Two weeks worth!

***Fair warning: this is a picture heavy post***

I missed posting last week but I had a really good reason – I was in Maryland visiting my new Great niece!! OMG she is just the cutest, sweetest baby EVER! (Ha, I’m sure all Great Aunts say that…lol). Just look at Miss Campbell Elizabeth:

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It was so hard to leave but after 6 days (!) I was ready to get back home. I missed DH and my fur baby…and I was itching to get back to my sewing room too!

First thing I did was finish up an old UFO (unfinished object) I started a few years back when I wanted to learn applique. This was a block of the month I followed from Jacquelynne Steves called Cozy Afternoon. The top had been done for a long time so I finally pulled it out, basted it and quilted all over it.

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No specific plan for this – it measures 45″ square…I’ll offer it for sale on Facebook for $70, if there are no takers it’ll sit in my ‘done’ pile until I decided to donate it.

I’ve also started working on a Washington Redskins quilt for DH – after their extremely poor performance Thursday night I’m really not excited about making it but I’ve had it on my ‘to-do’ list for way too long so I’m just going to get ‘er done! Here’s part of it on my design wall, I still need to add a section on the right of the t-shirts. When it’s all done it should measure 75×84…whew!

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I took a break today to put up a few Christmas decorations. As you may recall we’re supposed to be moving to Myrtle Beach (yeah that’s taking much much longer than anticipated) and I really didn’t want to pull out all my decorations just to have to pack them up when we move so I’ve only pulled out our pre-lit tree and a quilt I made last year to decorate the living room.

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I then realized I didn’t have a Christmas table topper so I went right into the sewing room and made one! When I flipped my wall calendar to December there was an adorable snowman quilt which gave me the idea for this table topper. I pulled out my small bin of Christmas fabric and went to town – I really need to embellish this with some buttons for his eyes and mouth, and for his mid-section 🙂

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And to top all that off, I’ve re-started the Couch-to-5k program (again!). The temps here in SC have been pretty mild so it was really easy to get outside. Week 1 Day 1 in the books…and it wasn’t pretty. My lungs are definitely out of condition – I was huffing and puffing through the first 4 intervals and I was only running 60 seconds!!! Ugh! More evidence that I’m sorely out of shape :-/

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That’s all for now…have a great weekend and week ahead!! 😀

 

I’ve been a little silent…

I’ve been working hard in my sewing room trying to finish up a few WIPs (works in progress) and finish designing the memory quilt I’m making for my friend.

I decided I needed to layout all the bricks again with a tan/light background to be really sure that’s the way I wanted to go before I buy more fabric…and I’m SO glad I did.

Here are the two backgrounds side-by-side…

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I had originally thought the lighter background would allow the ‘bricks’ to really stand out but there are quite a few light bricks and I think they get a little lost in the tan background. However, with the burgundy background all the bricks stand out…so that’s the way I’m going.

I’ve also been trying to finish up my Cozy Afternoon quilt. I got the triangle pieces attached and then sewed on the green border…and then – ugh! It just didn’t look right. There needed to be something significant between the center and the borders.

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I took the fabric I had intended to use as binding and cut it into 2.5″ strips, folded them in half and tacked them up to frame the center…ahhhh, much better!!

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I don’t want to remove the light green border pieces because they’re already cut to size so I’m going to ‘applique’ the dark green trim around the center. Not necessarily a conventional idea but I think it will work just fine. Then I’ll need to figure out what to do for binding. I think it needs to be a dark color but I don’t have anymore of the dark green so whatever it is I’ll have to go buy it!

I’m gearing up for The Splendid Sampler QAL that begins 2/14 and runs for a whole year…yikes! They’ve released a sneak peak block and some patterns so of course I had to try them. I didn’t make these with the fabrics I bought specifically for this sampler – I really want to wait for the actual blocks before I cut into them.

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Instead I used fat quarters from my stash to make them.

Folding Block Station: the block on the inside is the ‘sneak peak’

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Fabric Bucket:

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Lastly…no running for me this week. The ‘let’s do it tomorrow‘ gremlins have taken a hold of me and won’t let go!!! It doesn’t help that we’re having another cold snap and I just can’t fathom the idea of running 10+ miles on a treadmill…excuses, excuses!!

I’ve got a 10 mile race next weekend, 2/20…this should be interesting, LOL!

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Productive day

I’ve been in my sewing room quite a bit today…I needed a break so I figured I’d pop out here to post a few pictures.

I finished piecing together Cozy Afternoon block 3 but I’m not really happy with it. The border squares are not aligned and I’m thinking about re-doing them using paper piecing instead of the original instructions which had me cut on the bias…I always have trouble with that 😦  I’m also not too pleased with the placement of the center square but there’s not a whole lot I can do about that one…

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After finishing (for now) that block I wanted to work on another small project so I pulled some scrap fabric and a couple of fat quarters and made a blanket for my ‘fur baby’. I can’t believe I hadn’t done that before now! I haven’t quilted it yet – I’m just going to do some straight lines echoing the seams. I’ll try to get some pics of her on it later.

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I’m planning to go fabric shopping tomorrow morning (another PTO day) at Mary Jo’s and a local quilt shop called Sew Much Fun! I’ve decided to add a teal border to the monochrome top I’ve started and use that same teal fabric for the backing. I have a ‘test Granny Square’ block I made a few weeks ago that I’m going to incorporate into the back; it has the shade of teal I’ll be looking for…wish me luck!! Here’s a reminder of the top and the test block:

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That’s about it for now…I’ll probably head back to the sewing room later, who knows what I’ll make next! I’m really loving this ‘sewing thing’!! 😀

A little run

I mentioned in my post last night that I was going to try to get a 4 mile run in today…WTH was I thinking!? I haven’t run that far in weeks so I must’ve been pretty tired when I posted that…lol!

I did go out for a short run this morning using 2:2 (run/walk) intervals; it was extra soupy humid and I was DONE after 30 minutes. The 2:2 intervals seems to be a good combination for me – just as I’m getting overheated it’s time to walk. My average pace wasn’t too bad but I really wasn’t trying to go at any certain pace, just whatever was comfortable. The last .25 segment pace looks really good but it was all downhill 🙂

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The rest of the day will be spent in my sewing room working on Block 3 in the Cozy Afternoon series. I’m getting a little better at applique so I would say this effort is paying off.

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Cozy Afternoon Block 2 complete

I didn’t spend near as much time in my sewing room today as I would’ve liked but…I was still able to complete the second block in the Cozy Afternoon series – it’s not too late to join! (p.s. it’s FREE)

The second block has quite a few small HST (too small for my liking) and as I feared I got my seams a little off as I pieced the border…ugh! I’ve decided to keep it anyway. The center piece in this block is a tea pot and I did pretty good lining everything up but I had a little trouble figuring out how to applique some of the smaller pieces. I just wasn’t sure how to do it when the piece is barely wider than the zigzag stitch (i.e. the teapot handle and the bumble bee) so I just ‘winged it’ and I guess it doesn’t look too bad.

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I used light blue thread this time for the applique stitching – I was hoping to make the objects stand out a little more. I don’t think I achieved that but I don’t mind the look either.

I’ve got one more block to get caught up. I traced on Heat-n-bond, ironed and cut out the pieces for the next center block but that’s where I’m stopping tonight…my eyes are very tired and I fear I would ‘fudge’ something if I continued.

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My running buddies are otherwise occupied tomorrow morning so looks like I’ll be taking a solo run. I haven’t run all week…it’ll be interesting to see how far I can go. I’m hoping for 4 miles…we’ll see  :-p

Taking a few days off

I’ve got a couple of PTO days planned and I decided I would spoil myself a little.

Today I scheduled a massage at 10 am and it was heavenly! My last massage was so long ago I can’t even remember it! I liked Rejuvenate Spa so much that I scheduled a facial for tomorrow morning 😮  It’s been even longer since my last facial…

After I was properly chilled out, I went out to lunch with DH and then I’ve spent the rest of the afternoon sewing. I joined another block of the month series and unfortunately I’m 3 three blocks behind! In my defense, I joined late after the first two blocks were already released so I knew I would have some catching up to do.

The series is called Cozy Afternoon and the center pieces are in the theme of a cup of tea. She offers 3 options for the center of each block – you can applique it, embroidery it or you can just use a fabric square. I joined this particular series because I wanted to get better at applique so that’s what I plan to do.

I actually tried to start the border pieces last night and my seam allowances got off so I trashed that effort and started new today…and…I LOVE it!!! Yeah, it’s not perfect but that’s why I’m doing it…to get better 😀

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I just love how the pattern on the teal flower makes it look like a bee is crawling on it…that was just a ‘happy accident’!!

I’m going to try to get Blocks 2 & 3 done before I go back to work on Tuesday…wish me luck!!

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I also wanted to share the fabric that arrived in the mail today…I just love opening those packages – it feels like Christmas morning!! Squeeee!

The July Fat Quarter Club shipment arrived and the color theme is dark blue. Each time I get a new shipment I’m just blown away by the fabrics and the patterns and I was not disappointed with these:

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I also received my order from FatQuarterShop.com that I placed using the $50 gift certificate I won…even though I knew what was coming it was still exciting to open it up and feel the fabric…I think I’m becoming a ‘fabriholic’!! I ordered a fat quarter of fall/halloween fabrics so I can make the Patchwork Pumpkin table runner I found on Pinterest.

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This picture doesn’t really do it justice…the fabric is heavenly!!!

That’s about all for now…I’ll probably head back into the sewing room after dinner…I’ll keep you posted!!