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The Adventure has Begun!!

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As an Island Batik Ambassador. Finally – my box arrived. Just look at the size of this treasure! I managed to not rip into it the second it came, wanting to savor the moment. Okay, enough – open the box already!

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And there it all was – beautiful Batiks in so many colors. There is yardage and precuts. There is even fabric that I can’t show because it hasn’t been released yet!

And thread too! There’s Aurifil, Superior Masterpiece and Superior Fantastico – WOW!!

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The 6 inch rolls are going to be so much fun to unroll. And see the stack of reds and pink? I’m working with those now for my first “assignment” that I’ll be showing you in a couple of days. I decided that all this treasured goodness needed a place of it’s own, away from my other fabrics, so I emptied a bin, filled out the label and see – it’s perfect!

I hope you’ll continue on this fun and creative journey with me as an Island Batik Ambassador. It will definitely be a fun learning experience for me that I’m so looking forward to sharing.

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 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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Red, Black & White Finish

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Put together, these are three dramatic colors. It’s pretty obvious why I named this one “Planetary.” Actually, hubby named it per my request. There was a lot of arranging and rearranging of strips on the design wall before sewing together. Then there was deciding where to join the strips. It was a bit challenging and a lot of fun. Mostly, I worked from my stash. I just happened to have a design roll of black and white fabrics which helped a lot. I didn’t need big pieces of reds, so those came from my scrap bins. I did sew all the circles on by hand, but looking back I could have easily fused them. I do like the turned edges though. For the back I used up large pieces. And yes, I do still have black and white fabrics and some reds. They just never go completely away, do they?

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I’m all ready for Christmas, so I’ll probably have time for another finish, maybe two. Must admit, though, bindings are becoming just a bit tedious! Fortunately, having a project finish outweighs that by quite a bit!

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I know not everyone has a busy, busy schedule during the holidays, and maybe you’ll be enjoying some great sewing time. Others will have a packed schedule with friends and family. Ours is somewhat in between, but on a grand scale: quiet. Sewing with Christmas music playing will be much enjoyed. Wishing you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

NOTE:  There is still room in the Quilt & Sew-In Fall II – Please join me for a really fun time!

Today I’m linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts and My Quilt Infatuation. Hop on over to see all the great works!!

 

My Studio Blew Up!!

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Eight Placemats complete.

 

Well…not really. Just looks that way! I have often prided myself on being so neat and organized, but every now and then it all gets away from me. That’s what happens when I work on several things at once – literally at the same time! I tend to just put things anywhere there’s a flat open surface.

It all started Thanksgiving eve. I was working on a really fun and creative sewing/applique project when I decided to make a set of placemats. First, I tore through my home dec fabrics, then began cutting. Not pieced or quilted, just plain, letting the fabric print do all the work. I knew I didn’t want to mess with binding, so I rounded the corners, sewed right sides together, turned right side out and sewed near the edge and one quarter inch in. A set of 8 in no time! What really made this possible is that I wasn’t cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year. My son hosted at his house and he and his sister did the cooking and serving. What a Treat!!!

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Reverse side of placemats.

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On another note, have you taken the pledge to not buy more fabric but work from your stash? I did, but when hubby cleaned out his closet I grabbed the cotton shirts he was getting rid of. I’ve had a shirt quilt on my wanna make list for quite some time. I immediately cut them up and am amazed at the amount of fabric you get from one shirt. If any more freebies come my way, I’ll scoop them up, but won’t be searching any out to buy in the near future. This is definitely a “some day” project.

Now that my projects that made the mess are done or nearly done, I’ll tidy up!

Pretty Array of Quilts & Great Labels!

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Finally time to turn in the Hospice quilts I have worked on this year.  They will be dedicated in the church and then presented to Hospice in December. I think our group will have about 15 quilts. Not too shabby for a group of four! Hung them all outside in the sunshine to air out a bit and Oh! The colors are so fun!

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We wanted special labels for the Hospice quilts so one of the gals and I put our heads together and designed a label in Publisher. We saved it as a jpeg and sent it on to Spoonflower for printing. Love these!

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Loved them so much that I designed one for me! My daughter suggested I scan my signature rather than sign each quilt. What a smarty pants with the good ideas. The price was quite reasonable and I had them back in little over a week. Now I complete the label with quilt title and date, then attach to the quilt backing before quilting. Really love this whole process. After quilting only binding to do – Ta Daa!!!

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What I’m Working On

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Beautiful weather here in the Piedmont of NC! Where I live, we were very fortunate – only some much needed rain from Hurricane Matthew, no flooding or downed trees. The clear sunny skies and high 60’s moved me outdoors to do some much needed yard work. Ughhh! For years I spent sunup to sundown digging, planting and weeding. That passion has been replaced with sewing! After a few hours of that and a bit of housework ( double Ughhh!), I headed for the sewing studio.

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Both design walls now have something on them. The first is a postage stamp wall hanging that I’ve wanted to do for some time using Kaffe fabrics. And yes, the squares are one inch finished. It looks pretty skihawed because the rows are not sewn together and it’s on the wall a bit crooked. More neutral squares need to be added to the end of all the rows and then the rows sewn together. This one is done in more of a colorburst style, grouping like colors. I have a pretty cool border planned but the math needs to be done first. “Oh Hubby – you are needed for quilt math detail!”

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The second is a background for a wall hanging. I have an applique in mind but haven’t gotten it designed yet. It too will have a border. This project was started years ago and every time I pulled it out, back into it’s project box it went. Not sure why, but it spoke to me this week and have been sewing on it quite a bit. Still no empty project boxes, but projects have been completed and progress is being made.

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