Moda Love and more

I finished piecing my Scrap Attack June project and it’s only the 10th of the month – woot woot!! It’s good that I finished early because I’ll be traveling most of next week so there won’t be any sewing time 😦

After I finished making the 36 HSTs for the Moda Love pattern, it was time to square them up…ugh, my least favorite part!! They only needed a little trimmed off but if it’s not done the whole top will be wonky, so I can’t just skip it. There are tools that help make this part a little easier like Bloc Loc rulers and cutting mats that spin – my HSTs were odd sized, 7.5″, so Bloc Loc couldn’t help me. But I do have a spinning cutting mat…however I failed to remember that until after I was done and complained on IG about how much I hate trimming, LOL!!! Next time πŸ˜‰

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Here’s the finished top…now I need to figure out what to use for backing and how I want to quilt it.

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I also made a couple of sofa pillows from fabric I thought had beach colors or beach theme. It’s been a while since I’ve made pillow covers but they turned out OK. I used the ‘overlap’ method on the back so I can use different inserts, for these I’ve stuffed in cheap standard sized bed pillows from Walmart – works for now!

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I did some quilting on the one on the right, outlining the print to add some texture. I opted not to do any quilting for the one on the left. I have just enough fabric left to make one more of each but will need to use coordinating fabric for the backs.

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Here they are in natural light and below you can see the back of one of the pillows. I had to add a button closure because the pillow insert was making the back bulge open. I actually used the button hole foot attachment on my machine to make the hole and to sew on the button! Wow, first time and it worked really well πŸ˜€

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I also made this cute little pillow below to match a few others I made last year – DH wanted a pillow he could put behind his head so I used a ‘quilt-as-you-go’ method to sew strips to rectangle batting pieces and then sewed them together. I also used the overlap method for the back.

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I completed all my planned runs for Couch to 5k – another woot woot! I finished up Week 3 but decided to do it again because I haven’t been able to finish the last 3 min run interval without stopping 😦

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I came really close to finishing that last 3 min run interval on Friday so I’m hoping I can complete it when I run Day 3 later today. Our weather has been pretty hot & humid which I think has been my problem but not gonna let that hold me back!!

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Have a Happy Day! ttfn…

 

Scrap attack and C25K

Now that the focus on the Hands 2 Help challenge has passed, I got back to my May Scrap attack project…and I have a finished top!

The picture on the left is the pattern I chose for the May Scrap attack challenge and my finished top is on the right using my solid fabric scraps. I already know how I want to quilt it but it’ll have to wait it’s turn in line because I have 4 others that need to go first!

I pulled my challenge for June and once again, it’s a FREE pattern! This should go pretty quickly because the pieces are larger.

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I still have so many solid scraps/fat quarters I’m going to use solids again for this one; in fact I already have all the pieces cut and the HST marked for sewing!! I altered the size of the blocks just a little because I didn’t have enough background fabric, instead of 10″ blocks mine are 8″. It will still make a nice size throw and I can always add borders to make it bigger πŸ˜‰

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I’ve been keeping up with the C25K program and I’m really happy about that. I usually listen to upbeat music when I run but I’ve switched it up for the last few weeks by listening to podcasts. And to my surprise, the workout feels like it goes by faster and it doesn’t feel as taxing! I know, I know, it’s all in my head but I’m really loving it right now!

The podcast that I’ve liked the most is called Half Size MeΒ by Heather Robertson and it’s all about sustainable weight loss. Heather lost 150 lbs and has kept it off for 6 years – she’s not a doctor and she’s not selling any products; I really enjoy her style and her message.

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I’m headed back to my sewing room – have a happy day!!! πŸ˜€

Back to running…

I’ve been doing C25K for the past week…woo hoo!! And even a few days at the beach didn’t stop me πŸ˜‰Β  Not my fastest times but right now I’m just focused on getting out the door!!

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These first three runs were done in the afternoon/evening at home…the next one was done in the morning in Myrtle Beach – UGH it was so muggy – and it affected my pace.

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I’m supposed to do W2D3 today and although we just got back from the beach and the weather is a little iffy – I’m still bound and determined to “Get ‘er done”!

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I haven’t done any sewing since my last post so nothing to show 😦 Hopefully I can get a little time in the sewing room tonight!!

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Stops and starts

No running this week – ugh! It’s rained almost every day and I just couldn’t muster the motivation to get out in it…so I no sooner started up the C25K program and I’ve stopped. The weather forecast shows a chance of heavy rain every day for the next 10 days…wow 😦

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I FINALLY finished up the commissioned tshirt quilt – can I get a Whoop Whoop! I used the left overs from the backing fabric for binding and got DH to hold it up outside for a good natural light photo. The client was extremely happy and didn’t seem phased at all that it took almost 5 months to complete :-/

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I started on my May Scrap Attack project using the design on the left side below. I decided to dip into my bin of solids and I’m using a marbled tan for the center pieces and sashing. This will be a very bright and vibrant baby blanket when finished.

I pulled out my Accuquilt cutter and used the die that came with it which cuts 4.5″ squares…however I ignored the instructions to only cut 6 layers at a time and started folding larger pieces into the squares…ugh! double ugh!! It wasn’t until I started piecing these 9-patches that I noticed something was off. Some of the squares weren’t completely square because all those extra layers of fabric had shifted as I cranked them through the cutter – when will I ever learn not to take short cuts? smh! Needless to say I had to ‘square up’ all my squares, talk about doubling my work 😦

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Back at it…

I finally got all that ‘bad’ quilting unpicked from the tshirt quilt and I re-basted the back side because the fabric had puckered. It’s bad enough to baste a quilt one time but having to do it twice is just a huge pain in the neck. Any-who…I got back to quilting on it and I’m almost finished! Just one more small section and I can start binding! Ugh, now I’m going to have to decide what to use for binding…decisions, decisions!

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I started walking last week just to loosen up the old bones & muscles so it was time I gave Week 1 Day 1 a try. To my surprise, it wasn’t so bad!! I didn’t get winded, of course I was only running for 60 seconds at a time, but I think it’s good for me psychologically that it didn’t feel too hard πŸ™‚

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I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday because I needed more batting, I bought one king size package of Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 with their 40% off coupon, and just my luck they were on sale so I got a second one for 30% off. While I was there I shopped their clearance section for backing fabric to keep in my stash and got these lovlies

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I also bought some fabric that I thought would be good for sofa pillows when we move to Myrtle Beach

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The jury is still out on beach/footprint fabric but I’ll make a pillow cover and see how I like it then.

That’s about it for now…I’m off to finish up that tshirt quilt!!

Feeling Ugh and Blah…

Not gonna write a hole lot today…just not feeling it 😦

I did finally finish the two wedding dress quilts and two garters but I haven’t taken pictures so…nothing to show.

The new house in Myrtle Beach is coming along and the appliances are supposed to be installed tomorrow so packing & moving & resettling are looming large.

I need to focus on losing weight and getting in shape – just for general good health but I also signed up for a Half Marathon in October and that’s making me anxious.

I hope things are brighter in your corner of the world πŸ™‚

 

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Last week

I received the new shipment of backing fabric last week for the tshirt quilt but I haven’t pieced it yet…so no progress to show on that project.

I’ve finally started working on the wedding dress project…I sat on the floor one evening and deconstructed the dress!! I held my breath doing that first seam but once that was done I was a seam ripping fool!!

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I’ve cut a few blocks 12.5 and 6.5 and now I need to decide what layout I’m going to use…start & stop, start & stop…ugh! No clue what I’m going to do with that bodice!?!

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I got a new kitchen gadget – an air fryer. I’ve been researching these things for about six months and I finally pulled the trigger. I purchased theΒ GoWISE 3.7-Quart Air Fryer, model #GW22639Β (I am not an Amazon affiliate but probably should be with all the plugs I give them!).

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Our first use was to make chicken tenders and french fries – ha, real healthy! But at least they weren’t cooked in grease :-pΒ  I cooked the french fries first and was quite pleasantly surprised how nicely they browned and crisped up. I put them in a warm oven to stay hot while I cooked the frozen chicken tenders. They turned out just as good, except I probably would reduce the cooking time by a minute or 2 because they were a little too crunchy πŸ˜‰ When I pulled the fries out of the oven they had lost some crisp so I popped them back in the air fryer for 2 mins and – voila – they were crunchy again!

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For my second time I decided on something a bit more healthy – boneless, skinless chicken breast. I brushed each breast with olive oil and sprinkled them with seasoned salt. I followed cooking times I found through Pinterest (380 for 15 min and 350 for 10 min). The outside was nice and brown although a little chewy but the inside was cooked perfectly. I’ll probably just do 350 for 25 mins next time. I didn’t even think to take a picture until AFTER we had eaten – ‘doh! – but this is all that was left.

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I haven’t talked much about running because I haven’t done any – ugh! I experienced some side affects from antibiotics I took back in January and my ankles are just now feeling better (look up Levaquin if you’re interested). Now I’m struggling with motivation…which is no big surprise!! LOL I’ve signed up for a Half Marathon in October so I’ve got a little time to get back in to the swing…I’ve just got to get started!

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The builder is FINALLY starting to make some good progress on our house in Myrtle Beach. DH went down a few weeks ago to have a very strong chat with the fellow…and it seems to have done the trick. In the last two weeks all the lighting has been installed, the driveway has been poured and the plumber has installed the faucets and toilets. The appliances are scheduled for delivery March 28 and as of last week the builder said he would be ready for them (ha, they’ve only been rescheduled 4 times already.), so fingers crossed! The next big hurdle is installing the heat pump outside and then the hardwoods and carpeting…no timeline on that just yet.

 

That’s about all for this week. I’ll be watching the ATP Finals at Indian Wells today…Go Roger!!

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