Monkey Wrench

The March Color Blocks quilt is complete. The design is called Monkey Wrench and I added the borders at the top & bottom using the bonus HST’s from making some of the blocks. I decided to follow the suggested quilting design and even though it’s just a smidge too dense for my liking I think it turned out great.

It was a tad windy the day I took these photos so it was pretty hard to get a good picture. This quilt is now sitting in the pile to be donated. Speaking of…

I’ve participated in the Hands2Help challenge hosted by Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict for several years. Visit her blog for all the details on how to participate… I think this year I will find a local charity to cut down on the shipping expenses.

In the past I’ve made quilts from the designs Sarah suggests but I just loved the idea of using up my scraps in the Color Blocks QAL so all these quilts will be sent off for Hands2Help. It’s not too late to join the QAL…it’s going on all year long 🙂

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The pollen here has exploded over the last couple of weeks and it’s no fun spending time outdoors. Everything is covered in a layer of yellow/green dust… we need some rain really bad 😦 I’ve been wearing a mask when I walk to cut down on the amount of pollen I breath… ick. Later today I’ll be hosing down our back patio even though I know it’ll be covered again in another week; at least it will cut down how much we track inside.

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Yesterday we drove back to our old neck of the woods to attend a memorial service for a dear friend. We did it as a day trip because we didn’t have anyone to keep our dog overnight. We left at 9am and got back around 6:30pm. Our neighbors came over to let Sammie out about every 3 hours and gave her treats. She was so happy to see us when we got home… poor thing was so confused!!

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

Stay safe and…

Finishing mode

Every now and again I get on a kick to finish projects I’ve left untouched and it appears I’m having one of those moments. In my last post I said I was itching to start a new project and I not only started one but I finished it too!!

Several months back I dug into my scrap bins and cut a ton of 5″ squares, since then I’ve made several quilts but I still had many squares left. I pulled them out last week and sorted them into light and dark and laid them out in an offset pattern; within a few days I had the top finished!!

The next day I pulled a beautiful purple print from an old Denyse Schmidt line out of my stash for the back and got it all basted.

I didn’t want to use my standard Dove Gray thread color so I pulled a pink from my stash and used that for the top and in the bobbin. It blends in pretty nicely on the back while giving a little pop to the top. Since I had all those perfect squares to fill, I went with a Heart Strings quilting motif and I love it!

I squared it up and used the same Denyse Schmidt fabric for the binding. This finished at 49″ square and will be going off to Quilty Hugs for the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge 2020.

Next up, I pulled out this “Trip Around the World” experiment I started last month and got it glue basted with a pale blue print for the back. I plan to start quilting on it later today.

[These photos were taken before it was basted]

That’s about all for today…have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

Two finishes!

I’m slowly getting my mojo back and I finished two baby quilts this week! Whoop whoop! These are destined for the Hands2Help charity challenge hosted by Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict. My last post shows all the quilts I’m sending off this year, more than half of them were made many months ago but they fit the need so off they go!

The first finish this week is the Disappearing 25 patch, this tutorial was posted on Sarah’s blog at the beginning of April and I’m sure I would’ve had it finished long before now if Greta hadn’t needed her annual cleaning. I used fusible polyester batting in this one because I happened to have it left over in my stash and it was the perfect size…BUT I hated every minute of quilting it so I won’t be buying any more of that crap! Luckily once washed, it was soft and squishy – whew!

I did a simple all over meander quilting motif, then I auditioned several fabrics for binding before landing on this solid lavender. This finished 44″ square.

My next finish is a quick project called Deep Blue Sea by Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting. She offered a free pattern & tutorial on her blog and I just had to give it a go! I finished this top the night before Greta went into the shop so it sat on my design wall the whole time, just calling to me!! After I finished the D25P, I cut batting and made the back for this one. I knew I wanted to do wavy lines for quilting so it finished up very fast.

The colors are truest in this first photo

I found this fabric in my stash with blue birds but I didn’t have quite enough so I added the organic vines…the colors are perfect! This finished 38×48

I’m contemplating pulling out some other UFO tops and getting them done but I hear the siren song of starting a new project calling me!! Oh what will I do…

Oh and there is LIVE tennis to watch this weekend!! A few weeks ago the guys played a round-robin tournament in West Palm Beach, FL and now the ladies are doing the same this weekend…the final is today!! I love to watch tennis while I sew – squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Have a great rest of your long weekend…

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.

A day late…

I usually post on Sundays but I spent the day in my sewing room so I’ll get caught up today!

I finished my Simple Hearts quilt for Hands2Help2019, this will be sent to Jack’s Basket. I quilted hearts within the hearts on a string down the quilt.

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I had a 1 yard cut of a Cotton+Steele blue diagonal dot fabric so I added another blue (not shown) to the bottom of that for the back. It’s all washed and ready for mailing.

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Next up I should’ve been working on a back for my Criss Cross quilt, instead I pulled out the bonus blocks I made from those scraps and started playing with layouts…

 

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Option 1 – this looked busy and I needed to figure out how to make it bigger

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Option 2 – still busy on the eyes and not big enough

This is not an Ad, but I finally got to use the Bloc Loc ruler I purchased last year and WOW does it ever make it easy to trim HST!! Just line up the diagonal seam in the slot and trim the sides. Never knew how much I needed one of these until I got one and used it!! Highly recommend 🙂

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…And here’s the finished top for all those bonus blocks. This will also be sent to Jack’s Basket.

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Final top measures 37″ square

I also worked on getting my new sewing room organized this past week. DH assembled the bookshelf I bought and I immediately started sorting my scraps by color and used some old baskets to hold them. This is not the final storage layout but it works for now! I’m also thinking about getting another bookshelf for the other side of the window.

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We also got two 4×8 Insulated foam board with our Lowe’s delivery this weekend to be used for a new design wall – squeeeeee! Thanks to Christa for posting such a thorough tutorial. I can’t wait to get started but I need a few more supplies first – like duct tape, a staple gun and a flannel sheet. The duct tape and staple gun are still at the other house and I’m going to order the flannel sheet today!

Ok, that’s enough for now…have a great week!

 

 

 

 

 

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!!

 

Progress and a setback

I finished a couple of tops this week – first up: the tshirt quilt top…yay! This puppy measures 70×74 😮

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Not the best picture but it’s finally all pieced. In my last post I shared that I ordered the backing fabric and when it arrived I realized I’d made a measuring mistake – AACK!! Because the tone on tone text is directional I needed more fabric to piece the back so the text wouldn’t be going in various directions…smh!! I put in a new order and it should be here early in the week, needless to say I did not get any basting done, ugh!

Instead I focused on getting my Feb scrapattack2018 top completed. You may recall I was putting together blocks for a Stoplight quilt…and because its scrappy I found it all just a bit too busy for my liking. I played with some layout ideas and finally landed on adding a sashing row in between and a border. I think this gives the blocks a little room to breath 🙂  The top measures 63×73

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I’m going to wait to finish this quilt for the Hands2Help challenge put on by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. I also have a few other completed tops that I can pull out and finish up for the challenge…we’ll see.

The next big monster to tackle is the wedding dress quilt {{{cue screams of horror!}}}.

I mentioned this project back in January – one of my neighbors has asked me to carve up her wedding dress to make two quilts for her two daughters. The thought of cutting up her wedding dress has just got me paralyzed…what if I can’t make it work? what if she hates the quilts? what if, what if, what if!??? I really can’t procrastinate on this any longer – I need to pull on my big girl panties and JUST DO IT!

So…stay tuned for an update next week…until then have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

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More Charity quilting

It was a mad dash to finish the quilts for the Hands2Help Challenge coordinated by Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict. This year I committed to making 3 quilts and I wanted to use up my scraps so it was a perfect match. Luckily I already had a head start by cutting and sewing together 2.5×4.5 leaders & enders for a few months now and I’m proud to say I got all three quilts completed – whoop whoop!

Two of them are already on their way to the charities – I just finished the last one late Friday so I’ll put it in the mail tomorrow – whew!

I posted about Scrappy 1 last week but here’s a reminder picture

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Scrappy 2 is almost identical except for the border

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I tried to use more masculine colors to make the scrappy back

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And the third quilt is Scrappy Stars, I made this flimsy before the H2H event started when Sarah was posting her Stunning Stars series and almost forgot all about it…but I pulled it out and got it done just in time

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It feels so good to make quilts knowing they will be given to those in need…I hope it brings them a little happiness 😀

In other sewing news…I made the May Honey Pot Bee blocks. I’m using fabrics from two Blueberry Park Cool layer cakes with silver for the background, I can’t wait to see how all this comes together…squeee

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On the running front…I went out with my running buddies yesterday morning and ran the Cannoli 5k! It’s a fun event that I ran last year…it’s part of a local Italian festival and the course is a 1 mile loop. At the end of each loop you have the option to eat a mini cannoli. Last year I ate one after the first loop and immediately regretted it…don’t get me wrong, it was delicious but it did not sit well in my stomach while running! This year I waived off 😉

For not having run in many, many weeks I’m happy to say I finished with a decent time and I’m not horribly stiff today…win, win! I set my C25K app for intervals of 2 min run/1 min walk which worked out pretty well. One little asterisk…it seems there was a different race coordinator this year and a few things were off – a big one was the course distance came up short at 2.88, confirmed by my running buddies too. That’s ok…I’ll take it either way!!

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I’ll be spending the morning on the couch watching the ATP finals in Rome…I do love me some Tennis! This afternoon I plan to get started on my next commissioned t-shirt quilt and I already have another request waiting in the wings!

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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?