Big News!

I’ve got lots to share quilting wise but the biggest, bestest news is: I’m a Great Aunt!!!

My niece gave birth to a 5lb 11oz, 18″ long little girl on Friday, Nov 10. Her name is Campbell Elizabeth and she’s perfect!! She came about 2.5 weeks early and they’re keeping an eye on her but she’s doing really well ๐Ÿ˜€

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I’m just so tickled…my niece has been trying to have a baby for many, many years so this is such a blessing. I’ll be traveling to Maryland later this month to spend a week with them, helping out in any way they need me to – squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

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A few weeks ago I mentioned that I made some seasonal table toppers for a friend who lives near Seattle…and here they are! She saw me post about my own Pumpkin topper and asked for one, as well as a Christmas topper.

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I used decorative stitching on the tree to mimic garland…I love it! Now I need to make myself one ๐Ÿ˜€

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I added to my Honeypot Bee collection with this October block…every time I make one I get all giddy because I still love that Blueberry Park fabric!! Can’t wait to put all these blocks together ๐Ÿ˜‰

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As I usually do, when I’m knee deep in a big project I just have to pull out some fabric and start a new project :-s I had a charm pack of Batiks and I was feeling the seasonal change so I added a brown background fabric and made up this little baby top. It’s sitting patiently in my ‘tops’ box until I get back around to it.

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I also finished the Quilt for Vegas and put that in the mail this week. I used fabric from a half-yard bundle of Mini Bracelets I’ve been hoarding for a few years. I did straight line quilting to mimic the block pattern and used text fabric for the backing.

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Last but not least…I F.I.N.A.L.L.Y. finished the Memorial quilt. This one really challenged me because of all the different clothing fabric – velvet, satin, crepe, and rhinestones – wow! The customer picked it up yesterday and she was thrilledย which makes all the hard work worthwhile ๐Ÿ˜‰

I did double straight line quilting in each row…used Kona Navy for the back and binding. It measures 67″ square.

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Now that I’ve finished these big projects, I think I’ll spend a few days cleaning up my sewing room before I dive into anything else…yeah, that sounds good – let’s see if I can do it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Just a tad late…

I’m still in a little bit of a sewing/quilting funk. This commissioned quilt project I’m working on using random clothes has really got me all wigged out! The clothes they gave me are SO.BRIGHT!

Here are the ‘bricks’ I’ve already cut and stabilized.ย I sent the customer this suggested layout to get her reaction and she likes it!! So I guess I won’t be adding in any blender fabrics!! I may still play with the placement to see if I can somehow make it a bit more cohesive but this is all I have to work with!!

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If you want to offer any ideas or suggestions – I’m wide open to it ๐Ÿ˜€

I needed a break and I also needed a new table topper for fall so I pulled out my seasonal fabrics and put this little puppy together in one evening – it measures 14 inches square. I quilted curved lines on the pumpkin but the thread matches so well you can hardly see it. I may go back over it with black…or maybe not!

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I’ve made no progress on the Redskin quilt other than deciding on the design I want to use…I’ve still got it on my ‘to-do’ list so there’s hope!

That’s all for now…I plan to pick up where I left off with this glass ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Still in t-shirt quilt limbo

I haven’t started any big projects lately because I’ve been waiting on a customer who wants a t-shirt quilt and unfortunately all I keep getting are excuses…so, I moved on to the next person who also asked for a tshirt quilt and wouldn’t you know it, now she has excuses. Geez, if you’ve changed your mind it’s OK, just tell me that!ย Whatever. I’ve been keeping busy with some UFO’s so it’s a win for me either way ๐Ÿ˜‰

I pulled out a Halloween quilt that I had basted last fall (!) and started FMQ my go-to meander. Actually I’m really glad I did a simple quilt design because I chose a bright orange thread and now I think a more elaborate design might have overwhelmed the fabric.

In progress:

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All done… the center fabric is a panel I got as part of a fabric giveaway I won last year. I made another quilt with the fat quarters and put this together using the panel and left over pieces.

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I posted this for sale on my FB page and within 2 hours it was SOLD! Wow, that’s so cool!! ๐Ÿ˜€

I think that quilt put me in a fall mood because the next project I pulled out was fabric that had been sitting in a bag for 1 1/2 years. A friend had asked me to make a pumpkin table runner and she had picked out a few fabrics but said not to start because she wanted to buy more…so it’s been sitting in my sewing room all that time! Yesterday I finally decided to pull some coordinating fabrics from my stash and get started.

This first picture is my table runner from 2015 I used as a template:

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I’ve got the pumpkins pieced and basted…time to pick out backing and start quilting each block

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Up close

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Other than that I’ve been tidying up my sewing room and working in the rest of the house to get rid of unnecessary junk in preparation for our move later this year…ugh, what a chore!!

Here’s an updated shot of the new house in Myrtle Beach…roof is almost complete

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I’ve been doing pretty good following Yoga with Adriene’s 31 day Revolution series…I fell a few days behind so I’m only on Day 12 instead of Day 14, but I’m still happy with my progress. Wow, those standing positions proved to be quite challenging but I hung in there as best I could ๐Ÿ˜‰

That’s about it for me this week…I hope you’ve had a good one!!

ttfn…

 

 

Patchwork Pumpkin table runner (#1) DONE!

I finished off the table runner this evening. As I mentioned earlier, I extended the binding seam on the front so when it wrapped around the back there was more equal distribution of fabric…and I like it much better!

I decided to use Pat Sloan’s method for sewing the binding by using a blanket stitch and the ‘mirror’ button on my new machine. In the video she stitched her binding to the back and wrapped it to the front…I did the opposite. It came out just fine because I used a dark brown thread and you can’t hardly see it on the front or the back (that helps hide mistakes too!).

Here are the final pictures…sorry for so many but I’m really tickled with how this turned out!!

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I just love how the pumpkin and FMQ is echoed on the back!

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close up of binding stitches on front…you can’t really see them…
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you can probably see them a little better on the back

The really cool thing is I no sooner posted finished pictures to Facebook & Instagram and I got an order to make one for my friend in California! And another friend called to tell me how great it looks and said she’s going to go buy fabric so I can make her one. ย I’m extremely flattered!!!

I played around with some other fabrics this evening and made another pumpkin, this time using a single fabric instead of patchwork…I think this may become another table runner, for no one in particular…yet ย ๐Ÿ˜€

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That’s all for now…G’night!

Instant Gratification…it’s a disease!

I just couldn’t wait until I went back for more fabric for the Patchwork Pumpkin table runner so I decided I would make a single pumpkin table mat with the fabric that I had…I have ‘instant gratification disease’!

Another reason for the single pumpkin – I realized I made my template in reverse after I cut out the first pumpkin. Its not really that big of a deal, I could just make the others the same way and no one would ever know. But I’ve been watching YouTube videos on needle turn applique, which I think is just a fancy way of saying the raw edges are turned under before being sewn to the background (please correct me if there is some other meaning!); and I think I want to do that on this table runner…hence the first pumpkin would be wasted.

So tonight I cut two 12 1/2″ squares and used Heat n Bond to set the edges of the first pumpkin on one of them. Then I ironed on the stem (I used some brown flower fabric that I thought wouldn’t work but it really does!) and then the leaf. I made a sandwich with the two squares and some batting, using spray to baste the layers. After debating with myself about whether I would ‘try’ FMQ on this square I decided WTH!

First I zigzagged around the pumpkin, stem and leaf and then did a few lines down the pumpkin to give it dimension. I had a little trouble with puckering at the bottom of the pumpkin…must figure that out before I do the rest of them.

I changed to my darning foot and set the machine for FMQ. I was quite nervous and my first few swirlies are a bit shaky but I tried to relax and just let it happen…soon it started to feel a bit more comfortable. I still wobbled several times but I have to say I’m pretty darn pleased with the outcome…yay!!

Here are way too many pictures of the finished product:

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Odds and ends

I was trolling YouTube earlier today looking through various tutorials for inspiration when I came across this video for “No waste flying geese“. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this particular method before but it really looks easy and it’s adaptable to whatever size geese you need.

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I posted last week that I made a quilt for my fur baby – Sammi – and I finally was able to snap a picture of her sleeping on it. She really hates getting her picture taken so I tried to snap it while she was sleeping but she has a sixth sense whenever I pull out the camera and she woke up. I got the picture before she could get up!

 

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I started my next project over the weekend – I’m attempting to make this Patchwork Pumpkin table runner I found on Pinterest without the pattern. It’s not that I don’t want to buy the pattern, it’s more that it’s a challenge to see if I can do it just by looking at the finished product…ha, we’ll see how this turns out!

I’ve almost finished prepping the first pumpkin but I don’t have the right brown fabric for the stem, that’s the first hiccup. Second hiccup is that I don’t have enough background fabric! I always do this…grrr…start a project without having all the fabric. One day I’ll learn my lesson :-/

I guess I’ll be making a trip back to the fabric store…oh my…

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That’s about all for now…G’night!

 

Border crazy and free stuff

I finished piecing the Granny Square top last night and found some old skirt hangers to hang it up so I could get a better look (not sure why I didn’t try this sooner!). Once I stepped back and took a few photos, it was painfully clear it needs another border. I’m not sure if I’ll do a plain black border or maybe introduce a pop of color…what do you think?

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The lighting is pretty bad in this shot but take my word for it, the colors are black, gray and white :-s

I mentioned in a previous post that I had won a $50 gift card for the FatQuarterShop.com and after several days of browsing I finally placed my order this morning. I got two large spools of Aurifil Thread (I’ve read so many great things about it and now I’ll get to try it…sqweeeee!). And from a seasonal point of view, I stumbled across an adorable Patchwork Pumpkin table runner on Pinterest so I just had to get some fabric to make it. I’m so excited…can’t wait for that shipment to arrive!

Thanks again toย Late Night Quilter!

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Have a great day…ttfn