Another Color Blocks quilt!

This week I finished the September pattern called “Gather Ye Rosebuds”. I got it basted last weekend and I did the quilting in the flower buds and leaves. That left the background which needed a meander. I worked through that on Friday and by the end of the evening I had the binding on 😀

These pictures were taken at night so the colors are a little off… the binding is not as dark as it seems and the backing fabric is not as ‘peachy’ as it seems. I’m really happy with this final result and I’m sure it will be loved when it finds it’s new home.

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We went out for Thanksgiving dinner this year – we had gone to Carolina Roadhouse a few years back and enjoyed the food so we did it again. They work strictly by reservation and it is a plated meal, not a buffet. We got the full plate below plus a basket of mini corn muffins. For dessert, our choice of Pumpkin or Pecan pie. We went with the same friends we share most holidays with here in Myrtle Beach. I was so stuffed at the end of the meal!!!

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I got my Moderna booster last Monday and all went well. Other than a sore arm for a couple of days, I had no adverse reaction. Of course now the new Omicron variant is looming…uuuuuuuuuuuuuuugh, I really want this all to be over!!!

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On a brighter note (pun intended), we got our Christmas tree up and decorated last week!

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

I’ve got a flimsy!

The Christmas Postage stamp quilt top is all pieced – woohoo!!

Once that was done I turned my attention to what I wanted to use for backing… I didn’t have any holiday fabric left in my stash so I was going to have to shop online for something (poor me!). I quickly figured out I wanted to use flannel…there’s nothing like wrapping up in a flannel blanket when it’s cold outside!

I went to many websites looking for what I wanted and I finally found it at JoAnn’s… and it was on sale!!!

Hopefully it will get here early next week… I’ve taken the week off just to use up some PTO and it would be a great time to finish up this quilt 🙂

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We had a nice, quiet Thanksgiving. I made the traditional holiday dinner with Turkey breast, stuffing, sweet potatoes, limas, corn, gravy, biscuits and we topped it off with a Cracker Barrel pumpkin pie! Oh boy were we stuffed!! LOL We had leftovers the following night and the rest is history. The only thing still remaining is some turkey breast which will make one very healthy sandwich! After dinner we Skyped with my niece for about an hour to chit-chat about everything and nothing.

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

Update on Sammie

Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of information…we drove down to Charleston last week and met with the oncologist. She seemed to think Sammie’s lymphoma was not too far progressed and would respond well to treatment however she couldn’t tell us exactly what kind of treatment to recommend without another cytology test – a “flow cytology” to be exact. So they took another sample from her lymph nodes and also took a blood & urine sample to make sure all her other vital organs were ok.

They shipped the cytology off to Colorado for the special test and we should know the results before Thanksgiving. At that point they’ll recommend treatment options. She said it could be administered either by IV or oral but we won’t know which one would be most effective until we get the results. More waiting…

This first visit and the tests they’re conducting cost us $758… wow, I can’t even imagine what the treatments will cost 😮 Of course it doesn’t matter how much it costs because we’re going to do everything we can to help her get better – as long as it doesn’t affect her quality of life.

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I haven’t been in much of a mood for sewing, I think it’s a combination of things: Sammie’s diagnosis, change of seasons, closing on our other house, holidays…etc. That’s a lot for me to process right now and sewing has taken a back seat.

We’re supposed to close on our other house Monday…like tomorrow! I should feel some relief after that’s done!!

I did actually get my Granny Cabin top all pieced together last week…it was a struggle but once I got half way done I just had to finish. This will live in my ‘to be quilted’ pile for a while until I figure out what I want to do for backing and quilting.

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I went to WW yesterday and I was up .2 – that’s really not that bad considering my nervous eating was running wild last week but I decided to switch from Purple to Green anyway. I have a real issue with portion control and with all the zero points items on Purple I was over doing it. I also saw a post on FB with this great summary of ‘How to Choose’ a plan and Green sounds more like me:

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

Repairing an old quilt

I’ve been working on repairing a quilt for my niece (yes the same one that just had a baby!). When I went up for her baby shower she pulled out an old quilt made for her by my grandmother and asked if I could repair it. I’m so bummed that I didn’t take any ‘before’ pictures – ugh, what was I thinking?!!!

Here are a few pics after repairs, all basted with new backing – a twin size flat sheet.

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I have no idea how long it took my grand mother to make this or if she did it with a group of friends but it sure looks like more than one person worked on it. The original backing appeared to be a sheet so I did the same thing. She also chose to tie the front & back instead of overall quilting, and with years of use the batting got all balled up inside. That balled up batting plus the separating and fraying of the top made it pretty clear I’d have to take it apart to repair it properly.

Oh boy was that fun – NOT! I spent one whole evening just unpicking the binding and removing the ‘ties’; as I worked, balled up batting was falling out everywhere – what a mess! Once it was all apart and most of the batting removed, I started repairing the frayed and separated squares. I did not want to remove the frayed fabric for fear something else might fall apart so I placed new fabric squares over the old fabric and sewed it in place. I pre-washed the new fabric so it wouldn’t shrink later and pucker. Once all those spots were addressed I moved on to the areas where the stitching had come out and sewed those pieces back together.

Because of years of use, the top is no longer square and I’m not going to try to square it up because I’d need to cut into quite a bit of the outside row. Of course this means quilting and binding could be a bit of a bear! It’s a good thing I love my niece so much!!

That’s about all I’ve been working on this week. I’ve scheduled a trip up to see my new great-niece on 11/28 so I want to be sure this is finished so I can take this quilt with me. I think I’ll be getting another t-shirt quilt job – another one of my neighbors has reached out and asked if I can make one for her daughter who recently turned 10. She spent many years in gymnastics so I think there will be many shirts for that time period.

We’re still planning a move to Myrtle Beach although the timing has changed a bit. The builder has fallen behind and instead of the house being completed end of Sept (!) he’s now committed to end of the year. So much for enjoying the holidays in the new house! Oh well, there’s always next year 😀  Here are two pictures from last week, they’ve finally started putting the brick on.

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And that’s about all I’ve got going on right now…have a great Thanksgiving!!! ❤

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Happy Thanksgiving

I’ll be spending the day sewing, running, watching football and hanging out with friends.

I finished up the third and last double pot holder (using this tutorial except I extended the length to 35″) for the friend we’ll be having dinner with today. She bought the fabrics a few months ago and finally decided which would go together. I also made her some finger pot holders too…great for holding handles and lids.

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This isn’t the finished shot, but I turned these two into finger pot holders as well

I’m doing my own ‘turkey trot 5K’ today because I didn’t want to get up at 6am to run in the cold. It’ll be in the 50’s by lunch time so I’ll head out then 😉

Lastly, I’m making broccoli casserole to take to dinner around 4pm. We’ll hang out with friends from the neighborhood and their relatives while we fill our bellies with delicious food and watch football. Then we’ll come home and watch more football and recover from our ‘food coma’.

If I can muster the energy, I may wander back into my sewing room later this evening to start a new project…yeah, we’ll see…

I hope all my US friends have a wonderfully Happy Thanksgiving! Remember to stop and think about all you have to be grateful for, it really does make you feel better ❤

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Thanksgiving run

Over the last couple of years I’ve run a few ‘turkey trots’ but this year I decided not to. We recently lost my father-in-law and my mood has been a bit low, especially now with the holidays upon us.

Rather than forego running all together I decided to hit up Anytime Fitness yesterday morning and put in a few miles – at least I wouldn’t feel so bad about eating all that food later on. I was surprised the place wasn’t packed, there were only two other runners and a handful of folks doing other workouts.

I wanted to at least put in 3 miles and I had the bright idea to see how long I could run without a walk break. I figured I could go longer if I went a little slower so after a 5 minute warm up walk, I pushed the speed up to 4.6 which is about 13 min/mile. I ran for a full mile before slowing down for a 2 minute walk break. Wow, that didn’t feel too bad…I decided to do it again. At the 2 mile mark I slowed for 2 minutes and then finished the last .88 running. I was watching TV while I ran and I wanted to finish the show so I had an extended cool down walk.

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I’m so glad I put in a few miles because I ate way too much for dinner – and of course I had to have dessert!!

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving!!