Too many projects?

I’ve been jumping between projects this week, that means I haven’t finished any of them!! I’m officially halfway done with my Elephant Abstractions. All the pieces are completed in the first three quadrants and are now attached in three big sections. I’ve cut out the paper pieces for the next quadrant and I’m setting a goal to do at least 5 pieces a day.

The other project that got my attention is Scrap Frabric Love’s scrappy sew along. I already had a bunch of 2.5 x 4.5 rectangles cut so I laid out the plus/cross block in contrasting colors and started assembling them. I’ve got 14 done… six to go!

As for Sewcialites2 QAL, I printed Block 12 on Thursday and cut out the pieces for it yesterday. It’s a pretty straight forward block so I should get that completed today.

I also took a slight detour when I saw Carole’s post about the Safelight Project 2023. I’ve made these cases before and thought I could bang out a few more to help the cause. I’ve got several cut out and plan to get them done and in the mail this week. This is a simple pattern that uses two coordinating fat quarters per set (cosmetic bag, sunglasses case, tissue holder), please join in if you can.

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I’ve also been distracted by watching the Australian Open. Since most of the good matches are in the middle of the night in my time zone, my sleeping patterns are all off!! But I’ve also missed a few great 5 setters because I just could not stay awake! LOL Many of the top seeds have fallen on both the Men’s and Ladies sides but the young Americans are really having a great tournament. The matches are only being carried by ESPN and most of them are only on their streaming service ESPN+ for an additional charge. Luckily when I got my new Pixel 6 in late 2021 the plan I chose included ESPN+ and Disney+ at no extra charge ๐Ÿ˜

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

A slight interruption…

Sewcialites2 QAL

I finished piecing Block 10 and I also got Block 11 done this week!! Thankfully Block 11 wasn’t too difficult ๐Ÿ™‚

Elephant Abstractions

I only completed a few more pieces this week because we had unexpected visitors. We have friends from Mass that spend 4-6 weeks in Sarasota FL every Jan/Feb. They typically stop by our place on their way home in Feb but their plans got thrown for a loop on the way down and they asked if they could spend a few days with us this week as they made their way south. Well of course!!! They arrived midday on Thursday and pulled out very early Sunday morning. After they left I went back to bed LOL

Here’s my current progress on the Elephant

And because I just can’t help myself, I’ve started ANOTHER project! Kristen of ScrapFabricLove is doing a no stress scrap buster with swiss cross blocks. I used my Accuquilt GO! to cut a bunch of 2.5×4.5 rectangles and laid out a few blocks; I just need to start piecing them together.

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I finished reading The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley this week. If you’ve never read anything by this author you might be surprised by her structure and style. She lays out the story in short chapters, each from a different character’s perspective. It took me a few chapters to get drawn into it but once I was, it was a page-turner to get to the end!

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That’s all for now! Have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

Plugging along

I’ve made a little more progress on my Elephant Abstractions quilt, I’ve completed through section 42.

I’ve started to get into a rhythm now and the angles aren’t slowing me down as much. I think it’s in part to the newest acquisition I got just for this project:

A light box!!

I had seen others comment about it and I found this one on sale through Amazon. It has been such a great help to ensure my fabric cuts are extending over all the edges and lines! Also pictured is another great tool for this project – washable glue sticks! I have one beside this light box and another at my ironing station to ensure the pieces and angle points stay right where they need to be.

This week I also completed Block 9 for Sewcialites2 QAL and I’ve cut the pieces for Block 10

I’m really not a fan of all these small pieces but now that I’m 10 blocks in I just need to stick with this QAL to the end in April!

A few of the quilters I follow are getting ready to start scrappy sew alongs and I’m SOOOOOO tempted to join in! ๐Ÿ˜จ

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I’ve also been getting into reading quite a bit lately. I’ve finished 4 books in the last month ๐Ÿ˜ฒ If you want to check out my reviews, here’s my Goodreads page. I’m currently reading “The Paris Apartment” by Lucy Foley.

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The tennis calendar is starting back up with warm-up tournaments in Australia. I’m so glad I’m retired because most of the good matches are played in the middle of the night in my Eastern time zone! LOL

And the first ever United Cup just finished with USA beating Italy…. Woooooohoooooo! Congrats team USA:

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

Happy New Year!

2022 wasn’t a bad year but I’m happy to welcome 2023 ๐Ÿ˜Š We went out to an early dinner with our friends that just moved here from Florida then came home and watched college football. We stayed up to watch the ball drop…then went to bed!

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I’m still working on my active projects but I’m not moving along on one of them as quickly as I’d hoped.

Elephant Abstractions

I had hoped to be further along on this project but I just can’t get into the right mindset to work on it every day. I’ve pieced through section 29 although the last few still need to be stitched to each other. As a reminder there are 97 sections to this pattern ๐Ÿคช

Sewcialites2QAL

Block 9 was released Thursday 12/29 but I’ve not stitched it up yet. It looks like an easy block so hopefully I can get it done today!

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

Merry Christmas

I usually post on Sundays but since it will be Christmas I figured I’d get my post done today.

We don’t have any big plans, it will be a quiet and VERY COLD day so we’ll just be snuggled up at home. Our friends from Florida that just moved here invited us for dinner but I had already bought all the fixins to make dinner here so we asked if we could come for dessert instead, so that’s what we’re going to do.

I got this notice from WordPress when I logged in today ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I did not remember registering on Christmas eve but I do recall I originally made this blog to record my efforts of trying to find a creative outlet so it makes sense that I registered close to the end of the year ๐Ÿ˜‚

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I’ve made a little more progress on my Elephant Abstractions quilt… Wow it’s a lot of paper piecing! I knew that but it’s a real eye-opener once you get into it! LOL This is sections 1-20 completed, I hope to get more done today because I do not plan on leaving the house today with our frigid temps!! Currently 18 with wind chill of 4 ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿฅถ That’s gotta be a record for Myrtle Beach!!

I also finished Block 8 “Interwoven” for the Sewcialites2 QAL. The fabrics I selected really don’t do this design justice but I’m keeping it!

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The wild turkeys returned this week, there were about 25 of them but I couldn’t get them all in the picture

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That’s about all for now! I hope everyone has a safe, warm and Merry Christmas

Multiple projects

I’ve got two large projects going at the same time; one is the Sewcialites2 QAL and the other is the Elephant Abstractions pattern. I’m trying to set aside time to keep up with both of them, so far so good!

I’ve completed the first nine sections of the elephant pattern… I was hoping to complete five sections during each sewing session but that has not happened yet LOL Sections 1 through 5 have been sewn together but 6,7,8 and 9 still need to be attached.

All of the angles in each of the sections have really made me slow down and take my time to make sure I don’t sew pieces in the wrong orientation. I’m using a 1.5 stitch length and it will be very difficult to rip those out if I make a mistake!

I completed Block 7 this week in the Sewcialites2 QAL. As for Block 8, I’ve printed the pattern and selected my fabrics I just need to cut & sew.

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Last week was a pretty sad anniversary for us; on December 12th last year our fur baby Sammie crossed the Rainbow bridge๐Ÿ’” I tried not to dwell on it, but Monday was pretty much a lost day. We’ve agreed we will get the travel bug out of our system for a couple of years then we’ll get another dogโค๏ธ

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Friday was my 61st Birthday and although we really don’t do much for birthdays anymore, hubby and I went out for a nice dinner at a local Italian restaurant with our friends that just moved here from Florida.

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

Elephant Abstractions

Welp, I finally started the Elephant Abstractions quilt!!!

๐Ÿ˜ฒ Wowza this is gonna be a TON of paper piecing!! But the final product is going to be SO COOL!! The hardest part so far was identifying all the various shades of gray I purchased months ago from Hancocks of Paducah. I took the pattern to Office Max and made single sided copies to actually sew on and late last week I got started… here’s piece 1 finished and piece 2 in progress

The pattern has 97 different pieces so… I’m gonna be here a while ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

Here’s my current cutting table with all the fabrics laid out and the next few pieces ready to be worked on. My plan was to do 5 pieces a day… ha, I’ve already fallen behind my plan!

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Block 7 was released on Thursday for the Sewcialites2 qal. I’ve printed out the instructions but I’ll need to clear my cutting table before I can work on it… rut roh, I hope I can work on both of these projects at the same time ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿซฆ
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We decided we are not putting up our big Christmas tree this year. We just got back from our vacation in Aruba and since we are not expecting any company (family or friends) it just doesn’t feel worth the hassle. I did pull out some of our decorations for the living room… holiday pillows for the couch, quilted table toppers for the kitchen table, dining room table and coffee table; and a few things for the front doorway. I found these lightweight christmas bulbs at PopShelf so I decorated the fake plant we have in the living room LOL Actually, I think it looks kind of cute

I also picked up this cute lantern at the same place and used one of the flameless candles I already have

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My niece and her family went on a Disney cruise last week… I won’t go overboard (pun intended) but here are a few of the cutest pictures


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Our friends from FL sold & closed on their house 12/6. They then drove to MB and closed on their house here Thursday 12/8!! The moving trucks showed up on Friday and now they’re working hard to get settled in. Ugh, I remember moving… it’s so draining and it only gets harder as we get older!
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That’s about all for now… have a great rest of your weekend!

Travel hangover?

I swear it’s a real thing! After I’ve traveled it takes me at least 1-2 days to recover… I feel foggy and lethargic and just have no energy to do anything! LOL

On to happier things! Aruba was absolutely beautiful ๐Ÿ˜ Their trademark of ‘one happy island’ is still true โค We stayed at the Renaissance Wind Creek Ocean Suites (where we’ve stayed many times before). Our only complaint was they were doing renovations and didn’t bother to tell us when we booked ๐Ÿค” The first room they put us in was directly under a room they were working on and we quickly made them move us to the other side of the building! After that, everything was fine.

We explored places we visited in years past to see the changes (it’s been 10 yrs since our last visit). Of course we noticed many new hotels and stores but the same old friendliness still exists, yay!!!

I shared a few photos in my last post and admittedly I didn’t really take a ton of pictures but here’s the whole lot:

The last picture is the Italian restaurant where we ate dinner on our last night. Such a cute little quaint place and the food was very good!

While we were there one of our other favorite resorts was running a special for Black Friday/Cyber Monday so we’ve already booked our next trip for October 2023!!

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To my surprise there was no Sewcialites2 block released during Thanksgiving so I didn’t fall behind while I was away ๐Ÿ™‚ I pulled up Block 6 yesterday and was only going to pick fabrics and cut the pieces but before I knew it I had sewn it all up, Ha!!

Here are the first 6 blocks all together

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

Aruba here we come!

By this time tomorrow we will be on our way to 10 glorious nights at the Renaissance in Aruba!

We haven’t traveled internationally in over 7 years and haven’t been to Aruba in 10 years so we are both excited and nervous ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I’ve got us all checked in, our bags are 99% packed and I think we’ve covered everything while we’ll be away ๐Ÿคž Ugh, so much to remember LOL

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The sewing club day went well again! Yay, it’s so nice to sew with other folks and just chit chat about all kinds of various topics. I not only got my Swoon top basted but also got the APQ UFO project basted ๐Ÿ˜ฏ I finally looked back at my IG feed and found the name of that BOTM: Honey Pot Bee with Molli Sparkles.

I ended up working on the Honey Pot Bee during the sewing club because I chose to do simple ‘organic wavy lines’ vertically. That made the FMQ easy to do while talking – Ha! I got it trimmed and put the binding on when I got home.

I used the same gray background fabric for binding, I think it gives it a modern feel. This will go in the donation bin and wait for the next charity drive. I didn’t take any photos of the back ๐Ÿซค I used a blue floral from my stash paired with a solid blue. Once we’re back from the trip I plan to take this outside for better pictures and I’ll include the back.

I also finished up the Swoon Sixteen quilt this week! I chose to do an all-over loopy meander, I think it helps soften all the sharp angles.

I bought some black & white stripe fabric specifically for binding so I used it on this project, and this time I did snap the back side! This quilt will also go in the donation pile.

I completed Block 5 in the Sewcialites2QAL yesterday… the yellow background fabric is growing on me!

After we return, I need to start planning the overall layout and get some setting blocks made.

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That’s about all for now! I won’t be posting next week cuz, ya know, Aruba… Have a great rest of your weekend.

Lots of projects

I not only finished the Swoon Sixteen top but I also pulled out a long forgotten project from 2017 and got that to the top stage too!!

First things first, Swoon Sixteen. I finished putting on all the sashing and borders so the next step is to make the backing and get it basted. I have no idea what I’m going to use for backing but if I can figure it out today and get the basting done, I can take it to the sewing club meeting tomorrow and quilt it while I’m there! Fingers crossed!

Once I finished the Swoon top I wanted to work on some more piecing so I looked up the APQ UFO number for November (#10) and it correlated to an old project from 2017. This was a BOTM quilt along and I honestly can’t even remember if I made all the blocks but I’ve had them stashed for far too long! And I really love the fabrics and colors I used – an old Karen Lewis bundle – so I figured now was a good time to finish this up.

The difficulty was the blocks were all different sizes… Some were 12″, 10″, 9″, 8″ and 6″… and I did not have the motivation to find the original layout suggestion so I just started winging it!! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I had enough of the background fabric left to sash the smaller blocks to make them 12″… and I ended up with this

Now let’s see how long it takes me to actually baste & quilt it ๐Ÿ˜œ

I’m also staying caught up with the Sewcialites2 QAL from Fat Quarter Shop. They’ve been releasing the blocks on Thurs afternoons so unless I already have plans, I jump right on it. Here is my Block 4

I just have to share this adorable picture of my great niece. Her parents surprised her with a Disney Cruise coming up in December and gave her this sweet Cinderella outfit to wear on the cruise!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜

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We’re counting down to our first international travel in 6 years and our first time back in Aruba in 10 years!!! ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ This is a picture of our favorite snorkeling spot, Baby Beach

We leave Nov 21 and will return Dec 1, we’re so excited but I’m also nervous hoping all our plans go smoothly ๐Ÿคž

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