T-shirt quilt is DONE!

I think this is the fastest I’ve ever completed a t-shirt quilt (that is, once I got started!). I started deconstructing the shirts on Dec 12 and I put the final stitches in the binding last night! This quilt was commissioned by one of my old running buddies and her birthday is today…I wanted so badly to get this to her by today but alas I missed 😦 I’ll put it in the mail tomorrow and she’ll have it by mid-week.

I went outside this morning to grab a few shots…it was windy and the sun was streaking through the trees :-p

I used the same fabric for backing and binding – her favorite color is blue!

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I’ve been thinking about what I want to do for 2020 goals, I’m going to make a list of all my UFO’s so I can keep track of what I finish this year. I have a box just for finished tops and there are some really pretty ones I want to finish, not to mention the ones I basted last week (Meadowland, Granny Cabin & Rainbow Improv). I’ve tried the APQ UFO challenge before but that uses a random number to determine what gets worked on and I’d rather use my gut to decide what I work on.

I’ve also decided I’m going to take on the challenge to #dosomethingquiltyeveryday. This was an IG challenge started by another quilting friend last year and I think it will help me stay on track with my 2020 goal. It can be as little as 15 minutes but it will keep me accountable to doing something every day and post a pic on IG to ‘prove’ it!

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I actually went to WW to weigh in yesterday and thankfully I maintained from the last time two weeks ago! Whew! I got there as soon as the doors opened to beat the “January” rush but I didn’t stay for the meeting/workshop. I’ve been doing really good staying within points and not eating ‘junk’ so I’m planning to see a loss next week!

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That’s all for now…have a great rest of the weekend 🙂

Goodbye 2019

As the year winds to a close I wanted to look back on all the quilty things I accomplished this year. Here are all the ‘finishes’ I had…there are quite a few more ‘starts’ that are still waiting to be finished :-p

Not as many as I’ve had in past years but I’ll give myself a break…we moved from Lake Wylie to Myrtle Beach in 2019 and that took a lot of mental & physical energy away from quilting.

For 2020, I hope to focus more on quilting for me….meaning, accept fewer commission quilts and just do whatever strikes my fancy!! Maybe I’ll finish more than I start, which means I’ll have to venture into my UFO pile!!

Merry Christmas?

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. Ours was pretty low key, we exchanged a few presents and watched Sammie open a few. We also had friends join us for dinner and then watched “A Star is Born” (Lady Gaga version) afterward.

The weather here in Myrtle Beach has been unseasonably mild…like high 60’s low 70’s for the last few days – Yes! That played nicely into my plans to get a bunch of quilts basted, unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures 😦 I pulled my big ironing surface outside on the back patio and grabbed 4 quilts: Commission tshirt, Rainbow improv, Meadowland and Granny Cabin

I used my favorite basting spray from June Tailor but I grabbed the can I had purchased right after they changed the formula…ugh! Not only does it have a very strong odor but the spray is immensely sticky and not in a good way 😦 I wrote to them earlier this year to complain and they said they had to change the formula due to regulations in California; they said they were tweaking the formula to fix the smell and a few other issues and offered to send me a new can when it was released. I received the new shipment in late August but I completely forgot about it when I grabbed all my stuff to go outside yesterday…grrrrr.

Anyway, I finished basting those four quilts and I’ve ironed the tshirt quilt so it’s ready for quilting. I cleaned my sewing machine, changed the needle, changed to my free motion foot and I’ve picked out the threads I’ll be using on top & bottom. I’m all ready to get started!!

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I skipped my WW weigh-in yesterday because I knew I was up several pounds and I just didn’t want that written in my book! Ha, so silly! By my scale I’m up 2.4 over Christmas…damn cookies! I’ll probably skip the next weigh-in too simply because it will be the 1st one of the new year and all the folks who just signed up will be there, it will be pretty crazy!

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That’s about all for now….have a Happy New Year (and decade)!!