Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Quilting in June

It seems like June is flying by and I haven't really accomplished much, but it's been so nice to not have any deadlines. I made 4 more Sweet Pea Pods from scraps. I still have a few more to finish up, but so glad these are done.
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I entered my Dangerous BOM in the quilt show judging and received an honorable mention ribbon.
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Mikaela and I helped with the open sew area. She sewed quite a bit and helped me finish 2 rows.
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I had her take a picture of me with my quilt.
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I also finished the final blocks for the Ahhhh's quilt and got it sewn into a top. I'm unsure how I will quilt it, but that's ways off so I'm not worried about getting the paper out yet.
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I made my dad a pillow out of a block he had from his mom that was never finished. Here's a picture of my grandparents with the pillow.
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I started the Crazy Mom Quilts June quilt, quilt along. So far I have lots of strips sewn. I need to do more pressing and sewing.
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I made an embroidered towel and washcloth when I got my embroidery machine back. It was acting up and needed a bit of help. These are a gift for a recent grad.
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I finished the binding on 8 potholders. These will match our Wine Themed kitchen.
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Here's the book I'm using for the June quilt with my first 3 blocks completed. I lost the ruler to trim these up with, so I went to all the quilt shops in town looking for a replacement.... only they didn't have it, so I went home and by pure luck found it.... with my small rulers. I had forgotten I put it there. I have more blocks sewn, but we've been camping and I haven't been sewing.
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Once I finished my Ahhhh's quilt top, I worked more on my Sakura quilt top. While we were camping this weekend I was able to get most of the first round sewn on to it.
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Last night I had a guild meeting and I was able to sew for 2.5 hours. I got most of the 2nd round completed but realized I was still 2 stars short, so I am now working on those. I'm loving how it's turning out. This one has been super fast and I'm going to be doing another EPP soon.
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Next week starts a 2+ week vacation, with a few sprinkled in work days. I am so looking forward to some time to sew. We'll be camping the entire time so the first part will be hand sewing and after the 4th we'll be at Hart Ranch, so I'll have power and be able to sew. Hopefully, I'll get a few more finishes before I leave.

Family Events in June

June has been packed with lots of family fun days. The kids and I went to the Piedmont Library summer reading program and played on the playground.
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We attended the Main Street Square Kids fair.
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Ballon animals were a hit.
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We said goodbye to our beloved Missy. She has been with my husband since before we were together. It was a hard goodbye for all of us.
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My co-worker is retiring, so we held a reception for him, this replacement, and the department head. Faculty, staff, and students attended.
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Mathew had to give Missy one last goodbye kiss.
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The kids and I went to my brother's ranch for branding. My nephew is the same age and these two have so much fun playing together.
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Mikaela holding her first calf.
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My niece and nephew branded too.
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Mathew didn't like the noise of all the calves.
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We visited my MIL's brother when he was here from Vegas.
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And we went camping at Roubaix Lake. Mikaela got a new doll and she's pretty excited.
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Paul and the kids on Fathers Day.
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Friday, June 02, 2017

May Accomplishments

May is often one of my slowest months for sewing, but this seemed to be a pretty busy month. I finished Mrs. Ivey's quilt before teacher appreciation week, so we gave it to her then.
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I was even able to get an embroidery label done. The next thing I tried to embroider locked up the machine, so it's in being serviced now.
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I finished the sample Everyday Wallet I made for the class I'm teaching in August.
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This is the inside.
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I made boo boo bags for my MIL to give to her workers.
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The Amethyst Project bag probably took me the longest to complete. It was a bit of a challenge, but I'm excited to make another one and teach the class in the fall.
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More boo boo bags, this time to sell to my MIL's worker.
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I finally made these two trinket cases.
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I gave one to my co-worker Tammy and kept one for myself.
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Mathew got a new cars fleece blanket with a red back from Grandma Delia's fabric stash.
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Mikaela picked out the Frozen and got a purple fleece backing also from Grandma Delia's fabric stash.
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I finished up a few more Ahhh's
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Hoping to get the rest of the blocks done this month.
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While we were camping I finished up these 4 Sweet pea pods. I have a bunch more that I started to work on as well. They are great for doing in the camper as I don't have to be precise and they are quick and easy.
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With NO deadlines looming, I took out mom's Fall friendship braid and started working on it. I trimmed it up, only to realize some of the WOW were wrong, so now I am fixing those.

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I went with Mikaela to her school field trip and I just LOVE this picture of her.
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She graduated from Kindergarten last Friday. She just loves school so it will be a long summer. It's a transition for me to only do one drop off and start work 1/2 hour earlier.
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We enjoyed Hart Ranch last weekend and the kids got to go on a train ride before we left. We simply love spending time there and are excited to be going back a couple weeks in July.
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Yards In this Month: .75
Yards Out this Month: 25.5
Yards In this Year: 48.75
Yards Out this Year: 149.25
For a total of 100.5 yards used!

Monday, May 01, 2017

April Accomplishments

My April accomplishments have really made me happy. I finished up the binding on the Dangerous Mystery quilt. I hung it in my office and left it hanging this month. I love how bright and pretty it is.

My Dangerous mystery BOM quilt is my first finish of April. @gedesignsgudrun
I made a minkee blanket for Mathew. He picked out the puppy minkee.
Tonight both kids got new minkee blankets. Mathew picked the red dogs. He's ready to retire his Cars blanket. Mikaela's made it to her bed as soon as it was done.
I also made a florescent pink/bright minkee blanket for Mikaela. She got a gift card for her birthday to the Sewing Center from her uncle and she wanted a new blanket.
Mikaela's new minkee blankets. Thanks Uncle Eddie for the gift certificate to the Sewing Center. She chose the brightest fabrics for a new snuggle blanket.
This is the progress on the Sakura quilt I've been working on. It's a loose interpretation of the Seven Sisters pattern. I'm in love with how it is coming together. I already have the next round of blocks made.
Seven sisters. I think these need another rounds, so I cut out and basted more blocks today. #sakurafabric #hexies #Englishpaperpiecing
I made two little Easter pouches for my dad's wife and my sister-in-law for Easter.
Mikaela picked out this Easter fat quarter a few weeks ago, so I figured I should make something for Easter with it or it would just sit. Two Sweet pea pods made in 30 minutes ! These are so quick and easy and use 1/2 of a zipper, so I could make 2 with 1
I quilted the Glamping 5 & Dime quilt I made. I'll get it bound by the end of May.
It was a perfect day to take a picture of the quilt outside. This really shows the true colors of the quilt.
My Radiant Star quilt is completed! I spent the entire month finishing the quilt for my co-worker, the program director I work with, who is retiring.
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I wanted to have the sides pop a bit, so I put magic binding on it.
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I even broke out the embroidery machine and made a label for it.
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I pieced the backing as well.
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I also finished sewing my oldest UFO. This is a table runner I started with EPP hexies back in June of 2011. I'm just so happy to finally have it done.
Finished my oldest UFO, started in June 2011. A hand sewn, English Paper Pieced table runner.
My last finish for the month came in the wee late hours. It took me 3 evenings of sewing to make this Tudor Bag for the Sew Sweetness contest. I am also going to be teaching a class on how to make it in June. It's a great bag and I love the subtle colors.
Tudor Bag finished just in time for the contest. This bag includes a home decor feather print,  pleather brown accent, pink lining and zipper, with a brown top double zipper which extends past the bag on each end. #sewsweetnesspattern #sewsweetnesscontest

Our family went to Wall to experience my dad's wife join the Catholic Church on Easter Saturday night. We got a family picture, which turned out pretty good, considering it was after 11 PM.
Happy Easter from our family to yours!

Yards In this Month: 8.75
Yards Out this Month: 55.5
Yards In this Year: 48
Yards Out this Year: 123.75
For a total of 75.75 yards used!

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I also had 72 hours of sewing time this month. Major parts of that came from 2 days of quilting at my dad's and a LOT of hand work. I spent several hours each week doing hand stitching and even had one day of 4 hours straight hand stitching. I am so pleased with the progress I've made on my UFO EPP projects.