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!

Finishes and New projects

I’m happy to report I finished the enlarged Tall Tales quilt and it’s ready to go with me to Maryland at the end of the month. I decided to quilt an all over swirling loop design to soften all the edges of the books.

I just have to say, quilting on my new sewing cabinet with my machine dropped into table is a HUGE game changer. I have so much more quilting area and I don’t have to deal with the quilt slipping over the edge of the table as I move it around. Another bonus is my shoulders didn’t get tired from being all bunched up around my ears! The only issue I had is when I opened the drawer on the left to hold the extension I couldn’t sit exactly where I like in relation to the needle on my machine. Over the years I’ve found I like to sit just a smidge left of my needle but the arm on my chair kept hitting the drawer, so today I’ll be removing the arms on my chair and see if that helps because I’d really like to leave that extension on full-time but I’m not about to buy a new chair!!!

I no sooner finished the Tall Tales quilt when I decided I just *had to* make a Swoon Sixteen block. I was going to buy the pattern but I figured I could do it on my own watching her tutorial on YouTube. Of course it wasn’t as easy as it looked but after a few stops & starts I got it down. I now have four blocks!!

As if that wasn’t enough, I joined in the National Sew a Jelly Roll day yesterday and started the Heart Strings blocks I mentioned a few weeks ago. Now that I’ve got the pieces all cut, I’m not sure I love my fabric selection but there’s no going back! This is not a complete picture of all the blocks and I still need to sew all the corner pieces to make the hearts… my design wall is very busy right now!

As for my bucket list project – Elephant Abstractions – I received the bundle of fabric yesterday from Hancock’s of Paducah and unfortunately they were out of the background fabric Kona Curry ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I went online and found the next closest shade, Kona Duckling, and ordered it. I’m not going to start on this project until I get back from Maryland so there’s no rush ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I don’t recall if I mentioned it here but I went WAY outside my comfort zone a few weeks ago and sent a note out to all the residents of our neighborhood to see if anyone would be interested in a monthly Sewing Day at our clubhouse. I got responses from 3 ladies, two of which are new to quilting…I was not looking to start a class but it might turn out that way for the short-term. Anyway, we decided we’d meetup the second week of each month on Monday or Thursday (waiting on confirmation the clubhouse will be available) from 10a – 2p.

One of the newbies doesn’t even have a machine yet! She asked for recommendations which is like asking about your favorite child – LOL! She lives one street over from me so I invited her to come look at my two machines, Pfaff and Singer, to get some perspective. One of the other ladies said she had a Janome for sale for $450, so hopefully she’ll have a machine by our first sewing day!

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

New projects

I’ve been in my sewing room almost every day since I got my new sewing cabinet. I’m still trying to get in rhythm with the new setup and the only way to do that is to use it A LOT!

I’ve started making blocks for the enlarged Tall Tales books. I had a half layer cake bundle of Elizabeth Hartman fabrics I got in a Sew Sampler box a few years ago, I think it’s called Paintbox Winter. I had initially enlarged the pattern to 130% but once I chose this fabric I needed to change to 125% to get two books from each layer cake. There are a few prints in the bundle I chose not to use so for now I’ll make 24 ‘books’ then I’ll decide on sashing and layout. I just love these muted prints, they’ll make the perfect quilt to snuggle under while reading ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next up I saw this adorable heart quilt online and of course I just HAVE to make it, LOL!! The pattern is available on etsy although I haven’t purchased it. I’m pretty sure I can figure this one out without a pattern — fingers crossed!! ๐Ÿคž๐ŸปI haven’t selected fabric yet but I have a few jelly rolls I think will work very nicely.

And lastly (for now) I’ve FINALLY taken the steps to make a quilt on my bucket list: Elephant Abstractions!

I went online last night and ordered all the fabrics I’ll need from Hancock’s of Paducah – SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! This one’s gonna take a while but hey, I’ve got time! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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In other news, I’m trying out a new brand of press on nails – Glamermaid. These nails come with glue tabs you apply to your nails then apply the press on nails. So far I’m liking these and bonus they can be reused!! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

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And I’ll leave you with this adorable picture: My great-niece started Pre-K this week! Be still my heart ๐Ÿ’–

One last word, you know I’ve been watching the US Open this week. It was so great to see Serena back in action and she looked really good in all her matches!! Too bad she was not able to come out on top of her 3rd match. One more week to go until Champions are crowned!!

That’s all for now… enjoy the rest of your weekend!!