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Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday Finishes


It’s been a while since I posted last. Since there have been issues with comments on Blogger the past few weeks, I started an Instagram account instead and have been posting over there as ThePiecefulKingdom. I think it has simplified my life a little. I haven’t been worrying about getting around to posting on the blog. When something gets done or happens, I can do a quickie on Instagram and it’s done. I still hope to continue to post Friday Finishes with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict here each week, but I will also be spending time “over there.”

I’ve been keeping up with a couple of QALs that are running this year, and I’ve finished another top for a Christmas QAL from last year…




One big-ish finish for me this past week was completing the fourth block for the Coffee Classics by McKenna Ryan. Now I have them all ready for quilting…



I hope to get started on that next week.

I’ve mostly been knitting some socks, so I haven’t had much under my sewing machine needle this week. I did pull out my blocks for Christmas Charm…



These blocks are nearly done. I just need to top stitch the circles on about 20 more blocks, then I can get this put into a top. It would be great to have three Christmas quilt tops ready to be quilted over the summer.

That’s about it. I hope all is well with everyone and you are getting plenty of finishes done at your place! Have a wonderful weekend!

Linking up at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop!

Friday, May 25, 2018

An Early Halloween


It seems like life has been full of ups and downs, and all-arounds, around here since early May. I think things may be calming down now.

The biggest up was this…



My baby girl got her Master’s Degree last week from Boston University. Yay! Congratulations to her and all of her classmates. Now the job search goes into full swing…

One of the downs was that we had to make a quick trip up to Boston to bring her “stuff” home (but the graduation ceremony was nice!) My hats off to all of you Bostonians out there. There is no way I could manage the traffic in Boston on a daily basis. Yikes!

But now that things are getting quiet around here, it’s beginning to look a lot like…Halloween!

My daughter has the first Halloween quilt I ever made. It’s simple 6-inch squares, and nothing exciting (except it is cozy), but she has taken it with her to her undergraduate apartment, the apartment she had here between undergrad and graduate studies, and up to Boston. She always brought it home at the holidays and I always made repairs to it when necessary. I think it’s about 10 years old now, and some of the (poorer quality) fabrics have worn out and torn, so I just pull out a new piece of Halloween fabric and patch it. This time, there was only one block that wore out, so I added this orange patch with ghosts…



All better until next time.

I also finished the top for Hocuspocusville…



I was going to add 3-inch borders to this, but at 61 inches square right now, it will fit on the hanging rod in the living room where I would like to put it. So, that means the top is done! I have binding cut from the dark fabric in the center panel, so I think that will give it a nice frame, and the lack of borders won’t be so bad. I will need to piece a backing, then I can get this one quilted…hopefully this summer. I also have some beads and buttons to sew on, and I think I will do that after it is quilted.

I also got the April block (finally) done for Tuxedo’s Tales…



Confession: I have done needle turn applique on the first three blocks and it takes forever (plus the flannels are hard to turn.)  I have reached a point where I want to get this done. It’s fun, but I want it done. So, I fused the April block and I will fuse the remaining blocks. They will all end up with machine stitching (of some kind) around the edges, so my hope is that when you look at the quilt as a whole, it won’t really be noticeable.

And finally, yesterday I pulled out the project box for “Have a Jolly Little Christmas QAL” from Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts. This was from early 2017, and it was a fun project, but I still have several blocks to do. Yesterday I completed the Christmas tree lights block…



When I looked through the project box I realized that I made two of some of the blocks, so I already had 11 blocks completed. I have pulled three duplicates and will make those into a table runner, and I will make three more to make a 12-block quilt. There will be a few duplicates, but that’s fine by me. This will be my focus for the next couple of weeks, and hopefully in June I will have another completed top.

Oh, and in case you missed it…



This is my cute hedgehog for the new “Fall into a QAL.” I think the blocks come out every two weeks now, so there should be another next week. I’m looking forward to it!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and for those in the US, have a lovely and safe Memorial Day weekend. We are expecting some rain most of the weekend, but that’s fine…more time for sewing. Plus, there’s the Indy 500 Sunday afternoon. Should be a good weekend!

Linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop!


Monday, May 21, 2018

Fall Hedgehog


It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been able to get into the sewing room, but this morning I spent a few minutes putting together this block…



It’s a quickly fused hedgehog for the Fall into a QAL that started last week. I believe these blocks will be released every two weeks, so it will be a bit fast and furious, but I hope to keep up.

Things have been a bit unsettled around here, but I’m hoping the disruptions are winding down and I can get into the sewing room a bit more often.

I will be linking up at Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making and at Quilting with Vanda for the Fall into a QAL.

Have a great week!


Friday, May 4, 2018

Another Friday Rolling Around


The weeks are just speeding past! At least the weather has finally turned a corner. After frost last week, I think we are finally heading into spring – and maybe rushing into summer!

With the lovely weather we were able to put in the garden this past week, and already the roses are starting to bloom…



And the blackberries are covered in blossoms…



And Little Miss just wants to lay in the grass and get belly rubs…



I even felt “spring-y” myself and made a loaf of bread this week…



It turned out great. I make most of our baked goods from scratch, but I don’t often make sandwich bread.

I also spent a lot of time in the sewing room the past week. I've spent all of my spare time in there, and I have lots to show for it.

I put together one last bag to sell at the quilt show boutique. This is a children’s book bag, and you can see the front and back…




These fabrics were from a panel I got at a Christmas guild meeting a few years ago. The fabric works great for these small totes. I believe this is about 10 by 13 inches.

I also finished the top for “I Wish You a Merry QAL” from 2017…



Yay! This is in the ‘to quilt” pile and I hope to get to it this summer.

I had hoped to get another “Coffee Classics” quilt (by McKenna Ryan) done last week, but that didn’t happen, so I put together the two small ones this week.  I finished “Just Coffee”…



And “Warm Up”…



I now have these three tops done and ready to quilt…



I have one more of these to complete, then I will start quilting them.

A Sock Update: My sock knitting is coming along, and I’m enjoying it so much! I am working on both of my socks at the same time, from the toe up. On one I have the toe and foot done and on the other I have the toe done and I’m working on the foot…



I’m using a Regia yarn that I think I got for free when someone at quilting bee was clearing out their yarn stash. It’s been great to work through these socks.

I also did a little crochet and updated my temperature afghan through April…



It looks like we will be in the 70s and 80s for the foreseeable future, so there will be plenty of yellow and orange coming up on this project.

I had a finish from a project started last year. I completed my blue cat embroidery and it is now hanging up in the laundry room…



It’s a little finish, but a finish nonetheless!

And for a quilty finish, I made the block for May for “It’s a ‘Wild’ Life”…



These have been fun blocks to make, and I hope I can make myself keep up with them. There will be a Fall QAL starting the middle of May by the same group that did “I Wish You a Merry QAL” and I hope to do that one. Those are released every two weeks. I just need to make sure I get the Wild Life blocks done first and don’t get lost in the distraction of two QALs and my own stuff. I’m sure it will work out.

Finally, I started working on an old UFO – HocusPocusVille (I always want to call it Harry Potter Ville). The last I worked on this one was 2016 (!) I have everything embroidered and I had the 9-patches pieced. This week I finished putting the triangles on the 9-patches to set them on point, and trimmed all the blocks down…



Now I’m putting the rows together. I hope to get this top together by the middle of May.

That’s it from here. I have a guild meeting tonight – Lisa Ellis will be discussing “Healing Quilts.” It should be interesting. I will get some housework done today and hopefully a little sewing. Have a wonderful weekend!

Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! and It’s Sew Incredibly Crazy for It’s a “Wild” Life.