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Great First Month in 2017

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Paper piecing – I enjoy it but at times can wear me out. I just completed a paper pieced border for a wall quilt and wanted to sit and mindlessly sew. The first of the year I cut out several charity quilts so I pulled one out and sewed away! It was all pieced in just a few hours – how fun! It really needed something else, though. The fabric is a bit wild – all generously donated. There is one print among the batiks that is a lizard fabric. Ta Da! I’ll applique a few large lizards! Even better, I used my Scan n’ Cut – what a treat to have precise cutting done in just moments.

All in all, January was a very good sewing month, especially considering I was on vacation for a whole week. I revamped my Work in Progress listing. Yes, I do have more projects, but have not touched some in such a long time I eliminated them from the list for now. I have promised myself to only add charity quilts and gift quilts – there is a wedding gift quilt added to the list. Oh how I want to stay on task and shorten the list. Can I do it? Yes! Will I do it?  We’ll see!! Do you have so many projects started it seems overwhelming? Do you have an action plan? I’d love to know how other quilters deal with this.

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Today I’m linking up with Esther Aliu’s Blog, Let’s Bee Social, My Quilt Infatuation.

A New Toy & a Gadget!

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Sorry for the camera reflection. Couldn’t take another pic – I no longer have the ornament!

There are a couple of fabric/quilting projects I plan to cut out on this nifty machine. I will use it for both fusible applique and hand applique cut-outs. I can see this saving me a LOT of time! I had to rearrange a few things in the studio to make the Scan N’ Cut easily accessible – it just wouldn’t get used if it were put away in a closet. “No more toys” – if I say that over and over again every day will I stick to it? Probably, at least until the next nifty gadget or tool comes along!

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Santa brought me a great gadget that I’m keeping on my coffee table for when I do hand stitching in the evening. The “Sew Darn Handy” holds a spool of thread, a pair of scissors, a thimble and has a side pin cushion.  Best yet is that I really use it! I’ve linked to their website contact page if you’re interested. No, this is not any kind of affiliate link, I just like to give other crafters a helping hand.

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Hmmm. Wonder what other nifty inventions other crafters are coming up with for the quilters and sewers of this world?!

What I’m Working On

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For quite some time I’ve wanted to do a postage stamp quilt – a true postage stamp with 1 inch finished squares. I pulled out a bunch of my Kaffe prints and found a neutral batik that I love. This is a wall hanging – another day I will do a larger one (maybe?). The arrangement is somewhat of a colorburst. I did have fun arranging all the pieces.

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Now for the border. After sketching on paper and deciding on dimensions, Hubby put it in EQ for me so I could print out paper piecing patterns. The sewn piece on the design wall is not trimmed yet, and will be much smaller when done. Now I just need to decide what will go in the outside corners. I haven’t given that much thought yet or played with it, but would certainly welcome suggestions.

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I also got out my black and white scrap bin. Boy is that bin jammed packed! There is now a pile of 2 1/2″ squares that will be pieced as Leader-Enders. This will be my first quilt that will be entirely black and white. I’m thinking of using solid black and solid white half square triangles to make a Buckeye Beauty block. Much more sewing needs to be done before that decision is made.

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Maybe, just maybe, by February I’ll have another empty project box!

NOTE:  Quilt & Sew-In Retreat Fall II still has openings! Hope you’ll join me for all the fun!!

Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation

My First Round Robin

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One of my New Year’s pledges was no new projects until a few bins are empty, charity and gift quilts excepted. I did decide to join a Round Robin with 3 other quilters. Did I break my pledge? Technically, NO! Several years ago I started a paper pieced star that has four sections and 14 pieces per section. A little over the top, don’t you think? I had two sections already done, scrappy style, and just completed the other two sections. I’ve put them together and added a border and I love it! Oh – so many ideas for the center block of the Round Robin. This star was already started so it was the winner and a no-brainer! I’m really ahead of schedule. I even have the scraps and yardage in my box already and we don’t even need to have it done until the end of the month!

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Project box filled with scraps and yardage.

I’m excited to design and add borders to the other quilter’s blocks. Don’t know what a Round Robin is? Because we are a small group, we are doing it about every two months. We’ll exchange our project boxes and add a border to that quilter’s block. With just three borders being added, it could finish as a wall hanging. My block, however, is starting out at 14″ so it may be a bit too large for a wall hanging for me. After all three borders have been added, we may choose to add more to our own.

I am excited to try some inventive and creative borders. Borders can add so much to a quilt. Now, the math may end up being a bit challenging for me, but I’m no stranger to that dilemma. Enter husband help! Also, the other 3 quilters are truly talented – I’m a bit intimidated but am up for the challenge!

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We got about 6 inches of snow here in NC Friday night which is a great event! I made two pots of soup and am enjoying watching the birds eat the seed I scattered on the driveway. We have bird feeders, but they fight and only allow one bird at a time. Now there have been up to a dozen feasting on the driveway and six different kinds of birds! We have Sparrows, Cardinals, Blue Birds, Thrasher, Finches, and Woodpeckers. Hubby spotted a Blue Jay. Wish I would see him – would be so pretty against the white snow. The rest of the day was spent in the studio sewing. Lucky me! Did you get snow as so many states did? How do you spend your snow days? Is it an event, or the norm, as it was when I lived in New York State?

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I’m linking up with Oh Scrap!, Em’s Scrapbag, My Quilt Infatuation and Patchwork Times.

 

 

A Last, A First & A Favorite

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The very last finish of 2016 was fun!. This colorful and creative pillow was a mix of piecing, applique and decorative stitching. I think the basket background really pops with the polka dots surrounding it. The leaves are felted wool and the flowers are fussy cut cotton prints appliqued onto felted wool. The real joy came when I began doing decorative stitching on the leaves and flowers. There was no plan – I just went with whatever seemed like a good choice at the time. Whoa – I did have to make myself stop because I could have stitched and stitched! This pillow looks really good on my living room sofa. However, kitty likes to paw on it so it is now resting on a guest room bed. It looks pretty there too, I just don’t get to see it very often.

I think my all time favorite finish of 2016 was Prism Arabesque. It continues to bring me joy as it sets on display in the living room.

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The first finish of 2017 – and on the first day (!!) is also my first charity quilt of the year. It is a baby quilt that will go to a child in the hospital. It is made up of blocks from a storybook panel cut apart and sewn together with blocks and strips. It’s a fun and colorful little quilt and I love the crayon fabric on the back. As I make these little quilts for children and babies, I always think of the warmth and comfort it will bring them, but more so of the comfort and joy it will bring to their parents.

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Yesterday the Hospice quilt makers gathered at the local Hospice office and donated all the quilts we made in 2016. The upper pic is of the quilters and two Hospice employees. It is just so joyful to see how excited they are to receive these quilts and how they look forward to passing them on to patients. The children quilts usually go to a child of a patient that has passed away. It was good to hear that they have very few child patients. We are all looking forward to sewing more quilts for 2017 and will even be welcoming a new member to our group!

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Linking up with: Super Mom No Cape, Esther’s Blog, Sew Fresh Quilts and My Quilt Infatuation

A VERY Good Year!

Just one more day – Happy new Year! It was a Happy Old Year too! One of my goals when I retired in 2015 was to give more time to my quilting and I did!  Wow – 24 finishes. No wonder I’m pooped! The finishes included 6 charity quilts. I think that’s a doable number for the coming year, so I have set that as my goal. Of course, it helps that many of the blocks are made at retreat.

My last few finishes won’t be highlighted until 2017, but how fun to see and remember all I enjoyed doing this year. The projects that remain on my list and the few that I will be adding will be a bit more challenging, so realistically I won’t have as many finishes in 2017, but I do plan to have just as much fun!

Looking at my project listing, I see one or two are missing. I’ll be sure to post those in the new year. Wishing you all a WONDERFUL & CREATIVE SEW-FILLED 2017!

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Batik Party!!

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I was happy with it, but once I hung it outside – Wow! That’s when I fell in love with it! This Batik Party is a fun year-end finish.

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Today I’m linking up with:

NTT at My Quilt Infatuation

Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

WIPs on Wednesday, Esther Aliu’s blogspot

 

 

 

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