournament in Prague and one in Lexington, KY. I’m a little nervous/anxious about the US Open coming up in a few weeks…so many big names have opted out…but there are still plenty of great players that have committed, so we’ll just see how it goes.

I had an appointment Friday to get my hair highlighted & cut. I’m still not comfortable spending so much time indoors so I just got my hair cut, no color. I made another appt in 5 weeks to get color & cut…hopefully the numbers around here will continue dropping and I’ll feel more confident :-s

Have a great rest of your weekend!