Visitors and misc

Not a lot of sewing going on around here. I finished the memory quilt two weeks ago and I thought I would jump right into finishing my Meadowland quilt or my Rainbow Postage Stamp quilt…but both are still sitting there untouched 😦 I did piece batting and the back for the Meadowland so I guess that’s progress, lol

We had friends from Maryland visit last week and it was exhausting!! I won’t go into all the gory details, suffice to say they argue constantly and we were very happy when it was time for them to leave. I don’t think we’ll be inviting them back – ever again! With all that angst we still captured a few good pictures

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The (un)happy couple
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In other news, we’re redecorating DH’s bedroom (yes, we sleep in separate rooms). His bedding and curtains were an ugly dull brown and he (finally!) decided to lighten things up a bit. He saw this coverlet on Evine and asked me to order it – needless to say you could’ve knocked me over with a feather, but I got on the computer right away 🙂

Next, we ordered a navy blue bedskirt and navy blue blackout curtains from Amazon…the bedskirt is elastic and kind of wraps around the boxspring instead of having that gauzy material that goes under the whole mattress – wow, it was so easy to put on! We haven’t hung the curtains yet.

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I have started a new quilting project, my husband’s cousin reached out to me a few months back to ask if I would make a quilt for her next grandchild due in October, I said Yes! I love making baby quilts!! 🙂 She had a specific color palette in mind and wanted something with elephants so I got on Pinterest and sent her a few examples of quilts I felt I could replicate or offered a pattern. She loved this one (and it was secretly my fav too!)

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She wanted it to be all flannel so I gave her the fabric requirements and she went to her local Joann’s, bought what she liked and sent them to me (she lives in WV). I’ve had those fabrics for about a month and yesterday I started working on the project by cutting the 5″ squares, piecing together the template for the elephant, tracing it to Heat ‘n Bond and affixing it to the fabric. Next up is cutting it out and appliqueing it to the background.

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I didn’t drop any weight this week…in fact I’m up .4 but I expected that with having company most of the week. We ate out a lot and I had a few more ‘adult beverages’ than usual.

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My niece is coming for a visit next week and I’m so excited! She’s like a mini-me in many ways – appearance, personality, world view. We often joke she should be my kid!! (Ha, she’s not a kid anymore). She celebrated her 40th Bday earlier this year and I wasn’t able to go up to MD at that time so we’ll do something while she’s here to mark the occasion.

 

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

 

A little behind

I didn’t get around to posting last week because I was traveling so let me try to catch up now.

Last Friday I flew to Maryland to spend a few days with my niece and to attend her baby shower. As you may recall from my last post she had sent me a bundle of pink & gray fat quarters they wanted turned into a quilt (yes, she’s having a girl!). It only took me a few days to complete that project so I also made her a few receiving blankets and an elephant tag toy – you can read about that here.

Anytime I go back to Md I always hunt down some good crabs and I was not disappointed this time! We went to a restaurant called Fifer’s in Fort Smallwood.

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The Baby Shower was on Sunday…they had it at their house and handled all the details. I helped them pickup the cake and balloons that morning and we finalized all the food & decorations. I’ll spare you the hundreds of pictures and just show a few – they’ve already picked out her name too: Campbell Elizabeth

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How cute is this cake!!! ❤

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What a creative way to ‘wrap’ the gift!

I flew home Monday afternoon and haven’t spent much time in my sewing room but I did get a little bit done. I finally got around to completing the August Honey Pot Bee block and since I was on a roll I did September too!

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Since I got the September one done so early, there’s a second block option for Sept that I may make as well  😉

I also put this top together…I had to set it aside in my “Tops” box (waiting to be basted, quilted & finished) so I can work on a few commissioned projects.

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I picked up a new commissioned job to do quilting & binding on a cross stitch blanket (pictures next week) and I finally got my client to pick out backing fabric for the Clemson tshirt quilt. I had to order it online so it should be here early next week.

I’ve been watching the US Open for the last week…lots of great stories but my highlights are Roger & Rafa (how do they continue to play at that level?!!)  and all the US Ladies that are doing so well!

And I’m looking forward to another season of NFL…my team, the Redskins, isn’t predicted to do very well so as usual I’ll cheer on my back up team, the Patriots!

 

That’s about it for now…let me know what you’ve been working on!

 

 

Blueberry Park Granny Square

Yay! I finished with a day to spare…what am I talking about?

My niece bought a new house and the housewarming party is this weekend. Of course I decided to make them a quilt and I pulled my most favorite fabric to make it with – Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis. I only had a layer cake (42 – 10″ squares) so I started planning a few weeks ago what design I would use. I just love the big bold prints so I didn’t want to cut them up into little pieces…hence I made a granny square block using the 10″ squares!

The lighting is really bad in this picture and colors are not true but you get the idea of the design:

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And here’s a picture after all the color and border blocks were sewn together. The lighting is still bad but the colors are a little more true

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I’ve trimmed and added 3 borders here

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And here’s the finished quilt today…I used big free motion daisies all over the quilt…I just LOVE how it turned out!!! It measures just shy of 66″ square

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A neutral backing

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I made DH hold it up outside for me so I could get some decent pictures in natural light – not sure how successful it was :-s

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I’m flying to Maryland tomorrow for the housewarming (which happens to fall on her birthday as well!) – it should be a great party!!! 😀

Linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop Friday

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Not all running is just for exercise

I know I haven’t written about running for a few weeks but I’ve been keeping up…for the most part.

I’ve had three trips in the last 3 weeks which has put a bit of a wrench in my plans. I drove to Maryland for my grandson’s first birthday party on Sep 28th. I had to make the trip alone because my husband came down with shingles a few days before the trip. It wasn’t too bad driving the 7 hours alone, I just rolled the widows down and turned the radio up.  The bad part was the turn around time – I drove up on Friday and back on Sunday because I had to fly to OH on Monday…that part wasn’t fun at all.

I was in OH until Wed for a business meeting and then I was settled for a couple of weeks. Last week I was in Chicago for a quick business trip – in on Tues and out on Wed but it was a bit frustrating because I experienced quite a few issues with my flights; I won’t bore you with the details 🙂

So I told you all that just to let you know that I’m on track with the Run for God program even though I’ve missed a few meetings with the group.

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