M & M Lanyards

We set sail next week on our very first Disney Cruise, and instead of packing, I’ve decided to do some ‘projects’.

Project 1 was to be box bags.  I’m to the point of boxing the corners, and I’ve put a pause on that project.  Zippers & I are not really friends. And boxed corners on something with all this bulk, well, we’re not getting along all that well, either. This looks like a giant bulky mess to me. I’m going to enlist the help of a neighbor that has cranked out many of these. Hopefully she can get me back on track to finish them today. If not, I’m buying more fabric and paying her to make them for me!

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I was having some frustrations (and multiple needle breaks) with these bags, so I decided to do something I knew I could do in one sitting….lanyards!

I was able to whip up 4 of them in about an hour.  Much better than the 8+ hours I’ve got into the 4 bags at this point!
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The Blue One and The Pink One modeling the lanyards.
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AND…I got a little care package from Gretchen yesterday. She knew I needed a little pick-me-up, and she. How awesome is this mug? She got it from Modern Textiles.

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Another Sunday Sew Day!

We’re coming up on the big finish, and I’m almost caught up! This makes me very happy!

Here are my A & B Vice Versa BOM blocks:

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I decided to have my geese all flying the same direction – I just liked it better this way.  I’ve also decided that I don’t love flying geese, but I’m going to keep making them – they’ll get better, right?

Here’s what I’ve got so far…

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August and September are cut and waiting for me. I’m just a little nervous about the fact that there are templates for August, but September is going to be easy peasy, so I guess it all balances out!

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Cuppa Tea Mug Rug

My friend Badger lives about 30 minutes from London, so when I made a couple of Union Jacks a couple of months ago, I decided to turn one into a mug rug and post it over the pond to her.

The lighting is horrible….from the looks of it, I must have taken these in the middle of the night on my kitchen table!

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Here it is, in use, in its new home…
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She likes it!

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Fantastic Fall Sunday!

What a gorgeous day today turned out to be. When we woke up, it was super overcast, cold, and really windy.  I started to freak out a bit because today was family pictures day  – a day that I scheduled 11 months ago.  However, by picture time, it had cleared up, the sun came out, and the wind died down.  It was a PERFECT day for outdoor pics.  I cannot wait to see them! I know there are some great ones!

After photos, I ran to the LQS because they had called to let me know my new Sew Steady table was in. I used one with Bunny, but of course it didn’t fit Alice, so I had to buy a new one.  I’m so glad to have this table with my machine – I love all the extra space I have for piecing bigger pieces together.

I used some quiet time while the kids were outside and the hubs was watching football at the neighbors to get my June Vice Versa blocks assembled.
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They look great in these photos because I cropped them nice and tight, but the blocks themselves are jacked up a bit. I had some issues with the flying geese.  I just learned how to do them for a previous VV block, so I’m pretty new at them yet – I had an issue with my seam allowance, and story short…I may be re-doing these blocks at some point.  One is definitely better than the other and is likely going to work, but the other may be too far gone. They’re supposed to be 12.5″ finished, but the one certainly isn’t.  I may see if I can fudge it when it comes to the sashing step.

 

 

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June at last!

I’m back in the saddle (stool) again.  I turned Alice on today for the first time in well over a week (if you don’t count our ‘getting to know you’ session at the quilt shop). I had spent some time on a couple of nights cutting my June/July/August Vice Versa BOM so that when I was ready, I could just sit down and sew, and that’s what I did tonight.  Tonight I was able to get my June block started – the HSTs and Flying Geese are together, although I wasn’t able to sew the two blocks together completely.

Here’s how I left them:

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Hopefully I’ll get them sewn into completed blocks yet this week.

Speaking of June running into September – what happened to our summer?  Here in the North Star State, we had a few really great days, although not necessarily strung together, and now it’s fall.  I think summer missed us completely!

 

 

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Glamp Stitchalot

Gret & I are totally going!

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But why does it have to be 14 months away?  Not that I want to wish away time, but really?  It seems so far away!!!

I can’t wait to meet some incredibly talented ladies…both the counselors and the other campers!

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September Promises Blocks

For our September do. Good Stitches Promises Circle block, Meghan gave us the link to this fantastic star and requested pastels.  Walking up and down the rows at my LQS, I didn’t see anything that I really liked and wanted to make my block(s) out of.  Then I remembered that they have this fantastic mint fabric up at their cutting table.  How could I forget….I’ve already purchased 30 FQs of it for myself!  :) So I picked up 5 more FQs to make my ‘Another Star’ blocks to send to Meghan.  She requested one per person, but I made two since I was cutting anyway, and they both turned out great, so I’m sending both to her.

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