Gemstones completed!

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Last week I posted about basting the Gemstones quilt and I ‘thought about’ quilting it all week but I finally got it done yesterday!! Yay!! I struggled with how to quilt it for the whole week and finally landed on an all-over loopy meander. I haven’t done that design in quite a long time so I worried it wouldn’t look good but I fell into a rhythm very quickly and got it done in no time. I also went into my thread stash and pulled out a lovely shade of purple (Aurifil 1243) to use on the top. It blends well will all the colors. I used a basic tan shade in the bobbin to match the backing fabric.

I auditioned several fabrics for the binding and chose a solid purple – I must have been in a purple mood yesterday LOL. I finished it up late last night so no outdoor pictures.

I’ve been working on a different project on & off. I stumbled across an older video from MSQ a few weeks ago for a quilt-as-you-go project and wanted to give it a shot. Their video was for hexagons which required a template but after searching for the original pattern I found they had a tutorial for squares, so I pulled some fabrics and got started. It’s relatively easy but can be a little fiddly so I’m only making a few blocks at a time. It’s basically like making a bunch of 5″ quilts, once I have them all done I’ll zigzag stitch them together and voila’!

I received my fabric order from 5bucksayard.com, I think the floral I chose for my Gather Ye Rosebuds top looks great with it! Now let’s see how long it takes to get it basted 😉

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In other news, Sammie had a few issues the last time I took her to get groomed so I figured it was about time I try to groom her myself! I bought a trimmer (not made for pets) and it did just ok, of course! It’s not made for pets so I returned it. I decided I should invest in a set that are made for pets so I ordered these Wahl clippers from Amazon.

They’re supposed to arrive later today, I’ll keep you posted on how well they work 😉

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

Woohoo, one down

I hunkered down and finished the QAYG pillow cover this morning…(ahem, when I should’ve been out doing my long run).

I had recorded the Women’s Final for the Australian Open (cuz it was on here at 3am) and decided I’d watch that and let the temps warm up a little bit – I plan to do my 9 miles after lunch.

If you haven’t seen the outcome of the Women’s Final yet…***spoiler alert***…don’t read any further.

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Unfortunately, Serena did not win…she looked shaky from the start – I had a bad feeling when she couldn’t even bounce the ball before her first serve…oh well, there’s always the next one Serena!

Now back to the pillow cover – I started this last weekend during bad weather and put the binding on it this morning. I followed Maureen Cracknell’s Crafsty class for Quilt As You Go and I really, really like this method. I’ll be using it again for sure – hopefully to make a bed size quilt for my niece.

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One more…

I can’t believe I found another project I started last weekend…it’s a QAYG Pillow cover. I bought the QAYG class on Craftsy by Maureen Cracknell and just had to give it a whirl.

I pulled out my green scraps and found just enough to make 4 sections…unfortunately it ended up a little wonky on one side (conveniently cropped out of the picture) so I’ll have to trim it down but it should still fit the pillow form.

I just need to whip up the back, sew it together and put on binding…and viola, it will be done. Yeah, I wonder when I’ll get back to that!?

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I do have to say that I thought the joins would be more bulky than they are – I think that’s what made me shy away from this technique for so long. Not any more, I’ve got a large blanket I’ve been putting off that would work great with this method…Oh No, I can see another project starting in my future…

Someone please stop me!!!