Picture heavy post!

I finished my Learning Quilt last week and I have tons of pictures to share. This quilt started about 3 years ago when I picked up the quilting habit 😉  At that time I was still testing out knitting and one of the knitters I followed online was trying her hand a making quilt blocks so I jumped on the band wagon. Oh my, the name of this quilt is so appropriate because I learned a ton while making these blocks…so many mistakes!! I won’t recount them all here; let’s just suffice it to say I laughed heartily while finally putting all these blocks together into a quilt.

Without further ado…here is a shot of the whole quilt and then close ups of each block:

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I apologize for some of the wonky picture angles…this was hanging on my design wall and I don’t have a whole lot of space to back up for straight on pictures. I hope you can make out some of the quilting – I FMQ each block in whatever design hit me as I got to it and I used a loopy circle in the sashing and borders. Although this is not one of my finest quilts it is still very special to me because it shows me just how far I’ve come in the last three years 😀

Another exciting thing this week, I got a picture of one of my quilts being given to it’s new owners…the happy parents-to-be! It makes me SO HAPPY to get these kinds of pictures and I hope the baby loves that blanket for many years to come…

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I’ve been trying to work on some of my WIPs and this week I pulled out my Sugar Block Club blocks from last year and decided on a layout. I was trolling the hashtag #sugarblockclub2016 on Instagram and I found this completed top by @stitchymomma and instantly knew that’s what I wanted to do.

I wanted my SBC blocks to be the focal point so I pulled out a bunch of low volume print fat quarters and cut 12.5″ blocks

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I let this simmer on the wall for a day or two and decided “nope, I’m just not feeling it” so I raided my solids stash and tried something different – WOW! I love it. I’m calling it Sugar Block Skittles!

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I’ll be spending the afternoon sewing it all together. I think I’m going to use Angela Walters’ quilting design, Paisley Feather, for the solid blocks and I’ll probably echo quilt designs in the pieced blocks.

Ok, just one last picture…we’re building a house in Myrtle Beach and will make the permanent move there when our house is finished so I thought I’d share an in-progress shot. Still a long way to go but the builder says once the roof is completed things will move along pretty fast.

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Oh and I almost forgot…I’ve been following along with Yoga by Adriene all this week. I started her Revolution 31 day series and I’m on Day 7. It’s hard but it feels good!

Have a super-fan-tab-ulous day!!

Weekly update

Workout wise, last week was another wash out…I created a new exercise tracker in my BuJo in hopes it might motivate me to do something so I could fill it in but that didn’t seem to work! I started out with short run on Monday and did a 30 min Yoga video on Wed and then…nothing.

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I’m not giving up! If I keep trying eventually I’ll find a plan I will stick to…all suggestions are welcome!!

As for sewing & quilting I got a bit more accomplished this week. I basted the commissioned tshirt quilt (any UVA fans out there?)

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And I started quilting on it yesterday using my go-to ‘all over meander’…I’m about 1/2 way done with it now.

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Friday night I made a mad dash to finish the Honey Pot Bee June block…haha, nothing like waiting until the last minute 😉 I still love these Blueberry Park fabrics…I hope they never stop making this line!

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I also took a break from FMQ yesterday to make another Traveler’s Notebook. The first one I made isn’t big enough to hold my Bullet Journal and the little notebooks and I wanted to keep them all together. I picked up a cheap plastic placemat at Walmart to use as a stabilizer and gathered up a few other necessary supplies: two fat quarters of fabric, elastic cord and some batting.

 

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You can’t see the fabric in this pic – it’s wrong side out under the placemat

I measured the circumference of two journals to make sure the width would be sufficient and cut the fabric 9.5 x 14.5. From there it went pretty quick putting it all together.

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I used the awl to punch holes for the elastic and that large needle to feed it through
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A real close up shot to see the top stitching
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There are two more small notebooks underneath my Bujo…

I’m so tickled with this one!! The added batting between the fabric and the placemat gives it a soft-to-the-touch feel but it’s still very sturdy with the plastic insert.

That’s about it for me today…I’ll be finishing up that tshirt quilt today and I now have two more people waiting in the line – I’m becoming a tshirt quilt queen…LOL!

A belated Happy Canada Day to our neighbors up north and an early Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans!!

How are things in your part of the world today?

Projects

Woohoo! I finished putting together the commissioned t-shirt quilt top

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I asked the client what she wanted for the backing fabric but she’s a little distracted as her father just had triple bypass surgery last week – thankfully, he’s doing well. I started looking around online and found a collegiate fabric for UVA and sent her the link. I told her No Rush, I just wanted to send it to her while I was thinking of it…she loved the idea so I ordered it yesterday.

With that project on the back burner I decided to work on another…while in Myrtle Beach a few weeks ago I visited a local quilting/fabric store with my friend. She had seen the Busy Bags I made last month for charity and wondered if I could make her one with a golf theme…I said sure! She found some fabrics she liked and I brought them home. Since I had a break from the t-shirt quilt I figured it was a great time to work on her bag. I cut all the fabric and fusible fleece one evening and put it together the next…voila’…done!

I can’t say I love the fabrics…but hey, it’s not mine so that really doesn’t matter!! 😉

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I was itching to start something new so I pulled out a FQ bundle and started looking up patterns. I really liked the look of Afternoon Tango and thought my fabrics would work well, but now I’m not so sure…ugh!

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The pattern calls for 9 FQ and this bundle only had 8 so I added a coordinating fabric from my stash…however once I added it to the mix I didn’t like it at. all. so I pulled them out, hence the missing strips. Now I’m not sure whether to keep going or scrap this idea and turn the strips into something else…argh!

I’d love to hear your thoughts…Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Sewing and waiting…

Not much quilting this week – I’m waiting to start a new commissioned t-shirt project because they’re sending more shirts. I have already ‘deconstructed’ the ones I have but I don’t want to play with the layout until I see what else I get so…they’re just patiently waiting in a nice pile

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I did finally pull out a very old UFO…when I first started quilting I followed a 12 month Block of the Month sew along that another ‘new to quilting’ blogger was following. These blocks were some of the first I ever made and looking at them now I can see I’ve learned so much in the past three years!! Back then I didn’t know to ‘trim the dog ears’ or ‘square up my HST’ or how to keep my points when piecing blocks…I’ve had quite a laugh looking at these blocks. For quite some time I’ve been meaning to put this together and call it my “Learning Quilt” but I never got around to it – until now.

I decided to add sashing and borders in Kona Snow; the size of the sashing varied depending on the size of the block – ahem, no they’re not all the same size! It doesn’t look bad from distance and I’m really not worried about it anyway – it’s not like I’m going to sell it or gift it – this one is all mine 😀

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I pieced the backing out of remnants I had on hand and got it glue basted

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I’m going to FMQ something different in each block – maybe following some of the piecing as suggestions and maybe not, lol. I got started on two blocks

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But then my machine started making a funny sound – more specifically the feed dogs. I quickly realized there must be something wrong with the feed dog drop control because they won’t stay all the way down 😦 UGH! I’ve called the repair shop and I’m taking her in next week to see if they can fix it…I simply MUST be able to FMQ!!!

While I’m restricted from FMQ, I can still do straight stitching and piecing so that’s what I’m doing. I pulled out some blocks I made a last month and pieced them into a top. The pattern is called Triplicate from Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle book by Jeni Baker

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I didn’t follow her layout exactly but it’s pretty close. Those ‘dots’ on the solid white squares are actually little gold pineapples – so cute!!

I have a few other projects I’m going to start before my machine goes in the shop – the good news is while she’s in the shop I’ll be in Myrtle Beach so I won’t have much time to miss her 😉

That’s about all for now…what’s going on where you are?

Have a Happy Memorial Day!

Charity sewing

I’ve been doing more charity sewing this week. First up I finished two Busy Bags for the sew-along…now I just need to get them mailed out! This sew along is going on the whole month of May so there’s still time to join in for a good cause.

Bag #1

I found these fabrics in my stash and thought they’d make a cute bag for a little boy.

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A look inside…bb1in

Bag #2

I found these two fabrics on the clearance rack and scooped them up just for this purpose. The lining fabric is from my stash.

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Inside…bb2in

Next up is my first finish for the Hands2Help challenge that is finishing up next week – talk about getting in under the wire! I quilted this with large ‘l-shaped’ loops in each rectangle and carried that same motif to the border. This was a lot harder to do on the machine than it was in my head!

This picture shows off the quilting…

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And here are a few shots after I put on the binding…scrappy1done

I used a bunch of random fat quarters to make a scrappy backscrappy1back2scrappy1back1

I still have 2 more quilts I want to finish for this event so I’ve actually taken a few days off from my ‘day job’ next week to hunker down and get ‘er done!

In other news…I finished the commissioned t-shirt/memories quilt. I’m really happy with how this turned out and the backing fabric is perfect for a little girl 🙂 Her mother will be giving it to her later this year on her 10th birthday.

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And in case you haven’t heard, there’s a new rage out over the Instant Pot – it’s basically an electric pressure cooker. I have several of the old-style that are used on the stove top but since we have a glass top range we haven’t used them anymore. I waited and waited to buy one until I knew enough people that owned one and still used it…and then I jumped in, thanks Amazon!

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I haven’t actually cooked anything yet – lol – I need to get to the store and buy a roast or two.

Lastly, I took a break from my current projects and pulled together all the Cookbook SAL blocks I’d made. I had enough for a lap size quilt so I’m calling this one ‘done’. The SAL is supposed to go on all year but I’ve lost my steam, so I put these up on the design wall and this layout just kind of came to me organically. I had plenty of Kona Snow for the background and before I knew it I had a top! It’s going to need to wait in line to be quilted behind the H2H quilts as they have a deadline!

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No running this week, which is a shame because the 5k I committed to is next Saturday – ugh!! Hey, I guess I can walk it if I have to :-p

That’s all from here…what’s going on in your neck of the woods?

More progress

I put the finishing touches on the Monochromatic Granny Square quilt this week. I had forgotten how much I loved this design! I will admit there are a few issues with my piecing on this as it was done during my early days as a quilter…I sure have learned a lot! The black fabric on the border is one of my favorites and I used it for the back as well.

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The lighting in the next picture is pretty bad…but I’ve done something about that which I talk about below.

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Up close…

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So excited I finished quilting the tshirt/memories quilt. I pulled a few fabrics to audition for binding and sent pictures to the client. She wasn’t too thrilled with either and reminded me her daughter’s favorite color (right now anyway!) is Mint green. I checked my stash and nope, nothing in mint green…

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So it was off to the fabric store! She apologized for making me have to run out for more fabric…after I stopped laughing, I told her it would NEVER be a problem for me to run to the fabric store 😉  Once I was there, I headed to the green section and got a little concerned because there just wasn’t anything in a mint shade – but I kept browsing and finally found a gorgeous mint dot…

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I’ll be finishing this up today because I just got another t-shirt quilt job! I’ve been posting progress pictures of this quilt and one of my neighbor’s messaged me about pricing. She has baby/child clothes she wants made into a ‘sofa size’ quilt (that’s what I call a 60×70 quilt), larger than a lap but not quite twin. That size appears to be my sweet spot, lol. She’s running the clothes through the wash since they’ve been in storage for so long and I asked her to use no fabric softeners or dryer sheets as that can interfere with bonding to the stabilizer.

I signed up for some more charity sewing with the Busy Bag Sew Along. It’s not too late to join in, here’s a excerpt from the website:

During the entire month of May, we will partner with Sadie’s Dream to sew Busy Bags (simple tote bags) that will be filled with crayons and art supplies and small toys for children with life threatening illnesses.  Sadie’s Dream is an incredible organization, founded by Jessica and her mother, in honor of Jessica’s beautiful child named Sadie, who was diagnosed with cancer at 6 months of age.

How could I resist! I’ve signed up to make 2 bags, I’ve got the fabric all picked out for the first bag and the free labels I ordered on their website arrived in the mail yesterday. I spent last evening cutting out all the pieces and attaching the fusible fleece. I hope to finish the first bag today. The instructions don’t have the pieces organized by letter but I added them so I could keep it all straight in my head…and my Alphabitties work perfectly!

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I mentioned lighting earlier – I was rather frustrated with the light in my sewing room so I went searching for options. A friend had mentioned they switched all of their bulbs to LED and they’re really happy with them AND they last a really long time. So, as I usually do, I went to Amazon and started searching. I found LED bulbs that offer “Daylight” instead of soft white and I was curious if that would be the answer. Now, LED bulbs are pretty expensive – I guess since they last up to 10 years they’re worth it, but it’s still kind of sticker shock when you first see it.

I finally decided to jump in and buy the Philips 462036 100W Equivalent Daylight A19 LED Light Bulb, 6-Pack (this is not an affiliate link although I should become one since I always talk about Amazon :-p )

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They look like a regular incandescent bulb and I like that they fit into a regular socket and lamp shade (those swirly halogen bulbs don’t). I went with Daylight equivalent to 100W. When they came in I replaced all the bulbs in my sewing room and WOW-WEE what a difference!! The lighting actually looks like Daylight! I’ve already taken a few pictures (the Busy Bag pieces above was the first one) and without using any photo editing features on my phone the picture looks great!

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In other news: I actually went for a run yesterday…I won’t repeat all the details since I already posted about it here.

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That’s all from here…ttfn

 

Wow, I got a lot done!

When I first sat down to write this post I didn’t think I’d gotten much accomplished this week but when I looked through my pictures I’m pretty happy with it all 😀

I worked pretty diligently on the commissioned t-shirt/memories quilt and got the top all completed…I had not incorporated 3D items before so that was a new challenge for me. The Mom wanted the crochet cap and the pixie dust pouch included in the quilt so I appliqued them onto some left over tshirt pieces – I like how it turned out! There was also one denim shirt that had embroidery on the pockets and rather unique buttons so I kept the front of the shirt, including the bottons (it’s almost dead center). The only thing I would change would be to better distribute the dark & light shirts…I think the top half is a little dark heavy – but – it’s done now and there’s no going back.

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I took a break from the t-shirt quilt to make a few blocks. I wanted to try the Stripey Stripe block from The Honey Pot Bee so I pulled my Blueberry Park and got busy. Since I’m using layer cakes I had to sew a few pieces together to obtain the 16″ strip length but after that it was pretty darn easy. I will say I starched the heck out of the blocks before cutting the triangles which helped immensely.

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Then a quilter I follow on IG put a call out for blocks to make a quilt for another quilter whose husband is in hospice care. Of course I had to help out and as luck would have it the blocks called for 3.5″ squares which just happened to be what came in my Sew Sampler box this month – it’s fate I tell ya! The first two blocks were made from my scrap bin but the other four are from Coney Island Moda Treat packs. The bottom right block really is a pretty blue, dang lighting! I had planned to put these in the mail yesterday but didn’t get to the Post Office in time so they’ll go out tomorrow.

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I got some happy mail yesterday too…earlier this month I wrote about a ‘wine’ rug I made from fabrics I picked up at QuiltCon. I posted the wine rug picture on IG and tagged Marcus Fabrics as instructed and low & behold they pulled my name as a random winner…whoop, whoop! Yesterday I received my prize package and in it are more beautiful batiks 10″ squares and a coffee mug…I just had to snap a shot with my wine glass in the picture too, lol!

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Friday night I decided it was time to pull out a very old WIP that had been waiting to be quilted for almost 2 years – yikes!! I mulled over what design I wanted to use, my regular meander just wasn’t going to cut it. I was stumped so I pulled out a book of quilting doodles I won last year: 180 Doodle Quilting Designs by Christa Watson and found the perfect design called Claire’s Rose. I was too tired to start on it then but I got to work on it Saturday…here’s a really bad picture 😦  I also added big loops in the borders. All that’s left to do is binding – I should get that done today.

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And…last but not least I got three quilts spray basted today; they look a little wrinkled but I haven’t ironed them yet. The one on the bottom is the t-shirt/memories quilt and the two on top are the scrappy leaders & enders for Hands2Help charity challenge. I have one more quilt for H2H but I ran out of basting spray!! No worries, I ordered some online from Connecting Threads along with a few rolls of batting and it should be here next week – whew!

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I basted these babies out on the deck and oh boy is it humid here in SC today – yuck! Luckily there’s a front coming through tomorrow that will chase the humidity away.

That’s it for now…I’m headed back to the sewing room where it’s nice and cool. 😀