Picture heavy post!

I finished my Learning Quilt last week and I have tons of pictures to share. This quilt started about 3 years ago when I picked up the quilting habit 😉  At that time I was still testing out knitting and one of the knitters I followed online was trying her hand a making quilt blocks so I jumped on the band wagon. Oh my, the name of this quilt is so appropriate because I learned a ton while making these blocks…so many mistakes!! I won’t recount them all here; let’s just suffice it to say I laughed heartily while finally putting all these blocks together into a quilt.

Without further ado…here is a shot of the whole quilt and then close ups of each block:

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I apologize for some of the wonky picture angles…this was hanging on my design wall and I don’t have a whole lot of space to back up for straight on pictures. I hope you can make out some of the quilting – I FMQ each block in whatever design hit me as I got to it and I used a loopy circle in the sashing and borders. Although this is not one of my finest quilts it is still very special to me because it shows me just how far I’ve come in the last three years 😀

Another exciting thing this week, I got a picture of one of my quilts being given to it’s new owners…the happy parents-to-be! It makes me SO HAPPY to get these kinds of pictures and I hope the baby loves that blanket for many years to come…

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I’ve been trying to work on some of my WIPs and this week I pulled out my Sugar Block Club blocks from last year and decided on a layout. I was trolling the hashtag #sugarblockclub2016 on Instagram and I found this completed top by @stitchymomma and instantly knew that’s what I wanted to do.

I wanted my SBC blocks to be the focal point so I pulled out a bunch of low volume print fat quarters and cut 12.5″ blocks

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I let this simmer on the wall for a day or two and decided “nope, I’m just not feeling it” so I raided my solids stash and tried something different – WOW! I love it. I’m calling it Sugar Block Skittles!

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I’ll be spending the afternoon sewing it all together. I think I’m going to use Angela Walters’ quilting design, Paisley Feather, for the solid blocks and I’ll probably echo quilt designs in the pieced blocks.

Ok, just one last picture…we’re building a house in Myrtle Beach and will make the permanent move there when our house is finished so I thought I’d share an in-progress shot. Still a long way to go but the builder says once the roof is completed things will move along pretty fast.

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Oh and I almost forgot…I’ve been following along with Yoga by Adriene all this week. I started her Revolution 31 day series and I’m on Day 7. It’s hard but it feels good!

Have a super-fan-tab-ulous day!!

T-shirt quilt done!

I finished up the commissioned Tshirt quilt – it’s washed and delivered!!

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I’m waiting to hear back from my next customer so in the mean time a girls gotta stay busy…and I realized I didn’t have a table topper for the July 4th holiday (I sold the one I made last year) so…this happened:

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flag quilting

When that was completed I dug out an old WIP and finished putting the blocks together to make a full top. This pattern was is from the Honey Pot Bee as a wild card before it all started in January…it’s called Modern Christmas Tree but as you can clearly see I did not use Christmas fabrics. I have no idea what I’m gonna do with this but at least the top is done! I may use traditional Christmas fabric for the backing…I’ll have to think about that 😉

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Once again I had a rather washout week for exercise…unless you count Yoga. I completed a couple of different YT videos over the last 4 days. I can feel it in my muscles so it must be making an impact. I also logged my food every day last week using My Fitness Pal website. I’m hoping by logging what I eat I’ll begin to make better choices…food and portion wise!

That’s all for now…Have a great week ahead 😀

 

 

Weekly update

Workout wise, last week was another wash out…I created a new exercise tracker in my BuJo in hopes it might motivate me to do something so I could fill it in but that didn’t seem to work! I started out with short run on Monday and did a 30 min Yoga video on Wed and then…nothing.

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I’m not giving up! If I keep trying eventually I’ll find a plan I will stick to…all suggestions are welcome!!

As for sewing & quilting I got a bit more accomplished this week. I basted the commissioned tshirt quilt (any UVA fans out there?)

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And I started quilting on it yesterday using my go-to ‘all over meander’…I’m about 1/2 way done with it now.

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Friday night I made a mad dash to finish the Honey Pot Bee June block…haha, nothing like waiting until the last minute 😉 I still love these Blueberry Park fabrics…I hope they never stop making this line!

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I also took a break from FMQ yesterday to make another Traveler’s Notebook. The first one I made isn’t big enough to hold my Bullet Journal and the little notebooks and I wanted to keep them all together. I picked up a cheap plastic placemat at Walmart to use as a stabilizer and gathered up a few other necessary supplies: two fat quarters of fabric, elastic cord and some batting.

 

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You can’t see the fabric in this pic – it’s wrong side out under the placemat

I measured the circumference of two journals to make sure the width would be sufficient and cut the fabric 9.5 x 14.5. From there it went pretty quick putting it all together.

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I used the awl to punch holes for the elastic and that large needle to feed it through
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A real close up shot to see the top stitching
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There are two more small notebooks underneath my Bujo…

I’m so tickled with this one!! The added batting between the fabric and the placemat gives it a soft-to-the-touch feel but it’s still very sturdy with the plastic insert.

That’s about it for me today…I’ll be finishing up that tshirt quilt today and I now have two more people waiting in the line – I’m becoming a tshirt quilt queen…LOL!

A belated Happy Canada Day to our neighbors up north and an early Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans!!

How are things in your part of the world today?

Ugh!

That title pretty much sums up my enthusiasm for this past week… 😦

Workouts? Not many since my last post…

Wed 6/21:

Cardio: HIIT video (extended to 30 min)

Strength: 10 min ABS video

Stretching: 15 min

Thu 6/22- Sun 6/25:

NOTHING! 😦

Clearly I’m going to need to figure out a better way to hold myself accountable!!

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Not much sewing/quilting happened last week either – we had friends visit and I just didn’t feel right spending a lot of time in my sewing room. I did make a decision on the Afternoon Tango project I started and then got a creative block…I made another pull from my stash to fill in the missing strips and forged ahead with the original pattern. Here’s the top all pieced together:

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I think adding a little more yellow helped with the overall look. I’m now contemplating adding a single white border to corral all that ‘busi-ness’ and call it done.

I took a detour from quilts and made myself a Travelers Notebook cover…if you’re not familiar with those just Google it, you’ll get an overload of information. As I’ve mentioned before I’m using a Bullet Journal to keep track of my tasks, appointments, notes and ideas and I’m getting ready to move from my first BuJo to my second (a Gold one, wow!). At the same time, I’ve just finished reading David Allen’s book “Getting Things Done” and want to incorporate his productivity method into my BuJo. I quickly realized I don’t want to keep re-writing my lists and I just so happened to have a few small notebooks lying around that would serve me well but I needed something to carry them in…enter the Travelers Notebook cover.

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It may be hard to see but there are actually 3 little notebooks inside, they’re all just about the same shade of pink 😉

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So, that was all the progress I made last week…let’s hope next week is MUCH more productive!!

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Projects

Woohoo! I finished putting together the commissioned t-shirt quilt top

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I asked the client what she wanted for the backing fabric but she’s a little distracted as her father just had triple bypass surgery last week – thankfully, he’s doing well. I started looking around online and found a collegiate fabric for UVA and sent her the link. I told her No Rush, I just wanted to send it to her while I was thinking of it…she loved the idea so I ordered it yesterday.

With that project on the back burner I decided to work on another…while in Myrtle Beach a few weeks ago I visited a local quilting/fabric store with my friend. She had seen the Busy Bags I made last month for charity and wondered if I could make her one with a golf theme…I said sure! She found some fabrics she liked and I brought them home. Since I had a break from the t-shirt quilt I figured it was a great time to work on her bag. I cut all the fabric and fusible fleece one evening and put it together the next…voila’…done!

I can’t say I love the fabrics…but hey, it’s not mine so that really doesn’t matter!! 😉

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I was itching to start something new so I pulled out a FQ bundle and started looking up patterns. I really liked the look of Afternoon Tango and thought my fabrics would work well, but now I’m not so sure…ugh!

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The pattern calls for 9 FQ and this bundle only had 8 so I added a coordinating fabric from my stash…however once I added it to the mix I didn’t like it at. all. so I pulled them out, hence the missing strips. Now I’m not sure whether to keep going or scrap this idea and turn the strips into something else…argh!

I’d love to hear your thoughts…Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Keeping my word?

Last week I committed to extreme ownership regarding my health and fitness which meant I needed to workout with some form of cardio, strength and stretching every day…so let’s see how I did:

Monday 5/29 I completed a run and did my stretching

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Tuesday 5/30 I followed YouTube videos for 30 min Cardio and 15 min Lower body strength training ending with a 15 min stretch.

Wednesday 5/31 I completed a run, followed by 15 min upper body video and 15 min stretch

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Thursday I completely bailed – UGH!!! We drove to Myrtle Beach for the weekend and I blew off all my workouts 😦

Friday 6/2 I went for a run and did 15 min stretching

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Saturday 6/3 & Sunday 6/4 – I totally blew it…I did NOTHING – I’m so pissed at myself!! We drove back from MB today and tonight I’m going to re-watch the video that got me so fired up. I WILL be back on my plan tomorrow!

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As for sewing & quilting – since my machine needed servicing for the feed dog drop function I couldn’t do any quilting but I could do piecing, so that’s what I did. I finished a flimsy top using a pattern from Block magazine called “Piece Out”. I pulled two 1/2 jelly rolls that had coordinating colors from my stash and followed the pattern instructions making 3 piece strip sets then cut them into blocks.

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Then I used the sew & flip method to attach 80 squares – one to each block, here they all are arranged on my design wall.powall

And here’s the completed top, folded and laying in the spot where my machine usually sits. I dropped her off at the sewing center Wed afternoon before we left town.podone

I’ll pick her up tomorrow and start my next project, the commissioned t-shirt quilt. I received 5 more shirts in the mail last week so I have everything I need to get going.

That’s about all for me…how are things in your world?

 

 

More Charity quilting

It was a mad dash to finish the quilts for the Hands2Help Challenge coordinated by Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict. This year I committed to making 3 quilts and I wanted to use up my scraps so it was a perfect match. Luckily I already had a head start by cutting and sewing together 2.5×4.5 leaders & enders for a few months now and I’m proud to say I got all three quilts completed – whoop whoop!

Two of them are already on their way to the charities – I just finished the last one late Friday so I’ll put it in the mail tomorrow – whew!

I posted about Scrappy 1 last week but here’s a reminder picture

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Scrappy 2 is almost identical except for the border

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I tried to use more masculine colors to make the scrappy back

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And the third quilt is Scrappy Stars, I made this flimsy before the H2H event started when Sarah was posting her Stunning Stars series and almost forgot all about it…but I pulled it out and got it done just in time

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It feels so good to make quilts knowing they will be given to those in need…I hope it brings them a little happiness 😀

In other sewing news…I made the May Honey Pot Bee blocks. I’m using fabrics from two Blueberry Park Cool layer cakes with silver for the background, I can’t wait to see how all this comes together…squeee

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On the running front…I went out with my running buddies yesterday morning and ran the Cannoli 5k! It’s a fun event that I ran last year…it’s part of a local Italian festival and the course is a 1 mile loop. At the end of each loop you have the option to eat a mini cannoli. Last year I ate one after the first loop and immediately regretted it…don’t get me wrong, it was delicious but it did not sit well in my stomach while running! This year I waived off 😉

For not having run in many, many weeks I’m happy to say I finished with a decent time and I’m not horribly stiff today…win, win! I set my C25K app for intervals of 2 min run/1 min walk which worked out pretty well. One little asterisk…it seems there was a different race coordinator this year and a few things were off – a big one was the course distance came up short at 2.88, confirmed by my running buddies too. That’s ok…I’ll take it either way!!

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I’ll be spending the morning on the couch watching the ATP finals in Rome…I do love me some Tennis! This afternoon I plan to get started on my next commissioned t-shirt quilt and I already have another request waiting in the wings!

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