This spring I've been struggling to get in as much sewing time as I'd like. Between my travel plans and other commitments, it's been difficult to get things done. Luckily, I'll be in town for the next month and have cleared my calendar as much as possible in an attempt to finish some things.
I did finish something. I finally got the ombre triangle quilt top done. (Don't look too closely, some of the points aren't exactly what I'd call perfect!) Now I just need to decide on backing and binding fabrics. I don't have anything on hand that I really WANT to use; I do have a couple of things that would work, but I'm kind of blah about them. Since I need to catch up on commissioned work, I think I'll hold off on that. Maybe something will catch my eye on the sale pages. Otherwise, it's that Windham wide back text print with all the color names.
FIFTY YEARS! Can you even imagine? Not having gotten married until the age of 36, and being married less than eight years myself, I can barely imagine a 20th anniversary, let alone a 50th. It's definitely a milestone worth celebrating, So when my sister reached out about having a quilt made for her in-laws big day, I was thrilled!
.We had a blast in Atlanta visiting with my parents and going to see the Braves - even though they lost...and lost badly at that. SunTrust Park, the new stadium, is amazing and I honestly don't think there's a bad seat in the house. We had spectacular seats, thanks to my brother, and the weather was perfect. We ended the trip with a delicious meal at Camp's Kitchen & Bar where I had what was quite possibly the best grilled cheese sandwich ever.
Since I was out of town for a few days, I didn't get as much quilty stuff done as I'd hoped.
Before I get to my list, I wanted to share the details of the Knoxville MQG's upcoming quilt show:
The worst thing about commissioned work is that I rarely get to see the recipients receive their quilts. This time, however, I was lucky enough to be there when one of my recent finishes was given to a lovely pair of newlyweds.
I've been very bad about updating this blog. I blame it entirely on being overwhelmed with projects and then because I was at the beach. I think I needed those days in The Outer Banks to clear my head. It was good to step away from it all and focus on sun, sand, and family instead of quilts, quilts, and more quilts.
OK. Not really, but it sure feels like it.
I say that because not only did I run into a snag with one of my recent commissions which sent me back to the drawing board; but I accidentally deleted my old blog, which I was keeping as a reference for details on my older quilts. I said all the curse words when I realized what I'd done. Thankfully, I backed it up a couple of months before I stopped posting there, so I truly only lost a few posts.
Since I had to stop working on one commission to order more fabric, was able to spend some time on the Chicopee commission. The majority of the top is nearly complete, I just need to add the borders, which I plan to do today.
Last week I was successful in completing all the cutting for the January and Chicopee quilts...and that's all I accomplished from last week's list. I did manage to get 2 sections of the Chicopee quilt pieced as well.
I also managed to get the January blocks 3/4 of the way pieced. I have to admit, the curves are kicking my butt; and I normally don't have this kind of trouble when piecing curves. I'm using fabric from two different manufactures: solids and blenders from Craftsy's Boundless line and some blenders from a Jinny Beyer line from RJR. The Beyer fabric seems exceptionally stretchy to me compared to the Boundless. I'm starching the heck out of it, but it's still kind of wonky. I used fabric from this same line in the 5-Point Star quilt and did not have this issue. I bought fabric for each project separately and I'm using a layer cake this time. The squares were perfectly square, but maybe the cutting was off? Who knows. Regardless, I'm getting the blocks done, but I'm having to pin a lot more than I'd like. I'd hoped to have both this top and the Chicopee top finished by Friday evening, but that's not going to happen. Oh well.
.I'm on schedule this week! AND I completed all the items on last week's to-do list! Can you believe it? I think it's because I finished the Brick Wall quilt and got it shipped off. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Now I can focus the next 4 projects with due dates quickly approaching.
In addition to completing the Brick Wall quilt last week, I was able to finish and send off my March do Good Stitches blocks for Cheer Circle. We made Scrap Jar Stars this month. You can find a tutorial for the block here.
I also got my Box in a Box blocks finished for Fat Quarter Shop's 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along. I'm using some of my long-hoarded Chicopee stash for this quilt. I just love all these little blocks. They're so cute!
I'm late with my list this week! This always happens when Hubs is off during the week. I get sidetracked spending quality time with him which usually ends up being one fun day and one day of errands and/or housework. Blah. Anyway, before I knew it, it was Thursday and I was way late.
I don't have pics of anything I've been working on lately, so here are some churn dash blocks waiting patiently to be trimmed, pressed, & pieced into a top...someday...sigh...
This week's list:
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