A better week

Let’s start with the best first…my great niece turned 3 months old last week…OMG, she is just too cute for words ๐Ÿ˜€

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I did a bit better this week from a sewing perspective…

I mentioned in a previous post that I’d made two big pillowcases from some ‘what was I thinking?‘ fabric to use as a receptacle for scraps too small for me to work with. I finally filled up both and I’ve sewn them shut, they measure 22×34. I contacted a local dog shelter last week and they said they would love to have them! Yay, I’ll be dropping them off this week.

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I made quite a bit of progress on my February scrapattack2018 project called Stoplight. So much progress that I’ve finished all the blocks I need for a throw size quilt (approx 54×60)…YAY!!!

And here they all are laid out on my bedroom floor…sorry for the fuzzy picture, I didn’t have my glasses on so it looked good to me at the time!

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I made some minor progress on the t-shirt quilt but when I took a picture of my design wall it really didn’t look much different than last time ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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We’re finally starting to see some progress on the house in Myrtle Beach…here are some shots our friends sent us on Friday:

All tile floors are installed, this is the kitchen

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Cabinets have FINALLY arrived

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Showers are being tiled

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We’re still pretty frustrated that it’s not done…but progress is good ๐Ÿ™‚

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Procrastination sucks!

I haven’t been as productive as I would’ve liked but hey I’m the only one preventing that! Ugh, I’ve got a bad case of ‘procrastination’ and I can’t seem to shake it. I’ve had ample opportunity this week to sew but instead I’ve planted my arse on the couch watching TV and surfing my phone – argh!!! WTH?

I did get a few things accomplished before being a couch potato took over…

I’m up to 18 Stoplight blocks for my Scrapattack2018 February challenge…these come together really quickly once all the pieces are cut. I planned to cut a bunch more this week…but ahem…I didn’t ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  I want to make a throw size quilt so I need 52 more ๐Ÿ˜ฎย  Geez, how long will it take ME to complete that!??

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I also wanted to make a bowl cozie for me to keep…and I finally did!! I’ve been hoarding these FQ fabrics for a couple of years waiting for the right project and finally I used them! I’ve used this cozie many times already ๐Ÿ˜€

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Lastly, I started piecing the t-shirts for the commission quilt…I really, REALLY should be done with this already…argh!

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OK, I’ll stop beating myself up now…I can only hope next week will be better ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Busy, busy

I had a bit of unexpected travel last week which means I didn’t get as much sewing & quilting done as I had planned. A dear friend from Maryland lost her husband rather suddenly so I traveled to spend a few days with her during the services. I left on Thursday and got home yesterday [just in time for the Superbowl…too bad my team didn’t win but it was still a pretty good game to watch].

I did do a few things last week before my trip: I finished the top for the baby-size Scrap Attack 2018 January project. I pulled this from a tin where I have placed tiny sized Pinterest pictures of projects I plan to use my scraps to complete. This one was the โ€œMotherโ€™s Ownโ€ block – free from Fat Quarter Shop. A simple white border and now it’s ready to be basted & quilted – it measures 34×44.

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Before I left I pulled my Scrap Attack 2018 project for February; this one is a picture of the finished quilt called Stoplight by Keepsake Quilting.

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Before I left on my trip, I also laid out all the tshirts for the commission quilt and landed on this layout. I sent the pic to the customer and she was pleased, now I need to finish putting stabilizer on the shirts and start squaring up and sewing. I’ll need to add some sashing/filler for some of the pieces but overall it looks like it should fit together pretty well.

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please excuse the doggie steps – I laid this out on my bedroom floor

That’s about all for now. I took off work today so I plan to get in my sewing room and make progress…ttfn!

Bowl cozies!

I made a few more bowl cozies this week by request…ha, maybe this could become a little side job!

These four were made from a pack of 10″ squares of Batik fabrics and are already sold.

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The teal ones not quite in the picture were shown in my Jan 14 post and are going to a neighbor across the street from me along with the other two in this shot.

I also made two others that I seem to have forgotten to take pictures of, argh! They were made for a friend to give to her son who just moved into his first apartment. They were shades of gray & black.

I’m still working on the t-shirt quilt, I’ve cut all of the shirts and now need to play with layout. I also have four gymnastics leotards to fit into the layout but haven’t cut those just yet.

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I have not even touched the wedding dress yet…eeek, that’s freaking me out! I did find some design options online and sent those to the customer. She said she was fine with whatever I do – oy, that much creative freedom scares me :-/ย  I plan to start on it after I have the t-shirt top completed, I have a little time to build up my nerve!!

I’ve made no progress on my Scrap Attack project for Jan but I hope to change that today. It’s a gray, rainy day here…perfect for sewing!!

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Since I don’t have any other photos to share, here’s a gratuitous shot of my 10 week old great-niece

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Oh yeah forgot to mention I haven’t been running ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I took an antibiotic (Levaquin) earlier this month for a sinus infection and I’m having some side-effects. My ankles and my right wrist have been hurting and feeling rather weak. I called the Dr and unfortunately this is known side-effect of that medicine – and it can last weeks or months – UGH!!! I’m pretty bummed about all this ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’ve been drinking water like crazy hoping to flush it out of my system and I do feel a tiny bit better – although that could just be in my head. I’d recommend steering clear of that medicine unless you have no other choice!!

That’s all for now…

 

 

 

 

 

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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Mixed bag

Not a whole lot of quilting going on this week, instead I worked on a few smaller things. I finally made the December block for the Honeypot Bee – now I just need to do November and I can start designing the layout. I love Blueberry Park fabrics so I’m really looking forward to seeing this quilt completed.

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A friend posted a link on my Facebook page last week suggesting I make some Soup bowl cozies. I’ve actually been wanting to make some of these for myself but hadn’t purchased the 100% cotton batting to do it (that way they’re microwave safe!). Well, that nudge on FB was all I needed! I ordered two packs of ‘Wrap N Zap’ from Walmart and they arrived on Thursday. I spent yesterday morning putting these lovelies together ๐Ÿ™‚

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I pulled coordinating fat quarters from my stash and cut 10″ squares which gave me two cozies from each set of FQ.

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I’ve posted them on her FB page as $8 each or $15 for two. She’s coming by later today to make her choices. I made these six cozies from one package of Wrap N Zap; I still have the other package unopened so I can make six more if they’re really popular!

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That’s all the sewing for this week. I have a tshirt quilt project that I need to start but I’ve been procrastinating – ugh – why do I do that!!!!? I’ve looked through all the shirts/clothes that my neighbor gave me…I just need to start cutting. This week, yes THIS WEEK I will get started ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I did not go for my C25K run yesterday [[[hangs head in shame]]] and it’ll be too cold (for me) to go out today. Our weather will be a mixed bag for the next 7 days but there will be plenty of opportunities to get out for a run.

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I need to remember my word for 2018…maybe I should print out this graphic and post it in my office, my sewing room and anywhere else that is necessary!

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Starting 2018

2018 hasn’t had the best start. Both me & DH got sick right after Christmas and we’ve carried it into the new year ๐Ÿ˜ฆ We both are finally starting to feel better but it’s been so bitter cold here in SC that we haven’t left the house! Ha, now I know what a hermit feels like :-/ย  The upside is I’ve been cooking more (nothing elaborate that’s for sure) and we’ve been supporting the local economy by ordering in ๐Ÿ˜‰

Needless to say I haven’t been sewing or quilting much this past week but I did get a spurt of energy and started my Scrap Attack project for January. If you’d like more information about it, check out Sarah’s blog post.ย  I searched Pinterest a few weeks ago and made a board of the scrappy projects that would fit my chosen precut size of 2.5×4.5. When I’m done with a project I take what’s left, cut it to this size and store it in a clear plastic box (sometimes I don’t cut it right away but I keep what can be cut to this size in that box as well; anything smaller goes in a large pillowcase to be donated to an animal shelter when it’s full).

I printed small versions of those Pinterest posts and put them in a tin, earlier this week I pulled a project for January – it’s “Mother’s Own” block. This is a free block pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop and it makes a 5.5″ block. I didn’t really think about the size until I started cutting – the pieces call for 1.5×2.5 and 1.5 square. I’d already made two blocks when it dawned on me that I could save myself some cutting if I up-sized the block to 10.5″; the pieces would then be 2.5×4.5 and 2.5 square – duh!!! No brainer!

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After making the first up-sized block I noticed I could make a couple more smaller ones and when sewn into a 4-patch they’d be the same size…so…here’s my progress to date. Not sure if I’ll make more of the smaller size or not, I’ll figure that out as I go along.

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An added bonus to sewing with my scraps is using up bobbin scraps from previous projects…Yay, 8 bobbins emptied without wasting the thread ๐Ÿ˜€

Oh wait, I did make a few blocks for another project. Carole of From My Carolina Home is making quilts for folks affected by the terrible fires in California and I made these blocks over the new year’s weekend…unfortunately I haven’t mailed them yet because I haven’t left the house (sorry Carole!!) They will definitely go out on Monday!

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As for running…well, I’m sure you can guess – I haven’t left the house because of the cold so I sure as heck haven’t been running! I’m really kind of bummed because I was making really good progress running three times a week ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  Oh well, the temps are supposed to be in the 50’s later this week so I’ll get my butt out there and get back on track. I haven’t run since Week 4, Day 2 so I’m planning to step back a week and pick back up at Week 3, Day 1.

Tennis is starting again with warm-up tournaments before the Australian Open later this month…squeeee, I do love to watch tennis! Roger Federer is still on fire and with both Andy & Novak continuing to nurse their injuries, he has another great shot at that trophy. It’s going to be fun to watch ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great day & week…ttfn!