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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

That’s about all for today…ttfn!

Scrap Attack May

I finally got around to pulling my Scrap Attack project for May…not quite sure I’ll actually get around to making it but at least I have the project identified :-/

I found this photo on Pinterest and just now realized it doesn’t link to a valid page so I’ll just need to figure this one out based on the picture…but it’s pretty simple.

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It’s a 9-patch quilt, I believe this photo is from Red Pepper Quilts but I can’t find any other Pinterest posts with an active link ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Oh wait, after more clicking around I found a link to what appears to beย the finished Red Pepper quilt, although it looks different than the picture I saved on Pinterest. I like the setting in the picture above so I’ll go with that.

 

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UFO finally finished

I’ve had this baby size quilt basted and folded up in a corner for a few months now…yesterday I finally pulled it out, ironed the wrinkles out and finished it off! Woohoo, finishing feels really good…even if it’s not the project I SHOULD be finishing…but hey, that’s another story!

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I started this back in December using a Jolly Bar pack from one of the Sew Sampler boxes, it’s nice to have it off my list!20180331_150119

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I made some progress on my commissioned projects: both tops from the wedding dress are done & the backing has been cut to size. I also pieced the backing for the tshirt quilt top…now I just need to basted and quilt them all – ugh!

Here are the baby size tops made from the wedding dress; let me just say, working with this material was a bear…I don’t think I’ll ever take another commission like this again!!

Sorry for the horrible lighting in these pictures, I’ll take better ones when I get them basted. Also, these are not squared up or steamed to remove wrinkles – I’ll do that after they’ve been quilted.

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Here’s the fabric for the back – it’s a fleece blanket I found at Home Goods several weeks back – I love how it shimmers in the light!

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I made absolutely no progress on my March ScrapAttack2018 project, in fact I never even started it!! The month really got away from me ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I decided to toss that one back in the box and make a new selection for April’s project, it’s called Squares and Strips and it’s another free tutorial – I swear I didn’t make my choices based on that, I’m just getting lucky!!

April project Squares and Strips

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There’s been minimal progress on our house in Myrtle Beach – all the cabinets and granite counter tops are in, all the plumbing and light fixtures are in. The next big hurdle will be having the appliances installed and that’s currently scheduled for April 11 – we’ll see if he sticks with that date or has me push it back yet again :-s

We’re supposed to go to a car show in Charleston April 19-22 and I’ll need to go to Myrtle Beach on the way to drop off my fur baby at a friends house. I guess I’ll see with my own eyes how far along we are at that point – and I’ll take more pics then too.

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That’s all for now – I hope you’re having a Happy Easter filled with love & laughter โค

 

Progress and a setback

I finished a couple of tops this week – first up: the tshirt quilt top…yay! This puppy measures 70×74 ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Not the best picture but it’s finally all pieced. In my last post I shared that I ordered the backing fabric and when it arrived I realized I’d made a measuring mistake – AACK!! Because the tone on tone text is directional I needed more fabric to piece the back so the text wouldn’t be going in various directions…smh!! I put in a new order and it should be here early in the week, needless to say I did not get any basting done, ugh!

Instead I focused on getting my Feb scrapattack2018 top completed. You may recall I was putting together blocks for aย Stoplight quilt…and because its scrappy I found it all just a bit too busy for my liking. I played with some layout ideas and finally landed on adding a sashing row in between and a border. I think this gives the blocks a little room to breath ๐Ÿ™‚ย  The top measures 63×73

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I’m going to wait to finish this quilt for the Hands2Help challenge put on by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. I also have a few other completed tops that I can pull out and finish up for the challenge…we’ll see.

The next big monster to tackle is the wedding dress quilt {{{cue screams of horror!}}}.

I mentioned this project back in January – one of my neighbors has asked me to carve up her wedding dress to make two quilts for her two daughters. The thought of cutting up her wedding dress has just got me paralyzed…what if I can’t make it work? what if she hates the quilts? what if, what if, what if!??? I really can’t procrastinate on this any longer – I need to pull on my big girl panties and JUST DO IT!

So…stay tuned for an update next week…until then have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

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Not a lot of sewing

I did not do much sewing this week ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  Again choosing to procrastinate, ugh! I did piece the left and right sections of the tshirt quilt (no picture) and I did order the backing fabric for it…I guess that counts as something!! The customer wanted a neutral for the back and chose this tone on tone text – I love it!

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I also wanted to piece all the blocks for my Stoplight top so I could count February’s Scrap Attach as complete…but no, they sit in a stack mocking me! LOL

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I pulled my next Scrap Attack project for March – it’s called Briar Rose and it’s a free pattern from England Street Quilts. I need to see how much background fabric I have, that’ll determine how big I make it :-p

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And finally, I went on a little shopping spree for a new bullet journal binder. I made my first one using a placement from Walmart and some fabric…it’s fine but I wanted something a bit more sturdy with a snap closure instead of elastic. I was shopping online when I stumbled across a 50% off sale at JoAnns on Websters Pages Planners. Their website said they had at least 4 in stock so I hopped in the car…only to find there was really only 1 left on the shelf and not necessarily the color I wanted. But, I got it anyway. ๐Ÿ˜€

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This is actually a 6-ring binder so I had to do a little altering to turn it into a travelers cover. I carefully removed the rings, covered the small holes with some matching stickers, then inserted my LT1917 into the back cover. From there I added a jump band and inserted the two other inserts I had in my homemade TN…and I LOVE it!!! It’s not real leather but I actually prefer it that way (no animals were harmed!).

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I can always go a little farther by punching holes in the spine and adding actual elastic bands to the binder but I’m good with this for now.

That’s about all for now…I plan to head into the sewing room to get something done today! ttfn…

 

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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