UFOs Finished!

I’m so happy to say I finished TWO UFOs that have been sitting in the ‘to be
Basted/Quilted” pile for quite some time.

The first one is the smaller of the two and I finished the top back in April – it’s a free pattern called Puzzle Box from Christa Watson and this came entirely from my scrap bins

The lighting is a little off due to shade 😦 The backing came from leftover remnants, one is a soft lilac text and the other is a black & white flower print. I did very minimal quilting using a large swirl/double loop, it’s not great but it’s ‘good enough’ 😉 This finished at 54″ square – I don’t have a home for it so it’ll go in the donation pile.

The next finish is a big one…it’s my Plaidish quilt!!! Woohoohoo, I’m so happy to finally have this done. This is another free pattern but this one is from Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting. I used a combination of fat quarters and my scrap bins and the top was finished way back in January!

(excuse the dead looking grass…we seem to have gotten some fungus 😦 )

I took these pictures this morning after finishing up the binding 🙂 I used large remnant pieces of various green prints from my stash and a few fat quarters for the back…then I used leftovers from the backing to make the binding, WIN/WIN!

I did straight line quilting along the seams both horizontal and vertical. This puppy measures 65×84, I plan to drape this one across my bed in hopes of some cooler nights as we head into fall 😉

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I’ve been watching the US Open tennis tournament this past week…Yay! It’s so nice to have professional sports again as long as they can play safely with limited risk. The tournament moves into week 2 starting today…my favorites to win? Men: Dominic Theim Women: Victoria Azarenka

They’ve both been playing really well but time will tell…there have also been a few ‘upsets’ so anything can happen :-p

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That’s all for now, have a great rest of your weekend and if you’re in the US:

Have a wonderful Labor Day holiday!!!

Hands2Help quilts

I participated in the Hands2Help quilt challenge again this year. The challenge is hosted by Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict and this is the tenth year!!

I made six quilts to be donated to Quilts of Compassion and Quilty Hugs charities Sarah has highlighted – these will be mailed off by the end of the month.

  1. Granny Cabin

2. Rainbox Improv

3. Meadowland

4. Squared Up

5. Plus 1

6. Plus 2

I have one more quilt in progress that should be finished this weekend – it’s called Disappearing 25 patch:

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Hands 2 Help finish

The annual Hands2Help Challenge hosted by Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict has come to close this year and I’m happy to report I have three quilts made and will be sending them off tomorrow…whoop whoop!

You can read all about the annual event and the wonderful charities included this year by visiting Sarah’s blog

These first two quilts are going to Jack’s Basket:

I found the Simple Hearts pattern through an Instagram post and when it said it was fat eighth friendly I remembered I had a bundle of Wonderland by Rifle Paper Company for Cotton and Steel that had been sitting in my stash for far too long and before I knew it, I had a finished quilt!

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The second quilt came about quite by accident from the left overs of the Criss Cross quilt I’ll talk about in a minute. I had triangles left over and just started sewing them together to make blocks and then worked with them for a few days until I ended up with this design.

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The third quilt is going to Happy Chemo. I found this Criss Cross pattern through Angela Walter’s Midnight Quilt Show and immediately knew I wanted to dip into my solids stash to make it!

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The cutting and sewing went really fast but I will add a little caution…once you get the ‘blocks’ made you’ll need to handle them carefully as there are A LOT of bias edges and they can get a little wonky. I had a little bit of that happen but thankfully not too much!

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And that’s my contribution this year. I absolutely love participating in this event every year and Sarah is a great host ❤ If you haven’t had the opportunity to participate in the past I highly recommend you follow her blog and mark your calendar for next March when she gets things kicked off.

FINALLY!

YES! Finally, the house in Myrtle Beach is officially finished and completely ours! This journey has taken 22 months from contract to completion and has been fraught with so many frustrations but we’ve finally crossed the finish line! **cue huge sigh of relief**

The final hours of negotiation were so stressful and at times I thought we would have to get lawyers involved (*cue gagging) but eventually everyone acted like adults and we came to a settlement. We were so relieved to have it all behind us, we only captured these two pictures before leaving

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We’ve already ordered the window blinds and if we’re lucky they’ll be ready for install when we go back down for Thanksgiving… I’ll be sure to capture room by room shots on that visit! The house is beautiful and we’re very happy with the results however, it’ll take some time for us to get over the bitterness of how long this process took…but we’ll get there.

We haven’t landed on an exact moving date yet – it will probably be some time in January.

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Because of all that stress, I’ve spent very little time in my sewing room…which is the exact opposite of what I should be doing!! Sewing & quilting relaxes me so I really need to carve out more time for that!

I did get a few stitches accomplished this week, first I completed two charity blocks for Carol at From My Carolina Home I plan to make a few more and then send them to her to put into a quilt.

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I also did a little work on a commission baby quilt for my husband’s cousin. She messaged me several weeks ago and wanted a gray owl quilt to give to her newest grand daughter for Christmas. I found this cute pink & gray owl fabric for the front and a gray dot flannel for the back. This is a whole cloth quilt so now that I have it basted I just need to get it quilted and bound.

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That’s about all for now…if you don’t hear from me for a while just know that I’ll be packing & moving…UGH!

Have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

 

 

Hand to Help 2018 Challenge

This is my third year participating in Sarah’s H2H challenge and I must say this year was a bit of a challenge for me! We’re moving in a few months (the date keeps getting pushed back) so I’ve been living in limbo and haven’t been nearly as productive as I would like to have been. Because of all that, I haven’t finished any of the ‘scrappy’ quilts I planned to donate so I’ve decided to pull a few finished quilts from my stash to send off to the charities this year:

  1. Jolly Bar Baby quilt

This quilt will be mailed off to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids.

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2. Black & White Granny squares quilt

This quilt will be mailed off to Emily of Em’s Scrap Bag for people undergoing chemo.

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Please visit Sarah’s link up page to view all the beautiful quilts being donated this year!!

 

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

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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

 

Hands2Help Charity Challenge

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict is hosting the 7th annual H2H challenge. You can get all the details here.

I was late to the party and participated for the first time last year. It’s a very well organized and fun event and there is plenty of time baked in to finish your quilt and get it shipped off.

Last year I made a lap size quilt using diamond shapes in earthy tones so it would be suitable for male or female; I chose to send my quilt to the Happy Chemo charity.

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If you love to make quilts and want to help out some great charities (and have a chance at some wonderful giveaways) you really need to click over to Sarah’s blog and get signed up!

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Hands2Help

Back in April I joined an online charity challenge called “Hands2Help” which is being coordinated by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. She’s coordinated these for a few years now, the challenge is to make a quilt for one of the charities listed within the allotted time frame and get it shipped to it’s destination by the deadline – I’m sending mine to Happy Chemo. During the process Sarah shares tips & patterns and generally keeps everyone on track – there also prizes and giveaways.

This week starts the linky party where everyone shares their quilt…so…below are a series of pictures of my charity quilt – from beginning to end.

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I took it outside on the front porch this morning to get some shots in natural light, unfortunately it’s quite overcast today…oh well! I purposely used neutral colors so the quilt could be given to anyone.

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