Memory quilt completed

After weeks of procrastination – I finally, FINALLY completed the memory quilt. Last Sunday I hunkered down and did the quilting and binding. None of it was hard, I just kept putting it off. This is a reinforcement that I need to STOP taking jobs for these kinds of quilts.

I’m still trying to figure out the best place here at the new house to take quilt pictures…

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DH will be traveling back to the other house next weekend so he’ll take this back with him and meet up with the customer.

A few weeks ago I dropped a plate on the kitchen floor…it was a heavy Pfaltzgraff plate from a set I bought new for the house. It not only shattered but it chipped the side of one of the floor tiles UGH! Every time I walked into the kitchen I could see the dark brown spot where it was chipped so I decided I would get some fingernail polish at the Dollar Tree and see if I could make it blend in.

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Other folks would’ve taken a ‘before’ picture but I was so excited to try this out I completely forgot!! Here are a few shots of ‘after’:

This first one from standing height, I’ve circled where the chip was

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This second one is an extreme closeup

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Yay! It worked!! I don’t even think about that darn chip anymore 🙂 And if any of the polish wears off over time I have plenty left to do another patch up.

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After living here for a few months you’d think we would’ve walked the beach many many times by now… but no. We’ve eaten at waterfront restaurants but until last week we had not gotten our feet into the sand and into the ocean. Let’s hope it doesn’t take as long for it to happen again, LOL

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We do not like to swim in the ocean so we spent the next day at our community pool. Most days there are no more than 5 people there 🙂

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I dropped 1.4 at WW at this weeks’ weigh in 🙂 My running total so far is 9.4…I can definitely feel a difference in my clothes. The waist band on my pants isn’t choking me and my underarms aren’t getting pinched by my shirts :-p  I’m not having any issues following the points plan and I’m definitely eating a lot more fruits & veggies.

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Today is the last day of the estate sale at our other house. I’m hoping most everything sells but DH will see for himself what’s left when he goes up next weekend. The estate sale company said they have dealers who may come and buy what’s left for a ‘lot’ price, that would be fine too.

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

A day late…

I totally forgot to post yesterday 😮  Not much going on, but here are the highlights:

Last week I celebrated 40 years of working for the same company! WOW, do I feel old!! The company has been bought & sold a few times and I’ve survived each one. I’m hoping to ‘retire’ in a few years and work part-time at my LQS – that would be a dream come true!!

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I put the final stitches in the commissioned memory quilt top – now I’m waiting on the client to decide on backing fabric.

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So…while I’m waiting on her, I decided to start a scrappy postage stamp quilt. I’m pulling my scraps out by color bin and making as many 5×5 blocks as I can. Here are the 7 blocks I made from my Red bin. I’m following Sarah’s tutorial using 2.5 strips, it sure does make it easier!!

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Next up is my Pink bin…for some reason I have a ton of pink scraps so I’m sure I’ll get way more than seven blocks.

Lastly, I re-joined Weight Watchers, WW as they like to be called now. I’ve got about 23 pounds that needs to come off and the only success I’ve had in the past was with WW…I just need to get my head refocused and stop all the junk food snacking I’ve been doing!

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A little bit of everything

I finished up my ‘Shattered Triangles’ quilt. I didn’t use any pattern for this I just cut a bunch of triangles from my overflowing pink scraps and used white to square them up, then I alternated the direction of the triangles in each row. I had some left over backing from other other quilts so I pieced them together for the back of this one.

I took the finished quilt out in our backyard (11th fairway on Parkland at Myrtle Beach) and captured a few shots in full sun.

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I spent the last few days sorting, folding and organizing my fat quarter stash. They were previously smushed (a technical term) in a few plastic bins and I had no idea what I had. This is an in-progress shot.

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After working through all the FQs, I pulled out some of my ‘less than yard’ cuts and wrapped them around comic book boards. I thought they looked good on the top shelf so I moved the FQ bins down.

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The brown tv cart in the foreground will be moving to another room soon but for now I get to work around it  :-/

And at last I started working on the commissioned memory quilt I’ve been ignoring for the last month. I hope to get this one done pretty quickly so I can just focus on some ‘fun’ sewing for a while…quite selfish of me!!

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

It’s done! It’s done! It’s done!

Posting off my normal Sunday schedule because I’m so happy to report I F.I.N.A.L.L.Y finished the t-shirt memory quilt!!! Can I get a Hallelujah and an AMEN!!!

Here’s the finished quilt laying on my bedroom floor in all it’s glory! This puppy measures 72×90!

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I used the same fabric for backing and binding…

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Here’s a close up of that fabric

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Last but not least, there’s a surprise on the back…three more t-shirts! Thanks to a suggestion from Quiltmouse I removed them from the front because the quilt was far too long. Now when the quilt is folded down, there are more memories to see.

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I am so stinkin relieved to have this quilt finished I can’t even put it into words!!

I’ll call the ‘owner’ tomorrow and make arrangements to take it to her – I’m sure she’s going to be just as happy to finally have a finished quilt 🙂

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I’m getting there

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post and I finally started quilting the t-shirt memory quilt…but…there was an issue, of course!

Because this quilt is so big and heavy, I moved my sewing machine to the dining room table so I could use it to help support the weight of the quilt. I got everything setup and I started doing my meander pattern. I was humming along and got about 1/3 through when I stopped to check the back… cue the ‘dun, dun, dun’ music!

Omg, there were ripples and tucks everywhere!!! I just about cried 😦  Actually, the very first section I quilted was fine but everything else was a mess. I let it sit for a few days trying to think of a way to salvage the quilting but I finally faced the truth – there’s no way to salvage it. I didn’t even have the stomach take a picture of it!

I reached out to a quilting friend to ask for tips or tricks for ripping it out and she said to ‘work from the back’. Cut the thread in one spot, move a few inches away and cut again and use the seam ripper to lift the thread out. After I got the hang of it, the ripping went pretty fast but I was still grumbling about it the whole time. I was also trying to figure out how I was going to prevent it from happening again!

I laid the quilt out face down on my bedroom floor and smoothed out the backing…the only choice to keep it from moving again was to pin it – UGH, I hate pinning! But that’s what I did, I pinned it from the back which in hindsight was not the smartest thing to do if you’re quilting from the top!! LOL Will this torture ever end? LOL

I got it back to the dining room and started quilting again…this time it worked fine! I’m over halfway done and will finish the quilting today – whoop whoop!

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I looked back in my posts to see when I started this puppy –  September!! Oh my…I’m so embarrassed it’s taken me this long to get to this point…but it is what it is.

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In other news…we still haven’t moved to Myrtle Beach yet. DH has been dragging his feet but we finally figured out what was wrong. Here’s a classic case of what NOT to do when taking pills:

DH takes four B12 vitamins every morning as instructed by his doctor (he’s deficient). I order them from Amazon and last month he asked me to reorder because he was getting low. When the new shipment came in, he commented they look different from last time. I told him I ordered the same thing as last time so we started investigating.

Last Feb, he asked me to buy him a new non-habit forming sleep aid from Unisom called Sleep Mini’s. As I always do, I checked Amazon and they had a 6-pk on sale so we got them (that adds up to 360 pills). When they came in, DH removed them from their original packaging and put them in an  empty B12 bottle – I think you can see where this is going.

When his B12 supply started getting low last year, he refilled it with the Sleep Mini’s without even giving it another thought. Bottom Line: for about 3 months he was mistakenly taking 4 Sleep Mini’s every morning instead of B12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No wonder he was so lethargic and out of it!

DH learned a HUGE lesson – do not take pills out of their original packing!! He’s been off those pills for almost a month now and he’s feeling more like his old self every day – whew!

We have made some progress in Myrtle Beach – we had internet installed and we got CPI to install the alarm system with all the new bells & whistles. I can do everything from my smart phone: arm/disarm, open/close the garage door, see who’s at the front door with the door bell cam. It’s pretty neat. We also got the fence installed so Sammie can run free in the back yard. And last week, DH drove down for the delivery of our new mattresses. Next up is getting DirecTV.

Right now the planned move date is early March.

I’ll end it there…have a great rest of the weekend.

It’s been a while…

I’ve been in a funk for the last few months – I’m attributing it to the overwhelm that comes with moving. I haven’t done much sewing & quilting since my last post in early November so there hasn’t been much to share…until now.

I knew I needed to spend some quality time in my sewing room to relax and stop obsessing over every little moving detail so I broke into my Vintage Holiday charm packs and followed Jenny Doan’s tutorial for charms on point. It’s a pretty neat trick and I love the result.

Here are a few in process shots and the finished quilt:

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Believe it or not, I STILL haven’t finished the commissioned memory quilt for my neighbor (uuuuuuugh!) that monster keeps haunting me!!! I think my issue is I don’t like the final size cuz it’s MUCH longer than it is wider (74×106). I keep telling myself to just push through and finish but the other voice says “fix it”…so I’m stuck until I decide what I’m going to do.

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That’s all I have for now…

I hope you have a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Happy New Year 🙂

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October update

I missed a few weeks posting so I’ll start off with what’s happened since the beginning of the month.

First, we went to Myrtle Beach on Thur 10/4 to have the final walk-through of our new house on Fri 10/5. On the surface everything looked fine but as my husband started really inspecting things we found a ton of minor issues – from missing door knobs & hinges to scuffs & marks on the floors and walls. As you can imagine we were NOT happy. There was a war of words with threats of legal action but I was finally able to calm the situation down and the builder will be addressing everything before we take possession of the house. We’re going back down Fri 10/26 and I pray it will all be done and we can move on from this horrible experience.

I was in a pretty bad funk after all that and I seemed to be punishing myself by not doing any sewing for about 7 days  :-p  but then I remembered I needed to finish the quilt for my great niece and I got my rear in gear!

The indoor lighting is pretty bad here but it’s all quilted and bound – it measures 72×90, plenty big for her new transition bed.

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And then I went back into my funk until a few days ago when I finally started making some progress on the commission memory quilt. I called my neighbor to apologize for taking so long and she said ‘do not even give it another thought’…so sweet of her! But I did get a few inner rows pieced last week, I just need to keep the momentum going!

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We celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary by going out for a nice dinner last night at Del Frisco’s in Charlotte. Both the food and service were amazing 🙂 We had the valet snap this picture as we were leaving…

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That’s about all that’s been going on in the last few weeks…

Have an awesome rest of your weekend 🙂

 

Lots to share

I don’t have any finishes this week but I have lots of pictures to share 😉

First up, I finally laid out all the t-shirts for the commission memories quilt I need to make. It’s a little messy but it gives me a template to follow once I have them all cut and stabilized.

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Next up, I FINALLY got around to making a test block for my design drawing – I looked back in Instagram when I originally posted this picture, it was Sept 2016!!! Oh my, I had no idea that much time had passed 😦

My original idea would be to have each grid square be 4″ finished – that would make the quilt 80″ overall. I was not ready to take that on so I visually divided the quilt into 4 quadrants and decided to have each grid square be 2″ and I set about making one of the quadrants.

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And here it is!!!! Woohoo! Squeeeeeeee! Can you tell I’m a little excited? In the drawing I used the only pencils I had which gave me a holiday feel but I wasn’t in the mood for that right now so I pulled 4 contrasting fabrics that I had enough on had to finish the quilt.

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And then I just HAD to see what it would look like finished so I put the picture in Word and rotated it to make this mock up. Oh boy!!! Now I really gotta finish this!!! 🙂  Looking at this mock up makes me think of a poppy flower…is it just me?

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If that wasn’t enough excitement, I happened to stumble upon a local quilt guild having a quilt show this weekend so of course I HAD to walk through. Here are just a few of the gorgeous quilts at the show

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I was so intrigued by this last one that I went online to find the pattern…and purchased it in .pdf!!! Ugh, now I need to master Y seams!!!

Ok, I think that’s enough for today…have a great rest of the weekend!

Getting things done

As mentioned last week, I finished the top made of my great niece’s receiving blankets and had to order fabric for the backing…it arrived on Thursday. When I saw this fabric online I wasn’t sure if the lines were part of the weave or part of the print and I was a bit worried…

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Thankfully it’s part of the print and it gives the fabric a bit of a vintage look. Since this is 108″ wide I only need to make one cut and it will be ready for basting.

Next up, I continued to work on my Sept Scrap Attack project and made excellent progress…the top is done!!!

I took it outside to get a shot in sunlight

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And I gave the IG swirl a try

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And one more shot up on my design wall.

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I’m so tickled with how this turned out with all those happy, bright colors. It measures 63×72. This will now need to go into the ‘waiting’ pile as I prioritize finishing the receiving blanket quilt and working on the memory quilt commission project.

Speaking of that, I pulled all those shirts out last week and deconstructed them…now I need to get down on my bedroom floor and work on a layout – my knees and back are already dreading it!

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An update on the house in Myrtle Beach: we’re supposed to go there next week to close on the house and I’d be so happy about that if it weren’t for a little storm called Florence! I just can’t believe our luck!!! 😦  So we’ll wait and watch to see what happens and hope the storm takes a hard right out to sea!!

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

 

 

Back in the groove

I failed to mention last week that while visiting my great niece her Momma gave me her old receiving blankets and asked me to make a toddler bed size quilt because she would be transitioning into one pretty soon.

I began thinking of a cute pattern and landed on a simple 4-patch/square design and without even hesitating I cut all the blankets into 10.5 squares and 5.5 squares…too bad I didn’t take a picture of those lovely stacks 😦

Here are the blocks on the design wall…and on the table because I couldn’t get them all to fit on the wall – this is going to be 70×90

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I spent all day yesterday piecing it together…while watching US Open tennis matches. Here’s the completed top on my bedroom floor.

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The lighting is horrible and the angle is pretty bad too but it was just too humid to take this outside for pictures – seriously, the deck was still damp from the overnight dew even at 6pm! ugh…I can’t wait for FALL!

I didn’t have anything big enough for the back – I didn’t want it to be pieced…so I hopped online to search for 108″ backing and found the perfect fabric! So this project will be put on hold until it arrives.

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Speaking of fall, I pulled my September Scrap Attack project…and look at this beautiful picture! Unfortunately it’s just a picture link on Pinterest so there’s no pattern or even a name I can give credit 😦

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Oh my…at first it looks like a lot of work but once I dissect it, it’s really just 9-patch blocks with heart applique blocks. I’m not going to make a bed size quilt so I won’t have near as many blocks to make.

I’ve already printed a heart shape from Google

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…and I’ve already cut 3.5″ strips from my scraps to sew into groups of three…using a bit larger size will (hopefully) give this a bit of a modern touch – and the fabrics will help with that too 😉 Once the strips are sewn, I’ll cross cut them into 3.5″ strips and assemble them into 9-patch blocks. I’ve also got a stack of smaller pieces of fabric I can cut into 3.5″ squares if I need more.

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As if that’s not enough to work on…I have another memory quilt commission – here are three bags of shirts I need to deconstruct and apply stabilizer before determining the layout…she wants it to be random placement :-p

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And lastly, just because…here’s Miss Campbell at almost 10 months ❤ ❤ ❤

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