Not a lot of sewing

I did not do much sewing this week 😦  Again choosing to procrastinate, ugh! I did piece the left and right sections of the tshirt quilt (no picture) and I did order the backing fabric for it…I guess that counts as something!! The customer wanted a neutral for the back and chose this tone on tone text – I love it!

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I also wanted to piece all the blocks for my Stoplight top so I could count February’s Scrap Attach as complete…but no, they sit in a stack mocking me! LOL

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I pulled my next Scrap Attack project for March – it’s called Briar Rose and it’s a free pattern from England Street Quilts. I need to see how much background fabric I have, that’ll determine how big I make it :-p

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And finally, I went on a little shopping spree for a new bullet journal binder. I made my first one using a placement from Walmart and some fabric…it’s fine but I wanted something a bit more sturdy with a snap closure instead of elastic. I was shopping online when I stumbled across a 50% off sale at JoAnns on Websters Pages Planners. Their website said they had at least 4 in stock so I hopped in the car…only to find there was really only 1 left on the shelf and not necessarily the color I wanted. But, I got it anyway. 😀

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This is actually a 6-ring binder so I had to do a little altering to turn it into a travelers cover. I carefully removed the rings, covered the small holes with some matching stickers, then inserted my LT1917 into the back cover. From there I added a jump band and inserted the two other inserts I had in my homemade TN…and I LOVE it!!! It’s not real leather but I actually prefer it that way (no animals were harmed!).

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I can always go a little farther by punching holes in the spine and adding actual elastic bands to the binder but I’m good with this for now.

That’s about all for now…I plan to head into the sewing room to get something done today! ttfn…

 

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Making progress and a new project

I was a bit more productive this week in regards to sewing & quilting. I started and completed a top for #quiltsforvegas. In light of the tragedy, the Las Vegas Quilt guild has put a call out for generous quilters to help them provide comfort quilts for the victims and first responders. So horribly sad there is even a need but I just had to contribute in any way I could, so I pulled my stash of colorful fabrics and followed the recommended design.

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this picture taken before it was all sewn together

There’s still plenty of time to help out if you can – they’re accepting completed quilts, fabric, blocks, batting, thread – help of any kind – through November 15 (and beyond if necessary).

I received the new package of stabilizer last week and completed cutting & prepping the final bricks for the commissioned memorial quilt. I played around with the color/print placement and finally landed on this layout (I had to stop somewhere or I’d never move on!).

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I sent this photo to the client and she was pleased. I still need to piece it all together but I asked her what she wanted for the backside – I suggested a solid or low volume print because there was so much color & movement on the front…thankfully she agreed! She asked me to pick a solid color, something dark & masculine (ha!). We landed on a nice navy blue – whew! So the next steps are all planned out – I’ve even thought about how I’m going to quilt it…I’m going to do straight lines about a 1/2″ on either side of the horizontal seams, hoping it will also give it a bit more of a masculine feel since she’s gifting this to her Uncle.

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I’ve been continuing on my Bullet Journal journey…I keep track of all my to-do’s and next actions (although I don’t always DO them!). I follow Boho Berry Tribe on Facebook and have caught “fountain pen fever”. I already have a Platinum Preppy and a Pilot Metro Retro Pop…but I just had to buy a Lamy Safari in Green…ah, that color is just fabulous and I bought matching green ink…woohoo! The ink is a little bit lighter/brighter than this picture suggests…it’s really nice!

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That’s the highlights from last week…I hope to get the memorial quilt all pieced this week and then go shopping for the backing fabric. I think I’ll go to the fabric store rather than buy online – I want to be sure I get the correct shade of Navy Blue 😉

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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?

Ugh!

That title pretty much sums up my enthusiasm for this past week… 😦

Workouts? Not many since my last post…

Wed 6/21:

Cardio: HIIT video (extended to 30 min)

Strength: 10 min ABS video

Stretching: 15 min

Thu 6/22- Sun 6/25:

NOTHING! 😦

Clearly I’m going to need to figure out a better way to hold myself accountable!!

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Not much sewing/quilting happened last week either – we had friends visit and I just didn’t feel right spending a lot of time in my sewing room. I did make a decision on the Afternoon Tango project I started and then got a creative block…I made another pull from my stash to fill in the missing strips and forged ahead with the original pattern. Here’s the top all pieced together:

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I think adding a little more yellow helped with the overall look. I’m now contemplating adding a single white border to corral all that ‘busi-ness’ and call it done.

I took a detour from quilts and made myself a Travelers Notebook cover…if you’re not familiar with those just Google it, you’ll get an overload of information. As I’ve mentioned before I’m using a Bullet Journal to keep track of my tasks, appointments, notes and ideas and I’m getting ready to move from my first BuJo to my second (a Gold one, wow!). At the same time, I’ve just finished reading David Allen’s book “Getting Things Done” and want to incorporate his productivity method into my BuJo. I quickly realized I don’t want to keep re-writing my lists and I just so happened to have a few small notebooks lying around that would serve me well but I needed something to carry them in…enter the Travelers Notebook cover.

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It may be hard to see but there are actually 3 little notebooks inside, they’re all just about the same shade of pink 😉

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So, that was all the progress I made last week…let’s hope next week is MUCH more productive!!

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Weekly summary…

Lots of sewing and quilting going on here!

First up: As I’ve mentioned before, Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict is hosting Hands2Help again this year and there’s still plenty of time to join in the fun! I’ve had my leaders/enders sitting around for quite some time and they were supposed to get addressed back in February when the APQ UFO Challenge pulled #8 but, ahem…nope. So, I decided to pull them together and use them for the H2H event.

At first I was going to sew them all together for one rather large quilt but Sarah suggested I could make two smaller quilts and double my donation…BRILLIANT! This first picture is when I tried to get them all up on my design wall – ha! I couldn’t even get it all in the pic and I still had two more vertical rows to add to the left.

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Once I decided to make two quilts, I divided them up and chose border fabric. This beautiful teal green is left over from a 8 yard purchase from a Craftsy sale – I think it adds a bit of a masculine touch (eh, maybe?). This now measures 61×65 and is ready for quilting.scrappy1

And for the second quilt I chose a light purple border, this definitely has a more feminine vibe – it also measures 61×65. I’ve got lots of quilting in my future!! LOLscrappy2

I also finished up my MQG Fabric Challenge using Creative Rockstar from Riley Blake. I put the finishing touches on the quilting and binding yesterday – took pictures and submitted it for consideration! This is the first time I’ve ever submitted any of my work – I’m both excited and very nervous!!

I titled this “Go Your Own Way” after the Fleetwood Mac song and that’s exactly what I did with the design and the FMQ…I stitched whatever I was feeling at the moment!

It’s a mini size quilt measuring 30″ square…no idea what I’ll do with this but it does look kinda good on my dining room table!

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Along with all the charity tops that need to be quilted I’ve taken on a friend’s request to quilt a gift she made for her grandson’s college graduation. I’ll share pictures once I get started but I’m a little nervous because we chose a quilting design I’ve never done before…I call it meandering squares…looks kinda like this (not my drawing):

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I’ll need to practice on paper and on a practice sandwich before I put needle to quilt!

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I strained a muscle in my back earlier this week (ironically while I was exercising!) so that limited my movement for a few days…needless to say, no running again this week 😦 I tried to do a little bit of exercise each day by pulling up a ‘walk at home’ video on YT. I couldn’t do some of the twisting moves but I got through the rest ok…at least I was moving, right?!

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Still going strong with my bullet journal (bujo), I start and end my day by reviewing what needs to get done in the morning and in the evening I check off what I completed and make a list for the next day. It’s really keeping me motivated!

As you can see I didn’t get much ‘strength training’ in after straining my back but I was able to keep up with very light cardio 😉 Love how my rainbow is coming together but I gotta do better with the bottom half, lol

[sorry about the blurry pic]

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Next week’s spread is ready to be filled in…nextwk

That’s it for now…what’s going on in your world??

 

 

 

 

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?

 

 

 

A quiet week

I’ve been a little low-key and semi-unproductive this week. I did work on a couple of projects that have been sitting around collecting dust, otherwise not much happening.

The APQ UFO Challenge number for March is 12 and that corresponded to a Cozy Christmas project that has been waiting to be quilted since Christmas. It’s a small project so I tackled that this week; I decided on free-motion twinkle stars (that’s not the official name but that’s what I’m calling it!). It quilted up in one evening and then it took another day to figure out what I wanted to use for binding – I settled on plain red fabric…DONE! And I just love my new labels, makes it look so professional 😉

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Next up I’ve started quilting on the MQG Fabric challenge mini/wall quilt. I did straight line quilting in the ‘arrows’ but now I’m stuck on what to do on the rest…grrr! I want to use a more dense design to hopefully allow the arrows to stand out but nothing is coming to me so, now it sits waiting…

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That’s all the quilting/sewing I’ve done this week. We had a friend come for an impromptu visit so that distracted me a bit. She left yesterday morning and I used the fair weather to go out on the deck and baste the Doggie quilt. The customer chose a lovely dark blue Island Batik, I think it helps balance all the ‘noise’ on the front. Now to decide on how to quilt this…I’m thinking of ‘organic wavy lines’ in my go-to Aurifil Dove Grey 2610…we’ll see if I stick with that idea once I get it under the needle!

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I’ve got my Bullet Journal all setup for April – I took some time this week to review which spreads and layouts I’ve really liked over the last few months and what I wanted to adjust. I made a list of those spreads and the order I wanted them in for April and started building…sqweeee, now I’m all excited to start using them 😉

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As for running, nope. I do want to get back into it – my running buddies have take a little hiatus too so I don’t feel so bad :-/  I’ve been doing YouTube cardio videos every morning so at least I’m moving and maybe it won’t be so hard to get back to running…yeah, hopefully!

That’s all for now. What are you working on and how’s it coming along?