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Moving Ahead

Goals – I like to set them but even better I like to meet them! My biggest upcoming one is to finish up the Hospice quilts by the end of July. They are donated in November, but I’d like to use the other four months for concentrating on completing more of my Works in Progress.  Here is how April ended up:

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Because I am out of town, I don’t have pics of some finishes.  Will get to those after retreat. Until then – enjoy being creative!

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Prepping and More Prepping

Off to another retreat! I’m a  guest at this one, so I get to do a lot more sewing. Prepping has been going on for about a week and I am SO ready! There’s something wonderful about being in a room full of creative quilters that serves to feed my creativity and productivity.

First – a scrappy flimsy that needs a border. It’s a strip quilt and I’ll be doing more strip blocks, making them into small half square triangles with a white-on-white, and adding as a border.

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Second – a baby scrappy quilt that was started a very long time ago. The paper piecing portions are complete and now I need to do the curved piecing. Each block is cut, pinned, and on its own paper plate.

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Third – Log cabin wall quilt. I worked on this last year at this same retreat – made many, many blocks but didn’t like the way they were squaring up. So now I am starting all over but this time on a paper foundation. I’m definitely committed to accuracy on this one!

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Fourth – not that I’ll really need it, but just in case something goes awry with one of the other projects, or I just don’t want to work on one of them. This will be a queen size for our bed.  Very simple – green leaf prints and white on white, all 3 inch squares finished. Simplicity is what I’m going for.

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Hopefully I’ll be back next week with some impressive results!

Gifts!

Gifts are fun – especially when given by someone special.  A friend recently came to stay for an overnight play date (yes, quilting of course!).  She brought me her farm fresh eggs – no picture as they didn’t last very long! If you’ve never had farm fresh eggs, let me tell you that they are the best! The shells are fun because they’re not plain white, the yolks are a deep yellow and denser, and the sizes are big, big, big!

My friend has a farm in South Carolina – Fox Trot Farm in Lancaster. Touring the farm is fun and a great time to spend in the country. As their website states, they have:

Grass Fed Lamb, Fresh Eggs, Honey, Soap, Tours, & Farm Fun!

Honey, oh my! Not only is it fresh and yummy, I love the bottle and label!

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Cord holders – I’ve been meaning to make these handy little things for some time now but somehow have never gotten around to it. I put them to use right away. Awesome!

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Knitted dishcloth – love these.  This one has now been used several times – didn’t even get a pic when it was brand new. Mine have a lot of wear and tear  so this is very welcomed.

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AND…I know, more – right?!  This beautiful embroidered towel. I do like dragonflies and have a few scattered about the house and she noticed!

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Thank you for these wonderful gifts that keep on giving!

Spring here in the NC Piedmont continues to delight. Temps have been perfect too! It’s also had me gardening and doing a bit less quilting.

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Planning, pressing, cutting, pinning, sewing – I do truly enjoy all of these.  Quilting not as much. But I also don’t want a closet full of flimsies! Most of mine go to the long arm quilter although I do enjoy free motion quilting table runners, table toppers and wall quilts. Most Hospice quilts I piece or are group pieced at retreats,  I need to quilt myself. I am SO grateful to the friends who volunteer to long arm a quilt every so often – what a huge blessing!  I recently shared three tops I made for Hospice and have quilted one.

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I did wavy lines that cross over at various points and a free motion design in the small rectangles. How brave of me to show a close-up! The binding was done scrappy style with the leftover strips. I like the look and am always pleased when one of these is complete because of where it’s going. An extra big Thank You to Pineapple Fabrics for providing all of the fabric for this quilt.

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Now I’m actually looking forward to quilting the other two and hoping to be able to get to that soon!

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A Touch of Elegance

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Several years ago I made a pretty set of pillowcases for our bed and hubby loved them. How disappointing when one met its demise. He asked for another set! What a nice break to do some easy and quick sewing. I did them on my Jazz because it sews really fast – 1,000 stitches a minute!  The first set I did is rather bold  and fancy and goes with our burgundy set of sheets.

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Next I chose a print to go with our turquoise set. It seemed a bit plain until they were all together and on the bed – a great look!

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For the third set, I chose this feather print. It goes with our gray set of sheets and is really quite elegant. Pillowcases are also a great way to use up yardage that you may not necessarily use in a quilt.

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Funny how the little things can make a difference. Now I’d like to make a few sets for our guest beds (but after I finish another quilt or two!)  (NOTE:  All the fabrics used in these pillowcases were prewashed)

Spring has definitely sprung here in the Piedmont. Every day there is an explosion of growth and color – absolutely my favorite time of year. The pollen is the downside, but so overshadowed by the wonderful goodness. Here for 34 years, and have not yet taken it all for granted!

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Whew! Spring Retreat!

The 2019 Spring came to an end yesterday. Once again there were 20 fun and amazingly talented quilters/knitters! These retreaters never disappoint – they share, laugh, work diligently, and of course, laugh some more!

Blocks were sewn for Hospice quilts. Here is one set on the design wall.

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There were prizes. Tina was the lucky winner of a quilt kit from Pineapple Fabrics. And thank you to C & T Publishing – a deck of Bonnie Hunter cards for everyone who attended!

And of course, Show & Tell.  WOW! Thank you Ladies for another great Spring!!

A Finish & March Wrap-up

Another Hospice finish and I love the back and forth of this quilt. The pretty leaf blocks were leftovers from donations to a friend’s daughter’s project. Amazingly enough, I found a beautiful striped fabric in my stash that coordinated with the blocks perfectly! It was fun to put them together and see a pretty quilt emerge. I even had a great swirly fabric for the  backing and binding.

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Laurie (my friend who had passed the blocks on to me) was visiting one day, saw the quilt top, and offered to take it home to quilt and bind.  Now that’s an offer I have no problem accepting! As always, she did a great job.

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Winter’s end  and March is at an end – how quickly it passes! Monday not only brings another month, but my Birthday – yay!

Happy April Fool’s Day to everyone!

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