Catching up on BOM

Since my two favorite football teams weren’t playing today (both had Bye’s) I figured I’d try to do a little catching up on the Block of month sew alongs I’ve been participating in this year.

First up, Sugar Block club with Amy Gibson. We’re on our 11th block – one more and we’ll start putting it all together…yay!

I pulled up the instructions for the November block and quickly realized the template that was provided was not correct – I did some math and made my own template so I could make the block today.

Unfortunately the picture is a little blurry – I took it with my phone and then cropped it to zoom in…that didn’t turn out so good.

This block is called Hello Sunshine, I could see making a whole quilt out of this one!

nov-done

I also completed three Splendid Sampler blocks…I started with the most recent and worked backward (great tip from Pat Sloan!)

#77 Prism

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#76 Little Things

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And then I skipped back to #73 +Love…I promise this block is not as wonky as it looks in this pic :-s

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I still have many more Splendid Sampler blocks to make…hopefully I can do a few extra each week and get caught up. I’ve decided I’m not going to do anymore embroidery blocks…it’s just not my thing and I’m not going to feel guilty about it 😉

That’s about all for now…G’night!

Warning: Lots of pictures

I’ve got a ton of sewing projects to get caught up on … so be warned there are a ton of pictures in this post!

First up: The Splendid Sampler

Although I’m still about six blocks behind I have completed quite a few blocks since my last blog post…

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#49

block 49

Bonus Flip FlopsJuly Bonus

#47

Block 47 done

#46

Block 46 done

Block 50!!!

Block 50 done

#41

Block 41 done

And here are all my completed blocks up on the design wall (taken before I finished #41)

All Blocks as of 8.6.16

I’ve also finished and shipped my very first t-shirt quilt!

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Next up – I had a friend ask if I would FMQ a baby blanket she made and of course I said YES! I just love an all over meander!

Quilting for Sharon James

And as if I didn’t have enough going on, I jumped into a 12 days of Xmas in July QAL hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. You can still follow along with the steps on her blog – her directions were very clear and easy to follow and I especially love how she made sure to provide pressing instructions so all the seams nested – double win! I’ve pieced the back and it’s ready for basting – hoping to get that done today so I can start FMQ snowflakes all over it!!

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I’ve also managed to stay current with the Sugar Block Club BOM hosted by Amy at Stitchery Dickory Dock. I’ve been using the same color palette that she uses in each of her blocks – not sure how it will all end up! Here’s the August block, I just love this navy fabric with clouds & rain… must.get.more!

August done

And last but not least…I was itching for a finish so I pulled out an old UFO and got the top done this morning – whoop whoop! Don’t quite know what I’m going to do with this but it measures 54×48 so it would make a generous sized baby blanket…if someone is really into purple!

Purple split rail 8.7.16

Ok, I think I’m all caught up now…whew!

Off to watch the Olympics (GO USA!) and maybe do a little more sewing…ttfn…

Quilting update

I just realized I haven’t posted anything since 7/5…whoops! I can tell you that I have not been running (surprise, surprise!) but I have been sewing!

After I finished the Quilt for Pulse quilt, I got it in the mail…and the coolest thing happened! Alissa posted a picture on Instagram the next week and I actually spotted my quilt in her living room (upper right, circled in red)!! What are the odds of that 😉

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Isn’t that just the coolest picture…so much hand-made love ❤

Once that quilt was finished I was left with a bunch of HST so I started putting them up on the design wall trying to figure out which layout I liked best…and landed on this one…it sure is bright!

HST quilt

I decided to do some swirls with echo and before I knew it, it was all quilted.

HST quilted

Since there was so much color on the top I went with a black and white butterfly print for the back.

HST backing

I had a teal solid left from the fat quarters used to make the border and it became the binding. Finished measurement 40″ square. No destination for this one yet…I’ll post it to FB to see if any friends would like to buy it.

HST completed

I also worked on some BOM & QAL blocks for Sugar Block club and The Splendid Sampler

Block 42 doneblock 43 done

July done

And last but not least…I’m almost done with the T-shirt quilt!! I got DH to help me baste it yesterday and I spent last night and today getting it quilted! Whew…my shoulders are exhausted!

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I know these pictures have bad lighting but the quilting actually shows up better that way – go figure! The client chose the purple backing fabric from a few online choices I provided.IMG_3242

I finished cutting & piecing the binding so all that’s left is sewing it on…that will be tomorrow night! The shade/color is a little off in this binding picture but you can see the design in the fabric much better.

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That’s about all I have for now…G’night!

 

Memory quilt update

I took a little break from the Memory quilt to work on the blocks for The Splendid Sampler and now I’m current…here’s Block 5 and all the blocks including the bonus

Block 5 Simple Simon v2

Block B 1 2 3 4 5

With that QAL under control I went back to work on the Memory quilt and began adding the horizontal sashing strips. After I made a few mistakes, I quickly realized I needed to really concentrate on what I was doing but not before I had to rip out an 89″ seam! grrr!!

I’ve stopped for the night after joining 6 rows…haha, only 12 more to go!

2.29.16 progress

{just in case you’re wondering…the black spot on one of the blocks is not a bug or clump of thread, it’s the Polo emblem from one of the shirts. There are other blocks that contain the emblem too, you just can’t see them in the pic}

ttfn and G’night.

 

Whirlwind traveling

This past week our second grandchild turned 2 years old; his mama planned the party for Saturday so we drove up Thursday to combine the trip with visiting with a few other friends as well. We live in SC and they’re in MD and we have a dog that travels with us…total travel time is about 8 hours – ugh – at least there was no rain or snow this time!

We pulled out around 6am and planned to stop about every 2 hours to let the fur baby out to stretch her legs…here’s one of my most favorite pictures of Sammi:

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She does pretty good riding in the car but for the first 30 minutes she must be in my lap after that she’ll lay down in the back seat but she won’t sleep – it’s the strangest thing.

The drive up was pretty uneventful, no bad traffic delays even though we hit a few spots of road construction. We arrived at the hotel around 2pm…long day…once we were settled we all laid down for a nap {{{yawn}}}

We visited with friends Thursday & Friday and on Saturday attended the birthday party which was held at a family play center in Waldorf. It was a kid’s fantasy play land – lots of things to climb on and through and some really cool slides. They schedule everything out beginning with play time then a break in a private room where they serve food and cake and then back to more play time. All the kids had a blast and I’m sure they slept ‘like babies’ that night.

Since we wouldn’t have an opportunity to spend any additional time with the grand kids (they had other family obligations) we decided to hit the road after the party and come home. We left around 7:30pm and drove straight through with only one potty break – whew! we were beat when we got home around 2:30am. Sammi did sleep most of the way but she’ll only do that when we travel at night.

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I couldn’t wait to get back to my sewing room today – I was watching everyone else post their updates for The Splendid Sampler while I was in Md and I was chomping at the bit to get caught up on the blocks. I worked on Block 4 “Happy Happy” this morning. I appliqued all the pieces but I’m not doing the embroidery because I don’t have any floss and I really don’t want to invest in any since I don’t plan to do any embroidery work outside of this Sampler. I used a decorative stitch on the applique called “Antique Quilt”, I think it adds another element of ‘happy’ to the block 😀

Block 4 phone

Once I’m finished with this post I’ll start on Block 5 – I think that one will be relatively easy as there aren’t any really tiny pieces…yee haw!

ttfn…

 

 

Quilting updates

With all the running I’ve been doing lately I haven’t shared many sewing & quilting updates but I’ve busy away in my sewing room every chance I get.

I’m making progress on the Memory quilt for my friend; only 4 more rows to go and I’ll start adding the sashing between the rows. I’m still contemplating what I’ll do for the backing and how I want to quilt it…but that will come in due time. I have 14 rows complete and my design wall is full – time to move this project to the floor?

2.21.16 12 rows

I needed a little break from that project so I pulled out my Fat Quarter Baby book and chose to start William – an adorable little teddy bear…and of course I didn’t stop until he was done!

William top

Lastly, The Splendid Sampler Quilt along has started but I’m already a little behind. They’ve released 3 blocks so far and I’ve only completed the first one…I plan on catching up this week before the next block is released on Thursday.

Here’s Block 1 “Hearts A Flutter”

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ttfn…

I’ve been a little silent…

I’ve been working hard in my sewing room trying to finish up a few WIPs (works in progress) and finish designing the memory quilt I’m making for my friend.

I decided I needed to layout all the bricks again with a tan/light background to be really sure that’s the way I wanted to go before I buy more fabric…and I’m SO glad I did.

Here are the two backgrounds side-by-side…

Compare 2.11.16

I had originally thought the lighter background would allow the ‘bricks’ to really stand out but there are quite a few light bricks and I think they get a little lost in the tan background. However, with the burgundy background all the bricks stand out…so that’s the way I’m going.

I’ve also been trying to finish up my Cozy Afternoon quilt. I got the triangle pieces attached and then sewed on the green border…and then – ugh! It just didn’t look right. There needed to be something significant between the center and the borders.

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I took the fabric I had intended to use as binding and cut it into 2.5″ strips, folded them in half and tacked them up to frame the center…ahhhh, much better!!

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I don’t want to remove the light green border pieces because they’re already cut to size so I’m going to ‘applique’ the dark green trim around the center. Not necessarily a conventional idea but I think it will work just fine. Then I’ll need to figure out what to do for binding. I think it needs to be a dark color but I don’t have anymore of the dark green so whatever it is I’ll have to go buy it!

I’m gearing up for The Splendid Sampler QAL that begins 2/14 and runs for a whole year…yikes! They’ve released a sneak peak block and some patterns so of course I had to try them. I didn’t make these with the fabrics I bought specifically for this sampler – I really want to wait for the actual blocks before I cut into them.

Fabric

Instead I used fat quarters from my stash to make them.

Folding Block Station: the block on the inside is the ‘sneak peak’

folding block station

Fabric Bucket:

fabric bucket

Lastly…no running for me this week. The ‘let’s do it tomorrow‘ gremlins have taken a hold of me and won’t let go!!! It doesn’t help that we’re having another cold snap and I just can’t fathom the idea of running 10+ miles on a treadmill…excuses, excuses!!

I’ve got a 10 mile race next weekend, 2/20…this should be interesting, LOL!

ttfn and…G’night