Doggies are done!

Get ready to be over-loaded with pictures of The Doggies!! I put the finishing touches on this quilt last night so I’ll spare you those ‘bad lighting’ pics. I went outside this morning to get better ones in natural light – ha! I really need to hone up on my picture taking skills 😉

Out back on the deck, the colors are a little muted…

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On the front porch in full sun…yep, the colors really sing!

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Here are in-progress and up-close shots of the quilting…I decided to go with my standard quilting motif – all over meander!

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The only thing left to do is run it through the rinse cycle to get the basting spray out and I’m SUPER NERVOUS, worried the backing fabric (Island Batik in Branch Blue) might bleed so I’ll be throwing in about 10 color catchers just to be safe 😉

I worked on a few other things this week, like one of the Bonus blocks from The Honey Pot Bee QAL. I still need to make the bonus Crown block! I’m using all Blueberry Park fabrics for this QAL…my absolute favorites!2017

While at QuiltCon last month I picked up some free fabric for a mug rug challenge to be entered for more prize giveaways from Marcus Fabrics and Studio 37 Fabrics. I finally pulled that out and made a WINE rug from 4 layer cake squares of beautiful batiks.

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[Off topic…speaking of wine, I had my first glass of Pinot Noir while in Savannah and really enjoyed it so now I’m trying different brands to find my favorite (is ‘brands’ the right word when talking about wines?).]

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I really love doing a tracker in my bullet journal…it helps me stay focused and when I complete a lot of the tasks it’s just so pretty! For March I used random colors for each habit but for April…

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I gave it a little more advanced thought and I’m using a ‘rainbow’ of colors…If I keep up with all my habits this thing is gonna be gorgeous!!!

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No running again this week but I started taking my dog for 20 min walks every day…she needs to lose weight too 😦

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That’s all for me this week…what have you been up to?

 

 

 

2016 – it’s a wrap!

Ah, the year is coming to a close and now is the time to look back over the last 12 months and reflect on what was…

My reflections will mostly be photos because of all the pictures I took of my quilting escapades; I’ll try to keep this in some sort of chronological order but my only compass is how I posted to Instagram so let’s get started…

This is a mosaic of all the quilts I finished this year and unless I missed something, there are 29!! The last photo is of the 1st ever trunk show/craft fair I participated in. I thoroughly enjoyed making each of these quilts, especially the ones made for charity. A couple of these were commissioned and a few others were sold after I posted them to social media.

This next group is of the ‘other’ quilted/sewing items I completed – most are table toppers I made for my own coffee table to acknowledge the season or holiday.

I also participated in a couple of other sew along and block of the month events this year (The Splendid Sampler & Sugar Block Club) however those quilts won’t be finished until 2017 so I’ll save all those pics for next year 😉

Outside of sewing & quilting there are only a few other highlights. I completed the Dasani Half Marathon in Myrtle Beach on March 5th with a personal best time! I pretty much fell off the running wagon after that but I did still run the 4th of July 4 miler and the Carowinds Run & Ride 10K on Sept 11. My running buddies got me to sign up for our annual 4 miler on Super Bowl Sunday morning so I guess I know what I’ll be doing for the next few weeks!

We usually try to take at least one long vacation each year but that didn’t happen in 2016 because we don’t have anyone to watch our fur baby while we’re away and NO I will not board her! The friends that used to watch her are no longer able due to health reasons so unless we fly a friend in from Maryland I guess we’ll be staying put 😉

We took a big step in 2016 and purchased a lot of land in Myrtle Beach. We’ve begun the process of working with a builder and our hope is to have a new house and relocate by end of summer 2017!!

Well that just about sums up 2016…here’s to another happy, quilty year in 2017!!

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Sickness and sewing

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted on the blog and I’ve got several projects I need to get caught up on. I’ve completed quite a few quilts and this week I’ve been focusing on getting ready for the trunk show coming up on Sunday. This will be my first event ever where I’ve sold my stuff to the general public so I’m a bit nervous and anxious to see how it will go.

I put all the items I’m going to be selling at the trunk show into a spreadsheet and between quilts, oven mitts, table toppers, table runners, zipper pouches, I have over 40 items that I could sell! I’ve put a target price for each of them into the spreadsheet and if I were to sell all of them at that target price I would bring home $2,000! HAHA yeah, I’d be happy if I sell just one thing!
In other topics I’ve put up all of the Christmas decorations, there aren’t a whole lot but at least they’re up.
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I have this coming week off work so I hope to get quite a few more quilting projects completed. I have one specific that I’d like to get finished before Christmas and get it shipped off to that special person but I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to get it done – we’ll see how focused I can be next week.
Last week was a complete washout, I picked up a stomach virus from dear hubby and was really down for the count for almost an entire week. I didn’t step into my sewing room for FOUR STRAIGHT DAYS so you know I had to be really sick!
And now the gratuitous display of my finished items and WIPs:
I finished the commissioned “Beachy” table topper and mailed it off to Maryland.
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I started another Halloween top with the Cheeky Wee Pumpkin fabric I won. The center is a panel that came with the FQ bundle…how cute is this!! It’s now basted and ready for quilting.
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Here’s the stack of basted quilts waiting for me to ‘get er done’! The top one is Acorn Park which I finished up last weekend (picture below). The second one (turquoise) is the quilt I hope to finish this week and send off to a special friend. The middle one is a project that’s been sitting in the closet for a year. I pulled it out when I was basting all the other quilts – I have no idea how I want to quilt it!! The bottom two are my Halloween quilts (I’m sure all the black & orange didn’t give it away!)
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I finished up the Sugar Block club December block…ugh, now comes the hard part of figuring out the layout I want to use…this could take a while :-/
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I saw this really cute tree farm quilt on Pinterest and decided to make a table runner…I’m taking this with me on Sunday, if it sells I’ll just have to make another one for me!
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Last but not least, here’s the finished Acorn Park quilt. I just love all these bright autumn colors. Yes, this is going with me on Sunday too.
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Cotton + Steel finish

I finished quilting and binding my Cotton + Steel quilt and got outside to get some pictures.

I purchased a FQ bundle of random C+S prints a few months back when Craftsy had an incredible sale and decided to pull 12 of them to make this quilt. After getting it all pieced it looked pretty busy so I chose organic wavy lines for the quilting. I’m really pleased with the final outcome 🙂

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I mentioned in a previous post that a neighbor was going to be hosting an artisan party in December and I finally got some specifics

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Of course I wanted to have a few more throw size quilts so I’ve started yet another project. I need backing fabric for my Halloween quilt and I found the perfect candy corn print at Connecting Threads – while browsing their sale items I came across a FQ bundle called Acorn Park and scooped it up – the colors are absolutely saturated and gorgeous! The order arrived on Saturday and by Sunday evening I had this top finished (free pattern from fatquartershop.com called Fat Eighth Frenzy)

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And finally I had an old work friend reach out to me about a quilt I made earlier this year and posted on FB – he asked if I could make another one for him to give as a Christmas present. He said he had no idea if there was even enough time but wanted to ask. He was referring to this table topper I made back in May

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I explained this was not a quilt rather a table topper and although I could scale this up to a throw size, I doubted I could get it done in time for a Christmas gift. He asked if I could make another one the same size and I said Yes…so he ordered one! I hope to have it done this weekend because I have to travel for work almost all next week which will put a serious cramp in my sewing & quilting time 😦

I’ll post more pics as I finish…ttfn…

 

Progress and luck

So yeah, I haven’t run since I last posted about it…so much for running 2 miles every day! LOL! At some point I will HAVE TO get into some sort of exercise routine…argh…

I am still sewing & quilting away…here are my recent escapades:

I’ve made some progress on the commissioned Ragdoll Cat quilt…up to 12 now, just need 13 more. As I started planning ahead for the sashing and border, I realized I had not purchased enough of the ruby red back ground so I high-tailed it back to Mary Jo’s to buy more from the same bolt – whew…I have plenty now!

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DH had minor knee surgery this week so I took off a few days…while he’s been resting and recuperating I’ve been getting stuff done! I’ve had this Tiny Houses quilt basted for weeks now but didn’t know how I wanted to quilt it. I finally decided I would just have fun with FMQ. Each house has it’s own design (I even quilted knobs on each door!) and I did loopy flowers in the border…once I got going it was really fun.

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I wanted to make a table topper for Thanksgiving and found some pictures of a dresden turkey online and just whipped up this little guy. The topper is 18×20 and fits on my coffee table perfectly. Once I posted pictures online I was asked if it was for sale. I told them this one was mine but I could make them another one…and they said Yes! I cranked out a second turkey yesterday and put it in the mail…I didn’t take any pictures but it looks almost identical to this one 😉

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I’ve also been a pretty luck girl lately…I enter many giveaways on IG & FB that I don’t win but I got really lucky with these two prizes.

First, at the beginning of October I won a bundle of “Cheeky Pumpkin” fabric from Fabric Please! out of Canada. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do with it and then I found this pattern on Pinterest (what did we ever do before Pinterest!?). I added the rows of tone on tone fabric from my stash…I think that might glow in the dark with a black light!!

I posted the progress pictures on IG and even though it’s not finished I’ve already had a friend ask to buy it! Wow! I’ve ordered backing fabric from Connecting Threads, which should arrive today so maybe I’ll get another finish before I have to go back to work on Monday.

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My second win happened back in July and I’ve been busting at the seams waiting for it to arrive…The 2017 Quilter’s Planner!!! Kitty Wilkin of Night Quilter hosted a giveaway back in July and I was so lucky to win this prize. Of course it didn’t release until earlier this month so I had quite a wait before getting my hands on it. This baby is pretty hefty and has all the usual benefits of a planner with so many extras for quilters. There are dozens of patterns and block designs along with quilting motifs and plenty of space to sketch and plan. I can’t wait for January to get here!! LOL

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Last but not least, I made a few book purchases of my own. I’ve had these books on my wish list for months and finally pulled the trigger!

The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson (of the Sugar Block club) is everything and more of what I read online…I can’t wait to start making those blocks and quilts.

I bought The Half-Square Triangle book by Jeni Baker for one specific pattern but there are tons of others I want to make as well.

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I also started quilting on my Cotton+Steel quilt last night and should have it finished later this morning. I’ll post pics when it’s done…ttfn…

O.M.G. November

I’ve joined a new group online to help me get my quilty projects completed…it’s called “One Monthly Goal” (OMG) and it’s being hosted by Elm Street Quilts. The premise is to pick a project you want to get accomplished that month, post it to the linkup page and then get cracking!!

My OMG for November is to finish a whole cloth quilt requested by a friend. I had two girlfriends visit last month and they both just raved about my quilting passion. One of them actually bought two quilts I had completed earlier this year and the other asked for a specific quilt for the back of her couch. We went fabric shopping and she picked out these beauties

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I’ve not done a whole cloth quilt before but I think the hardest part will be deciding how to actually quilt it!!

Time to get crackin!!!

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