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Have You been Wondering?

Have you wondered where I have been as of late?  Well, I assure you that I have IMG_0053IMG_0054been working, but also, my Mom was in town for 2 weeks…  The dogs were just as thrilled as I was to have her here:

They both love their grandma.  She loves to sit with them and pet them and pet them! :)  That’s a good grandma!

While she was here, my mom and I each made a quilt!  I finished mine within the 2 weeks she was here; she got only half of her binding turned.  Here’s what they both looked like on the design wall.

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Mine is the left, hers is the right, she was feeling the springy pinks with purples and greens, I went with a cool palate of all green, blue and purples.  I think they both turned out pretty cute!

BIMG_0057IMG_0050oth finishes, turned out great in my opinion, mom showed hers off because it’s really her first quilting project that she did start to finish.  I was super proud of her, she stuck with it, even when she hated doing it, or when her points didn’t match up that well, she figured out a way to keep going, I have to give her props also for her fabric choices.  Granted, we both just used fabric from my stash, but she is typically not one to mix different colors together, so her picking pink and green nearly floored me, but I was so happy she did!

My light blue fabric was one of Tula Pinks, and it has some raccoon faces on it, in a few of the blocks, I just got some raccoon eyes, so I named it “Somebody’s Watching You.” That amused me very much.  On the back, I used up a number of weird scraps that I had laying around, I did some extra border pieces from both of our quilts, plus the long skinny leftovers from other backs I had done in the past.  I am not sure what I’m going to do with it, but it was our project for whenever we had a rainy day, or my hubby was watching a ball game, it was nice to have a little escape for those situations!  I think I might try to come up with a project for the three of us when my Aunt comes back with my mom in September!  something smaller though…  I’ll have to think on it.

Yesterday morning I dropped my mom off at the airport super early in the morning, IMG_0056and when I got back home, I was exhausted.  I didn’t get much done yesterday, but today I broke out the fabric for a quilt that I am making for my husband’s cousin that is getting married in June.  It will be my first quilt top made completely from solids, and it will be, besides the ones that I sell, my first repeat quilt.  I am using the Asterisk Pattern again, I am in love with that quilt, it’s a good large lap size, it was very fast to put together, and it’s very visually striking!  I am doing this version in all Bella Solids, in black, grey, white, and a pop of blue.  I am super excited to see how it turns out in the end.  I think it’s going to be awesome.  I got the asterisk appliquéd down today, and that’s it, but I did have a late start, due to needing some thread.

IMG_0055I also am doing some thinking on what to do for my niece’s graduation quilt.  She doesn’t graduate for another year, but I found a fabric pack on Gotham Quilts.  She is graduating a the top of her class and planning on going to college for Bio-Tech, so I thought the science-y fabrics would be perfect for her dorm room.  I will be thinking hard on what do to with what pattern I want to make with these gems.  So, as you can see, even though I haven’t said much, I have been hard at it.  I will be posting and sewing more in the coming weeks, so we can all look forward to that! :)

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I’m BAAACCCCKKK…

From an AMAZING vacation with my husband.  We were on a 9 day Cruise out of New York in the Eastern Caribbean.  It was so relaxing, I was sore from all the walking and tired when we got home, but it was SO well worth it.

I came home to a hard deadline of 2 quilts.  I have to finish them tomorrow, I think I should be able to get it done, they are all ready to be basted and quilted tomorrow.

I am hosting Easter at my house this weekend, so I have a TON of cleaning to get done this week, and am behind, but I will get it done later this week.  My husband is working late tonight, so I am able to get a little bit of cleaning and sewing done.  A couple of days after Easter, my mom is flying in for 2 weeks!  I am so excited to spend some time with her and maybe do some sewing with her.  Hopefully we will melt off the rest of the snow by the time she gets here.

I will leave you with this pic.  It’s my feet at Sapphire Beach in St. Thomas, USVI:

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Ugh.

So I am sick. :(  I am concentrating on resting up and getting better before vacation.  It’s no fun, but at least I feel better than I did yesterday, so hopefully I will be better by bon voyage! :)

Counting The Days

Just a week and 2 days until we set sail!  I have a ton to do before we leave, including 2 quilts and sending out birthday gifts. I am sure it will all get done somehow, but…

I am packing, and taking care of other odds and ends, so sewing is taking a backseat for now. Plus this daylight savings time thing is kicking my butt!  It makes me feel groggy and run-down for at least a week. Just messes with my clock no kills me. 

However, I am thinking about the sun and the beach and the water and it’s helping. So I might go dark for a bit, but never fear. I will return. 

Until then, Piece!

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Little finish

IMG_0035Have I mentioned that we are going on a cruise really soon?  I don’t mean to rub it in, but I can NOT wait!  The last cruise we were on, we were issued name tags on lanyards, and it was so convenient to have a place to stow our room key so that we didn’t have to worry about it being in our pockets, so I decided to make us some lanyards for this sailing.

They have a few cool features that I want to point out.  for one, I have used a IMG_0036couple of awesome fabrics from my stash, one is from the Zombie Apocalypse line, and the other is from the Lizzy House Constellation line.  I made them in bright colors on purpose (the linens on the ship are always white), high contrast for easy location, I got clips for two of them, the two coolest ones on the bottom, and then I made each my hubby and I a back up (in case of loss or my sewing failing) plus the top one was my prototype that I stitched up first, I threw just split rings on the top three after I took this picture.

The making of these was SUPER simple, I cut a 1 7/8″ strip of fabric x WOF and then ran them through my bias tape maker, I pressed the tape in half, then sewed a seam up each side.  The end was the trickiest part, but only because I had to sew through a LOT of layers of fabric after I folded the ends up twice.  I know this isn’t a formal tutorial, but it’s pretty simple to get the hang of what I did.  Because I stupidly didn’t take pictures while I was doing any of the 5 of these!  duh…

Have a great weekend!  Hope you have some time for stitching!

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Now That’s Fancy!!

Yesterday I finished up my last block in the Plain and Fancy quilt top!  I am SUPER excited about how the blocks came out!  The other exciting thing is that this is one of my two week goals before vacation!  I don’t know if I will get to all of them before we leave, but I’m going to keep trying.  Anyway, check out all of the completed blocks:

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I am completely in love with my design wall right now! :)  The #9 block (that dark blue center one) used a template, which was really the first time I had worked with one.  It turned out OK, it wasn’t super easy, though.  I traced the template on to freezer paper, then pressed the freezer paper on to a piece of protein bar box.  The problem I had, though, was that the printed side of the box was on the fabric, and it was too slippery.  I will not use the slippery side next time, or I will rough it up, or I will put some duct tape on it (that by the way is my ruler strategy also).  I will not be completely intimidated by using templates anymore.

IMG_0040I chose the darker blue to be my binding and backing and ordered it from fabric.com.  It will be super sharp as the binding, since the borders are all the light cream.  I think that will make the binding really pop.  So it’s March now, I still have 9 months to finish to be on goal.  Granted, there are about 1,000,000 other things to do in those 9 months as well… :)

The dogs have been remarkably well behaved today while I was working Pixel slept on the couch as Taco slept on the dog bed in my office.

Tomorrow, I work on the twinsies, maybe… :)  I am having trouble with motivation, I have to work on what I want to work on, not necessarily what I plan on.  Well, I have some laundry to get done, and a quick run to the store.  So, keep stitching!