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˜‰

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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

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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!!!

A little behind

I didn’t get around to posting last week because I was traveling so let me try to catch up now.

Last Friday I flew to Maryland to spend a few days with my niece and to attend her baby shower. As you may recall from my last post she had sent me a bundle of pink & gray fat quarters they wanted turned into a quilt (yes, she’s having a girl!). It only took me a few days to complete that project so I also made her a few receiving blankets and an elephant tag toy – you can read about that here.

Anytime I go back to Md I always hunt down some good crabs and I was not disappointed this time! We went to a restaurant called Fifer’s in Fort Smallwood.

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The Baby Shower was on Sunday…they had it at their house and handled all the details. I helped them pickup the cake and balloons that morning and we finalized all the food & decorations. I’ll spare you the hundreds of pictures and just show a few – they’ve already picked out her name too: Campbell Elizabeth

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How cute is this cake!!! ❀

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What a creative way to ‘wrap’ the gift!

I flew home Monday afternoon and haven’t spent much time in my sewing room but I did get a little bit done. I finallyΒ got around to completing the August Honey Pot Bee block and since I was on a roll I did September too!

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September

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Since I got the September one done so early, there’s a second block option for Sept that I may make as well Β πŸ˜‰

I also put this top together…I had to set it aside in my “Tops” box (waiting to be basted, quilted & finished) so I can work on a few commissioned projects.

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I picked up a new commissioned job to do quilting & binding on a cross stitch blanket (pictures next week) and I finally got my client to pick out backing fabric for the Clemson tshirt quilt. I had to order it online so it should be here early next week.

I’ve been watching the US Open for the last week…lots of great stories but my highlights are Roger & Rafa (how do they continue to play at that level?!!) Β and all the US Ladies that are doing so well!

And I’m looking forward to another season of NFL…my team, the Redskins, isn’t predicted to do very well so as usual I’ll cheer on my back up team, the Patriots!

 

That’s about it for now…let me know what you’ve been working on!

 

 

Running update

Although my running has been super sporadic I do have two runs I haven’t posted. One was a week ago and the other was yesterday.

Let’s start with a week ago – the weather was warm and muggy, much like the entire summer, and since I didn’t run at all over that weekend I figured I used the holiday (Labor Day in the US) to put in a few miles. Because of the aforementioned lack of running consistency I’ve decided to start using Run Double’s 5k-10k plan. Week 1 Day 1 calls for 5 reps of 8 min running with a 1 min walk break. I’ve been using intervals of 2/2 or 3/2 or even 4/2 on a good day so I wasn’t sure how I’d do with 8/1 but what the heck, I gave it a try.

I did pretty good with the first 3 intervals but the lack of running and the shorter intervals I’d been using caught up with me after three miles and I called it quits shortly afterward. Not the ‘restart’ I was looking for 😦

9.7.15

The weather forecasters were calling for a big break in the weather last week and it finally arrived Saturday night. I typically have been running on Saturdays but decided to wait until Sunday to enjoy the cooler temps…and it did not disappoint!

Because of my lack luster performance on my last run, I made up my own plan this time – 4 miles using 4/2 run/walk intervals and I had much better results.

The weather was stunning – upper 50’s, no noticeable humidity and beautiful blue skies – FINALLY!

I got out the door around 8:30 and followed my 4/2 plan along a route in my neighborhood. I was feeling great through 3 miles and then I felt the fatigue set in; my legs felt so heavy and tired. I added a couple of extra minutes onto my walk breaks and even walked a little in the final run segments – I figured just getting in 4 miles was a good thing πŸ˜‰

9.13.15

I’m pretty happy overall and even a little surprised to see that mile 3 was my fastest (ha, but not by much!)…I wonder if that’s why my legs felt so heavy in the final mile?

The temps are a supposed to be similar all week so I have NO EXCUSES not to run…let’s see how I do!

I didn’t do any sewing yesterday :-O It was the kick-off of the NFL season and I was planted on the couch watching as many games as possible…and I also watched the Men’s US Open Championship match (Congrats to Novak but I was cheering for Roger). I was in sports heaven!!

That’s all for now…have a great day!!