2021… what???

I won’t spend a lot of time discussing the current situation with our democracy… this sums it up completely:

My anxiety has been a roller coaster ride for the last few days… ha, I thought it was bad over covid! Nope, I’ve reached a new level in this game ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’ve been trying to focus on sewing and staying away from the constant news cycle, I don’t always succeed. I keep praying I’ll check and find that trump has been removed from office and held accountable!

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As for sewing & quilting, I’ve pulled my gray/black scrap bin and started cutting 2.5″ squares for Debby Brown’s โ€œColor Blocks Quilt Alongโ€œ. I didn’t even try to keep count, I just cut strips using my AccuQuilt strip die and then manually cut those into squares.

I started piecing them into sets of two and I even made a few 4-patches… lots more still to come

As for the January quilt, I made the choice for backing [inspirational text on the right] but haven’t cut it to size or started basting… I’ve got all month, right? Ha!

I watched the NFL Playoff games yesterday, two of the three teams I was rooting for won… poor Washington! Maybe they can figure out the QB situation before next season!!

I’ll be watching more today, cheering for Ravens, Bears & Browns…let’s see how it goes!!!

That’s all for now… stay safe out there โค

Just playing around

After knocking out two UFOs last week I’ve just been playing around this week. I’ve seen a few Mountain block quilts online lately and had a thought, what would it look like to sew the cut HST strips end to end instead of in a block? So, I pulled one of the FQ bundles I’ve been getting from the Fat Quarter Shop and started playing.

The bundle I pulled is called “At Home” with some beautiful florals in blue, red and green.

I also pulled some silver gray fabric from my stash to use as background. I cut four 9″ squares from each FQ and cut some 9″ squares from the gray yardage to make HSTs. After I pieced and cut 4 HSTs I started having second thoughts about making a entire quilt of those strips – I’m worried it will be too busy, no where for the ‘eye to rest’.

Sooooo, that’s where I’m at! I’ve got strips cut from two HSTs of every print ready to be pieced, a stack of HSTs that haven’t been cut and a stack of 9″ squares…

I’ll get those strips pieced today and then start playing with ideas on my design wall – that’s what it’s for, right?!!

I’ve been watching US Open tennis, the Ladies final was yesterday…if you don’t want to know who won, look away now!

Victoria Azareka and Naomi Osaka battled it out but Naomi pulled it out in the 3rd set. I was pulling for Azarenka since it had been so long since she’d won a grand slam ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Oh well! The men’s final is today, Sasha Zverev vs. Dominic Thiem – I’m hoping Thiem wins – let’s hope I don’t jinx him ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oh yeah, and FOOTBALL is back today!!! It’s gonna be really weird to see games with no one in the stands :-/ The games we’re going to watch today are Washington and Tampa Bay. Hubby is still a fan of the team formerly known as the Redskins however I think that team is a lost cause until Dan Snyder is forced out! I’m more interested to see how Tom Brady does with his new team in Tampa Bay.

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

Sunday

Let’s start off with the most fun topic…my great niece! She’s 9 weeks old and her parents just posted these pics. Awwwww, my heart is so full for this little red-haired cutie pie โค

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She was only 18 days old the last time I held that little bundle…hopefully I can get back up there soon.

I’ve been doing a little sewing this week – I finally completed the last block I needed for The Honeypot Bee, this is from November. There were multiple block options each month but sometimes I didn’t make either and other times I made both…I ended up with a total of 21 blocks.

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I put them up on my design wall this week just to get an idea of what I had and where I was going to need some sashing and/or fillers. This is not my final layout but you can see I still have my work cut out for me to make this cohesive :-s

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We also had a winter weather event here last week…we got about 2-3″ of snow and it stuck around for a few days until the temps finally climbed back to normal yesterday.ย  I enjoyed watching it come down since I work from home and didn’t have to worry about going out in it, but down here in SC most people just stay home anyway when this happens.

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I did get a few orders for bowl cozies after I posted pics on FB & IG of the ones I made last week. Here’s one set for a neighbor:

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That same neighbor took the other cozies to her work and not only sold those but one of her co-workers asked for more in specific colors. These are almost done, just need to top-stitch around the outside.

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I did make a very little bit of progress on a new tshirt quilt commission. This is for a different neighbor whose daughter turned 12 recently. She’s provided shirts from baby to pre-teen sizes and a few gymnastics leotards too. This is going to be interesting!! Here are the few shirts I’ve cut so far

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And lastly, I’ve also taken another new commission – this one is going to be very tricky for me. Yet another neighbor asked me to take her wedding dress and make two small quilts out of it for her two daughters (one in college the other in high school). She was quite adamant that she does not want either of her daughters to wear her dress but wants to use it to give them a memento…so…I’ve been scouring Google and Pinterest for ideas. Here’s the front & back of the dress

There’s plenty of fabric to work with but I’ve NEVER worked with this fabric before…so if you have any pointers or suggestions, PLEASE help a girl out!! ๐Ÿ˜€

That’s about it for now…I’ll be watching football later today – here are my pics:

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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!!! โค

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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 finallyย 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 ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

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?!!) ย 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!

 

 

Doing and procrastinating

So the first week of January has been productive in one regard and not so much in another…argh!

I’ve picked up a new obsession…Bullet Journal (Bujo to the in-crowd). I had read about it a few years ago but didn’t really ‘get it’ so I moved on. ย I stumbled back on it last week when I was starting to use The Quilter’s Planner, Stephanie mentioned that her planner could be used to Bullet Journal and it piqued my interest. I Googled it and searched Pinterest and, well, that’s all she wrote…I’m hooked!

The good news is, I think I ‘get it’ now and I’ve jumped in with both feet. I bought the recommended journal and started using it right away. What I like about it the most is that everything is in one place. A few years ago I wanted to start writing in a gratitude journal every night but I would forget and just go to bed – I also wanted to track my progress for exercising but the spreadsheet was in the computer and I would forget about it…there seems to be a theme ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Anyway, the point is each thing was in a different place and I would just forget to use them. With the Bullet Journal the idea is to PUT IT ALL IN ONE PLACE. Yes, it’s a written planner/journal/tracker but I find my mind connects better when I actually write stuff down versus using technology. Now don’t get me wrong, I still put my appointments in my phone/calendar so I get automated reminders but everything else is going in my Bujo ๐Ÿ˜‰

The other thing I really like is there’s a whole online community that is so supportive and encouraging – kind of like the quilting community. Creative people are so dang nice!!

If you’re interested in learning more about Bullet Journal here are a few resources I found very helpful:

BulletJournal.comย from the creator Ryder Carroll himself

BohoBerry.comย Kara Benz has fully embraced Bullet Journaling and offers many hints, tips and techniques. She also sells printables to use in the journal

Here are a few pages from my very first Bullet Journal:

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Next up – I’ve started C25K over this week and YAY I did all three workouts…whoop whoop!! I’ve already posted the first two days so I’ll just put day 3 in here. We had a bit of bad weather Friday night into Saturday (nothing like the weather forecasters were predicting – thank goodness!) Still, I didn’t want to run outside so I talked Hubby into pulling the treadmill out of the corner of the garage and setting it up where I could use it ๐Ÿ˜€

My times are not quite as good as when I run outside but I’m not gonna fuss over it!

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Now comes the procrastinating part…I’ve had lots of available time on my hands over the last many days that I should’ve been putting into finishing The Kitten quilt — but have I finished it??? Nope. I’ve worked on it here and there and the top is almost complete, I just need to add two more border strips but I know I should’ve had it done by now. I’m not sure what the problem is but I committed to having it finished this month so I better GET OVER IT!

Here’s a picture of the rows all pieced, I’ve since added borders to the left and right

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As I did last year, I’m following along with a few BOMs (Block of the month) and QALs (quilt alongs). First up is Amy Gibson’s Cookbook Quilt Along. I followed her Sugar Block Club last year and I really enjoyed it so it was a no-brainer that I’d do this one too. I’ve decided to use all solid fabrics for this one…this should be fun! Here’s the first block:

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The other one I’m following is The Honey Pot Bee with Molli Sparkles. This is not a traditional bee where you mail blocks off – with this one you keep everything you make and at the end of the year you finish the quilt. I haven’t actually made the January block yet but it’s on my list today (argh, and finishing the borders on The Kitten!).

While I’m sewing I’ll be watching the NFL playoffs and there are only 7 days until the Australian Open!! I sure have missed watching tennis ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Catching up on BOM

Since my two favorite football teams weren’t playing today (both had Bye’s) I figured I’d try to do a little catching up on the Block of month sew alongs I’ve been participating in this year.

First up, Sugar Block club with Amy Gibson. We’re on our 11th block – one more and we’ll start putting it all together…yay!

I pulled up the instructions for the November block and quickly realized the template that was provided was not correct – I did some math and made my own template so I could make the block today.

Unfortunately the picture is a little blurry – I took it with my phone and then cropped it to zoom in…that didn’t turn out so good.

This block is called Hello Sunshine, I could see making a whole quilt out of this one!

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I also completed three Splendid Sampler blocks…I started with the most recent and worked backward (great tip from Pat Sloan!)

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#76 Little Things

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And then I skipped back to #73 +Love…I promise this block is not as wonky as it looks in this pic :-s

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I still have many more Splendid Sampler blocks to make…hopefully I can do a few extra each week and get caught up. I’ve decided I’m not going to do anymore embroidery blocks…it’s just not my thing and I’m not going to feel guilty about it ๐Ÿ˜‰

That’s about all for now…G’night!

Running update

Although my running has been super sporadic I do have two runs I haven’t posted. One was a week ago and the other was yesterday.

Let’s start with a week ago – the weather was warm and muggy, much like the entire summer, and since I didn’t run at all over that weekend I figured I used the holiday (Labor Day in the US) to put in a few miles. Because of the aforementioned lack of running consistency I’ve decided to start using Run Double’s 5k-10k plan. Week 1 Day 1 calls for 5 reps of 8 min running with a 1 min walk break. I’ve been using intervals of 2/2 or 3/2 or even 4/2 on a good day so I wasn’t sure how I’d do with 8/1 but what the heck, I gave it a try.

I did pretty good with the first 3 intervals but the lack of running and the shorter intervals I’d been using caught up with me after three miles and I called it quits shortly afterward. Not the ‘restart’ I was looking for ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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The weather forecasters were calling for a big break in the weather last week and it finally arrived Saturday night. I typically have been running on Saturdays but decided to wait until Sunday to enjoy the cooler temps…and it did not disappoint!

Because of my lack luster performance on my last run, I made up my own plan this time – 4 miles using 4/2 run/walk intervals and I had much better results.

The weather was stunning – upper 50’s, no noticeable humidity and beautiful blue skies – FINALLY!

I got out the door around 8:30 and followed my 4/2 plan along a route in my neighborhood. I was feeling great through 3 miles and then I felt the fatigue set in; my legs felt so heavy and tired. I added a couple of extra minutes onto my walk breaks and even walked a little in the final run segments – I figured just getting in 4 miles was a good thing ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I’m pretty happy overall and even a little surprised to see that mile 3 was my fastest (ha, but not by much!)…I wonder if that’s why my legs felt so heavy in the final mile?

The temps are a supposed to be similar all week so I have NO EXCUSES not to run…let’s see how I do!

I didn’t do any sewing yesterday :-O It was the kick-off of the NFL season and I was planted on the couch watching as many games as possible…and I also watched the Men’s US Open Championship match (Congrats to Novak but I was cheering for Roger). I was in sports heaven!!

That’s all for now…have a great day!!