Fish Tales top

The February Color Blocks top is finished, I’m calling it Fish Tales. This is not the pattern layout provided in the QAL, it was a little too traditional for me so I played with the position of the blocks until I liked what I saw. I added 4.5″ borders and called it done at 48×56, it will make a nice child size quilt.

I auditioned a couple fabrics from my stash for the backing and chose this gray/black print. I think it compliments the front very nicely and there’s enough left over to use for binding as well!

I’ve been watching the Australian Open this past week, unfortunately my favorites did not win. If you don’t know who won the tournament yet… look away now!!!

~~~~~~Spoiler Alert~~~~~~~

I was cheering for Jennifer Brady in the Women’s final and I was hoping Nadal would make it to the final but he did not. The winner on the Women’s side, Naomi Osaka and for the Men, Novak Djokovic was unbeatable!

That’s about all for today. I have not started working on the quilts my former neighbor sent – I want to finish Fish Tales first πŸ˜‰

Have a great rest of your weekend – Stay safe & stay strong

Just playing around

After knocking out two UFOs last week I’ve just been playing around this week. I’ve seen a few Mountain block quilts online lately and had a thought, what would it look like to sew the cut HST strips end to end instead of in a block? So, I pulled one of the FQ bundles I’ve been getting from the Fat Quarter Shop and started playing.

The bundle I pulled is called “At Home” with some beautiful florals in blue, red and green.

I also pulled some silver gray fabric from my stash to use as background. I cut four 9″ squares from each FQ and cut some 9″ squares from the gray yardage to make HSTs. After I pieced and cut 4 HSTs I started having second thoughts about making a entire quilt of those strips – I’m worried it will be too busy, no where for the ‘eye to rest’.

Sooooo, that’s where I’m at! I’ve got strips cut from two HSTs of every print ready to be pieced, a stack of HSTs that haven’t been cut and a stack of 9″ squares…

I’ll get those strips pieced today and then start playing with ideas on my design wall – that’s what it’s for, right?!!

I’ve been watching US Open tennis, the Ladies final was yesterday…if you don’t want to know who won, look away now!

Victoria Azareka and Naomi Osaka battled it out but Naomi pulled it out in the 3rd set. I was pulling for Azarenka since it had been so long since she’d won a grand slam 😦 Oh well! The men’s final is today, Sasha Zverev vs. Dominic Thiem – I’m hoping Thiem wins – let’s hope I don’t jinx him πŸ˜‰

Oh yeah, and FOOTBALL is back today!!! It’s gonna be really weird to see games with no one in the stands :-/ The games we’re going to watch today are Washington and Tampa Bay. Hubby is still a fan of the team formerly known as the Redskins however I think that team is a lost cause until Dan Snyder is forced out! I’m more interested to see how Tom Brady does with his new team in Tampa Bay.

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

UFOs Finished!

I’m so happy to say I finished TWO UFOs that have been sitting in the ‘to be
Basted/Quilted” pile for quite some time.

The first one is the smaller of the two and I finished the top back in April – it’s a free pattern called Puzzle Box from Christa Watson and this came entirely from my scrap bins

The lighting is a little off due to shade 😦 The backing came from leftover remnants, one is a soft lilac text and the other is a black & white flower print. I did very minimal quilting using a large swirl/double loop, it’s not great but it’s ‘good enough’ πŸ˜‰ This finished at 54″ square – I don’t have a home for it so it’ll go in the donation pile.

The next finish is a big one…it’s my Plaidish quilt!!! Woohoohoo, I’m so happy to finally have this done. This is another free pattern but this one is from Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting. I used a combination of fat quarters and my scrap bins and the top was finished way back in January!

(excuse the dead looking grass…we seem to have gotten some fungus 😦 )

I took these pictures this morning after finishing up the binding πŸ™‚ I used large remnant pieces of various green prints from my stash and a few fat quarters for the back…then I used leftovers from the backing to make the binding, WIN/WIN!

I did straight line quilting along the seams both horizontal and vertical. This puppy measures 65×84, I plan to drape this one across my bed in hopes of some cooler nights as we head into fall πŸ˜‰

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I’ve been watching the US Open tennis tournament this past week…Yay! It’s so nice to have professional sports again as long as they can play safely with limited risk. The tournament moves into week 2 starting today…my favorites to win? Men: Dominic Theim Women: Victoria Azarenka

They’ve both been playing really well but time will tell…there have also been a few ‘upsets’ so anything can happen :-p

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

That’s all for now, have a great rest of your weekend and if you’re in the US:

Have a wonderful Labor Day holiday!!!

Covid fog…

Not much progress was made on my Village quilt…I made the backing but took no pictures. Yesterday I cut the batting, took my setup outside and got it spray basted…no pictures. Now it lays across my ironing board waiting for future action…still no pictures 😦

I think the covid fog got a hold of me this week and stole my creative joy 😦 I MUST do a better job of fighting it off!! I’ve read a few posts from bloggers I follow who are struggling with the same issues so I know I’m not alone; I guess I thought I’d be able to handle it better – HA!

I brightened up a little bit yesterday because I got to watch professional ATP & WTA Tennis! They’re playing the Western & Southern Open in New York with the players and their teams staying in a ‘bubble’. I can only hope it works – if it does that means the US Open will go on as scheduled to begin 9/1. There will be another 10 hours of coverage today…I know where I’ll be!

Just for fun, here’s a pic of my great niece playing in her backyard pool

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

Village Ta-Da!

Woohoo! I finished the Village quilt top yesterday πŸ™‚ I’m so super happy with how this turned out. Of course, half way through I always doubt whether the final top will look good but in the end I’m usually very pleased.

After I pieced all the rows together, I got excited thinking the top was done…

It was a few hours later when I realized I still needed to add borders! LOL NOW it’s done πŸ˜‰ It measures 70×76 before quilting

Not much else happening around here. I’ve been watching WTA tennis this week – there’s a tournament in Prague and one in Lexington, KY. I’m a little nervous/anxious about the US Open coming up in a few weeks…so many big names have opted out…but there are still plenty of great players that have committed, so we’ll just see how it goes.

I had an appointment Friday to get my hair highlighted & cut. I’m still not comfortable spending so much time indoors so I just got my hair cut, no color. I made another appt in 5 weeks to get color & cut…hopefully the numbers around here will continue dropping and I’ll feel more confident :-s

Have a great rest of your weekend!

Two finishes!

I’m slowly getting my mojo back and I finished two baby quilts this week! Whoop whoop! These are destined for the Hands2Help charity challenge hosted by Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict. My last post shows all the quilts I’m sending off this year, more than half of them were made many months ago but they fit the need so off they go!

The first finish this week is the Disappearing 25 patch, this tutorial was posted on Sarah’s blog at the beginning of April and I’m sure I would’ve had it finished long before now if Greta hadn’t needed her annual cleaning. I used fusible polyester batting in this one because I happened to have it left over in my stash and it was the perfect size…BUT I hated every minute of quilting it so I won’t be buying any more of that crap! Luckily once washed, it was soft and squishy – whew!

I did a simple all over meander quilting motif, then I auditioned several fabrics for binding before landing on this solid lavender. This finished 44″ square.

My next finish is a quick project called Deep Blue Sea by Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting. She offered a free pattern & tutorial on her blog and I just had to give it a go! I finished this top the night before Greta went into the shop so it sat on my design wall the whole time, just calling to me!! After I finished the D25P, I cut batting and made the back for this one. I knew I wanted to do wavy lines for quilting so it finished up very fast.

The colors are truest in this first photo

I found this fabric in my stash with blue birds but I didn’t have quite enough so I added the organic vines…the colors are perfect! This finished 38×48

I’m contemplating pulling out some other UFO tops and getting them done but I hear the siren song of starting a new project calling me!! Oh what will I do…

Oh and there is LIVE tennis to watch this weekend!! A few weeks ago the guys played a round-robin tournament in West Palm Beach, FL and now the ladies are doing the same this weekend…the final is today!! I love to watch tennis while I sew – squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Have a great rest of your long weekend…

Annual service

I dropped my Pfaff off at the sewing & vac shop last Monday so there won’t be much sewing to update on today 😦 I was hoping they’d have it done before the weekend but they told me it could take up to 7 business days and it looks like that’s exactly what it will be…waaaaah! I almost bought a backup machine last week. I was putzing around online and found a Janome JW8100 on sale at Walmart for $280; I should’ve jumped on it right away because when I came back to it later it was gone! Ugh 😦

I had these grand ideas about cleaning and organizing my sewing room and so far I have not done a dang thing! [insert face palm] Instead I planted my butt on the couch and I’ve been binge watching “Grace & Frankie” on Netflix. It’s funny and serious and outlandish all at the same time! I had no idea there were already 6 seasons!! Sheesh, what rock have I been living under?

A few days ago I pulled out a hexie project I started working on several years ago and decided I would make it big enough to be a pillow cover.

Oh boy I had forgotten how doing hand work is hard on my eyes and they get tired pretty quickly. I could only work on this in one hour increments but I eventually got there. I’ll need to wait for my Pfaff to return to make the back and put it all together.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If you’re a tennis fan then you know a LIVE tournament took place in West Palm Beach Friday & Saturday. They took all kinds of safety precautions and of course there were no spectators – but oh my, it was so nice to see LIVE sports again ❀

That’s all I have for now… wishing all the Mom’s out there a Happy Mother’s Day!!!

I’m on a roll

I’m so happy I’ve been keeping up with my habits! I’ve been walking every day – not very far, my goal is to walk at least 15 minutes everyday. The last week or so I’ve been going about 20 minutes but the goal right now is to build the habit of walking every day and then I can increase the time or distance. I started this habit on 12/30 so as of yesterday I have a 27 day streak going – Yay!

There are all kinds of varying reports on how long it takes to actually create a habit you no longer have to think about…I’m going to go with the longer time frame of 61 days just to be sure I have it firmly in place.

I’ve also been doing my IG challenge #dosomethingquiltyeveryday. I almost broke the chain a few days ago because we had some unexpected visitors and I didn’t feel it was right to go spend an hour in my sewing room…so I stole a quick 15 minutes two days in a row to fold some fat quarters and sort through my orphan block box.

Our visitors left yesterday morning so last night I spent some time quilting all over my Granny Cabin quilt. This has been basted for a few weeks now but was laying folded on the floor so I had to iron it out pretty good before starting.

Before our visitors arrived I put the final stitches in my Plaidish quilt top. This is still hanging on my design wall – I just love looking at it!! ❀

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I skipped WW again this week 😦 Not because I thought I hadn’t lost any weight but our friends didn’t leave until after my meeting time yesterday. I was planning to go weigh-in this morning and when I checked meeting times for today the earliest is 12:00. Ugh, I want to weigh in before I’ve had anything to eat or drink so I think I’ll check for other early morning meetings this week and go weigh in then.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I’ve been enjoying watching the Australian Open tennis matches – we have DirecTv and they have special channels that show 5 or 6 different matches (no clue if other cable companies offer the same!). Because they’re 16 hours ahead of us, most of the really good matches come on after midnight, UGH! I’ve been taking a short nap each afternoon so I can stay up late to watch my favorites. Unfortunately most of my favorite women have been knocked out (Serena, Coco, Keys, Bencic) but I’m still rooting for Barty, Halep & Kvitova.

As for the guys, my top 4 favorites are still in it – Federer, Nadal, Wawrinka, Djokovic; and the local Aussie Nick Kyrgios is still in it too! Lots of great matches so far!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

That’s about all for now, have a great rest of your weekend πŸ™‚

Starting 2018

2018 hasn’t had the best start. Both me & DH got sick right after Christmas and we’ve carried it into the new year 😦 We both are finally starting to feel better but it’s been so bitter cold here in SC that we haven’t left the house! Ha, now I know what a hermit feels like :-/Β  The upside is I’ve been cooking more (nothing elaborate that’s for sure) and we’ve been supporting the local economy by ordering in πŸ˜‰

Needless to say I haven’t been sewing or quilting much this past week but I did get a spurt of energy and started my Scrap Attack project for January. If you’d like more information about it, check out Sarah’s blog post.Β  I searched Pinterest a few weeks ago and made a board of the scrappy projects that would fit my chosen precut size of 2.5×4.5. When I’m done with a project I take what’s left, cut it to this size and store it in a clear plastic box (sometimes I don’t cut it right away but I keep what can be cut to this size in that box as well; anything smaller goes in a large pillowcase to be donated to an animal shelter when it’s full).

I printed small versions of those Pinterest posts and put them in a tin, earlier this week I pulled a project for January – it’s “Mother’s Own” block. This is a free block pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop and it makes a 5.5″ block. I didn’t really think about the size until I started cutting – the pieces call for 1.5×2.5 and 1.5 square. I’d already made two blocks when it dawned on me that I could save myself some cutting if I up-sized the block to 10.5″; the pieces would then be 2.5×4.5 and 2.5 square – duh!!! No brainer!

MO first blocks

After making the first up-sized block I noticed I could make a couple more smaller ones and when sewn into a 4-patch they’d be the same size…so…here’s my progress to date. Not sure if I’ll make more of the smaller size or not, I’ll figure that out as I go along.

MO more

An added bonus to sewing with my scraps is using up bobbin scraps from previous projects…Yay, 8 bobbins emptied without wasting the thread πŸ˜€

Oh wait, I did make a few blocks for another project. Carole of From My Carolina Home is making quilts for folks affected by the terrible fires in California and I made these blocks over the new year’s weekend…unfortunately I haven’t mailed them yet because I haven’t left the house (sorry Carole!!) They will definitely go out on Monday!

fire

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

As for running…well, I’m sure you can guess – I haven’t left the house because of the cold so I sure as heck haven’t been running! I’m really kind of bummed because I was making really good progress running three times a week 😦  Oh well, the temps are supposed to be in the 50’s later this week so I’ll get my butt out there and get back on track. I haven’t run since Week 4, Day 2 so I’m planning to step back a week and pick back up at Week 3, Day 1.

Tennis is starting again with warm-up tournaments before the Australian Open later this month…squeeee, I do love to watch tennis! Roger Federer is still on fire and with both Andy & Novak continuing to nurse their injuries, he has another great shot at that trophy. It’s going to be fun to watch πŸ™‚

Have a great day & week…ttfn!

 

Doing and procrastinating

So the first week of January has been productive in one regard and not so much in another…argh!

I’ve picked up a new obsession…Bullet Journal (Bujo to the in-crowd). I had read about it a few years ago but didn’t really ‘get it’ so I moved on. Β I stumbled back on it last week when I was starting to use The Quilter’s Planner, Stephanie mentioned that her planner could be used to Bullet Journal and it piqued my interest. I Googled it and searched Pinterest and, well, that’s all she wrote…I’m hooked!

The good news is, I think I ‘get it’ now and I’ve jumped in with both feet. I bought the recommended journal and started using it right away. What I like about it the most is that everything is in one place. A few years ago I wanted to start writing in a gratitude journal every night but I would forget and just go to bed – I also wanted to track my progress for exercising but the spreadsheet was in the computer and I would forget about it…there seems to be a theme 😦

Anyway, the point is each thing was in a different place and I would just forget to use them. With the Bullet Journal the idea is to PUT IT ALL IN ONE PLACE. Yes, it’s a written planner/journal/tracker but I find my mind connects better when I actually write stuff down versus using technology. Now don’t get me wrong, I still put my appointments in my phone/calendar so I get automated reminders but everything else is going in my Bujo πŸ˜‰

The other thing I really like is there’s a whole online community that is so supportive and encouraging – kind of like the quilting community. Creative people are so dang nice!!

If you’re interested in learning more about Bullet Journal here are a few resources I found very helpful:

BulletJournal.comΒ from the creator Ryder Carroll himself

BohoBerry.comΒ Kara Benz has fully embraced Bullet Journaling and offers many hints, tips and techniques. She also sells printables to use in the journal

Here are a few pages from my very first Bullet Journal:

20170108_084648

20170108_08470720170108_08471820170108_08473020170108_084742

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Next up – I’ve started C25K over this week and YAY I did all three workouts…whoop whoop!! I’ve already posted the first two days so I’ll just put day 3 in here. We had a bit of bad weather Friday night into Saturday (nothing like the weather forecasters were predicting – thank goodness!) Still, I didn’t want to run outside so I talked Hubby into pulling the treadmill out of the corner of the garage and setting it up where I could use it πŸ˜€

My times are not quite as good as when I run outside but I’m not gonna fuss over it!

w1d3

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Now comes the procrastinating part…I’ve had lots of available time on my hands over the last many days that I should’ve been putting into finishing The Kitten quilt — but have I finished it??? Nope. I’ve worked on it here and there and the top is almost complete, I just need to add two more border strips but I know I should’ve had it done by now. I’m not sure what the problem is but I committed to having it finished this month so I better GET OVER IT!

Here’s a picture of the rows all pieced, I’ve since added borders to the left and right

20170103_215819-1

As I did last year, I’m following along with a few BOMs (Block of the month) and QALs (quilt alongs). First up is Amy Gibson’s Cookbook Quilt Along. I followed her Sugar Block Club last year and I really enjoyed it so it was a no-brainer that I’d do this one too. I’ve decided to use all solid fabrics for this one…this should be fun! Here’s the first block:

20170105_205147-1

The other one I’m following is The Honey Pot Bee with Molli Sparkles. This is not a traditional bee where you mail blocks off – with this one you keep everything you make and at the end of the year you finish the quilt. I haven’t actually made the January block yet but it’s on my list today (argh, and finishing the borders on The Kitten!).

While I’m sewing I’ll be watching the NFL playoffs and there are only 7 days until the Australian Open!! I sure have missed watching tennis πŸ˜‰

ttfn…