Elephant Abstractions

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

😲 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 😂🤣

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 😟🫦
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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!

Quiet Christmas

Not much to report from here… we watched our annual Christmas eve movie “Die Hard” then went to bed. We had a quiet Christmas opening our gifts and called family & friends to check in.

Below is Campbell’s first *positive* experience with Santa…look at that smile!!! ❤

I’ve taken to feeding the wildlife… here are three squirrels enjoying their feast, LOL

I have one more quilt to finish for my friend and I’m absolutely stumped how to quilt it. This is a panel printed with quilt blocks… I was going to quilt vertical lines with snow flakes alternating each line in green & red thread but now I’m not sure. Then I thought about ‘stitch in the ditch’ of all those printed blocks but I’m a minimal quilter and that feels like a lot :-p … help??? All ideas are welcome 😀

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

Basting and quilting

Yesterday I finished basting the “Gather Ye Rosebuds” quilt and started quilting on it. I decided to follow Debby’s suggested quilting motif and had to re-watch her videos to refresh my memory. The Color Blocks QAL (which is free!) has been so much fun and now I have all the patterns, tips and instructional videos to use forever!

I finished the specific quilting in the flower buds and leaves all that’s left is the meander in the rest of the background. I’m using three different threads on top: a variegated pink in the bud, a medium gray in the leaves and although Dove Grey is show in this picture I’ve decided to use white in the background.

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We pulled out our Christmas tree yesterday and got it assembled last night, now I’ll take my time this week decorating it. The weather has turned chilly here so I think I might be getting into the holiday spirit (only 39 this morning but should reach 69 later today 😉 ). Hopefully I’ll have pictures to share next week!

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In other news, on Friday the CDC approved all adults 18+ can now get the covid booster shot so I logged on yesterday and made my appt for Monday @ CVS. Hubby got his a few weeks ago and unfortunately decided to get his Flu shot at the same time – let’s just say I won’t be doing the same thing! He felt like crap for 2 days afterward and we honestly think it was the Flu shot or the combination of both at the same time that caused it because he had zero reaction after the first two Moderna shots earlier this year.

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I broke down and bought Sammie a few shirts from Amazon… the one I made for her worked ok but it really didn’t fit her well and I had to adjust it every time she moved 😉

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These worked so well I bought a second set in green :-p She usually hates wearing clothes but these are light weight t-shirts and she doesn’t seem to mind. Of course the colder weather probably helps!

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Our fall turkeys are back! Several days last week they were wandering just outside our fence. Of course, as soon I let Sammie out they scattered!

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

Let’s close out 2020

We had a quiet Christmas, just the two of us. There weren’t many presents, at this age if we want something we just get – no waiting for the holidays 😉 We talked/Skyped with family and friends which was nice, otherwise we spent the day watching TV. It was pretty chilly here in Myrtle Beach, the high was only 32 with a ‘feels like’ in the 20’s…Brrrrr!

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I think I’ve found a quilt-a-long for 2021: Debby Brown’s Color Block QAL This is intended to use up scraps and each month she will release a new pattern. Fingers crossed I can keep up! LOL She has released some information early in case we want to get a head start on January and I’ve decided instead of using scraps, this time I’ll use one of the many FQ bundles that have been piling up from my FQS subscription.

As per the details, most of the patterns will use 2.5″ squares and the first one will use 16-patch blocks so I cut and pieced the FQ into strip sets, then subcut them into 2.5 strips ready to be pieced into blocks.

I pulled out four strips and made a block…but…I don’t like it. The color placement is off – too much dark blue and yellow check in this one block so I’ll be ripping it apart and starting over :-/ Plus I didn’t iron my seams open and it’s just too bulky at the intersections…must remember that when I get started again!!

I’ll be using up the last of my PTO this week and I plan to spend most of my time in the sewing room {fingers-crossed!}

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No big plans here for New Year’s Eve. I bought a bottle of Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante and some frozen appetizers that I’ll heat up for munching as we watch the ball drop in Times Square.

I want to take a moment to Thank You for sharing your kind words with me this year, it really has meant so much ❤

I wish you all a safe and very Happy New Year full of Health, Wealth and Happiness!!

Holiday apathy?

Yeah, unfortunately I’m not much in the holiday spirit but I’ve been trying to change that! I made a Christmas quilt, we pulled out the tree, I (minimally) decorated, I made Christmas cookies (with issues) and I’ve been listening to Christmas music for days – nothing is working! I guess it’s just going to be one of those holidays where I’ll be happy when it’s done.

There really isn’t much more to say… I still have not been in my sewing room to sew or quilt, not one single day 😦 I did look on Pinterest last night to see what 2021 quilt alongs have been posted but nothing really ‘hit’ me. Ugh, I can’t wait for this mood to pass!!

I did go for a run yesterday, the first time in over a week since I tweaked my left calf muscle. It felt OK but I only went out for 20 mins so as not to have the issue come back. I’ve been watching more TV lately – I usually watch sports (tennis & NFL) but I’ve also been sporadically catching up on episodes of The Crown on Netflix. It’s a good show but sometimes it’s a little slow.

And that’s all folks… I hope you have an awesome and very Merry Christmas!

Whole lotta nothing

It appears I’m taking a break after finishing my Christmas quilt cuz I haven’t been in my sewing room all week! I planned to make a few holiday masks after the fabric arrived early last week but I only got as far as washing and drying it.

In non-sewing related news, I mixed up my cookie dough yesterday and plan to bake them up today. I’ve had mixed results with my cookies in the last several years… I can’t figure out what the issue is – either the cookies spread too thin or they’re too thick and ‘cakey’… UGH!! I guess we’ll keep our fingers crossed for this year 😉

My great-niece had holiday pictures taken last week so I’ll leave you with all this cuteness!!

with Step-Brother

Have a great rest of your weekend!!

Making a Christmas quilt

I no sooner finished my Wonky Stars and I started making another quilt. I only have one Christmas quilt so I decided I need to make another. Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict started making a postage stamp quilt with Christmas fabrics and I’ve used her technique before to make a quilt I lay at the foot of my bed… so it was a no brainer!

I pulled all my holiday fabrics together and if my math was correct I had just enough fat quarters so I started cutting strips. As I did with my last postage stamp quilt, I cut my strips 3.5″. I tossed them all in a plastic bin and then started pairing them up into sets of four.

From there I pieced them all into strip sets and ironed the seams open. I don’t usually take the time to press seams open but it really helps in this situation! Aren’t they pretty!

Over the next couple of days I cut 3.5″ strips from each set. I was able to get 6 strips from most of them. Then I put them in sets of 4 to be pieced into a 16 square block, I had enough for 36 blocks.

There were about 10 strips left over so I’ve decided to add one additional row to the last set of blocks to make the quilt 3″ longer than it will be wider.

And here are all the blocks up on my design wall, they’re not pieced together yet, I like to leave them for a day or two so I can determine if I have any matching fabrics too close

from the left side
from the right side

The lighting is not so good in these pictures… the colors at the top are much closer to the true shades. I’m going to piece this by sewing the blocks into 4-patches then sewing those together. I hope to get that done while watching football today.

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

Wonky Stars finished

Right after I finished last weeks entry I went to my sewing room and started working on my Wonky Stars quilt. I decided to use my standard ‘meander’ for quilting and just ‘get it done’!

A few hours later (including breaks) the quilting was done!

Now to pick out binding… I wanted something to carry the halloween theme so I searched my stash and found this black & white stripe – Perfect!!

I quickly cut the 2.5 strips, pieced them together and ironed it in half. I had the quilt up on my design wall so I pinned the binding on to make sure I knew where to start the sewing so no piecing seams landed on the corners (I learned that lesson the hard way many years ago!!)

After a break for lunch and to watch some football, I finished off the binding later that afternoon and now I have a finished quilt!! Yay!!

Of course I no sooner got this one finished when I got the itch to start something new. Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict always has plenty of ideas posted on her blog and one of her most recent projects is making a Christmas quilt using her postage stamp tutorial. I’ve made one of these before in random scraps and it really came together fast. I went searching for all the red & green Christmas fabrics I could find in my stash and wouldn’t you know it I found a FQ bundle of Holliberry by Corey Yoder!! What? When did I get that? Oh yeah, it was from the FQ club at Fat Quarter Shop – ‘Doh, I completely forgot about it!

Sarah is making her quilt with 2.5 strips but I’m going to use 3.5 strips like I did on my last one. To make a 60×72 quilt I’ll need approx 24 FQ’s, this bundle only had 12 pieces… and two of those pieces are a gray colorway that I don’t want to use. Luckily I have enough ‘other’ Christmas fabrics that will make up the difference – whoopie! I plan to get started today – wish me luck!

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

Progress…

Not much sewing took place this past week but there was a lot of activity as we get closer to closing on our other house.

The inspection report called out a few electrical things, some minor repairs to a few roof shingles and a few windows where the seals had broken. DH drove up on Thursday to take the windows to get an estimate so we can offer a credit at closing. We lined up a roofer and he took care of the issues the next day. We’ve lined up an electrician who will have the work done by this Friday.

The house is on well & septic and the Buyers had those tested last week too. The well came back with minor traces of bacteria – which we’ve been told is normal because no one has lived in the house for 4 months. We’ll need to line up someone to ‘shock’ the well next week and that should take care of it.

The appraisal is scheduled for tomorrow – that’s the last hurdle to get us to closing. Please send out all the good vibes you can spare that it goes in our favor!!! 🙂

Last but not least, this is the first time in my life I’ve put my Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving!! We bought a new tree during ‘Christmas in July’ so we’ve been anxious to see what it looks like. It’s a slim-line tree, it has LED lights that can change colors and motion all with a remote control. It needs a bit fluffing up but I’ve got plenty of time to do that and decorate it!

Lazy Holidays

It’s been pretty low key around here for the last week. I was sick with a stomach bug on Christmas day – ugh!! I woke up at 3:30am with diarrhea, chills and a very sour stomach. I was able to go back to sleep for a little while but was back up before 7am again. I moved to the couch and around 10am finally ‘tossed my cookies’…sorry if this is too much information. I suffered through the rest of the day feeling like I’d been hit by 17 buses (no clue where that saying came from !?).

Needless to say, Christmas was postponed in our house until the next day. I felt a little better so we exchanged gifts and just hung out on the couch most of the day. Later, I fixed dinner but I couldn’t eat any of it 😦  I feel much better now so all’s well that ends well.

There was no sewing this past week – ugh – but I did talk with my neighbor about making changes to her commission quilt. As you may recall, in it’s current state it’s about 30 inches longer than it is wide and it will be too long for the full-size bed she plans to display it on so, we’re going to move one of the rows of shirts to the back side and position it at the top so if the quilt is folded down there is a little surprise of more shirts! (A big Thanks to Quilt Mouse for the suggestion!)

That will be my mission this week – unpick and resew the top and piece the backing.

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Let’s hope the new year brings lots of good health, joy and adventure!

HNY