Let’s close out 2020

We had a quiet Christmas, just the two of us. There weren’t many presents, at this age if we want something we just get – no waiting for the holidays 😉 We talked/Skyped with family and friends which was nice, otherwise we spent the day watching TV. It was pretty chilly here in Myrtle Beach, the high was only 32 with a ‘feels like’ in the 20’s…Brrrrr!

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I think I’ve found a quilt-a-long for 2021: Debby Brown’s Color Block QAL This is intended to use up scraps and each month she will release a new pattern. Fingers crossed I can keep up! LOL She has released some information early in case we want to get a head start on January and I’ve decided instead of using scraps, this time I’ll use one of the many FQ bundles that have been piling up from my FQS subscription.

As per the details, most of the patterns will use 2.5″ squares and the first one will use 16-patch blocks so I cut and pieced the FQ into strip sets, then subcut them into 2.5 strips ready to be pieced into blocks.

I pulled out four strips and made a block…but…I don’t like it. The color placement is off – too much dark blue and yellow check in this one block so I’ll be ripping it apart and starting over :-/ Plus I didn’t iron my seams open and it’s just too bulky at the intersections…must remember that when I get started again!!

I’ll be using up the last of my PTO this week and I plan to spend most of my time in the sewing room {fingers-crossed!}

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No big plans here for New Year’s Eve. I bought a bottle of Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante and some frozen appetizers that I’ll heat up for munching as we watch the ball drop in Times Square.

I want to take a moment to Thank You for sharing your kind words with me this year, it really has meant so much ❤

I wish you all a safe and very Happy New Year full of Health, Wealth and Happiness!!

I’ve been a little silent…

I’ve been working hard in my sewing room trying to finish up a few WIPs (works in progress) and finish designing the memory quilt I’m making for my friend.

I decided I needed to layout all the bricks again with a tan/light background to be really sure that’s the way I wanted to go before I buy more fabric…and I’m SO glad I did.

Here are the two backgrounds side-by-side…

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I had originally thought the lighter background would allow the ‘bricks’ to really stand out but there are quite a few light bricks and I think they get a little lost in the tan background. However, with the burgundy background all the bricks stand out…so that’s the way I’m going.

I’ve also been trying to finish up my Cozy Afternoon quilt. I got the triangle pieces attached and then sewed on the green border…and then – ugh! It just didn’t look right. There needed to be something significant between the center and the borders.

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I took the fabric I had intended to use as binding and cut it into 2.5″ strips, folded them in half and tacked them up to frame the center…ahhhh, much better!!

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I don’t want to remove the light green border pieces because they’re already cut to size so I’m going to ‘applique’ the dark green trim around the center. Not necessarily a conventional idea but I think it will work just fine. Then I’ll need to figure out what to do for binding. I think it needs to be a dark color but I don’t have anymore of the dark green so whatever it is I’ll have to go buy it!

I’m gearing up for The Splendid Sampler QAL that begins 2/14 and runs for a whole year…yikes! They’ve released a sneak peak block and some patterns so of course I had to try them. I didn’t make these with the fabrics I bought specifically for this sampler – I really want to wait for the actual blocks before I cut into them.

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Instead I used fat quarters from my stash to make them.

Folding Block Station: the block on the inside is the ‘sneak peak’

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Fabric Bucket:

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Lastly…no running for me this week. The ‘let’s do it tomorrow‘ gremlins have taken a hold of me and won’t let go!!! It doesn’t help that we’re having another cold snap and I just can’t fathom the idea of running 10+ miles on a treadmill…excuses, excuses!!

I’ve got a 10 mile race next weekend, 2/20…this should be interesting, LOL!

ttfn and…G’night

Projects, projects everywhere

With the fowl weather we had over the past weekend I got a lot of sewing done – the problem is I started way too many things and finished nothing!! Now I have projects everywhere, in varying stages and my brain is on overload!

First I pulled out my scraps and decided it would be a great idea to start using up some of these fabrics. I found a pattern I liked in Block magazine by Missouri Quilt Co called Sunny Skies, YouTube video mentioned here. After I pieced a bunch of 4 patches from my blue & yellow scraps I stumbled across a similar, more modern pattern I found on Amanda Rolfe’s YouTube channel called Jacob’s Ladder. My problem: I didn’t have any of the background fabric on hand so I had to stop after making all these patches…(they’re arranged as 16 patches but they’re not sewn together).

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But look what arrived today…beautiful silver & white to make the HST…not sure when I’ll pick up where I left off.20160128_210306

Since I had to stop making Jacob’s Ladder, I searched my stash for another project I could sew and I found two charm packs I was hoarding for the ‘right time’…eh, yeah why not! One is from Andover called Low Tide and the other is Kona solids called Lush Lagoon…oh my, I could just dive right in!

I arranged the Low Tide squares randomly and then filled in with the Lush Lagoon in an ombre type pattern, lighter at the top – darker at the bottom:

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This is as far as I got because I’m not sure if I want to add a border and if so…what? Plus I have no idea what I’m going to do for backing…!

Since I couldn’t make anymore progress on the “Low Tide Lagoon” top, why not pull something else out!?! Can you see why I’m going crazy now…?

I found a barely used jelly roll of Kona solids called Fancy Florals and started sewing the strips together in sets of 3, then I cut them in 6 1/2 squares and laid out a split rail pattern. This one is still up on my design wall and I’ve started piecing the squares together – I’ve got the first three rows done:

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The blocks extend down 9 rows, once I get them all sewn together I’ll be stumped again because I don’t know if I should add a border…there seems to be a theme building here! If you have any suggestions/opinions about a border on this one I’d really appreciate your input 😀

Last but not least, I’ve had the Cozy Afternoon blocks sitting finished for quite a while now because I couldn’t find the right fabrics to finish. Well, that changed last night when I stopped by Hobby Lobby and pick up two beautiful fabrics. Jacquelynne Steves finished hers with a floral fabric and a green fabric, these aren’t exactly like hers but I think they compliment my blocks really well.

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As you can see, I had to lay this out on the floor because my wall is filled with split rail blocks!

And if all that isn’t enough…!!! I’ve signed up for the Splendid Sampler QAL that starts Feb 14. It’s a full year QAL and they’ll be releasing 2 blocks each WEEK…I sure hope I can keep up! I purchased these gorgeous fabrics for that project – Cascade by Jessica Levitt.

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I’m exhausted just detailing all of this…I sure have a lot of work to do!! 😀

ttfn…and… G’night

 

Label finish

I spent a little while on Pinterest today trying to figure out what kind of label I wanted to put on my HST Sampler quilt and finally decided to go with this one.

I used Microsoft Word to create the layout for my label and choose my font. I wanted to commemorate the QAL so I didn’t give my quilt a name like I have in past; rather I put down the name of the QAL and who led it.

I used a leftover 10″ block from the Micheal Miller Happy Dots layer cake, it was the lightest color I had but I feared it was still too saturated to print on so I flipped it over and used the ‘wrong side’ instead. After printing, I trimmed down the label then bordered it with leftover binding fabric and used more of that fabric for the backing on the label. [One footnote for next time: use Bold font for all characters so it’s easier to read]

Once the label was completed, I hand-stitched it to the back of my quilt…my hand-stitching still leaves a lot to be desired but I don’t think the label is going anywhere, LOL!

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If you look really closely at the binding you can see I used a decorative stitch – it’s loopy circles which I hoped would play nice with all the dots on the back & the front.IMG_2946

I’m going to keep this on my bed for the next couple of days, until I decide if it’s a keeper or going up for sale. Now that this is completely done, I can confidently move on to my next project…yippee!

ttfn and…G’night!

HST Sampler done!

I put the finishing touches on the binding this evening and I’m calling this done (save for the label)!

I made this quilt following along with Amanda at 3and3quarters who started the QAL back in October. This is my second quilt made with Amanda – I just love her designs and her teaching style is easy to follow, never intimidating.

I purchased a layer cake of Michael Miller Happy Dots from Missouri Quilt Co and used Kona White from my stash for the background. When I was almost done making all the blocks I bought the backing and the binding fabric from 5bucksayard.com. She offers good quality fabric at very reasonable prices (as the name states).

I’m just so tickled with how this turned out!! I did free motion stippling in the blocks and used a straight stitch on the sashing and borders to create a frame for each block (thanks for that suggestion Amanda!). I decided to cut the binding on the bias to add a bit of movement on the edges…this was quite nerve wracking as it was my first time cutting & sewing with bias binding but I think it worked out very well.

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Now I just need to decide if I’m keeping this one or offering it for sale…either way this definitely gives me confidence to pull out one of my unfinished ‘sandwiches’ and do more free motion quilting…weeeeee!

ttfn and…G’night

Sewing, sewing, sewing

I’ve got a few updates on the sewing front:

  1. Quilt for Baby Rece is done!

As I mentioned in a previous post, the salesperson at my LQS suggested I do the striped binding on the bias and I figured, why not? I was quite nervous cutting and piecing the binding strips as I didn’t want to stretch them out of shape. And then sewing the binding to the front I could tell I had quite a bit of stretch so I was super careful not to tug it out of shape. When I got back to the start and had to piece the two ends together I purposely made the seam a little short so I could use the stretch to make it fit…unfortunately I must’ve tugged a little too much because I ended up with a little overlap…and I left it there.

I flipped the binding to the back and used clips to hold it in place. I added a corner label before I started stitching in the ditch through the front. All went really well until I got to the overlap on the front…of course it created the same overlap on the back…and I left it there too. It’s in the wash now…I just hope the label doesn’t run like it did on my last quilt.

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2.  Dog 3 from the Dog Gone Cute QAL is done…my litter is growing! LOL

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3.  I completed the September patchwork challenge from Tinkerbellknits. I didn’t follow the directions as printed because I didn’t want to sew all those triangles together – instead I made HST and then cut & sewed them to match the block layout. I also stayed with only 3 colors/patterns instead of using 5 as suggested. It’s not the best…but it’s close enough 😉

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Tomorrow I’ll be working on the final block from the Cozy Afternoon series…then I’ll need to figure out how I’m going to turn those blocks into a quilt – because of course I didn’t plan that out in advance!!

That’s about all for now…G’night!