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Stashbuster Sunday – Sew Much Progress

Mid-Year Update  –  This year is half gone already? I feel like I’m just getting started! There were a few weeks of no motivation, but I’m once again pumped! So far this year I’ve had nine finishes, two of which I cannot show because they are gifts. Three of the finishes are charity quilts which makes my heart sing! Before retirement my goal each year was to complete two charity quilts. I have no set goal now, but should have completed at least six by the end of this year – Yeah!!

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My newest project is Tula Pink’s True Colors Sedimental quilt. I cheated a bit on my progress chart and posted that this project is cut. Well, it will be all cut in about an hour or two. These fabrics are just so yummy and how fun to work with so many different colors!

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Having three quilts at the long arm quilter’s is a pretty big deal for me. It’s usually one at a time. I should have them back in a few weeks and will have several days of binding. Now that I do most of my bindings by machine, it’s not too bad and goes quickly compared to binding finishes by hand.

Year End Goal – to reduce my Works in Progress to fifteen. Twenty-seven projects is just more than I want to even think about! Do other quilters set goals? Do other quilters keep track of their projects? Please share – I’d love to know!

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Mountain Trip & Quilt Shop

Quilt & Sew-InLast week the heat in the Piedmont of NC was rather oppressive. We headed up to the mountains for a little escape. First, we checked out the Daniel Boone Gardens in Boone, NC. It’s a small natural garden maintained by volunteers. It was sweet, with the most amazing ferns ever, and glad we stopped.

And then the must stop – The Quilt Shop, Hwy 105 ext. in Boone. This shop is pure eye candy and fabric fun house!

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When you walk in, you are greeted by the friendliest, happiest gals ever. Todd, the owner and Pam are always ready to help in any way they can. This shop’s specialty:  fabrics by Kaffe Fassett, Philip Jacobs and Brandon Mabry –  my absolute faves! All their current fabrics in all colorways are together and an amazing array of shot cottons, both striped and solids are also available.

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There is also a wonderful selection of bright and beautiful batiks in all colorways and there are many selections of other designers, high quality quilting fabric in the shop. Absolutely something for everyone. The fabric organization makes it so easy to shop and everything is so neat and tidy.

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I REALLY behaved – picked up just a few greens to help a project in progress. Lots of fat quarters are available for sale. Don’t see one precut that you want? They’ll gladly cut one or however many you need from whatever fabrics you choose! I’ve noticed that fewer and fewer quilt shops do that anymore, so it is a real treat to have that option here.

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There is also a collection of patterns, tools and books available. A display of quilts hang around the shop and classes are offered for most of the quilts displayed. The shop also offers long arm services.

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Thankfully the shop was a very comfortable temperature and there was a handy bench for hubby to (cheerfully) wait it out! I’ll be back along with the others attending the Quilt & Sew-In in November (they offer a nice discount to us!) If you are heading to the Boone area, this quilt shop is a definite must!

Many Hands Make…

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Many quilt blocks! At each retreat, each person receives pieces of fabric and a block pattern and has the opportunity to make a block that will go int0 a charity quilt. This year the fabric and pattern made two hourglass blocks. This activity is totally optional, but since there is a drawing for a great prize, everyone participates. I truly believe that even if there wasn’t the possibility of a prize, they would all sew a block. The generosity of quilters has no bounds!! There was enough of one color to make a child quilt. This top will go to our guild’s fearless charity quilt leader who will quilt it, return it to me, and I will bind it.

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And there’s more – enough for a lap quilt! I’m attending a workshop for a few days and during my free time will piece these blocks together.

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I love that while we are treating ourselves to time away, concentrated sewing time, and so much fun, we are doing something special for others. What a great way to share our talents! And this year there is a second opportunity to join in on the fun at the Quilt & Sew-In, November 10-13, 2016. Sign-ups have begun, so secure your place for fun today!

Although the list has grown, I do continue to make progress on my projects. Hopefully my next project update will be reduced in numbers. But…I’m still having fun!

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Layered Hexies, Halved

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This will be my last hexie posting for quite some time! I had two packs of ten inch squares of a Joel Dewberry fabric that is so colorful. The fabric shouted for something fun and not too difficult. I cut hexagons in three different sizes. Layered some with two and others with three.

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These were then straight stitched appliqued about 3/8″ from the edges. Each layered hexie was cut in half, point to point. Then the fun really began – to the design wall! I played and played then began sewing rows together. No “Y” seams as you can see by my illustration.

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I had lots of scraps left and was adamant about not adding them to my scrap bins, so I began to “make fabric.” It made quite a sizeable panel for the backing. I like the back as much as the front of this quilt. This would make a nice child sized lap quilt, but for now, it is on one of my quilt racks. It makes me happy to look at it.

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Winning is F-u-n!

Houses (Large)I entered five quilts in our guild’s recent quilt show and was tickled to receive a First place and Third place ribbon. The third place was for my “Tweet Village.”  Our guild had a workshop with Ellen Guerrant and used her pattern “Tartan Town.” It was such fun grabbing scraps from each others’ scrap piles! I named it because there is a bird with each house – even one owl. Someone special to me rather fancy’s this quilt, so I’ve already set chosen fabrics in a project box and hope to get to it in the next year.

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My first place was the “Pohutukawa” (New Zealand Christmas Tree) that gave me fits in the process, but am so glad I persevered, finished and entered it!

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One of our members made our winning ribbons. Wish I had gotten a pic of all the different ones – each place was so unique! Along with our ribbons to pin on our quilts, we get a corresponding little yo-yo ribbon to pin to our name tags – Don’t we just love bragging rights! Two years ’til the next show – WHEW!!

LOTS of Cutting

Finally, my “finish” pile is gone. Oh, I still have many works in progress – the finish pile was those quilts that were at the very end: a binding, backing, quilting, label… I have had two project boxes empty for about two weeks (out of 14 boxes.) Guess I just couldn’t stand it so I began cutting.  I love to cut! I like laying out the fabrics, petting the fabrics and yes, even cutting the fabrics.The first project I cut for is for a hexagon and triangle quilt. When sewn together they form a star and there are no Y seams. I’m using all the metallic fabrics I’ve collected for a few years now and a solid gold for the triangles. This is a quilt that is sure to glisten!

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The second project is for a Kim Diehl pattern. This is so out of my area – much more traditional than I have ever done. As I laid out each of the fabrics (30 fat quarters) I realized how much I liked them, but what a far cry they were from the more vibrant fabrics I usually choose. The pattern also has quite a bit of appliqué. Hand appliqué is one of my goals for the coming year. It entertained me that when I had gone to Mary Jo’s Fabric Store (a huge fabric store) to get the additional fabrics I needed, I could not believe it when I found myself in the Civil War fabric aisle! I’ll consider this a real growth spurt for me!

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Some work was done on each project at a two day sew-in with friends this past week, but it will be quite some time before any more progress is seen on these two projects. They are tucked away all safe and sound in their respective boxes, and will probably be carried off to a sewing weekend some time down the road, or pulled out here when the desire to work on one hits me.

Stacked, Full and Waiting!

Stacked, Full and Waiting!

Do other quilters do this – work on several or more projects at once? Or are you a start and complete one project at a time quilter?

Scrapbuster – A Work in Progress

About a year ago I put a pile of 2 1/2″ green print squares at my sewing machine and began a “leader ender” project. This is a Bonnie Hunter idea that allows you to make 2 quilts at once! I wanted to set the small squares off with a 4 1/2″ square that was a green on white print.  At first I had the greens in groups of four, but decided to change things up a bit and make it a block of 6 (two rows of three). I loved the look, and setting it on point, but was not able to have an even edge with all of the white blocks in a row. It just didn’t line up because of the odd size. That’s okay – I really like it! And, I think the quilt police have finally given up on me! I have used a lime green print for the border. Amazing how it brings out all the different greens in the quilt top. I also added an outside border that somewhat mimicked the quilt pattern. I find that borders like these really help to highlight the main part of the quilt.

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corner border (Large) It is now all sandwiched and ready to quilt, which I am about to do myself. Machine quilting is definitely my weak point, so there’s no telling when the WIP will be a finished project. I am going to make myself enjoy the process and pat myself on the back knowing that I am stretching myself – a lot.

Mountain Mist Quilt

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When I had all the blocks for this quilt on the design board, it reminded me of a cool mountain mist. Maybe it was wishful thinking as it has been in the 90’s here! The prints are from Joel Dewberry’s Notting Hill and the solid fabric is a white on white. I also used a solid teal color for the border. I prefer the dimension the two tone white gives to the quilt. This is a simple chevron pattern using half square triangles. It is one of the five gift quilts I have been working on this past year. All are now done, only one more to post! In keeping with the simplicity of this quilt, I machine quilted it using straight lines following the zig zag design. I do hope the recipient enjoys this quilt as much as I enjoyed making it.

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Taz - supervising the cutting process.

Taz – supervising the cutting process.

 

For Fun…or For Profit?

There’s a new name to my blog – “heARTs Creations.”  It’s a little shorter and has allowed me to have a domain name. This change brought the question to me:  “Do I want to blog for fun or for profit?”  I have studied many blogs.  Some bloggers have sponsors, thousands of followers, post two or three times a week regularly and take part in many “linky parties.”  Having just retired in March, I have very much enjoyed not sitting in front of a computer every day, 8 hours a day.  I have been toying with the idea of taking my blog to the next level and asked myself, “why do I blog?” My answer came easy – I blog because I enjoy sharing my craft, creativity and ideas. I love to quilt and will now sprinkle a little bit of travel into some posts. I very much appreciate all my followers. There is definitely a kick to see the many countries some readers travel from to read my posts. I will, therefore, continue in the same vein as I have been – blogging for fun and sharing with the hope that it also serves as an inspiration to some.

Besides, I really need want to spend my time sewing. As you can see, I have a LOT of stash to get through! So, please join me on my journey. If you are already a follower – Thank you! I hope you continue to ride with me!

My Fabric Closet - Stacked two piles deep.

My Fabric Closet – Stacked two piles deep.


Fabric Cupboard - with solids and a few special collections.

Fabric Cupboard – with solids and a few special collections.

Bins - 8 of 12 filled with fat quarters and other cuts.

Bins – 8 of 12 filled with fat quarters and other cuts.

Stashbuster – For a Good Cause

When I retired in March, I envisioned redesigning my blog and faithfully posting every week. So what has happened? I’m doing a lot of reading and enjoying it immensely. The home projects I just didn’t get to while working have won! Not complaining though, as it really feels good to be getting stuff done! The yard and garden are finally getting the attention they deserve and need. In return, I am getting more exercise than I do sitting at the computer or at the sewing machine. (Does getting up and down to press count?!)

Squared up and ready for binding.

Squared up and ready for binding.

I have managed to complete another quilt.  Quilters Dream Batting has been a faithful sponsor of the Quilt & Sew-In Retreat. They also sponsor the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS and I wanted to do a throw quilt for this worthy cause. I have several sales sample packs and cut two of the same fabric packs into 5 inch squares. I then cut some of those into fourths and some into halves. One whole, two halves and a fourth make up one block. Easy and fun!

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All bound and finished and going to the post office next week to be sent off. This is my second completed charity quilt this year! I truly hope it brings warmth and comfort to someone who is living with ALS.

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