MCM #101 – Weekend Projects

Okay, we’re already a week into 2018 and so far things are going my way. I have been able to spend time in my sewing room working on projects I want to work on. That rejuvenates my creative side, and helps keep me calm. Do any of you feel that way?

Now that the holiday slow down is over business has picked up. As of today I have nine customer quilts that need to get quilted. So Freddie Fusion and I will be spending a lot of time together! That is always fun.

For the past several days I’ve been busy working on an embroidery project for a local bank. You might remember I bought an embroidery machine in November. It was not (and is not) my intention to take on commercial embroidery projects. But this one came along unexpectedly and is for my sister, so how could I say no? (My number one, two, and three goals for 2018 is to learn to say ‘NO’. I’m gonna have trouble making those goals!) ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, this project has been keeping me busy and I’m really enjoying it. I’m not going to show any pictures because these items are for the employees and they won’t receive them until tonight.

What I can show you is the progress I’m making on the HST project. While the embroidery machine is working away on its design, I’m sitting at my sewing machine stitching blocks together. Hooray! A two-fer project! It’s been incredibly fun to work on two things at once AND feel like I’m making good progress on both.

HST Blocks

Those blocks are now rows. With this kind of progress, this quilt might not take me as long as I originally thought!

Center rows of shark quiltIf you look closely you can see I veered off the original design a bit. I was going to put a sashing strip in between the top and bottom sections of the HST blocks, which would split the blocks and make the quilt a bit longer. But Iย really didn’t want to order more fabric. After all, I started with 2 free charm packs. I have a half yard of the grunge and I’m hoping it will be enough to add all the strips I want. I know, I could do the math and know for sure but where’s the fun in that? I think I’ll just be surprised…

Here’s what the original layout looked like:

HST QuiltHopefully I’ll get to work on this quilt again later in the week.

I also have an update on the bird quilt. Leslie bought the backing fabric last week, so it will be ready to go on the longarm later this week. I have two to finish before this one, so I better get to stitching! She chose a lovely green print that complements the pieced front beautifully.

Thanks for all your suggestions on quilting designs. I’m going to sketch out a couple before we decide on one. I’ll keep you updated.

These projects are what I’m crushing on this week, now it’s time for you to share yours. I hope you’ll join the party! I love to see what everyone is working on. You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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The Birds are a Finished Flimsy

I’ve had a productive week in my sewing room. I hope I can keep this momentum and make this kind of progress for many more weeks this year!

I was able to get the borders on the bird quilt. Three borders on the quilt meant taking an average measurement, piecing the strips, pinning them in place, stitching and pressing – 12 times! I just kept pecking away at it (see what I did there? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and finished them all up.

Bird Quilt FlimsyI apologize for the crappy picture. I had hoped to get the quilt outside for some nature shots – you know, birds in trees – but this is what it looked like outside yesterday:

Snow DayWith gusting winds and a wind chill advisory in effect, I thought me and the birds should stay inside!

Today my friend is choosing the backing fabric and hopefully I can get the quilt on the longarm next week. I’m not sure how to quilt it;ย  I’m thinking maybe an all over design but haven’t yet picked one. I know I don’t want to do anything too dense because this is going to be a cuddle quilt. Any suggestions?

I think the block with the cardinals is my favorite.

I hope you have a great weekend. Stay safe and warm!

Linking up with Finish it Up Friday

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Playing with All the Half Square Triangles

In an effort to clear out all (or most of) my unfinished projects and WIP’s, I pulled out these half square triangles I started making several months ago. I thought I had talked about them on the blog but can’t find the post, so I must have just written it in my dreams. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I received two charm packs from Moda when I went to Quilt Market last spring. One was a tan Grunge (yum!), and the other was from the William Morris fabric collection.

Moda Charm PacksNow these normally aren’t prints/colors I would work with. I’m usually drawn to fabrics that are much brighter. But for some reason, I found myself wanting to play with these charm packs.

The problem I had was what to do with them? Two charm packs just don’t make a very large quilt. I’m not a table runner kind of girl. I have a few for my house and that’s all I need. And I don’t really have the wall space for another mini – especially one with these kind of prints. So I just jumped in and starting making half square triangles. What else to do with a couple of charm packs?

(Do you have a ‘go to’ pattern you use for charm packs?)

Stacked HSTs William Morris Moda fabric

I ended up with 84 HSTs, not enough to make me happy. So I popped over to the Fat Quarter Shop to order another charm pack of the prints and the tan grunge, and some yardage for the back of whatever this is going to be.

Now I have 168 HST’s and my design options have improved. I hung a few on the wall just messing around…(this reminds me of a shark pacing back/forth along the shoreline)

Moda HSTs William Morris

…..and then I played around in EQ8 for a bit….

HST Quilt

….and really like how this looks, although the prints need moved around a bit. I added sashing between each row to make the quilt longer. This layout measures 58 x 66″. It’s the perfect size for a lap quilt. I’m going to have to order a bit more of the Grunge fabric for the sashing to make this layout work.ย  I guess I’ll be visiting the Fat Quarter Shop again! Maybe I’ll luck out and my local shop will have the tan color in stock.

Sewing HST blocks

I’ve started sewing together some of the blocks. This project may take a while, as I’ll work on it between more pressing projects (aka projects that help pay the bills…) I’ve enjoyed playing around to see what I can create. I hope to do a lot of more of this type of creating in 2018!

I’m linking up with:
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Needle & Thread Thursday

 

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MCM #100 – New Year and 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

Happy New Year!ย  I have to say I’m ready to move on from 2017 and look forward to a new year. A lot has happened, both good and not so good. I want to say a huge Thank You for reading this blog, for commenting, and following along on my quilting journey. I appreciate you SO much! I wish for you a serene year filled with joy and happiness.

It’s been quiet here on the blog the past few weeks, as I took an unplanned break from pretty much all social media. First, I had that last customer quilt to get finished before Christmas. I’m happy to say I finished it with 6 days to spare! The client loved it, and I received a big hug, which is the best compliment. I’m sorry I don’t have a picture of the finished quilt. I delivered it the day after it was finished and I forgot to take pictures.

Then, while cleaning around the house I tripped over my feet and the sweeper and fell in my hallway. It was one of those ‘oh crap, this is happening’ moments that happened in slow motion but I couldn’t stop it. I landed on my bum knee and my right hand. Thankfully nothing was broken, but my hand was sprained and rug-burned so typing was a chore. I decided to give in and rest and enjoy the holiday.

All is better now, and I treated myself to a selfish sewing day on Saturday. I was able to put together the top below. I’m calling it the Bird Quilt. ๐Ÿ™‚

Bird Quilt

It feltย so good to sew something that wasn’t on a deadline or for a customer. Although technically, I guess I could say this is a customer quilt. My best friend saw the panel and pattern and wanted the quilt. She doesn’t sew, so she bought all the fabric and I’m putting it together for her. I’m enjoying working on it. All that’s left to do is add the borders — three of them — and then quilt it up.

Selfish sewing is my crush for this first week of 2018. I hope to get to do a lot more of it this year.

In other news, I’m excited to announce that I will again be co-hosting the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop this spring, along with these amazing bloggers:

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Eligible participants are quilt bloggers who have been blogging less than 3 years. Registration will open on February 1, and the co-hosts will be sharing more information in the next few weeks.

I hope you’ll consider joining in the fun!

Now it’s time for you to share what you are working on. What has you excited to be in your sewing space this week? You can share any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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New Music Saturday – Rising Star

Music Saturday

Like millions of others, I was first introduced to Grace VanderWaal as the 12-year-old ukelele player/singer/songwriter contestant on America’s Got Talent last year.

Grace went on to win the talent competition, and has recently released her first album “Just the Beginning”.ย  She has been named Rising Star 2017 by Billboard and you can see her performance and touching acceptance speech here.

I have to say, I can’t get enough of the music on this album. I am so impressed by Grace’s song writing skills. Her phrasing is interesting, and her songs show a maturity beyond her years. Her voice instantly grabs your attention, and on top of that, the music is just plain fun!

‘So Much More Than This’ was the first song off her album that I heard, so I’m sharing it with you here. I highly suggest you give a listen to the others on the CD. A few of my favs:ย  ‘Just a Crush’ makes me smile when I hear it, ‘Talk Good’ lyrics sound like something straight from my head, and ‘Insane Sometimes’ could have been written by someone with much more experience than a 13 year old. Can you tell how much I enjoy this music?? I hope you enjoy it as well!

 

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