Retreat Recap

It was fall retreat weekend this weekend and I didn’t get as much done as I had hoped.  I had big plans to make lots of progress on the Moda Modern Building Blocks kit I’ve had for over a year.  I spent the past two weeks cutting and organizing all 689 individual pieces of fabric and sorting them into their 48 individual ziplock bags.  I recruited my husband to help on the last night because things were taking forever.  I finished five of the 6×6″ blocks and one of the larger blocks – success!


Where I didn’t find success was with two of the large blocks – things are very messed up and I tossed them aside and went in search of projects I could do and not get completely frustrated. Argh!



After a day and a half of MBB, I had to give something else a go, so I dug through the Art Bins full of stuff I brought along and pulled out this black & white knit that I turned into a scarf (my first ever):

Then I pulled out the Hazels I had made for The Blue One and turned them into a pillow cover:

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After dinner on Saturday night I pulled out a couple of layer cakes and went to work on this:

All I have to do is get my seams pressed and sew the rows together.  It’s the Moda Love quilt that I found on April Rosenthal’s blog. I think once it’s finished I will give it to my mom for her to donate to either the hospital auxiliary or the church fall festival next year as a fundraiser.

This morning I dug out a kaleidoscope wall hanging I had given up on last summer shortly after I learned how to make the blocks. I didn’t love the process then, I don’t now, but I wanted to finish it nonetheless. I had one red and one white block done before today and finished up the remaining seven before I packed up all of my stuff to head back home. I sewed them all together and added borders when I got home. I’ll do some really simple quilting, throw on the binding and be done with it. I think it’ll be a wallhanging.  Why not?

I recruited my neighbor to join Gretchen and I. Here we are in our Patchwork Threads shirts! :)

The worst part about coming home from quilt retreat??  The unloading/unpacking! The hubby and The Blue One unpacked my vehicle without me even having to ask!  And The Blue One also carried some of my Art Bins and my chair down to my sewing space for me (without being asked! He must really like his Hazel pillow!)

One weekend down, one to go.  GLAMP STITCHALOT IS NEXT WEEKEND!   EEK!

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Glamp Stitchalot Project Bag

I’m excited to be heading to Michigan for the first Glamp Stitchalot next month.  In exactly a month, holy cow!!  I signed up for the swap, my first ever, and I’m glad I did.  It’s for a project bag, and I tried a new pattern and I’m very happy with how it turned out!

It’s a blind swap so I don’t want to list the likes and dislikes of my partner because I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but here’s the outside of the bag and the handles…


And I managed to finish the bag tonight.  I didn’t plan on it, but I just started to work on it, and kept on going, and it really didn’t take very long (I had the outside of the bag completed previously, just had to make the handles and put the lining together, then sew it all up).



I used the Improv Tote Tutorial from Vanessa at The Crafty Gemini that she did with Jenny from Missouri Quilt Co.  It’s a two-part tutorial, and tutorial #1 has 240,000 views – I was probably 12+ of those views!  I think people gave up before getting to tutorial #2, it only has 150,000 views!

I don’t have a lot of experience making totes/bags, but this one wasn’t hard. Everything came together really well for me. The only problem I had was that the In R Form fusible foam stabilizer that I used really wasn’t fusible at all.  Despite many attempts, it just wasn’t fusing to my fabric.  Gretchen to the rescue – she reminded me of our long time friend, Elmer’s Glue.  Vanessa and Jenny were falling all over themselves about the In R Form, so I had high hopes.  I wonder if I just got a bad piece?  Anyway, I’ll give it another shot in the future.

After several weeks of absolutely NO Sewing, I managed to finish 3 quilts, and work my way through my WIP to finish it up.  Not a bad week!

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The Week of Three Finishes

I finished two quilts in 2014.  Just two.  It was a sad state of affairs, I must say.

But this week I finished THREE.  Yes, three in one week.  Take that, 2014!

They are finishes 5, 6 & 7 for 2015.  That’s a pretty damn good year in my book!

Finish #5: Wishes


Finish #6: Blast Off Baby Quilt


Finish #7:  Triple Barn Star Quilt

I had to quickly take these outside as we were running out of daylight. My hubby is pretty great to be my quilt-model.  :)

I’d say that was a pretty good week!

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Mom, you have a package!

A couple of fabric deliveries this week – one I ordered in May (Sweetwater Varsity quilt kits for The Blue One and The Pink One):



The second delivery of the week was the backings for the above kits (they’re the bottom fabrics above), as well as backing and binding for Holly’s Tree Farm:



And binding for Feed Company:


It was a very Sweetwater week here at our house!  Hi, my name is Julie, and I’m addicted to Sweetwater fabric!

Today was a busy and ridiculously productive day – I quilted 3 (THREE!) quilts during my trip to the longarm – Wishes, Astronaut Baby quilt, and the Triple Barn Star.  Stay tuned for details and photos!


Happy Sunday Stash Day!

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Backing, Binding, and Stashing, Oh My!

This weekend was only the second weekend all summer that I was home all weekend, and I sure did put my time to good use.

First up – borders onto the Wishes quilt top, and then piecing the backing together. This afternoon I pinned the zippers for the long arm leaders on, and at some point this week I’ll baste them on so I’m all ready to go for my long arm appointment next Sunday.

Second project – piece the back for the baby boy quilt top I’ve had done for about 4 months.  This one is also going on the long arm on Sunday – it’s just easier for me to do a second one while I’m already there.


Glow in the dark astronauts for the back. The stripes are the binding (of course!)


Third – I pieced the backing for my Triple Barn Star quilt. This top has been finished since about April or so, but I knew it would be a while before I could get to the long arm, so no rush piecing the back.  I’m not planning to take this one to the long arm, but I had some ‘free’ time so decided to just get the back put together.  I would really like to custom quilt this one – not an all over design, and I want to echo the stars.  Something I’ve never done before, so the top will go to the long arm shop with me and I’ll consult with Lucy to see what she thinks I should (and can) do.  You’ll be seeing this one again, hopefully soon!


Lastly, the bindings for each.  I sent this pic to my friend Gretchen and captioned it ‘A quilter’s snowman’.  Yes, I’m a dork, I know it!

While I was working on my projects, the Mister was working on a project of his own…

Friday night:



We’ll be buying a piece of furniture – an accent chair or a small love seat for that large open space.  I am so excited with how it all turned out!  The curtains will go up tonight so we can sleep in there, and the new family photo and wall art I bought last week will go up once we have that final piece of furniture in the room.

Of course I had to sneak in there and lay out the back for the Wishes quilt so I could pin the zippers on before we moved the furniture back in.



And finally – the stashing I did this week – more red, white, and blue for some projects I’ve been saving up for.  I think I now have enough to actually start on the projects.


I’m linking to Alyce today at Blossom Heart Quilts. Stop by and check out her amazing Japanese fabrics!

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Wishing My Friday Away

Last night I was able to get the horizontal sashing sewn on, and tonight I pieced all of my rows together.  Feels so good!


While I was working on that, hubby was in the master bedroom prepping for his big job tomorrow:



The hardwood goes in tomorrow!  So exciting!  Lots of projects happening at our house this weekend!

With any luck I’ll have the back to the quilt pieced, and he’ll have the bedroom finished on Sunday.  Fingers crossed!

It’s been FOREVER since I’ve been able to do this – linking to:


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W(ishes) In Progress

I made a decent amount of progress on my Wishes quilt tonight – all of the blocks are now sewn into rows. Next step, the sashing. I’m hoping to get it done tomorrow night, and maybe borders on Friday night. I’ve got to get the back pieced rather quickly once the top is done – I’ve got a date with the long arm on Sunday the 20th, and that’s coming up rather quickly!  There will be no time to work on it during the evenings next week because of work.  Darn work – gets in the way of this quilting stuff!

Tonight’s progress, with late-night lighting:



Close-up on one of the blocks:  


Here’s to hoping I can get it all finished over the next few days!

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