Aruba here we come!

By this time tomorrow we will be on our way to 10 glorious nights at the Renaissance in Aruba!

We haven’t traveled internationally in over 7 years and haven’t been to Aruba in 10 years so we are both excited and nervous 😬 I’ve got us all checked in, our bags are 99% packed and I think we’ve covered everything while we’ll be away 🤞 Ugh, so much to remember LOL

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The sewing club day went well again! Yay, it’s so nice to sew with other folks and just chit chat about all kinds of various topics. I not only got my Swoon top basted but also got the APQ UFO project basted 😯 I finally looked back at my IG feed and found the name of that BOTM: Honey Pot Bee with Molli Sparkles.

I ended up working on the Honey Pot Bee during the sewing club because I chose to do simple ‘organic wavy lines’ vertically. That made the FMQ easy to do while talking – Ha! I got it trimmed and put the binding on when I got home.

I used the same gray background fabric for binding, I think it gives it a modern feel. This will go in the donation bin and wait for the next charity drive. I didn’t take any photos of the back 🫤 I used a blue floral from my stash paired with a solid blue. Once we’re back from the trip I plan to take this outside for better pictures and I’ll include the back.

I also finished up the Swoon Sixteen quilt this week! I chose to do an all-over loopy meander, I think it helps soften all the sharp angles.

I bought some black & white stripe fabric specifically for binding so I used it on this project, and this time I did snap the back side! This quilt will also go in the donation pile.

I completed Block 5 in the Sewcialites2QAL yesterday… the yellow background fabric is growing on me!

After we return, I need to start planning the overall layout and get some setting blocks made.

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That’s about all for now! I won’t be posting next week cuz, ya know, Aruba… Have a great rest of your weekend.

Sewing club success!

The first meeting of our neighborhood sewing club was a great success. Not because there were a lot of people but because it was so enjoyable! I got there early and setup tables for folks who would bring sewing machines and a few for cutting and ironing. I brought all the supplies needed: you may recall DH made me an extension for my ironing board that turns out to be quite portable and my iron along with an older cutting mat and my backup rotary cutter.

I had four ladies interested in attending but one didn’t come due to an unexpected visit from friends. The rest of us spent 4 hours talking and sewing, it was really nice!! Three of us are quilters and the other lady is a garment sewer but she’s interested in making quilts. We traded tips and tricks and experiences all day as well as talking about a bunch of other general life topics. The time really flew by 🤗 One of the ladies has had patterns published and a fabric line produced (Jan Douglas Designs) so she had tons of industry information to share 😉

I took my Pumpkin Patch project and I finished piecing all the blocks. I took my Swoon blocks as a backup project but I didn’t need it… speaking of…

The Pumpkin Patch top is complete and I started basting it last night, with the borders it measures 49×59. I pulled a fitted sheet from my stash and cut a piece big enough for the backing. It’s a deep tan color so it goes well with the seasonal theme.

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Our friends from Florida were supposed to drive up last weekend to look at a beautiful house for sale but unfortunately that plan didn’t work out. They made an offer contingent on them driving up to see it but the sellers didn’t accept, oh well. They’ll keep looking, hopefully something will turn up for them.

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Did anyone else take advantage of Amazon’s second Prime Day deals? I got a new cutting mat and a new iron…whooopie!!! I should’ve looked for a new rotary cutter – ‘doh! I guess that’ll be on my list for cyber Monday 😄 I made other non-quilting purchases like a new, bigger air fryer. DH got a new beside clock that shows the time on three sides because getting up to turn the clock he has was becoming a pain 😂🤣 At this stage of life it’s all about making things easier!

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

Feeling the season

After seeing so many posts on FB and IG with fall themed projects I finally broke down and started one of my own!! 😛

Debby Brown’s Sept project for the Color Blocks QAL was a pumpkin design, perfect!

I had purchased a few half yard cuts of autumn themed fabrics earlier this year so I had plenty to work with. I chose to change up the pattern a little bit because I wanted my pumpkins to be a little wider. I got to cutting & sewing yesterday and laid it all out on my design wall… squeeeeeeeeee, I love it

I still have lots of piecing to do and then I need to figure out borders if I want it to be bigger than 40×54😕 And what’s even more fun, the fabric I’m using for background is glow in the dark!! I used it a few years back on a halloween quilt, it’s not too bright but just enough to add some fun in the dark.

I haven’t forgotten about the Heart Strings quilt, I finished the decorative quilting within each heart late last week, I just need to put the ribbon candy variation in the white spaces… it’s sitting on my sewing table waiting patiently 😂

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I forgot to mention in my last post, I delivered the Books quilt to my friend in Maryland but unfortunately she was not feeling well so we didn’t get to spend time together (she tested negative for covid but it was only her second day of feeling bad so she didn’t want to risk it). She LOVED the quilt and was so happy to start using it immediately! 💖

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Tomorrow is the first sewing club meeting and I gotta say, I’m a bit anxious! This is so far outside my comfort zone… I’m not a starter, I’m a follower & supporter! But, I’m doing it anyway 😂 I’ve printed off a few check lists of items to take on a sewing retreat in hopes I won’t forget anything critical…but if I do I’m only 2 mins from home. I just need to decide what sewing project I’m going to take to work on! I could take the pumpkins but that’s a lot of pieces. I still need to make 5 more Swoon blocks but I’m not sure that will fill 4 hours. Ugh decisions decisions!

To make things more interesting… our friends from Florida called yesterday. They are still searching for a home in MB and one that they missed out on last month went back on the market. They are planning to drive up TODAY, look at the house tomorrow and go back home Tues. I guess I’ll be tidying up the bonus room today 😉

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We got our Moderna Bivalent booster shots earlier this week and we’re feeling fine. My arm was a little sore for a few days after the shot but nothing bad.

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

Quilting and traveling

I traveled to Maryland last week to visit with family and attend my great niece’s 5th birthday party. It was a quick trip, flew up on Thurs and back home on Sunday. This meant I was not home (in Myrtle Beach) when Hurricane Ian came to visit. DH was home alone and thankfully the worst he experienced was a power outage for 90 minutes – whew!

Even though Maryland was getting rain from the far reaching outer bands of Ian on Saturday, the birthday party was a huge success with 11 kids! They set up the bouncy house in the garage, had a ‘formal’ tea party setup in the playroom and a painting station on the screen porch. And of course a bunch of finger foods and adult beverages for the parents.

Here are just a few of the hundreds of pictures I took

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Before I left I had basted the Heart Strings quilt and started quilting on it. I found a free-motion design in one of the quilting books I’ve had for a while and decided to give it a go. I’m not thrilled with my execution of the design but I’m not going to rip it out either!! I plan to do a variation of ribbon candy in the white spaces between the rows of hearts.

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I’m still eating Mediterranean style and loving it. I’m down 14 lbs since I started back in June and I don’t feel deprived. I am not counting calories, I eat when I’m hungry and with all the fruits, veggies, beans & grains I’m eating I don’t crave sugar anymore 😮 Even at the birthday party this weekend, I did not want to eat any of the cake. We still go out to eat quite a bit and that’s not a problem, most restaurants offer veggies as a side so I just double up on those. I think the biggest shift has been mental – I eat what I’ve ordered and I allow myself to order more IF I’m still hungry… but that’s never happened. If I get hungry later I’ll have some fruit or some nuts. Getting processed foods out of my diet has been amazing 🙂

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The monthly sewing club meets for the first time next Monday and I had a call tonight from another neighborhood resident that wants to join us – yay! She’s a garment sewist and I told her she was more than welcome! I’m not sure yet what project I’m going to take with me but I still have 5 more Swoon blocks to make and I’ve already picked out the rest of the fabrics so that’s a possibility. Or I could baste one of my UFO’s and take that for free-motion quilting… hmmm decisions, decisions!

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That’s about all for now… I’m a day late posting so I’ll sign off by saying Have a great rest of your week!

Heart Strings

The Heart Strings top and back are made! I switched things up a little bit on the heart blocks, initially I was going do both sides of the heart very scrappy but with the fabrics I chose I just didn’t like that look…it was too busy for my eyes. I matched up the strips so the fabrics aligned within each heart and I’m much happier!

I took this picture before I pieced them all together – no sashing. Then I went about making the back. I had several strips sets leftover once I changed the design so I put them in the back and I found a coordinating mint colored fabric in my stash to fill in the rest.

It will finish 48″ square. I plan to get this basted and quilted before I head out of town on Thursday – fingers crossed!!

I haven’t made any more Swoon Sixteen blocks yet but that will definitely be on my list when I get home.

I received all the fabrics I need for Elephant Abstractions and I’ll start on that when the Swoon quilt is done. I was going to join Devoted Quilter for her 60 day WIP challenge because I have quite a few tops that need to be finished into quilts…but… that Elephant pattern is calling to me! :-p

I got confirmation that our clubhouse is available the 2nd Monday of each month for a Sewing Club so our first meeting will be Oct 10! Squeeeeeee, I’m excited and nervous!

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In other news, I FINALLY got around to hanging the lights on our screened porch yesterday – actually I hired the neighborhood handyman to do it! Ha! I turned them on last night and I love them! They are the perfect amount of light for sitting on the porch at night to enjoy the fall weather!!

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Roger Federer played his last professional match Friday night and afterward it was a very emotional celebration. He was so moved by all the out-pouring of love and admiration…not a dry eye in the house!!

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