Some friends have commented that I have gotten a lot done this month, which is very true. I've had an amazing month and there is still a few days left. Prepare yourself... if you thought this month was amazing, look out for what got finished this weekend.
Friday night I made this toddler quilt for my nephew Cooper's 1st birthday party, which I thought was Sunday. I pieced the top and put it on the frame Friday night, added the binding to the top later that night. Saturday morning I was getting the kids ready when I looked at the invitation and the party was on Saturday afternoon... I hit high gear and machine sewed the binding on the quilt before we headed to Sturgis for the party. I did get a quick stop in at Fabric Junction in Sturgis and a few fat quarters made it home with me.
I quilted his name in it. It's not the best, but for a first time I think it turned out pretty cool. I did really big loops because I wanted it to be a light quilt.
We got home around supper time on Sat. night and I made a full meal, meatloaf, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and corn. While the kids played with daddy and grandma, I finished making this pastel table topper. It is reversible and burped since I didn't have a binding to match.
This is the other side of it.
I used the very last of the grader fabric and made a table topper. It is also burped and quilted.
I put two placemats together and burped and quilted. No backing fabric or binding, but it's done and will be useful to someone. This was another of mom's UFO's that is now done!
I pulled out a couple kits I had bought at Quilts and Vines and made this little Treats bag. The front is see through. The pattern is easy and I can see making more, without the vinyl. I'm not sure why I waited 2 years to make something that took 20 -30 min.
I also quilted this little Laurel Burch table topper. It is also reversible and another of mom's UFO's. So glad to have it done and the excess fabric in the scrap bin.
Then I made a little wallet from another Heirloom Creations kit. It too less than 20 min, yet I've had the pattern/kit since 2009.
The inside. I can see making more of these since they are so simple. I think it would make a great giftcard holder too.
All of the above were finished on Saturday - 7 finishes!!
Sunday I made myself work on the Essence Tumbler quilt. It has been cut out since 2010 or so and I've had all the fabric, including the border, binding, and backing. I finally made it into a top on Sunday. I had wanted to quilt it, but I didn't finish until after the kids went to bed, so I made the backing and picked out the thread and hope to quilt it this week some time.
So I spent the later part of Sunday night making baby receiving blankets. I had bought up the leftover flannel from this line and I think I had 3 yards of each, so I made 3 little girl blankets. I burped and then stitched around the edges. I think they turned out cute and will make great gifts for when I need something quick. Three more finishes yesterday put me at 10 for the weekend! That puts me at 23 finishes for October. I'm shooting for 25, so we'll see how this week goes.
Since I thought the party was on Sunday I hadn't planned to have so much sewing time, but I had gotten my homework done early in the week so I wouldn't have to worry about it. It was so nice to be able to spend the day sewing and not have to worry about homework. Since I had cooked on Saturday, Paul cooked Chili Sunday. After a quick trip to the store for a few essentials (cornbread to go with the chili), we were home again and tried on Halloween costumes. I had planned to take them to mass and trunk or treat, but they fell asleep before we made it there. Some of my best laid plans just do not work out.
This weekend was my 2nd goal in my weight loss journey that started on August 2. I hoped to lose 10 lbs by the end of the year. I lost 10lbs in the first 5 weeks, so I set another goal to lose 10 more by my nephew's birthday. I didn't quite make it, but did lose 6 more, so I feel good about where I am at so far. I'd like to lose about 6 more by the end next month, but I'm easing off of nursing, so not sure if it will happen. The encouragement from my co-workers and friends has been amazing and I couldn't ask for better friends. Thanks to everyone who has helped me with this major goal.