Double Wedding Ring Completed!

I completely missed posting last week and I had a really nice update on the Double Wedding Ring quilt I was finishing for a friend. As of last Sunday I had finished all the quilting, made the bias binding and machine stitched it the front of the quilt!! Woo hoo!!

The next step was to flip it to the back and machine stitch in the ditch from the front. Well, that was a lot harder than I thought!! I pinned and clipped to ensure I’d catch the edge but after doing about a quarter of one side I looked at the back and there were at least 4 places that were not secured!!! grrrrrr! I needed a plan B.

After debating what to do for several hours: should I keep going and address the missed spots after I was done or should I just hand stitch the binding to the back? I have never hand stitched binding because in my mind it takes too long BUT this quilt was screaming at me to DO IT!! So I listened 🙂 I pulled up a few videos on YouTube to be sure I knew what to do, I put on an audio book and spent time on & off the rest of the day hand sewing the binding.

I started where the machine stitching stopped and when I got all the way around to that section I removed those stitches as I went along. Surprisingly, it didn’t take as long as I thought it would and my hand only cramped a few times – clearly I was holding the needle too tight! LOL

Oh and thank goodness I had these little things stored away to protect my finger tip. I think I got them a few years ago in a Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop.

After I finished the binding it was time to run the quilt through the rinse cycle to remove the water soluble marker from the flowers. Washing/rinsing a quilt for the first time always makes me nervous, especially so this time because I was not familiar with any of the fabrics used in the top and the backing fabric was a saturated color. I dropped 5 color catchers in with it and I’m happy to report everything came out great 😀

Here’s the big reveal – in the first one I have it draped across my king size bed and in the second one DH is holding it up outside

I mailed it off to it’s owner on Wed and to my shock and amazement she called me the next day to say it had arrived!!!! Wow, maybe USPS is turning a corner? The package didn’t have to leave the state of SC but I still didn’t think it would arrive in one day!

She’s going to let her mother open the quilt since it was her work of art; I’m anxious to hear what she thinks about the finished product 😉

I wasted no time starting a new project! I had said I wanted to make the August Color Block pattern and I knew I had 2 green color blocks left over from a few months earlier so I started to make more. It was really nice to get back to some cutting & piecing after focusing on all that quilting! Here’s the status so far

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In other news, my poor little Sammie has developed another problem this week, something called HotSpot. I had never heard of it before but I’ve learned it’s an allergic flare up on the skin from any number of possibilities… we’ll probably never know what caused it. Hers is located on her back between her hips, I noticed it Wed night before bed, her hair was matted in that section but I couldn’t see anything so I washed the spot and noticed it felt very warm to the touch. In the morning it was all crusty again and this time it was discolored mucus. I called the vet and they got her in that morning. They shaved the area so they could see what was going on and there it was… all red and inflamed…ugh!!! This little girl cannot catch a break!! They gave me cleansing pads, steriod spray, antibacterial ointment along with antibiotic and pain pills. I have to clean and treat the area 2x/day and she is so uncomfortable when I do it… breaks my heart!!!!! I’ll spare you the pictures 😦

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That’s about all for now… enjoy the rest of your weekend

Still waiting…

I’m still waiting for my quilting mojo to come back! It appears to have taken a summer hiatus 😦 I can’t even remember the last time I walked into my sewing room…ugh! I’m not going to beat myself up about it, I’m just going to let it be and hope it will come back soon!!

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I’m still doing WW, tracking my meals and trying to get out for walks every day. I haven’t gained anything but I haven’t dropped anything either – ha!

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Our little old Mini Schnauzer Sammie is still going strong. She’s still on the meds for the lymphoma and the vets all say she’s doing well. The last two visits we’ve had with different doctors they both have mentioned they’re surprised how well she’s doing especially since it’s been over 1.5 years since we started the chemo meds (Nov 2019). She’s developed a corneal ulcer on her left eye that is just not healing. She’d been on eye drops for almost two months when they finally sent us to a specialist. Her visit was this past Tuesday – they numbed her eye, scraped off the top layer and inserted a protective contact lens to help with healing. They said she’d be uncomfortable for 24-48 hours and sent us home with pain meds. She’s doing much better today, we go for a follow up check on Aug 5th… I sure hope that thing is healed up by then!!!

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No decisions yet on when I will retire but I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately! I was mulling over a date of Jan 1 but I’m not sure I want to retire in the middle of winter. Even though I live in Myrtle Beach and winters are not harsh by any means, it’s still cold and there aren’t many outdoor activities I would enjoy. My next thought is Mar 1, winter will be over and Spring will be in the air…I think that would be an amazing time to ‘start over’. I know this will sound awful but I’m still holding out hope my company will magically down-size me and offer me an exit package that would include medical benefits…but I don’t see that happening anytime soon :-/

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That’s all for now… I’m enjoying watching the Olympic events in Tokyo, especially tennis!

May Gemstone quilt

I’ve made more progress on the May pattern from Debby Brown’s Color Blocks QAL. I went shopping last week looking for the perfect background fabric and I found it at my local quilt shop.

I wanted something dark for the background but I also wanted a sparkle effect and this fabric is perfect.

I got started right away adding the corner triangles and then played with the layout until I landed on this setting.

I added the sashing & borders and the top is done!!!

You can see the background reads dark from a distance but it’s got a nice speckled effect to give it a bit more interest.

I also made an addition to my sewing room last week. You may recall I recently purchased another sewing machine, a Singer Patchwork, which I had sitting on my cutting table. Trying to use it standing up was not very practical but I don’t have a lot of space in my sewing room for another big table. I went online searching for a small desk I could put beside my design wall and I found it on Amazon!!!

It fits perfect in this space and gives me all the room I need for piecing blocks. It was incredibly easy to put together and very reasonably priced 😉

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In other news, Sammie got her stitches out last week and is healing up nicely. We got her groomed a couple days after…she really needed it!

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That’s about all for now – enjoy the long holiday weekend!!!

Good news!

My Sammie girl had surgery last Monday to remove an ugly growth on her belly and she came through it with flying colors!! Hallelujah!! Thank you for all your prayers and positive thoughts ❤

The Dr was also able to remove the growth on her back paw that’s been driving her nuts for months – whew! Sammie was on pain meds for the first 5 days and since she wasn’t showing any signs of pain we weaned her off this weekend. She’s eating and moving and sleeping like normal so all-in-all it’s a success! She hasn’t given the stitches on her belly a second thought but she has tried to take off her sock and lick her paw so we’ve got to keep a close eye on her. She goes back on 5/25 to have the stitches removed.

The poor baby is also still suffering with the Corneal Ulcer on her left eye. We’ve been using drops since May 5th and there does seem to be a small improvement, the Dr will check it again when she has her stitches removed.

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In quilting news… I bought another sewing machine!!! I’ve been wanting to get a second machine for a while now so I could work on projects in multiple stages and over Mother’s Day weekend I saw an excellent sale and I jumped on it. I got a Singer Patchwork 7285Q

It came with all kinds of extra feet and even an extension table 😮 It was a breeze to setup and get started sewing – I’ve got her setup on my cutting table and will use her mostly for piecing.

I used my new Singer to start piecing blocks for the May Color Blocks QAL. I had the green blocks left over from a previous month but all the blue ones were made with my new machine 🙂

It was great to have a second machine because my main Pfaff was setup for FMQ to work on the April Color Blocks quilt… and I’m happy to say I finished the quilting yesterday.

I made the binding last night and started putting it on this morning… just one more trip around to secure it to the front and I’ll be done!!

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In WW news… I dropped .8lb this week, not bad I guess since I was so stressed about Sammie’s surgery. I haven’t started working out yet even though the weather here has been perfect for walks – ugh!

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

One step closer

Well I did finally get the April Color Blocks quilt basted but I have not started any quilting on it yet. I can’t decide if I want to use the ‘suggested’ design from Debby Brown or do my own design…so I’m in limbo!

I also finished two more Safelight case sets and I put all 5 in the mail to Carole. She’s already confirmed they have arrived – yay!

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In other news, my fur baby Sammie turned 13 last week and now she’s going to have surgery tomorrow to remove a growth on her belly. She’s been dealing with lymphoma for the past 1.5 years and I’m not sure if this growth is part of that disease or if it’s something else but it has just been getting bigger and a few weeks ago it started bleeding. We hoped it would heal up but it’s gotten progressively worse and of course the worry is it will get infected. So even with her advanced age, surgery is the better option. We drop her off in the morning…this fur mama is a nervous wreck!!

She’s been wearing a male doggie diaper to keep the growth on her belly protected, and she’s also been wearing a sock on her back paw for months because of a small growth. The Dr said if Sammie is tolerating anesthesia well, they will remove the growth on her back paw too. The one on her belly doesn’t seem to bother her but the one on her paw drives her nuts…so hopefully that will be gone!

And as if that wasn’t enough, the poor baby has scratched her left eye and has an Ocular Ulcer… so we’ve been putting drops in her eye for the last 3 days.

Please send out prayers and positive thoughts for my Sammie girl for surgery tomorrow and the recovery process ❤

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In WW news, I didn’t drop anything this week… probably due to stress! I’ve been staying within my points budget but I’ve been eating more snacks in the evening :-/ I don’t see my stress dropping over the next week or two with Sammie’s surgery & recovery… oh well, I’ll just have to be more aware!!

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During a drive in the Corvette last weekend, we stopped at a ‘new to us’ place at the beach called Snooky’s. We overheard someone else order a drink and just had to give it a try.

Crown Royal Peach mixed with sweet tea – O.M.G.!! It’s delicious… and dangerous because it doesn’t really taste like a mixed drink – LOL! It’s become Hubby’s favorite drink 😉

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That’s all for now… have a great rest of your weekend!!

Ready for February

I finished piecing and ironing the 30 blocks necessary for the February Color Block challenge! I pulled fabrics from my gray/black scrap bin and just cut a ton of 2.5″ squares with no idea how many I needed to make 30 blocks… Ha, math prep is not my strong suit! As it turns out, I ended up cutting enough to make 31 blocks!! Wow 😮 now that’s dumb luck for ya!!!

Once all the blocks were done I started looking through my stash for background options… I pulled these and gave them a trial run

Once again the ‘prep’ bug bit me because I didn’t check the fabric requirements to make sure I had enough before I fell in love with one of them! Argh! The pattern calls for 3 5/8 yards – grrrrr! I only have 3 yards each of the green and orange so I have to either take them out of the running or… alter the pattern or… buy more fabric!!! I’ll let you guess what I’ve decided to do 😉

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ATP & WTA Tennis are gearing up for the Australian Open to begin in about a week. I’ve been keeping up with several players online and many had to endure a rough 14 day quarantine once they arrived in Australia. They’ve finally been released and now they have a little time to really go hard preparing. The warm up tournaments have started so I’ve been watching a few matches late at night as they’re 16 hours ahead of me!!

Other than that I haven’t been doing much… I stopped running for no particular reason. I missed a few days, then the weather turned rainy and cold which made me miss a few more and before I even noticed – it’s been almost a month!!! Ugh!!! I had gotten up to 3 miles doing run/walk intervals – now I’m going to have to start all over 😦 Damn, that makes me so mad at myself!! There’s just no excuse for it… apathy, laziness, delayed consequences, SMH!

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That’s all for now… here’s a picture I took last week when Sammie was stalking me for another treat… she’s got one very menacing stare!! LOL

Stay safe ❤

Using my tools

I’m plugging away making all those houses for the Village quilt…after I had made several dozen it dawned on me that I had tools I wasn’t using – ‘Doh!

While I was constructing each house I would finger press the pieces until I attached the roof – then I set it aside. After I had a dozen houses I would get up from the sewing machine and take them to the ironing board to press. This got old pretty fast and I was losing motivation to continue…then it dawned on me…

Last year I bought a mini iron from Amazon when they had a really good sale and I had never even turned it on (smh!) – I also bought a wool pressing mat (which I’ve used several times). I put the wool mat beside my sewing machine and now I can press as I go without getting up – Eureka!!

That little iron is amazing – I’m not an affiliate, I’m just impressed! It gets really hot and sets the seams very well. It also has ability for steam but I’m not using that. If you’re sewing small pieces, having a setup like this is a real time saver and my blocks look really good too!

I’ve worked on the houses each day…here are the shots I’ve been posting to Instagram

All the color block houses are done (according to my scrap bin colors) so I spent yesterday cutting the pieces for the two dozen scrappy color houses and I put a few together last night (sorry for the bad lighting!)

Once the rest are made I’ll start putting the groups together according to the pattern. I’ve already cut the necessary sashing pieces so I’m all set!

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In other news…it looks like Hurricane Isaias is going to be heading right towards Myrtle Beach – UGH!! As if 2020 isn’t already stressful enough, now this 😦 Thankfully we live about 7 miles in from the coast so we won’t see any storm surge but we’re expected to get 4-5″ of rain within a few hours time. We didn’t have any flooding issues last year with Hurricane Dorian so I’m hoping we fare just as well this time!

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I haven’t written much about Sammie lately – thankfully she’s still doing well. She’s taking daily chemo pills and that seems to have stalled the lymphoma. She also takes a prednisone pill every other day which makes her body temperature run warmer than normal. She doesn’t run or play as much as she used to because she gets hot but she still gets around just fine. The only other issue she’s having are these bump/warts that are popping up all over her body.

I’m not sure what the official name is for these but the poor baby has them all over, luckily they don’t seem to bother her… except for the one on her back right paw.

The Vet looked at it last month and said due to her age and the lymphoma they don’t recommend putting her under anesthesia to remove it (or any of the others) so she suggested cryotherapy – freezing it. We did that and it got a little better but still bugged her so we went back Friday and had it done again. I’m hoping it will shrink to the point it won’t bother her anymore, finger crossed!!

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That’s about all that’s been going on around here…have a great rest of your weekend!

Fat Quarter Fizz

I finished the FQ Fizz quilt I started last week…funny how I’m starting and finishing new projects but I can’t seem to find the motivation to finish the stack of tops that have been sitting around for years! Oh well!

Here’s it is after quilting. I got my Sammie to pose with the top! She never does that, she must have wanted a treat really bad!!

I used scraps from the project to make the binding, I really love how it turned out! And I was so happy that none of the seams landed on the corners!! Woohoo

I popped outside for some photos before I threw it in the wash

This finished 48×54 and now sits in my Charity pile waiting for a home.

I got a little motivation last week to unfold my Rainbow Postage stamp top and laid it across the ironing board…it sat that way for 3 days before I put it away again to start something else – UGH!

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Since it appears we’ll be wearing masks for a very long time, I went searching for a pattern that would provide more space between my mouth and the fabric, I find it very restricting to have the fabric so close to my face. I went to YT and very quickly found a tutorial, I gave it a shot…and…I LOVE IT!!

I posted this picture on FB and now I’m getting requests from family & friends to make some for them…ugh, I wasn’t trying to turn this into a business!!

I’ve already made some for my Niece, her wife and their 2.5yo daughter, I’m making some for my Uncle in CA and I’m making some for a neighbor. Now I have to decide if I’ll make some for the others who have asked, I have no idea what to charge and then of course I’ll add in postage.

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That’s all for now…Stay safe & stay strong 🙂

Have a great rest of your weekend and if you’re in the US I hope you enjoyed the holiday!!

Lots of sewing going on

It’s a new year so of course I’ve started a few new habits…we’ll see how long I stick with them. I know that sounds negative but if I look at my history, it seems to be what I do. Start out with big plans in January only to fizzle out at some point. So here goes:

First of all I’m doing a challenge on IG started by a quilting friend last year with her sister called #dosomethingquiltyeveryday They did this last year and I loved the idea but never really joined in – however I started out on Jan 1 this year and I’ve posted something every day so far!! Woohoo and I’ve gotten a lot done too.

I mailed off the commissioned tshirt quilt to it’s new home. Surprisingly enough it got there in one day! I used the medium flat rate box with USPS, dropped it off on Monday morning and she posted this pic on Facebook the next evening!!! She was so happy and grateful ❤

I’ve started making the Plaid-ish quilt by Erica at Kitchen Table Quilting. This FREE pattern has been on my bucket list for a little while and I kept seeing pics of others making; I just couldn’t wait any longer so I jumped in last week. Here are a few of the progress pics I posted on IG – oh and this is all from my scrap bins!!

“Dark” blocks all cut
“Dark” blocks pieced, “Light” pieces laid out

My plan is to layout the “Mid value” blocks today and start piecing a few. The beauty of the #dosomethingquiltyeveryday challenge is it’s making me go into my sewing room every day and do something even if it’s just laying things out or sewing one or two seams – yay!

I’m also trying to create a habit of walking at least 15 minutes every day. Nothing too daunting at this point, I just want to create a habit that will stick. I really don’t move enough – I sit at a desk all day and then sit at my sewing machine at night. Ha! Not good! I’ve been doing really well with it, I actually started Monday 12/30 and haven’t missed a day yet! I’m using a paper planner this year and I’ve got a habit tracker sticker on the monthly page for January where I can see it every day. A few more weeks of this and I should have a habit!! I listened to the book Atomic Habits by James Clear a few weeks ago so I’m following his suggestion to start small and get the habit in place before making it bigger, sounds plausible!

I’m also trying to be more consistent with cleaning my house so I’m following the Fly Lady program; if you want to learn more you can visit her website by clicking the link or you can follow along with Steph the Secret Slob as she breaks it down for newbies. I found her videos easy to watch and her way of adopting the program resonated with me. I’ve been doing OK with this so far in 2020, I only missed one day :-p

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I weighed in at WW yesterday, I was fully expecting to hit the 10# mark…but it was not to be 😦 UGH! I really tried hard to stay within my points budget and I walked every day last week but I guess it’s gonna take a little more time! Onward and upward!

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We go back to Charleston next week for Sammie’s 30 day follow up. We’ve noticed she’s been acting a little weird the last few weeks – nothing really bad, just different from her ‘normal’ self. She’s been very restless at night when it’s time to go to bed. She usually gets up in bed and stays there all night but recently she’ll get down and lay on the hardwood floor – like she’s hot and needs to cool down. She’ll stay there for a few hours and then in the middle of the night she’ll get up in bed. She’s also been sleep really hard, what I mean is it’s hard to wake her up. My husband and I both experienced a moment of panic when we tried to wake her and she wouldn’t move!! Finally we shook her pretty hard and she opened her eyes…that was pretty scary! I don’t know if it’s the meds, her age or her illness, we’ll ask the doctor next week and see what she thinks. Other than that Sammie is doing really well, still running and playing as usual.

That’s all for now…have a great rest of the weekend!

A little good news

We had Sammie’s 2 week follow up appointment with the oncology vet this past week and we got a little good news – her lymph nodes have shrunk a little, Yay! The Dr was very pleased by this and said it normally takes a little longer to see results so she’s encouraged that Sammie will continue to respond well to the treatment, Yay again! She’ll continue with the chemo & steroid meds and we’ll go back in 30 days for another checkup.

I snapped this picture of her the other day – she hates to have her picture taken but while I was getting ready to let her clean my oatmeal bowl she sat there so pretty I had to grab my phone and snap a pic before the moment passed

That little tongue sticking out just kills me ❤

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I’ve made considerable progress on the commission tshirt quilt – the top is almost done! I have two vertical seams left to sew.

I reached out to Kitty to get her ideas for backing and then went online to find some options. I sent her six possibilities and she chose this one, which I’ll also use for binding:

I’ve been itching to start something new but I really, really, really need to finish up a few other projects. I have everything ready for basting on three other quilts (Rainbow Improv, Meadowland & Granny Cabin) so I’m planning to spray-baste them the same time I do this commission quilt.

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In WW news, I was down .4 yesterday…I only need .8 more to hit the 10# mark! I can do this!!

That’s about all for now…enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂