Happy distractions

Our friends from Florida reached out late last week to tell us they’d found another house in our area they were very interested in seeing. They asked if I would do a video walk through on Sunday and if they were impressed they’d drive up to see it for themselves. I love walking through houses so I had no problem saying Yes!

We spent about an hour walking through the house and they really, really liked it so they drove up on Tuesday (8.5 hours) and saw the house on Wed… and made an offer to buy it!!!! 😯 After a little negotiating back and forth, their offer was accepted with a Dec 9 closing date!! Woo hoo!! Of course now comes all the hard work of selling their house in FL and packing and moving – ugh – I remember how stressful that can be! We’ll help however we can.

We went out to dinner Wed night to celebrate and as expected they had a little too much to drink (I was the designated driver!) DH also had too much! Later that evening the discussion spiraled into politics…never a good thing! Thankfully no one got out of hand but my anxiety was on high alert…which means the next day I was totally exhausted πŸ˜• Our friends left early Thurs to go home so I basically sat on the couch all day in a fog…what a waste of a day!

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I finished the last two Swoon Sixteen blocks and decided on the layout

I did finally find some useful information on YoutTube about the camera on my Pixel 6. There is a ‘temperature’ slider that can make the photo feel more warm or cool and that has helped a little with the colors, yay? Anyway, the colors above are as close as I can get to true πŸ˜‰

I’ll be using sashing around each block to make the top 60″ square. I bought some Century Prints Hopscotch by Alison Glass in Smoke earlier this year and I think it will add some interest 🀞🏼

I’ve been keeping up with the Sewcialites 2 QAL from FQS and finished Block 3 yesterday… Ha, I’m still questioning the yellow background! This is going to be a very bright quilt!!!

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How about some cuteness overload? My neighbor got a new puppy and of course I’ve taken every opportunity to play with Lily πŸ˜‰ She’s a 14 week old Corgi and yesterday one of her ears started standing up

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

Two finishes!

I got on a roll this week and finished the two most recent projects: Heart Strings and Pumpkin Patch!!

I had already started quilting the decorative design within each heart, I just needed to finish the ribbon candy variation in the background. I was surprised how quickly that went then had to decide what to use for binding. Some people make these decisions at the very beginning but I like to wait until the quilting is finished and then audition several fabrics for the binding. I went with a mint/teal dot fabric in my stash. This finished 48″ square and is available for purchase $75 plus shpg.

For Pumpkin Patch, I wanted to do an all-over quilting design but I also wanted to do something different in each pumpkin. I landed on meander quilting in the background and echo quilting in the pumpkins. I chose an orange thread for the top and a variegated white/tan/black thread for the back. I used one the same fabrics in the quilt for the binding and I used a decorative scallop stitch to attach it πŸ€— This one finished 48×58 and is also available for purchase for $100 plus shpg.

With both of those quilts completed it was time to start something new, right? LOL It just so happens Fat Quarter Shop started a new QAL this past Friday which was perfect timing!! It’s called Sewcialites2 and it runs from Oct 21-Apr 14 and… it’s FREE 😍 Each Friday they will release a new block with directions for three finished sizes: 3″, 6″, 9″; I’m doing the 6″ size. I have a FQ bundle of Boundless Nectar fabric just collecting dust on my shelf so I pulled it down and found a rather bold choice for background that I *think* will look nice.

Whoowee, that yellow is bright! 😎 I’m keeping my fingers crossed it will look good once it’s all done 🀞🏼

I still need to make 5 more Swoon blocks so I think I’ll work on that this week. I also need to take my Elephant Abstractions pattern to OfficeMax to get copies on 11×14 paper. I plan to start that project after our Aruba vacation next month!!

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Speaking of Aruba!! We’re less than a month away from a 10 night vacation in our beloved Aruba!! We haven’t been to there in 10 years 😲 I’m sure a lot has changed but based on the FB pages I’ve been scrolling through it’s still the best ever destination πŸ˜‰

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We celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary on Friday… wow, where does the time go!?!?! We went to dinner at Ruth’s Chris and had a lovely evening. DH got the petite filet and I got the garlic crusted Sea Bass… omg, soooo good! I tried to take a selfie with us together but I am just so bad at it… got these instead πŸ˜‚

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I just realized I forgot to mention DH got a new pickup truck!! We sold our Kia Soul (which I loved πŸ˜•) to CarMax and he got a 2022 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab. I have to admit it does drive nice and the gas mileage isn’t too bad, 24mpg on the highway.

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I think that’s all for now… have a great rest of your weekend.

Heart Strings

The Heart Strings top and back are made! I switched things up a little bit on the heart blocks, initially I was going do both sides of the heart very scrappy but with the fabrics I chose I just didn’t like that look…it was too busy for my eyes. I matched up the strips so the fabrics aligned within each heart and I’m much happier!

I took this picture before I pieced them all together – no sashing. Then I went about making the back. I had several strips sets leftover once I changed the design so I put them in the back and I found a coordinating mint colored fabric in my stash to fill in the rest.

It will finish 48″ square. I plan to get this basted and quilted before I head out of town on Thursday – fingers crossed!!

I haven’t made any more Swoon Sixteen blocks yet but that will definitely be on my list when I get home.

I received all the fabrics I need for Elephant Abstractions and I’ll start on that when the Swoon quilt is done. I was going to join Devoted Quilter for her 60 day WIP challenge because I have quite a few tops that need to be finished into quilts…but… that Elephant pattern is calling to me! :-p

I got confirmation that our clubhouse is available the 2nd Monday of each month for a Sewing Club so our first meeting will be Oct 10! Squeeeeeee, I’m excited and nervous!

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In other news, I FINALLY got around to hanging the lights on our screened porch yesterday – actually I hired the neighborhood handyman to do it! Ha! I turned them on last night and I love them! They are the perfect amount of light for sitting on the porch at night to enjoy the fall weather!!

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Roger Federer played his last professional match Friday night and afterward it was a very emotional celebration. He was so moved by all the out-pouring of love and admiration…not a dry eye in the house!!

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

Finishes and New projects

I’m happy to report I finished the enlarged Tall Tales quilt and it’s ready to go with me to Maryland at the end of the month. I decided to quilt an all over swirling loop design to soften all the edges of the books.

I just have to say, quilting on my new sewing cabinet with my machine dropped into table is a HUGE game changer. I have so much more quilting area and I don’t have to deal with the quilt slipping over the edge of the table as I move it around. Another bonus is my shoulders didn’t get tired from being all bunched up around my ears! The only issue I had is when I opened the drawer on the left to hold the extension I couldn’t sit exactly where I like in relation to the needle on my machine. Over the years I’ve found I like to sit just a smidge left of my needle but the arm on my chair kept hitting the drawer, so today I’ll be removing the arms on my chair and see if that helps because I’d really like to leave that extension on full-time but I’m not about to buy a new chair!!!

I no sooner finished the Tall Tales quilt when I decided I just *had to* make a Swoon Sixteen block. I was going to buy the pattern but I figured I could do it on my own watching her tutorial on YouTube. Of course it wasn’t as easy as it looked but after a few stops & starts I got it down. I now have four blocks!!

As if that wasn’t enough, I joined in the National Sew a Jelly Roll day yesterday and started the Heart Strings blocks I mentioned a few weeks ago. Now that I’ve got the pieces all cut, I’m not sure I love my fabric selection but there’s no going back! This is not a complete picture of all the blocks and I still need to sew all the corner pieces to make the hearts… my design wall is very busy right now!

As for my bucket list project – Elephant Abstractions – I received the bundle of fabric yesterday from Hancock’s of Paducah and unfortunately they were out of the background fabric Kona Curry 😦 I went online and found the next closest shade, Kona Duckling, and ordered it. I’m not going to start on this project until I get back from Maryland so there’s no rush πŸ˜‰

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I don’t recall if I mentioned it here but I went WAY outside my comfort zone a few weeks ago and sent a note out to all the residents of our neighborhood to see if anyone would be interested in a monthly Sewing Day at our clubhouse. I got responses from 3 ladies, two of which are new to quilting…I was not looking to start a class but it might turn out that way for the short-term. Anyway, we decided we’d meetup the second week of each month on Monday or Thursday (waiting on confirmation the clubhouse will be available) from 10a – 2p.

One of the newbies doesn’t even have a machine yet! She asked for recommendations which is like asking about your favorite child – LOL! She lives one street over from me so I invited her to come look at my two machines, Pfaff and Singer, to get some perspective. One of the other ladies said she had a Janome for sale for $450, so hopefully she’ll have a machine by our first sewing day!

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

Visitors

We had company this week so there was not much sewing happening πŸ˜•

I did get the Positivity top all pieced before they arrived, but that’s it! I’m not sure if I want to finish it this way or add borders … hmmm πŸ€” It’s already 64×80 and I do all my own quilting so adding borders will just make it bigger, LOL! I’ll think on it for a little while.

Our visitors are house shopping to relocate from FL to SC so we spent most days touring houses for sale! I love walking through houses but some of the ones we went to were real ‘stinkers’!! They did find two that they really liked so we’ll see what happens!

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DH is just about fully recovered from his bout of early stage pneumonia so things are getting back to normal. Whew!

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My plan is to dive into making the enlarged Tall Tales blocks this week and see how far I get… October is just around the corner – Ha!

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

A little here… a little there

Little Pink Houses

After ripping out all the straight-line quilting and smoothing out the puckers, I went right back to quilting using an all-over meander. Ahhhh, much more forgiving and no puckers! I auditioned a couple of fabrics for binding and chose a green print (like a wall of hedges around the ‘neighborhood’! Hahaha).

Here’s a close up of the binding and the variegated thread I used to zigzag stitch the binding to the front. I was so worried the blue chalk lines left over from the straight-line debacle weren’t going to come out…and they didn’t all come out in the first washing, but after a second wash with an all purpose cleaner, they’re gone!!!

And one of my friends here in the neighborhood wants to purchase this so, Yay! πŸ₯³

Positivity QAL 2022

Another neighbor that had expressed interest in this quilt in rainbow order decided she was not going to purchase it so I’m putting it together in the scattered pattern I liked better πŸ˜‰ I’ve got the top two sections pieced and I should finish the rest by the end of the day. The lighting is horrible in this picture, but you get the idea!

Enlarged Tall Tales

Once I get the Positivity top done, I’ll start making the enlarged Tall Tales blocks. The friend that I want to surprise with this Book quilt has a birthday in October. But if for some reason I miss that deadline (ugh) I can always give it to her for Christmas!! I’ve chosen this FQ bundle I got from FatQuarterShop last year for the book covers. I checked my stash and I only have one FQ with text print so I’ll use that for the ‘pages’ part of the blocks. If it won’t do the 25 blocks I need I’ll use some of the other FQ in the picture to fill in.

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

Reverse quilting

Ugh, I spent 2 hours doing straight-line quilting only to end up with this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My instincts told me stop after the first pucker but did I listen? Nope! I told myself “you can ease it in” then “it will blend in when it’s washed” Hahahahaha!!! So I spent several more hours reverse quilting = ripping it out!! LOL

I think the issue is some of the fabrics were cut on the bias so I’ll be doing a nice ‘forgiving’ meander on this instead!! I guess it was meant to be because I really didn’t like this quilting design on this quilt after I stood back and looked at it πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

In other news, I bought some more fabric…just because it was on sale!! I got these Alison Glass prints from 5bucksayard. They weren’t $5 but they were on sale for $8.25/yard which is still awesome!

I finished all the Positivity blocks but now I need to decide on a layout…here are the two choices I’ve landed on for now. I realize the rainbow order one needs some repositioning but you get the idea 😜 One of my neighbors has expressed interest in buying this quilt in the rainbow order, if she’s really serious I’ll make it in that layout… if not, I think I’ll go with the scattered layout!

I finished the enlarged Tall Tales sample block and I really like it! I enlarged the pattern to 130% and with sashing it measures 10×12.5. Now I need to print the pattern on freezer paper and make more!! I’m thinking about changing the fabric I use for the ‘pages’ so there is some contrast… hmmm, we’ll see!

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DH is doing better now but he was not well on Monday so we went to urgent care. They checked him out, did a chest xray and said he had early signs of pneumonia 😲 Darn good thing we didn’t wait any longer!! They gave him 2 different antibiotics to take for seven days and by Wed he was starting to feel better. Each day he improved and he was feeling MUCH better yesterday – now he just needs to build his stamina back up. I continued to wear my mask in the house until Friday and it must’ve worked because I didn’t catch it!! Yay!!!

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I forgot to mention the gift I got from my niece while we were in Maryland. Her wife is very talented and likes to make crafty things. They gave me this canvas print for Sammie and I found a place to hang it in my sewing room so she’s always with me ❀️

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

QAL Updates

Even though I’ve still been watching Wimbledon every day, I’ve been able to make considerable progress on my quilt along projects. As for my Ladies prediction…Ha, I was not even close! LOL The finalists were Ons Jabeur and Elena Rybakina and the unlikely winner… Rybakina. I think the whole tennis world was pulling for Jabeur but she just couldn’t keep her nerves under control.

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Before I get into my quilting updates I wanted to share this blog post from Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged. If you are spending a lot on prescription drugs, please take a moment to check this out: Are You Paying Too Much for PrescriptionΒ Drugs?

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Summer Book Club QAL

I’m happy to report this quilt is completely finished!! Woohoo! I put the final stitches in the binding Thursday evening. I’m really happy with the way this turned out and I’m STILL in love with that backing fabric… I may have to hunt down a few more yards 😜

Taken indoors right after finishing
Taken outside the next day

When I posted this on IG one person asked how I kept the quilting lines so straight. I explained that I used the edge guide that came with my machine. This little tool comes is so handy when straight-line quilting!

I’ve put this quilt up for sale but if I don’t get a buyer I’ll add it to my donation pile 😊

Positivity 2022 QAL

I started making more blocks as soon as I finished the book quilt and I’m more than halfway done… here’s a pic of the first 40

ugh, bad indoor lighting ☹️

I’m using Alison Glass SunPrint 2019 and these bold colors are just GORGEOUS!! This is not the final layout, I’m just putting them up as I finish the blocks. I may have to see if I have enough of each color to try to organize them in a rainbow theme πŸ€ͺ

APQUFO Challenge

Unfortunately I haven’t done anything for this challenge. I did not complete the project for June (my Rainbow Postage quilt) and the number pulled for July is #4 which is my Skittles quilt. Now I’m torn between two projects I really love… do I finish the June project or move forward with July…???

That’s about all for now… The Men’s final is on and I need to go watch it!

Have a great rest of your weekend!

QAL updates

I started making the adorable Tall Tales blocks last week for the Summer Book Club QAL from Kate BastiΒ and now I have a dozen! I’ll admit the blocks are a little fussy but I think I finally have the tough parts down. The blocks are paper pieced and I decided to try using the freezer paper method so I didn’t have to deal with ripping all that paper out. Yeah, that took a little bit of trial and error too, but I really like it!!

I still need to add the sashing to most of these…

These ‘book covers’ don’t have any specific meaning, I just went through my FQ stash and pulled out the prints I thought would look good. Some folks in the QAL are matching their fabric to a specific book or genre – my stash is not that prolific 😜

The second QAL I’m following is β€œPositivity 2022” and the cutting & piecing starts this week! I’m using a cherished layer cake of Sun Print 2019 for this one and I can’t wait to dive in!!

I’m also trying to keep up with the APQUFO challenge. This month they pulled #1 for the project and oh boy, that’s a big one for me! It’s my rainbow postage stamp quilt that’s been sitting in the “to be quilted” pile since June 2019! I ordered wide backing fabric a few years ago and it’s been sitting with it…so, it will be interesting to see what progress I can make on it with these other projects I’ve started πŸ˜‰

Not to mention, I STILL need to quilt Pink Houses which has been basted for over a week – oy! πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

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Outside of sewing I’ve been trying to avoid the daily barrage of bad news by reading. I recently picked up 16 books at my library’s $5 bag of books sale and I just finished the first one: Janet Evanovich’s Fortune and Glory. I’ve read and liked a few of her other Stephanie Plum books but this one seemed a bit ‘corny’ to me.

I started another book yesterday: A Stanger In The House by Shari Lapena. So far, so good 😊

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

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 ❀

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!!