A Few Finishes!

Oh how I like to say “finished!”  Two of these are little, one bigger, but all make me happy.

First, for a couple of little Christmas time gifts, I embellished these towels.  From my stash, I made prairie points and cut strips.  These make great hostess gifts and guild gift exchanges.  They’re also pretty quick!

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These next are, as my hubby declared, “Cute, Cute, Cute!”  I found these little dishes at our local Habitat Store.  Buttons added around the rim and magnets on the bottom and voila! Pin dishes.  I am struggling though, I want to keep one.  I already have other pin dishes and a LOT of pin cushions.  Let go, let go.

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And finally, I got the last border on my Tula Strings. I know, technically not a complete finish because it’s not quilted. That, however, won’t happen for quite some time so I’m declaring a victory – a finished flimsy!  Off to Flimsy Land it goes.

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I’m also prepping for a two day sew-in that I am really excited about. I have two projects prepped and packed and am working on a third – just in case.

As the year is coming to a close, do you find yourself finishing?

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Linking:  Oh Scrap!    Monday Making   Midweek Makers   Quilt Fabrication

 

The Geese are Flying!

thumbnail_img_1702.jpgBusy week – blowing leaves, Thanksgiving, decorating the house and family.  I did manage, however, to work on the flying geese for my Tula Strings quilt.  I sewed two cutoffs together and from that made the flying geese using a paper piece pattern I drew on EQ.  What I love about this is the accuracy.

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I narrowed the inner border and the geese borders are on three sides.  One more to go – yippee! Then, unfortunately, it will go to the land of unquilted flimsies until next year. This will make five flimsies and there are 3 Hospice flimsies.  There’s also a quilt at the Jazz that I’m slowly getting quilted.  It will be a joy to get this one to the stage of binding.

I keep telling myself “One Quilt at a Time.” Except it’s always many more than that!

 

Linking up with:   Oh Scrap!, Needle & Thread Thursday

Tula & Shot Cotton Strips

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Progress! Yeah! I first brought this project to a retreat in SC and got a number of blocks completed.  It then it made its way to the Fall Quilt & Sew-In and I completed all but about 4 blocks.  At last they are all complete, sewn together, and the first border is on.  This solid border, however, is probably going to be reduced. Unfortunately, there was gobs of rain today and could only get this inside picture – pretty dull.

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The border is my next step.  There are a ton of the cuts from the strip sets that will be stitched in pairs, solid fabric added, to make flying geese. At least that’s the plan now!

A not so fun house project is taking up the bulk of my sewing time. Once that’s complete, I hope to attack this for a happy finish!

Studio Mascot & More Eye Candy!

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There’s not much snow here in the Piedmont of North Carolina, so how fun it is to have this cute little guy as my new studio mascot?! One faithful retreater, Beverly, made this for me. She also made a jingle bell ornament for all the retreaters – how nice! When I brought him home from retreat, I appreciated what a happy little fellow he was and decided I could enjoy him in my studio.  He needs a name – help!

IMG_1677 (Medium)This cute little pumpkin pin cushion was gifted to all at the retreat by Judy. And yes, I already have it filled with pins – I love pin cushions! There were 30 attending retreat, so how appreciative I am of all the effort these gals put forth!

A few pics were missing from my last post and I hated not to share, as this is a very talented and prolific group. Dolores’ nine patch is truly amazing – all those colorful pieces!

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This was paper pieced by Laurie – the whole thing at retreat! The background fabric doesn’t show up here, but it is a fun confetti design.

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Here we have a new quilter. Stephanie was a pure joy and lucky girl, her aunt, a seasoned and excellent quilter, is her quilt teacher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Susan made this at the Spring retreat. Mirror Mirror is my pattern and I love her choice of colors! Even better, she donated this quilt to the 2019 Ovarian Cancer Quilt Auction, “Side by Side.”

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This is also Susan’s quilt, “Zen.”  She won the strip prints at the Spring 2019 retreat!

Now I can’t wait for the Spring 2020 Retreat!

Absolute FUN Fall Retreat 2019

Thirty very creative and talented women gathered in Blowing Rock, NC this past week for a very productive and fun-filled retreat!

We played games:

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Made stunning quilts:

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Charity blocks were sewn by all to make Hospice quilts:

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There really was some serious work going on!

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Show and Tell – always the main highlight of the retreat. SO MUCH talent!!

(There are a few pics missing that I will post soon.  Unfortunately I was taking pics from my I-pad and not my phone which was not a good thing!)

 

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Thank you to our host site, The Meadowbrook Inn and to an amazing group of women for a memorable retreat!

 

 

 

Prep & Progress

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Lots of prep has been going on here.  Saturday I leave for the mountains for the Fall Quilt & Sew-In! Even though I’ve been doing retreats for thirteen years, I still get a little antsy and anxious a few days before it begins.

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Blocks have been prepped for the charity quilts from the bin of precut scraps above. There are a couple of layout possibilities for one:

And here is the layout for another quilt:

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A bucket of blocks with instructions are available for anyone who chooses to complete one or more blocks. They then put their name in for a drawing and on Show & Tell night names are drawn for prizes. I and another quilter put the blocks together for a quilt –  it certainly helps to get more Hospice quilts completed!

My projects – I always bring more than I could possibly complete. When you are the facilitator, time sewing is reduced. I love it though, and wouldn’t have it any other way! First and foremost, I plan to work on my Tula strips.  I already have several blocks complete and all is very organized (completed block above).

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A nine patch I worked on at a recent sew-in is also in the queue.  The plan is to do a disappearing nine patch, but I just haven’t decided which pattern I will be using.

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For when I don’t want to actually sew, there is this bin of half-square triangles that need to be trimmed to size.  There’s a bunch, so trimming a little at a time will make the task less daunting.

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And finally, a bin of 3 1/2″ squares for a leader-ender.  I recently spent two (exhausting) days sorting my batiks by color.  There is now a bin full of scraps, and six bins of larger pieces.  The batik squares will be paired with black and white squares.  I think this will be quite stunning. I love to have a leader-ender project going – makes me feel so productive!

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A fun and productive week is ahead! I can’t wait to share all that is Quilt & Sew-In!

 

A Finish & a Bonus!

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In May of 2018 I finished my Big Shabby Chic.  There were lots of blocks leftover – enough for a small Hospice quilt and enough for a throw. Good news for me, another WIP is done! The long armer used a pretty swirly pattern.  Unfortunately, rain outside left me no choice but to photograph this quilt indoors.  It is definitely a low volume quilt and its destination is going to be as a gift.

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And now for my bonus! Several years ago my daughter acquired an antique chair and had it upholstered with Kaffe fabric.  I have always loved this chair! She recently decided that it no longer brought her joy. Good news for me – it now sets proudly in my living room.  AND…it’s comfortable!

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I have no doubt that this chair will bring me joy for a very long time!

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