Last Friday in August!

How can that be? It can’t be true, can it?

Close ups …

SEW … I don’t have a finish for this Friday … but I will show you some close-ups of the quilt I showed on Monday. (For details see HERE).

And closeups … so you don’t have to zoom in to see the details.

Straight line, ruler quilting in the border, flange binding and random swirls in the background.

Straight line, ruler quilting in the dark blue and floral blue prints, with a vine scroll in the middle.

More of the straight line quilting, ore of the random swirls …

Picnic in the Park

Earlier this week, some of the guild members met in a park for lunch … everyone practiced social distancing and there was show and tell. I hadn’t met Brenda before, but I was thrilled to meet her! She had just finished her top from the “Stay at Home Round Robin” that I hosted in the spring. (See Here for the finish and Here for the start.)

Doesn’t Brenda’s top look fantastic in black & white with a pop of red? She wants to make it bigger … so ideas were flying around. Koodos to Brenda for knowing “it’s not a race” and for sticking with it! I can’t wait to see the finish!

What’s Happening Soon?

Next week, I’ll be hosting TGIFF. So make sure you come back and see the marvelous quilts and projects that others are working on!

A Couple of Blog Hops

First up is the Island Batik Block Hop “It’s in the Bag.” I’m super excited about this one! “It’s in the Bag” will be featuring all sorts of byAnnie bags! It promises to be absolutely fantastic!!! Make sure that you follow along and take advantage of opportunities to WIN some wonderful Island Batik fabrics!!!

Second will be the “Hello Fall” Blog Hop that starts later in September. This one is hosted by Carla from
Creatin’ in the Sticks.” Hmmm … perhaps, I need to work on this one and get it finished? The answer to that question is a definite YES!!!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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A Star is Done!

The Carpenter’s Star … in all it’s starry glory! Is done! I’m in love with it! If it didn’t have a specific destination, I would be keeping this one!

There are swirls in all the background (whitish) pieces and mostly straight lines in the coloured areas. All of the quilting is free motion on my domestic sewing machine.

Design Wall

Piecing:

… This UFO is going to come out to play … Scrappy Repro

Quilting: 

The Bouquet Murder Mystery quilt is in the process of being quilted.

Stash Report

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The Carpenter’s Star is finished! It used 6.5 yards for the top and 4 yards for the back …

  • Fabric Used this week      10.5 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        241 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      23.5
  • Net Fabric used                    217.5  yards

Stitchin’ Time

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!  I switched from 15 minutes / day to 30 minutes/day in April!

  • 15 minute days:  January – July: 210 / 212
  • 30 min days/  Aug:   21 / 23
  • Total days in 2020: 231 / 235
  • Percentage = 98% 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

TO DO 

I’m linking up to Roseanne & Sue’s “TO DO” Tuesday. Their blog is “Home Sewn by Us.”

Last weeks list:

  1.  Finish Quilting Carpenter’s Wheel   √   done
  2. Make label and bind Carpenter’s Wheel √   done
  3. Make backing for Bouquet Murder Mystery  √   done
  4. Make label and finish binding my niece’s baby’s quilt. not done
  5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes. √   done

This weeks list:

  1. Make label and finish binding my niece’s baby’s quilt.
  2. Bouquet Murder Mystery :
    1. finish quilting
    2. make label
    3. bind
  3. Work on Scrappy Repro
  4. Welcome Fall project
  5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes.

Carpenter’s Star was started in July and finished this week! No new starts this week. No UFOs finished … but one is almost there … hopefully by next week!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

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Rainy Friday

It’s raining out, the breeze is blowing and it’s fairly warm out. We have most of the windows open and are enjoying the fresh air! I just love summer days like this! I prefer to see sun, but this is a nice change and the sun is suppose to return tomorrow.

On the Quilting Front

I’m almost finished the Carpenter’s Star (Wheel). The quilting is done … the label is on … the binding is on, but needs to be sewn down. It’s a flange binding and most of what you see in the picture is the flange … it’s hard to see the dark blue that will show the most. I should be able to finish this quilt later today. I always sew my binding by machine – so it really doesn’t take that long

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

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More Dollar Store Treasures

In my last post HERE, I talked about back to school and dollar store items for your sewing room / studio. I had forgotten to mention that I also like black Sharpies. I used them when I made the wall hanging from Helen Godden’s Flower Power Quilt Along. I also use them when a light thread shows through on black fabric. The flowers in the wall hanging below were outlined with black sharpie prior to being coloured and sewn. All of this as per Helen Godden’s instructions.

Tips and Hints from Others

Norma, from “Notes from Norma,” said that she spent around $15 at Dollar Tree and here’s what she bought … “little plastic containers with lids for my embossing powders, a 2021 calendar for my studio, envelopes, plastic spoons for containers, cosmetic wedges to use with inks when stamping, index cards, glue tape, toothbrush for spattering ink, sponge brushes.” Now … you must go visit her blog to see her fantastic work!

Emily, from “The Darling Dogwood” said that she likes little post-it notes for labelling tiny pieces (which she’ll later pin) and kid’s glue sticks. She said this about them, “I like the Elmer’s Disappearing Purple glue sticks, but do have to warn you that the shade of purple when the glue goes on will freak you out that you ruined your project–you didn’t!” It’s good to know that the purple will not ruin your work!

One friend, Roseanne, from “Home Sewn by Us,” commented on how clean my gloves were … I was caught!!! I have a nearly new pair that I use for videos and pictures, but in real life … well, you decide … the ones on the left are what I usually wear. I’ve washed them, I’ve soaked them … they are still dirty looking. However, when quilting on white fabric, none of the “dirt” comes off. Do you have any hints on how to keep these quilting gloves looking clean?

Wendy, from “Pieceful Thoughts,” said that she has another tip for the shelf liner: “cut a small 2″ square and place it between your small square ruler and fabric. It will keep the ruler from shifting.” What a great idea!

Bonnie, from “In Stitches with Bonnie,” couldn’t figure out how I used the hair ties. These are the small hair ties … they are cloth covered elastics. You can see in the picture how small they are. When my thread and bobbins are in the drawer, it’s super easy to figure out which bobbin goes with which spool of thread. Plus there isn’t miles of thread all over!

Design Wall

Piecing:

Bouquet Murder Mystery: There is progress on this UFO!!! The borders are on! Now to piece the back!

Quilting: 

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The Carpenter’s Wheel (Star) is in the process of being quilted! I’m outlining all the star points with Stitch in the ditch and using my straight ruler to fill in the blue portions.

Stash Report

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No finishes, no shopping, no change in the numbers …

  • Fabric Used this week      0 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        230.5 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      23.5
  • Net Fabric used                    207  yards

Stitchin’ Time

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!  I switched from 15 minutes / day to 30 minutes/day in April!

  • 15 minute days:  January – July: 210 / 212
  • 30 min days/  Aug:   14/ 16
  • Total days in 2020: 224 / 228
  • Percentage = 98% 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

TO DO 

I’m linking up to Roseanne & Sue’s “TO DO” Tuesday. Their blog is “Home Sewn by Us.”

Last weeks list:

I kept my list short, because I knew I wouldn’t be available to sew every day … but I got it done!

  1.  Start Quilting Carpenter’s Wheel   √   done
  2. Add borders to Bouquet Murder Mystery  √   done

This weeks list:

  1.  Finish Quilting Carpenter’s Wheel  
  2. Make label and bind Carpenter’s Wheel
  3. Make backing for Bouquet Murder Mystery 
  4. Make label and finish binding my niece’s baby’s quilt.
  5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes.

No new starts this week … no finishes … there is progress being made on the UFO I’m working on!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

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Dollar Store and Back to School Shopping

It’s August and kids are starting to get ready to go back to school … or not.  At any rate, the stores have all their “back to school” sales on.  Do you take advantage of these sales for your sewing room?

I do.  Here are some of the products I use in my sewing room:

  • A flannel back tablecloth is great for a design wall … especially if I’m going sewing somewhere besides in my home.
  • Hair clips are great for clipping labels onto fabric
  • Spray bottle for water (I always use a dry iron … and I spray the fabric if I want steam)
  • Shelf liner … will hold your sewing machine foot in place, add it to the back of pincushions to prevent them from slipping around, and in a pinch, you can use a couple of pieces (3″x 3″) to place under your hands when you free motion quilt
  • Hair ties – place them around the thread and the bobbin and you know which bobbin goes with which thread … plus it keeps the thread from unwinding
  • Notebook with grid lines … for planning that next quilt and Pencil crayons to colour your quilt
  • Mechanical pencils for fine lines (on the back of HST or to mark the centre of a block.
  • Elmer’s School Glue … I use this a LOT … dilute it 4 parts water to 1 part glue and it’s perfect for gluing down binding or whatever needs to stay in place.

There’s probably a lot of other school supply and dollar store products that can be used for quilting. What do you use?

On the Quilting side of life

The first picture is a snapshot of the stitch in the ditch quilting I’m doing for the Carpenter’s Star. The 2nd picture is some of the border pieces cut out for the murder mystery UFO.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

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2nd Monday in August

I did finish my August Island Batik Project using Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 ruler “Four Patch Square Up.”  You can read more about it HERE.

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Design Wall

Piecing:

IMG_5868The borders are still not on this quilt.

Quilting: 

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The Carpenter’s Wheel (Star) is sandwiched … and the thread is chosen and it is sitting at the machine … but not a stitch of quilting has happened!

Stash Report

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No finishes, no shopping, no change in the numbers …

  • Fabric Used this week      0 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        230.5 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      23.5
  • Net Fabric used                    207  yards

Stitchin’ Time

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!  I switched from 15 minutes / day to 30 minutes/day in April! No stitchin’ on the 19th … ’cause it’s not a race!

  • 15 minute days:  January – July: 210 / 212
  • 30 min days/  Aug:   9/9
  • Total days in 2020: 219 / 221
  • Percentage = 99% 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

TO DO 

Home Sewn By Us Linky PartyI’m linking up to Roseanne & Sue’s “TO DO” Tuesday. Their blog is “Home Sewn by Us.”

Last weeks list:

I’m not surprised that I didn’t get #1 and #2 done … but I did get #3, 4 & 5 done!  And Roseanne always quotes Gladys Taber:  “Contentment is a list with half of it crossed off.” I’m content!

  1. Sandwich & Quilt Carpenter’s Wheel  ½ done  sandwiched but not quilted.
  2. Add borders to Bouquet Murder Mystery   not done
  3. Work on IB Sept project  √   done (it’s a secret … and I LOVE it!)
  4. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.  √   done
  5. Photo shoot and blog about IB August project  √   done

This weeks list:

  1.  Start Quilting Carpenter’s Wheel  
  2. Add borders to Bouquet Murder Mystery 

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Hopefully soon there will be a UFO finish …

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

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Studio 180 Design Tool

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The August Challenge for Island Batik is “Try a Tool” using a Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design tool.

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I have never used any of Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design rulers before (except for the Quilter’s Magic Wand for one marking half square triangle).  As you read through this post, you’ll discover how delighted I was to use this ruler!

Mesa Verde

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Designing

EQ7 was used to design my quilt using the “Mesa Verde” fabric collection, along with Island Batik’s solid black.  The black just seemed so right with this line of fabric! I had several layouts to choose from.  It was fun to manipulate the quilt by changing the block orientations with a click or 2 of the mouse!

But in the end, this is the quilt I decided on:

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Of course the location of where the fabrics ended up in the quilt is totally different than in the EQ version!

Sewing the Creation

I used Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 tool “Four Patch Square Up.”  I made the Offset 4 patches.  There is no accompanying video -yet – for the Offset 4 patches … but after watching the video for the 4 patches and reading the directions for the Offset 4 patches – it was easy to make.  Really easy!!!

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_38e7Here is the back of the first unit I made.  The instructions teach you how to “spin” the seams.  If you’ve taken a class from me, you know how much I LOVE to spin the seams.  It certainly makes the quilt lie flatter.  But, you do need to be consistent when sewing your unit blocks together.

I was able to spin ALL of the seams when I put the quilt together.  It certainly made it lie nice and flat!

I readily admit that I am NOT a perfect quilter!  I learned to fudge A LOT when I was learning to quilt … in the last century!  BUT … with using this ruler … not to boast or anything … but each block is perfect!!!  It sewed together like a dream.  PERFECTLY!!!

OH MY!!!  Now, I get why people like to have perfection in their sewing!!!

YUP … I’m in LOVE    with the 4 Patch Square Up ruler and can’t wait to try some of the other Studio 180 rulers!

Anyhow … on to the quilt I made!

The Quilt

Here it is on the clothesline. I made the largest Offset 4 patch block: 5″.  The smallest is 3/4″ … that’s a super mini size!  The quilt measures 43″ x 53″ …  The binding is scrappy and used the every scrap of the green fabric that was left from the small blocks.

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I used my walking foot with an olive green Aurifil thread #2887 to quilt,  Hobb’s Heirloom 80/20 Black batting, and Schmetz Microtex Chrome 80/12.

The quilting is super simple: I just did diagonal lines through the black rectangles and then straight lines through the Mesa Verde fabrics.

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I like how the quilting looks pretty funky on the back.  I backed this quilt with the same black I used on the front – but with the sun shining, the colour certainly isn’t true!

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I love the earthy tones in the Mesa Verde fabrics and this tree said “lay the quilt here for a picture.”

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And the wooden fence said the same thing …

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Disclaimer: All of the fabric and supplies (other than my sewing machine and iron) were given to me by Island Batik and the industry partners!  Thank you! 

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

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Monday, a day after Zoom Quilting

Yes, today is Monday … a holiday here on the West Coast of Canada (BC Day) … a beautiful day that promises to not be tooooo hot!  Perfect!  Edit: the afternoon became hot and muggy! ULK!

Yesterday, my sister and a cousin in Ontario Zoomed together while we quilted.  It’s a lot of fun!  My sister invited the other cousins to drop in and visit … one said that watching us quilt would be like watching paint dry!  We had a good laugh about that!

The tumbler quilt that I started in July received the final stitching of the binding as we Zoomed!  When quilting this quilt, I practiced ruler quilting.  I used Silly Moon’s Turkey ruler to do the waves across the quilt.  With how inconsistent I am, I made sure that the ‘waves’ were all started in a different spot.  That way, you wouldn’t notice the one or two waves that were different! ~grin~

I didn’t like how the waves of the turkey ruler would go up and down the quilt … OK … honesty here: I couldn’t figure out where to line it up with sloping seams … so I just used a straight ruler and went up and down that way.

The batting is Hobbs 80/20 (my favourite!) and it is quilted with Aurifil 2311.

The tumblers were all cut with the 3½” Accuquilt tumbler die.  It certainly didn’t take long to cut them out!  You can read more about the sewing together of this quilt HERE.

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And do you see that skinny border?  Last month, Terry (my cousin I was zooming with) had shown us this cute little flower that she uses in a skinny border.  Of course, at the time, I didn’t draw it out … so when I was quilting this border, I attempted to do it.  It was a fail … but a GOOD fail …. I came up with this bow with ribbon between it … how sweet is that?  Don’t you just love it when things like that turn out?

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The back … oh the backing!  I didn’t have enough of any one fabric to make a diagonal slash with another fabric in the middle … SEW … I used LOTS of different fabrics from the front and pieced them together.  Most of them were cut 11 – 13″ wide, with the blue cut 5″ wide.   And yup! It used up stash!  But I still can’t figure out how the “floral” box is still full!

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Design Wall

Last week, I missed my usual Monday report … so here’s this weeks.

Piecing:

IMG_5868I’ve pulled out this UFO: It was a Murder Mystery quilt that I started in 2010 at a Wild Rose Retreat in Orting Washington!  It was a fun retreat!  (Um … I haven’t been to a retreat that wasn’t fun …!!!)  Anyhow, one of the shop’s owners was ‘murdered’ with a pinking rotary cutter … the evidence was the rick rack around his neck and the red fat quarter next to him … and the weekend went from there.

The instructor for the Mystery quilt and murder was Sherrie Jaqua and we ended up making the Bouquet block … an asymmetrical block.

When I pulled out the container, I realized that the top was done … I just need to add borders … sew that’s what’s on the design wall.

Quilting: 

The Carpenter’s Wheel (Star) is ready to be sandwiched … the quilt was webbed together and the border was added after this picture was taken.

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Stash Report

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The Tumbler Quilt (above) used 8.5 yards of fabric …

The snowman from Christmas in July used 1 yard of fabric.  So the total used in the last 2 weeks is 17.5 yards.  No shopping, no fabric purchased.

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  • Fabric Used this week      17.5  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        230.5 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      23.5
  • Net Fabric used                    207  yards

Stitchin’ Time

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!  I switched from 15 minutes / day to 30 minutes/day in April! No stitchin’ on the 19th … ’cause it’s not a race!

  • 15 minute days:  January – July: 210 / 212
  • 30 min days/  Aug:   2 / 2
  • Total days in 2020: 212 / 214
  • Percentage = 99% 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

TO DO 

I’m linking up to Roseanne & Sue’s “TO DO” Tuesday. Their blog is “Home Sewn by Us.”

2 weeks ago list:

I’m not surprised that I got everything done … I had 2 weeks!  grin!

  1. Sandwich, Quilt & bind Dog/Cat #2   √   done   
  2. Finish IB July project  √   done  (see HERE)
  3. Work on IB December project as a leader & ender …  √   done 
  4. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.  √   done 
  5. Work through another Artistic Digitizer lesson.  √   done 

This weeks list:

  1. Sandwich & Quilt Carpenter’s Wheel
  2. Add borders to Bouquet Murder Mystery
  3. Work on IB Sept project
  4. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.
  5. Photo shoot and blog about IB August project

What’s in the plans for August?

  • August’s Island Batik challenge
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  • Morewood Mystery!!!   Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs is hosting a mystery quilt.  The cutting directions are up.  I haven’t had a peek – but if you want to know what the finish looks like, she will give you a peek.  With this mystery, she will be releasing a clue once a month, so it should be a nice leisurely mystery.   Are you going to join in on this mystery?

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No UFOs finished so far this month! (it’s only been a couple of days) … but the Bouquet Murder Mystery is out of the box … so hopefully there will be progress on it!

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

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PHD in 2020: August 1 Report

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Did July just fly by?  I almost feel like I’ve missed this month.  But no, I’ve been here, sewing and quilting away … but it feels like the month flew by SEW fast!  I don’t often feel that way, but this month, I do!

And yet, when I look back on the month – a LOT of things have happened!

I think that the highlight of my month was receiving the Island Batik boxes.  Oh – yes, it is a highlight for every single ambassador and we all LOVE it!  Seriously!!!  You can see my Unboxing post HERE.

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The other Christmas in July was a blog hop – with a TON of eye candy and lots of inspiration for your quilting mojo!  That post is HERE.

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UFOs

I did finish 2 UFOs this month!  WhooHoo!!!  And have 4 more to finish by the end of the year.  I should be able to manage that!

The first UFO that I finished was Summer Solstice.  It is a Judy Niemeyer paper pieced pattern that seemed to take ages to do.  Well, I guess 4 years is close to “ages” – right?

You can read more about this finish HERE.

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The other UFO finish actually turned into be 2 quilts … but they both got done! You can read about them HERE and HERE.

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Starts in 2020

I had 5 new starts in July.

The tumbler quilt is now quilted and just waiting for binding! Sew close to a finish!JShsBo8cT0KKmmxeR4gemA_thumb_38a3

I did start my December Island Batik challenge while waiting for my boxes to arrive.  But that has been put on the back burner for now … And since it’s a secret, I’m not going to show you any pictures! You’ll just have to wait for December!

I started this blue Carpenter’s Wheel … and the blocks are all done.  It just needs to be webbed together!

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My July Island Batik challenge was started AND finished …  that was the first Christmas in July post! (See above)

And the August Island Batik challenge has been started.  I am using the Studio 180 “Four Patch Square Up” ruler and a Fat Quarter bundle of Mesa Verde.  I’m liking how the squares are coming out perfect!!!  And, if you know me – that’s highly unusual!  I more of a “fudge” it quilter than a perfect quilter!

How are you doing?

… with your UFOs and your PHD in 2020 progress? Here’s the linky party to show us!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Favourite Finish of the Month!

This is difficult … again … I like both Summer Solstice and the Island Batik Christmas in July … It’s hard, so hard to choose!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!   
Gail 

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Christmas in July Then & Now Blog Hop

The Blog Hop

Carol from Just Let Me Quilt has organized this blog hop.  It is to feature quilts from “Then” or from “Now” or both.  Make sure you wander through the blogs and see how things have changed (or not) from Then and Now.

THEN

Years ago, I took a paper piecing class to do this quilt.  There was NOTHING said about needing prior paper piecing experience.    It’s not a large quilt, so I had hoped that it would be done in a couple of days.  The teacher laughed at me and said that even she couldn’t finish it in a couple of days.   It is a pretty complex pattern for a beginner!

And she was right – it took me several years (working on it in short bursts of time) to finish it.   The fabrics were in a kit and there was not enough of the background fabric, so I had to take out some of the piecing and replace it with a different fabric.  But it got done & I LOVE it!IMG_1256

NOW

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The snowman table runner was a free pattern from Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting.  and the towels were embroidered with free patterns from Little Santa and Redwork Snowman from Kreative Kiwi.

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And I’ve already shown you my Island Batik “Christmas in July” project.  You can read more about it HERE.

Make sure you check out the other blogs that are participating in this blog hop!  There is LOTS of Christmas eye candy!  You will see mice, Santas, Christmas trees, stockings, quilts, FREE patterns, perhaps a give-away or two and more …. much much more!  Perhaps you’ll be inspired to start on something for Christmas.

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July 30

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!   
Gail 

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Unboxing video: Island Batik July, 2020

Well, my boxes FINALLY arrived!!!  It took them only a few days to travel from California to Vancouver … but it took over 2 weeks for them to travel from Vancouver to my home, about 45 minutes away!

But they came!  I resisted opening them until I was ready to do the video.  Lots of beautiful surprises!

Here’s the video:

Stash Builders

  • Width of Fabric, 5″ wide
  • 4 in each bundle
  • 20 in each package!

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Mesa Verde – designed by Kathy Engle

  • Fat Quarter pack
  • 20 fabrics from the collection
  • Fall/Winter collection

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Foundation Packages

  • 5 fabrics in each package
  • 1/2 yard cuts
  • Solids, blenders and basics
  • Available all the time

2 Yard Cuts

  • Celery
  • Dandilion

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4 Yard Cuts

  • Solid Black, White & Grey
  • Neutral:  Custard

Nouveau Soul

  • Strip Pack: 2½” by width of fabric
  • 2 of each 20 fabrics in the collection

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Bag Kit “ByAnnie”

  • Fabric
  • Pattern
  • Zippers
  • Mesh
  • Hardware
  • Webbing
  • Elastic
  • Interfacing

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Aurifil Thread

  • 50 weight
    • Purple:  4225
    • Dark Blue:  2783
    • Light blue: 2815
    • Grey: 2625
    • Light grey: 2600
    • Black:  2692

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Studio 180 – Deb Tucker

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Accuquilt Go!me

You can see the projects I made with it and the gifting of it HERE.

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Hobbs Batting

  • Heirloom Black 80/20 – Queen Size
  • Heirloom Fusible 80/20 – Queen Size
  • Heirloom Fusible 80/20 – Batting Strips
  • Tuscany Silk Batting – Throw size

THANK YOU to Island Batik and Industry Partners!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!   
Gail 

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Christmas in July!

Christmas in July!

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Our monthly challenge for July’s Island Batik Ambassador program is to use the Accuquilt Go! Me cutter and dies that we received in our 2nd boxes from Island Batik.  My June boxes took their time getting here.  They spent over 2 weeks at Customs in Vancouver (a mere 45 minute drive).  Once they arrived, I did my unboxing video (you’ll see that next week) and got to work on my challenge.

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The GO! me cutter comes with 2 dies, a Quarter Square and a Half Square Triangle.

The Go! me is a perfect starting set!  It’s small, it’s portable and it will help new quilters make those perfect HST and QST.

It was easy to come up with a design and I used EQ 7  to plan it out.  However, all of the neutral blocks consisted of a HST and 2 portions of a QST … I loved the end result of all the scrappy neutrals!  And the scrappy greens!

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I had some green scraps in my Island Batik stash, and some neutrals … but I was SUPER excited when the stash builder bundles I received had some neutrals and some greens!!  Heaven!!  You can’t have too much variation when making something scrappy!

The 2nd part of this challenge was to gift the GO! me to a new quilter.  My sister is starting to quilt and it was the obvious choice for her to receive the cutter.  The only problem is … she lives 12 hours away and I can’t just pop over to her home and give it to her.  SEW … what to do?  We are in a Zoom Yoga class and at the end of the class, I took a little video and told her that she was being gifted the Go! me.  She was over the moon.  She couldn’t believe it!  She’s the one in the upper left corner.  And, you can see the partially finished wall hanging on my design wall.

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My sister wants the pattern for this tree as does one of the other yoga classmates.  They live close to each other, so I’m sure my sister may lend the cutter to her!  Sew, a pattern will be written up in the near future.

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Yes, I made 2!   One for my sister and one for me!  I decided to take the picture with petunia’s in front of them.  It is July!

And here is the back which shows the FMQ.  Swirls in the neutral areas, arcs in the tree, straight lines in the tree trunk and on the border.  I used 2 squares (6″) folded into triangles to hold the dowel to hang it with.

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Wall Hanging Stats:

  • 26″ square
  • Hobbs 80/20 batting
  • Aurifil Thread
    • Cream (neutral area) #2311
    • Red (border) #2460
    • Green Variegated (tree) #4653
    • Brown (tree trunk) # 1285
    • Green (binding) # 5012
  • Schmetz Needles
  • Backing: Island Batik solid Grey
  • Fabric: assorted Island Batik Greens and Neutrals.  Red is “Wavy Dot Cherry” and the Green used in the binding is “Grass.”

Disclaimer:  Thanks to Island Batik for the fabrics, Hobbs batting, Schmetz Needles, Aurifil thread and AccuQuilt for providing the necessary tools and supplies to make the quilts! 

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  

Happy Christmas in July! 

Gail

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A UFO and Friday Finish!

YEAH!!!

I’m beyond happy to get this UFO ticked off my list!  That’s 14 UFOs completed this year.  And one of them turned into 3 quilts (click HERE) and this one turned into 2 quilts.  I’m not counting the extra quilts as extra UFOs.  I don’t want to add to my list and don’t want extra UFOs.  Sew, they get done!

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UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_38c9When I started working on this UFO, I realized that I actually had almost enough blocks for 2 quilts … so 2 quilts it became.  This one has the backing that I posted previously.  It was fun to quilt … bones, stars, hearts, paws and swirls.

Here’s the 2 quilts on the clothesline:

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Both quilts used a dark grey thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting.  These will be gifted to special people that have played a huge role in our dogs’ lives.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!   
Gail 

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It’s not a Race!

On warm summer days, when the temperature is perfect and the kids come for a visit, I get NO sewing done.  None, nada, not a stitch.  And that’s OK … I really, really enjoy the kids company and we have fun!   Sewing can wait … I do have deadlines, but they will hopefully be met.  These days, I’m realizing just how precious time with the kids is!

It’s not a Race!

Design Wall

Piecing:

I had hoped to get the project(s) on the design wall well into the next stage … but it can wait. These are pieces of what’s happening.  Can you guess what it will be?  My Island Batik boxes arrived and so I immediately had to start on my July project.

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Quilting: 

I had hoped to sandwich the 2nd Dog/Cat quilt.  But alas, that didn’t happen.  My DH and I went through almost every box of fabric that I had and there was literally NOTHING that would work … so of course, I had to go shopping.  I found the most PERFECT fabric for the backing!  Hopefully sandwiching will happen soon!  But, it’s NOT a race, right?  It will get done when it gets done!UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_38c9

Stash Report

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Dog/Cat Quilt #1 used 10 yards of fabric.  You can see more details of this quilt HERE. I did need to buy backing for the quilt and so that added 3.5 yards to my fabric bought this year. FiOaRMozTJC4F8d7x83UrA_thumb_38b6

  • Fabric Used this week      10  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        213 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   3.5  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      23.5
  • Net Fabric used                    189.5  yards

 

Stitchin’ Time

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!  I switched from 15 minutes / day to 30 minutes/day in April! No stitchin’ on the 19th … ’cause it’s not a race!

  • 15 minute days:  January – June:  181 / 182
  • 30 min days/  July:   18/19
  • Total days in 2020: 197/ 200
  • Percentage = 98% 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

TO DO 

I’m linking up to Roseanne & Sue’s “TO DO” Tuesday. Their blog is “Home Sewn by Us.”

Last week’s list:

  1. Quilt Dog/Cat #1  √   done
  2. Bind Dog/Cat #1  √   done
  3. Quilt Dog/Cat #2    xxx   not done
  4. Bind Dog/Cat #2   xxx   not done
  5. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.  √   done
  6. Work through another Artistic Digitizer lesson.   xxx   not done

This week’s list:

  1. Sandwich, Quilt & bind Dog/Cat #2   
  2. Finish IB July project
  3. Work on IB December project as a leader & ender …
  4. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.  
  5. Work through another Artistic Digitizer lesson.

A few words about CLEANING/TIDYING

A few weeks ago, when I was Zoom quilting with my sister and cousins, one cousin says that she always cleans up when she finishes a project.  I commented that by the time I finish one project, another is already started.  She then said something like, “that doesn’t matter, I clean up from the finished project”.  SEW … this past week, as projects were finished, I did tidy up from them.  Left-over fabric was placed in appropriate bins, the pattern (if out) was put away.  For Summer Solstice – this included putting all of the paper templates into the recycle bin.  A quick vacuum and I was good to go!  Thanks Connie for your words of wisdom and the encouragement to tidy!!!

What’s in the plans for the rest of July?

  • July’s Island Batik challenge
  • Unboxing video – of my July Island Batik boxes!!! I’m scheduled to show the video on July 27. MorewoodMysteryLogo
  • Working on project for Christmas in July (Then and Now) Blog Hop
  • Another Mystery Quilt!!!   Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs is hosting a mystery quilt.  I haven’t had a peek – but if you hate not know where the quilt is going, she will give you a peek.  The fabric requirements are up … With this mystery, she will be releasing a clue once a month, so it should be a nice leisurely mystery.

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

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TGIFF

That’s right, today, I’m hosting TGIFF.

I have finished ONE of 2 Dog/Cat quilts.  This was a UFO that had several blocks done … way more than was needed for a single quilt.  I made a few extra blocks and will get 2 quilts out of it.  Here is the largest quilt … the smaller one will be completed in the near future.

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This quilt was FMQ with swirls, dog bones, hearts and paws.

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Make sure to link up your Finish or your Non-Finish …

Linky Party

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!   
Gail 

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PHD in 2020: Mid July Report

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In June, I had no UFO finishes … and that was right after I added 6 more to the total that I needed to complete in 2020 to achieve my PHD in 2020!

But have no fear … I finished one UFO on Sunday.  Summer Solstice was completed!  Wow – it was a great feeling to have this one done!  You can read more about it HERE.

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In the meantime …  July has started off with 3 new starts … the Tumbler quilt, the Island Batik December quilt and a Blue Carpenter’s Wheel.

OK … so you’re asking why, oh why, am I working on December’s Island Batik challenge when I have July, Aug., Sept., Oct., and Nov. challenges to do?  Well it’s quite simple.  I have not received my July boxes YET.  I assume they are stuck in customs somewhere … Anyhow, all of the monthly challenges up to December need to use either fabric, thread, or a tool that is included in the boxes.  I’m hoping they will arrive soon!

And, I should start on my Christmas in July project … my day to share that project is July 30.

If you look at my chart below … you can see that I have 5 UFOs to finish before December (Purple section).  And, I promised myself to finish the ones in the far right column first … Dog & Cat has turned into 2 quilts and #1 is currently being quilted.

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Here’s the mid July Linky Party for PHD in 2020!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

TGIFF

This Friday, I’m hosting the TGIFF linky party … so be sure to come back and browse through all the wonderful Finishes (or not finishes) … I promise there will be lots of eye candy!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!   
Gail 

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Another UFO bites the dust!

YES!!!  Summer Solstice is done, Done DONE!!!

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This is a Judy Niemeyer pattern that was started in 2016.  The outside beige border and burgundy borders were suppose to be paper pieced … but I didn’t like the look for this quilt, so I just used solid fabrics.   There was a lot of set in seams in this pattern, but for all the procrastinating that I did, they turned out just fine!

  • fabric purchased at Fabric Depot in Portland in 2015.
  • 60″ x 60″
  • Flange binding
  • Hobbs 80/20 batting
  • Aurifil thread #2370
  • Combination of Free Motion quilting and Ruler quilting on my Janome Continental M7 (Domestic machine)
  • Backing is pieced diagonally (the picture is not the true colour … the quilting pictures show the true colour!)

I kept the quilting simple … mostly swirls … and I used a straight ruler to outline the lone star and the New York Beauty points.

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Design Wall

Piecing:

  • Island Batik: Secret sewing  sorry, no pictures …
  • Blue Carpenter’s Wheel

Quilting: 

  • Dog/Cat #1 is under the machine … hopefully #2 will soon follow

Stash Report

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The pattern for Summer Solstice called for 9.5 yards of fabric and I bought an extra yard of the 2 fabrics I used on the back … for a total of 11.5 yards.

  • Fabric Used this week      11.5  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        203 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      20
  • Net Fabric used                    183  yards

Stitchin’ Time

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!  I switched from 15 minutes / day to 30 minutes/day in April!

  • 15 minute days:  January – June:  181 / 182
  • 30 min days/  July:   12/12
  • Total days in 2020: 191/ 193
  • Percentage = 99% 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

TO DO 

I’m linking up to Roseanne & Sue’s “TO DO” Tuesday. Their blog is “Home Sewn by Us.”

Last week’s list:

  1. Finish quilting  Summer Solstice  √   done
  2. Bind Summer Solstice  √   done
  3.  Finish piecing Tumbler quilt and add borders  √   done
  4. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.  √   done
  5. Work through another Artistic Digitizer lesson.   not done

This week’s list:

  1. Quilt Dog/Cat #1
  2. Bind Dog/Cat #1
  3. Quilt Dog/Cat #2
  4. Bind Dog/Cat #2
  5. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.
  6. Work through another Artistic Digitizer lesson.

What’s in the plans for the rest of July?

  • July’s Island Batik challenge MorewoodMysteryLogo
  • Working on project for Christmas in July (Then and Now) Blog Hop
  • Island Batik boxes should arrive soon!
  • Another Mystery Quilt!!!   Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs is hosting a mystery quilt.  I haven’t had a peek – but if you hate not know where the quilt is going, she will give you a peek.  The fabric requirements are up … With this mystery, she will be releasing a clue once a month, so it should be a nice leisurely mystery.

UFO in 2020 

I’ll give the update on the 15th!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!   
Gail 

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Again, a No-Finish Friday

But that’s OK …

Lots of things are in the works …

Tumbler quilt

is ready for sandwiching … the back is strips of left-over fabric from the quilt …

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2 UFO Dog and Cat Quilts

The one on the left is in the process of getting sandwiched … the one on the right is next in line for sandwiching – after I figure out the backing.   These were both webbed together as a Leader and Ender project as I worked on the tumbler quilt.

These quilts were suppose to be one quilt.  When I did the layout, I realized that I had enough blocks to do 2 quilts … one is 8 x 6 blocks and the other is 6 x 6 blocks.

Summer Solstice

Is still being quilted …

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!   
Gail 

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Zoom Quilting with Family

Well, my sister, 2 of my cousins and myself Zoomed together today to quilt.  We all worked on different projects. And chatted and talked and chatted and talked and sewed!

Terry was quilting a pretty quilt, made some blocks for another quilt and did a short show & tell of what she’s calling her “Covid” quilts … all made from scraps and what she had lying around.

Connie was attempting to make a tic-tac toe game for her granddaughter, but her embroidery machine is ill and needs to go to the doctor.  She then made part of a cute dress for her granddaughter, sewed up a quick mask and showed us the quilt she’s going to longarm in a couple of weeks (she rents time on one).

Lynn was cleaning all the wax off her iron (from when she made the bags at our last Zoom sewing) and then she was adding borders to a quilt that has been languishing around for awhile.

Of course, I meant to take pictures of what everyone was working on, but I didn’t.

I was piecing together 3″ tumbler blocks that were cut out ages ago.  I was really trying to be careful with the order of the blocks up on my design wall, but for some reason, one row was 15 blocks long and another was 19 … and they were both suppose to be 17!  And, I don’t know how often my stitch ripper was used to take out the blocks that were put in wrong.  I’m sure if I’d been sewing on my own, this quilt would have gone back into the container and would not have progressed as far as it has!

Here is part of the quilt I was working on, sewn together. There are 4 more rows to go on.

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Design Wall

Piecing:

Tumbler Quilt … needs to be finished piecing and a border added.  I’m trying to use up my bin of floral fabric and will attempt to make a pieced back for this quilt.

Quilting: 

Summer Solstice is being quilted.

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Stash Report

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No shopping.  No finishes …

  • Fabric Used this week      0 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        191.5 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      20
  • Net Fabric used                    171.5  yards

Stitchin’ Time

I only sewed 6 out of 7 days this past week.

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!  I switched from 15 minutes / day to 30 minutes/day in April!

  • 15 minute days:  January – June:  181 / 182
  • 30 min days/  July:   3/ 4
  • Total days in 2020: 184/ 186
  • Percentage = 99% 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

TO DO 

I’m linking up to Roseanne & Sue’s “TO DO” Tuesday. Their blog is “Home Sewn by Us.”

Last week’s list:

  1. Work on  Summer Solstice:  get the top DONE  √   done – and sandwiched and started quilting!
  2.  Quilt a baby quilt to practice some free motion feathers that I want to do when I’m ready to quilt Summer Solstice.  Didn’t bother to do
  3. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.  √   done 

This week’s list:

  1. Finish quilting  Summer Solstice
  2. Bind Summer Solstice
  3.  Finish piecing Tumbler quilt and add borders
  4. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.
  5. Work through another Artistic Digitizer lesson.

What’s in the plans for the rest of July?

  • July’s Island Batik challenge
  • Working on project for Christmas in July (Then and Now) Blog Hop
  • Island Batik boxes should arrive soon!
  • Another Mystery Quilt!!!   Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs is hosting a mystery quilt.  I haven’t had a peek – but if you hate not know where the quilt is going, she will give you a peek.  The fabric requirements are up … With this mystery, she will be releasing a clue once a month, so it should be a nice leisurely mystery.

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Nothing finished … Tumbler quilt started.

 

 

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!   
Gail 

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Happy Friday

Happy Friday Penguin!

Yes, for me it’s a Happy Friday.

I’ve been working on Summer Solstice (a UFO from 2016) on and off this year trying to get ‘er done.   It’s a Judy Niemeyer pattern that is paper pieced and has set in seams.  Well … I got the top done – set-in seams and all!!!  YAY!!!   And forgot to take a picture.  GROAN!!!!   I sandwiched it and it’s now being quilted!

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Yes, I’m using a walking foot to outline the diamonds on the Lone Star portion of the quilt.  I have NO idea how I’m going to quilt them – or anything else on the quilt … but this is a start! I’m using Aurifil thread #2370.  Hopefully, this will be finished in the next few weeks and I can mark it “DONE!”  Just think how wonderful that will feel???

I was Featured

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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