Making a Christmas quilt

I no sooner finished my Wonky Stars and I started making another quilt. I only have one Christmas quilt so I decided I need to make another. Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict started making a postage stamp quilt with Christmas fabrics and I’ve used her technique before to make a quilt I lay at the foot of my bed… so it was a no brainer!

I pulled all my holiday fabrics together and if my math was correct I had just enough fat quarters so I started cutting strips. As I did with my last postage stamp quilt, I cut my strips 3.5″. I tossed them all in a plastic bin and then started pairing them up into sets of four.

From there I pieced them all into strip sets and ironed the seams open. I don’t usually take the time to press seams open but it really helps in this situation! Aren’t they pretty!

Over the next couple of days I cut 3.5″ strips from each set. I was able to get 6 strips from most of them. Then I put them in sets of 4 to be pieced into a 16 square block, I had enough for 36 blocks.

There were about 10 strips left over so I’ve decided to add one additional row to the last set of blocks to make the quilt 3″ longer than it will be wider.

And here are all the blocks up on my design wall, they’re not pieced together yet, I like to leave them for a day or two so I can determine if I have any matching fabrics too close

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The lighting is not so good in these pictures… the colors at the top are much closer to the true shades. I’m going to piece this by sewing the blocks into 4-patches then sewing those together. I hope to get that done while watching football today.

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

Wonky Stars finished

Right after I finished last weeks entry I went to my sewing room and started working on my Wonky Stars quilt. I decided to use my standard ‘meander’ for quilting and just ‘get it done’!

A few hours later (including breaks) the quilting was done!

Now to pick out binding… I wanted something to carry the halloween theme so I searched my stash and found this black & white stripe – Perfect!!

I quickly cut the 2.5 strips, pieced them together and ironed it in half. I had the quilt up on my design wall so I pinned the binding on to make sure I knew where to start the sewing so no piecing seams landed on the corners (I learned that lesson the hard way many years ago!!)

After a break for lunch and to watch some football, I finished off the binding later that afternoon and now I have a finished quilt!! Yay!!

Of course I no sooner got this one finished when I got the itch to start something new. Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict always has plenty of ideas posted on her blog and one of her most recent projects is making a Christmas quilt using her postage stamp tutorial. I’ve made one of these before in random scraps and it really came together fast. I went searching for all the red & green Christmas fabrics I could find in my stash and wouldn’t you know it I found a FQ bundle of Holliberry by Corey Yoder!! What? When did I get that? Oh yeah, it was from the FQ club at Fat Quarter Shop – ‘Doh, I completely forgot about it!

Sarah is making her quilt with 2.5 strips but I’m going to use 3.5 strips like I did on my last one. To make a 60×72 quilt I’ll need approx 24 FQ’s, this bundle only had 12 pieces… and two of those pieces are a gray colorway that I don’t want to use. Luckily I have enough ‘other’ Christmas fabrics that will make up the difference – whoopie! I plan to get started today – wish me luck!

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

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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DH on the right

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The (un)happy couple

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I’m on the left

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!!

 

Progress

Lots of progress has been made on my Rainbow Postage Stamp quilt… in fact, the top is DONE!!

Here are a few shots as I made progress – all colors are now completed

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I pressed the seams open all through the process…doesn’t the backside look almost as good as the front? haha

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Here the piecing has begun…

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And after I put the final stitches in last night there was enough light left outside for a quick picture! I had my final calculations off just a bit so the final top measure 90″ square (I know it looks long in this picture…I guess it’s just the angle)

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Unfortunately I have to put this to the side for now and work on the memorial quilt 😉 I’ve been shopping online for wide fabric so I don’t need to piece the back but haven’t found anything I just have to have…oh well, more shopping for me!!

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In other news…I’ve made more progress at WW, I’m down 1.4 this week SQUEEEEEEEE! I can feel the difference in my clothes (they’re not so tight!) so I’m encouraged to keep going 🙂 We’ve been eating home a little more, I think that’s helping too.

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A little more progress has been made at our other house – we finally got the storage unit emptied!! Woohoo, no more monthly bill for that! The estate sales company we hired moved all the sell-able stuff to the house and the sale will be held on the weekend of 7/20. Once that’s completed, we’ll see what’s left and decide whether to donate or dump it. DH talked with the buyer last week and he’s having his attorney start the paperwork to transfer the house – the closing will be some time the week of 8/19. They also agreed that we would take care of the lawn until the end of July and the new owner would be responsible after that.

It appears to be coming all together but I’ve learned a long time ago to never ‘count your chickens’ until they’re hatched, so I’ll ask for continued prayers and good thoughts for this to all work out ❤ 🙂

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

Good things

I’ve been steadily working on my scrappy rainbow postage stamp quilt top and I just finished making the blue blocks yesterday using Sarah’s tutorial. I’ve been pulling out each scrap bin by color and making as many blocks as the fabric scraps allow, which means I have an uneven number of blocks from color to color. I’m OK with that – hey, it’s a scrap quilt and they are always unpredictable.

That said…this is going to be one massive quilt! LOL

Here’s a pic of the strip sets of green before pressing and sub-cutting

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And here are the completed blocks up the the design wall. My wall measures 6ft down by 8ft across, you can see I’m almost out of space and I still have blue & purple to go!

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Here are the strips of blue before any piecing…

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I was able to get 20 blue blocks out of those strip sets so I knew I needed to do something  to re-orient the quilt on the wall. I had initially put the ‘top’ of the quilt on the left side and worked my way right to the ‘bottom’. I decided to put the top back at the top and extend it out to 9 blocks wide.

Here’s what fits on the wall now

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I have 11 more blue blocks on the floor and plan to make the purple ones today. The ‘blocks’ measure 10.5 so once I piece this all together the top will measure 90″x100″…WOAH!! I did not set out to make a quilt this big and honestly I didn’t think I had that many scraps 😮 But don’t think my scrap bins are empty now either!!! Hahaha

In other quilting news, my client finally decided on backing fabric for the memorial quilt and it arrived late last week, here’s a pic from Fabric.com. The color in person is just a tad darker grey and it’s perfect!

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Now I need to get outside to baste everything and get to quilting on it!

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WW is going well! Most days I stay within my Smart Points and I’ve been able to control my urges to each ‘junk’. The treat I allow myself is animal crackers – Ha! I can have 16 for 4pts and it satisfies my urge for something sweet and something crunchy! At my weigh-in yesterday I was officially down .4 from last week – I’ll take it!! I even had an adult beverage the night before! Speaking of…have you tried these new (to me) spiked sparkling water drinks? One is 3pts and it’s really good!

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In other good news…WE HAVE A BUYER FOR OUR OTHER HOUSE!!! I know I probably should’ve led with that but I figured I’d build up to it, HA! Last week I mentioned someone came by to look at the house and was very interested well, he came back Monday and gave DH a non-refundable deposit of $5000!! Holy mackerel!! And even better, his timeline to settle gives us time to do our estate sale…wow! Keep those prayers and positive thoughts coming!!

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

 

Scrap Happy

I’m still working on my scrappy postage stamp quilt while my client decides on backing fabric for the memorial quilt.

If you follow me on Instagram you’ve already seen these pictures. A few weeks ago I sorted my scraps by color and now I’m pulling each basket out in rainbow order to make as many postage stamp blocks as I can using Sarah’s tutorial. Clearly I have way too much pink…

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I struggled not having enough orange scraps so I had to bust into my FQ stash

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And lastly, with the yellow addition

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I’m currently cutting strips from my green basket and hope to have that added to the wall by the end of the day! After I have all my blocks made I’ll decide on a final layout and start piecing them together. At this rate I might have enough for one big King size quilt or I might split them into two smaller quilts…we’ll see…

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As I mentioned last week, I re-joined WW and yesterday was my first official weigh in. I’ve been weighing at home first thing in the morning with no clothes on so it’s not an equal comparison to their scales but I calculate I’ve lost 2.4 pounds since starting. They keep saying 90% of weight loss is from the shoulders up and they are SO RIGHT. I’ve been so much better about food choices and snacking this first week because it’s been top of mind and I know I’ll be weighing in every week. It’s just the accountability this “Obliger” needs! That’s a reference from Gretchen Ruben’s book ‘The Four Tendencies’ – you can take the quiz here for free. This is not an ad, it’s just that after I read her book and took the quiz I finally came to terms with the fact that my personality type really needs external accountability when it comes to doing hard things…so why fight it!!!

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DH is currently at our other house doing yard work and getting it prepped for the estate sale. Coincidentally, he hired an acquaintance to do some yard work and his Uncle was looking to buy a house …so… they came over Friday to look at the place and appear to be really considering buying it!!!! Oh my goodness, that would be so awesome!! Please say a prayer and send out lots of good vibes that this works out for us ❤

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That’s all for now… I’m headed back to my sewing room…have a great rest of your weekend!!

Happy Father’s Day!

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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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Another month flies by

I’ve been so busy with my day job that I can only squeeze in a little bit of sewing in the evenings and on weekends and I’ve just been too tired to sit down write my blog 😦

I’ll try to catch up on everything that’s been going on since my last post…first up: I have not been running or exercising AT.ALL. double 😦 😦

I signed up for a 10k on 9/11 and there’s just no way I’m going to be able to run it…I’m toying with the idea of not going but the jury is still out at this time.

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On the sewing & quilting front things are going much better…below are the pictures of what I’ve been working on…

I finished my Xmas quilt, label and all…

On the front porch in natural light:

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A close up of the quilting fresh from the dryer:close up after dryer

Close up of label:

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I finished another quilt top – I couldn’t resist using the fabric in the August Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop. It’s Sundrops by Corey Yoder and it’s just so happy and bright! This pattern came with the Jolly Bar pack so I went with it!

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I wanted the top to be a little bigger than the pattern so I chose not to use the sashing strips and instead added a 4th column using fabric from the July Sew Sampler box – Dixie from Cluck Cluck Sew. It blends beautifully.all pieced

I have the backing all put together and this one is on the list for basting today…along with the Purple Rail Fence quilt seen here. I also started and finished a Postage Stamp top…now this one is a bit modified in that I used wider strips (3.5″) which results in a bigger “postage stamp”…I’m just not into tiny pieces!

I followed the instructions from Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and within a few short days I had the scrappy top all done!! I used about 35 FQs from my stash and scrap bins so that makes me very happy. I have a few strip squares left over so I might try to incorporate them into the backing…still deciding.

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I took a break from making quilts to make a few pillow covers. I’ve had the batting squares cut for quite some time intending to follow the Quilt-as-you-go class at Craftsy from Maureen Cracknell (it happens to be on sale right now!) ((I have no affiliation)). I made one of these pillows last year and needed a few more to complete the look in my living room so I banged out two more this week:

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OK, I think that’s about it for now! If you follow me on Instagram you’ve already seen all this but I like to post here as well to save a record of my work.

Until next time…ttfn!