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Friday, October 28, 2016

Finishes Friday!

I was able to finish hand stitching the binding down on the batik Gypsy Wife yesterday morning, so it’s done!



I hope to get a better photo soon, but I didn’t have my handy (and tall) husband around to hold it up for me. I’m so pleased with how it turned out. I have a label ready for it, so I might try to get it on this weekend and run it through the wash, then it will be ready to go to its new home. I had a lot of fun (and a few headaches) making this quilt, and I’m so happy it’s completed. This was my goal for One Monthly Goal for October, so I will be linking up with the finishes party over at Red Letter Quilts. Go check out some great finishes for October.

I had a couple of other finishes for October. First, I finished the Witches Hooray wall hanging. Actually it’s a table runner, but in my house it’s a wall hanging.



I really enjoyed the embroidery on this and I am so happy with how the borders turned out. I also like the hot fix crystals and nail heads I added…a little bling never hurts! This is on the wall in my living room as soon as you walk in, so it’s front and center. It will need to come down after next week, but I have an old wall hanging that will fit in the same spot which will work for the fall. I do have a holiday/winter wall hanging pattern in mind to make to put up in the same spot after Thanksgiving, assuming I have the time to make it!

I also finished the neutral Gypsy Wife top in October.



This one will be going up on my living room wall. I know how I am going to quilt it, and I have the backing and batting for it. It should be easy quilting, so now I just have to take the time for it. Hopefully it will be hanging up by Christmas.

That’s about all I have completed for October. I still need to work on blocks for our guild charity quilts, but that will be done by the weekend. So, that about wraps up October here in my sewing room. I probably won’t be posting much over the next week since we will be taking the trailer out one more time this year and celebrating our anniversary. Woo hoo! I will plan on taking a small hand stitching project, even though I never seem to get much accomplished when we go camping. But it should be lovely weather and a nice quiet trip.

I hope you have a wonderful week and Happy Halloween. Stay safe!


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

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Last Thursday of October

October is quickly coming to an end and we still can’t figure out what season it is here. It has been nice and brisk here with a few days with highs in the 60s and now low 70s, but starting Saturday and going through next week we will be in the 80s again. For the past couple of years we have had a little snow fall in the first week of November; but not this year! I’m grateful for no bitter cold, but consistent cool fall weather would be nice.

I was able to work towards my scrappy goal of making more 4-patches in October.



I now have 71 four-patches completed. I am not sure how many I will end up making, but I hope to get around to putting these on the design wall in November and seeing where I stand with them. With Christmas coming up quickly, I need to set this aside and make sure the holidays are taken care of first! I have to finish a small project for Christmas, add labels to a couple of quilts, make more pillowcases, and then my last Christmas project will primarily be applique, so I don’t think leaders and enders will work out with that, so I will just not stress on it and set the 4-patches aside for now.

I am close to done on the batik Gypsy Wife. I have binding hand-stitched down around about ¾ of the quilt.



I plan on sitting down this morning and finishing this one up. I will be so excited to get this done.

Other than that, I need to deal with the tree guy whenever he gets here, run over to vote after lunch, and then the rest of the day at home will be spent working on charity quilt blocks. I hope to make some headway on those. I finished cutting the strip sets yesterday, so today will just be piecing 9-patches. So, what’s on your agenda for today? I hope you have a good one!


Linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Binding On

Yesterday I machine stitched the binding onto the batik Gypsy Wife quilt.



Now it is all attached and ready for hand stitching.



I started stitching it down last night and made a little progress, but I hope to get much more done today. I originally was going to take it to Tuesday Quilting Bee today and work on it for a few hours, but I am only going to be able to make a quick trip to Bee today. I need to be home for a mail delivery today, but I also need to drop a few things off at Bee. So, my plan is to run to Bee, drop off my items, stop back by the vet to get dog medicine, then be back home all in less than an hour. Hopefully the mail won’t have gotten here in the meantime. If it does, at least the package won’t be sitting on the porch for long.

Yesterday I also cut 16 of the strip sets cut for 9-patch blocks for our guild charity quilts. I also have 36 more strip sets to cut.



I hope to get more of the strip sets cut today too, then the rest of the week I can piece 9-patches. Once the cutting is done, the piecing goes quickly.

Other than that, I will probably take a nap this afternoon…rough night last night. Also, we had an earthquake here in East TN last night. I didn’t feel this one, but I did feel one here many years ago. Growing up in Southern California, I am kind of used to them, so the one last night (2.7 on the Richter Scale) must not have made much of an impression on me J

I hope you all have a great Tuesday!


Monday, October 24, 2016

Almost Done

I am done quilting the batik Gypsy Wife quilt.



I kept the quilting simple (for the most part), and just quilted around the blocks in the ditch and did some in-the-ditch quilting in some of the blocks. Other blocks I added petal or leaf type motifs. I am pleased with how it turned out, though some of the quilting is not the best…but it will do. Here are some of the blocks close-up.




The background strips were just quilted over the seams using the walking foot and a serpentine decorative stitch from my machine.



All that remains is the binding. I have plenty of extra backing fabric, so I will use that as the binding. Here it is on top of the quilt (at the bottom of the photo).



Today I will prepare the binding and attach it by machine. Then I hope to hand stitch the binding down this week. This project is my One Monthly Goal, so I’m on track to finish it before October is over.

Once that binding is attached, I need to spend some more time working on 9-patch blocks for charity quilts. I need to turn them in on Sunday, so I hope I can complete them all by then. If not, then I will just turn in the strip sets and someone else will be able to make up the blocks; but I should have the time this week.

That’s about it from here. I have a newsletter for our quilt guild I need to get out this week, and Fall is in full swing in east TN, so we are enjoying the cooler days (and nights). Leaves are starting to pile up, so once we’re done with our final round of camping next week, it will be on to raking up leaves. I hope you all have a wonderful week!


Linking up with Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Needle & Thread Thursday

We spent a few days early this week camping. It is so nice to get away into the woods and be away from technology…although it also means time away from sewing. We do trailer camping, so I could take my sewing machine, but I choose not to. I usually take books and some hand stitching. This week I mostly worked on a crochet project. We are camping once more this fall before we close out the 2016 camping season, and I’m looking forward to some peace and quiet once more.

Yesterday (in between laundry breaks) I was able to finish up sewing strip sets for the 9-patch blocks for some charity quilts.



I have 60 strip sets which will give me somewhere around 150 9-patch blocks. I believe that will be enough for 6 of the quilts our guild is putting together. I need to get these finished by next weekend. Hopefully I can accomplish that.

For today I plan to try to finish up FMQ on the batik Gypsy Wife…



I have all of the walking foot work done; now I just need to get all of the blocks done. They will be quilted very simply, so I’m hoping it goes quickly. My goal is to have the quilting done and binding attached no later than Monday. Then I should be able to take it to Tuesday Bee next week and hand stitch the binding.

That’s about it from here. I need to run some errands and continue with the laundry pile from camping. In the meantime, I will be linking up at My Quilt Infatuation for Needle & Thread Thursday. Head over for some great projects.


Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Finishes

I had one finish earlier this week. I completed the quilt top for the neutral Gypsy Wife! Yay! Here it is on our new loveseat…



Now I need to figure out a backing for it and then quilt it. I hope to get to the quilting before the end of the year, but I just don’t know if it will happen. I guess if I make it happen it will happen. I have a few other items I would like to finish up for Christmas, so I will have to put this in line behind those.

Another finish this week will be the final Gypsy Wife class tomorrow at the local quilt shop. It has been a fun experience for me, and a nice way to get my feet wet in quilting classes. We started back in January and met once a month to go over each section of GW. I never would have completed even one of these tops, let alone two of them, if I hadn’t taken the class.

Once I finished the neutral GW top I pieced the backing of the batik version and started quilting it. I think I am almost done with all of the quilting I plan to do with the walking foot. Right now I have just done a serpentine stitch down the seam lines of the background strips and a straight stitch around each block…



I don’t know if you can really see the quilting in the photo. I’m using a YLI 70 weight Khaki colored piecing thread that I love. I don’t want the quilting to really stand out on this quilt because the pattern is so busy, so I like how this blends in well and is thin enough to not be too obvious. I am still thinking about how to quilt the blocks. I will probably use a simple square/diamond swirl in the square in the square blocks, and possibly more stitch in the ditch in the more complex blocks. For right now, I’m happy with my progress.

So that’s all for this week. Today is laundry day and more quilting on the GW. I hope to get that done and the binding attached by next weekend. Completing the GW batik quilt is my One Monthly Goal for October, so I’m glad to be on my way to completing it. For today I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop!


I hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wednesday Quilting

This is what is under my sewing machine needle right now…



I started quilting the Gypsy Wife batik quilt top this week. Right now I’m using a serpentine decorative stitch with my walking foot to quilt along the background strips. I haven’t decided exactly yet what I am going to do with each block, but I’m leaning towards free-motion quilting each one. Some may just be stitched in the ditch, but I’ll probably make that decision when I come to each block. Right now I’m thinking swirls would work in some of the filler blocks.

I was also able to complete the quilt top for the neutral version of the Gypsy Wife, and I will share that on Friday.

Today I am planning on spending as much time as possible working on quilting. Our last class for this quilt is Saturday, so I would like to have all of the background strips quilted by then. Hopefully that will happen! Other than that, I have some burrito fixin’s in the crock pot, and that will be dinner tonight (plus plenty for the freezer!)

I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!


Monday, October 10, 2016

So Close…

I am so close to finishing my second Gypsy Wife quilt top. Over the weekend I was able to finish the four parts that make up the last section of the quilt top…



We were busy doing little things all weekend, and I just didn’t take the time to finish it up. But this morning my plan is to piece together this section, then put the top together.

This morning I have already started laundry, I started making English muffins, and I made another batch of granola. So when I am done here, I will go work on the next step in the muffin process, then I can head to the sewing room and finish up the top. I may try to get backings put together for both Gypsy Wife tops. And who knows? Maybe I will start quilting one of them!

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!

Linking up with:
Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Friday Finishes

My first finish for October is the Witches Hooray table runner…



Here is the bright orange backing…



This was a very fun project to work on. I am going to get it hung up on the wall today. If you like this pattern, it is a Bird Brain Design.

Yesterday I was also able to finish up the blocks for the last section of the neutral version of the Gypsy Wife quilt…



Please pardon the painter’s tape on my makeshift design wall!

I must admit that while I was making these blocks I was reaching my limit with the Gypsy Wife and I was so glad I’m almost done. It has been a fun project, but making two in ten months, along with everything else I’ve been working on, has been a bit much. But I can see the finish line from here! Today I will start putting this last section together with the background strips and I hope that by the end of the weekend I have the top put together. I’ve decided that a border would not add anything to this quilt top, so I’m going to leave it without a border. That makes it even closer to being done! I will try to get both Gypsy Wife quilts tops quilted before the end of the year.

So, I have a bit of house “stuff” to take care of this morning, and I am going to do a bit of work on some genealogy, but I do hope to work on the Gypsy Wife after lunch. I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and everyone in the path of Matthew stays safe!

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



Thursday, October 6, 2016

Needle & Thread Thursday

Yesterday I was able to piece 14 pairs of strip sets for 9-Patch blocks.



Probably next week I will cut these into 2-1/2” pieces, then piece the 9-Patch blocks together. These blocks will be ready to put into quilt tops for Ronald McDonald House at our sewing session during the Quilters Roadshow in Townsend, Tennessee, in November. Though I won’t be able to make it that day, our guild members will spend the day piecing tops – and probably having a lot of fun in the process.

I was also able to spend some time hand stitching binding yesterday and got one side done on the Witches Hooray table runner, but for today I will try to finish up the final section of the neutral Gypsy Wife. First, I need to run some errands, but then I get to sew!

I will be linking up with My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday. Head over for some great projects!


Monday, October 3, 2016

What’s Up for Monday

Yesterday I was able to box up all of the remaining “stuff” from our yard sale, so now it’s ready to go to the thrift store. The local furniture ministry will be by on Wednesday to get all of the leftover furniture, then we can get rid of the boxes and the garage will be empty-ish. It will be a relief to get rid of all of that stuff we no longer need or use.

Today I spent a little bit of time in the sewing room. First, I laid out the completed 4-Patches on my design wall to get an idea of how many I had…and how many more I have to go!



I actually have quite a few, but it will require many more to make a nice size quilt. Fortunately, I have plenty more pairs to sew into 4-Patches. I like the idea of setting these on point because it is such a simple block. I rarely set blocks on point, so this would be a good exercise for me.

I also worked a bit on the neutral Gypsy Wife and I have completed most of the blocks for the final section. I have three more blocks to make, then I can start putting the section together (the strips are already cut). I think I have reached a point on this where I am soooo ready to have it done. I will finish up the last three blocks on Wednesday and maybe it will get done then.

Tomorrow will be Quilting Bee day and I plan on hand stitching the binding on the Witches Hooray table runner. I will probably bring another Bird Dance block to work on too, in case I finish up the binding quickly. You never know…sometimes I accomplish a lot there and sometimes we’re talking so much that not much sewing actually gets done. When I get home, I will probably try to put together some strip sets for guild charity quilts. Tomorrow night is also guild night, so it should be a busy day for me.

I need to start thinking about dinner for tonight. We’re planning on chili cheese fries with leftover chili from this weekend. Today is about the last day it will feel cool enough for chili until next weekend, so we might as well take advantage of it! We have also started our annual monster movie month-long marathon here. I think tonight we may watch The Haunting from 1963 (I think). We try to watch several old monster movies each week during October. We don’t have cable, but we have plenty of them on DVD, plus Netflix. We are easily entertained around here.


That’s about it for today. I will be linking up over at Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday and at Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday. I hope you head over for some great projects! And have a wonderful week!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

It’s October Already!

There is so much I love about October. I love watching old monster movies like Dracula and The Wolfman; I love getting out long sleeved shirts because I know one day soon it will get cooler here; and I love making soup and chili in the crock pot. Fall is just my favorite time of year. Today has been a beautiful first day of October, with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s. We had a humongous yard sale this morning, and though we still have lots we didn’t sell, we got rid of quite a bit. The furniture and stuffed animals that are left from the sale will be going to the ministry of a local church next week, and the rest will probably be boxed up and headed for the thrift store soon. I am pooped this afternoon, so I don’t think I will be doing much in the sewing room today. But fortunately I have 30 more days in October to do some sewing!

I have a huge list of “to-dos” for October (but I usually do!) First, I want to quilt and bind my batik Gypsy Wife quilt. I have the top all done and ready to go…



I hope to put it on the long arm next week and get cracking on it. I am planning a simple all over design, so I hope it won’t take long. This will be my One Monthly Goal for October at Red Letter Quilts.

I also plan on finishing the top for the neutral version of the Gypsy Wife. My last class for this quilt will be in two weeks, so I hope to have the neutral top completed by then.

I finished up the quilting on the Witches Hooray embroidery…



I have attached binding by machine, now I just need to hand stitch it down. I hope to go to Tuesday Bee this week and complete it there. Otherwise, I will get to it sometime this week so I can hang it on the wall before Halloween.

The only other projects I hope to work on are Christmas gifts, so I can’t really talk about them, plus I hope to finish up a crochet poncho and my needlepoint project. Any extra time I have in the sewing room I hope to spend on making blocks for charity quilts for our guild and some kennel quilts. I haven’t worked on kennel quilts for quite a while, so I would like to get some more completed.

That’s about it. I think it’s time for a nap. I will link up at Red Letter Quilts for One Monthly Goal when it goes live. I hope you all have a wonderful October!