Sunday Stash Blues

I ordered the back and binding for the Trucks quilt this week. The light blue with dark blue flowers is the back, and the dark blue with light blue flowers is the binding.

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I pieced the back on Friday so it’s ready for the long arm when we go in March.  I can’t believe that I’ll have 2 finished quilts by the end of March and I only had 2 finished in all of 2014!

I’m personally feeling a little blue. I’ve been battling a cold that turned into bronchitis, and I’m leaving on a jet plane for a week tomorrow morning.  There is nothing worse than flying with sinus issues, and I get to do it!  Wish I had some good drugs, but sadly, I do not!

 

Linking up with Molli!

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Sunday Stash Stripes

I picked up this fantastic black & white stripe for my B&W Log Cabin Quilt.

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The top is done with the exception of 2 borders (solid red & solid black). I need to determine if I have enough backing material before I can add the borders.

I know the right thing to do is to cut it on the bias so it winds its way around the quilt, but I’ve never done that before, so I’m a wee bit nervous about screwing it up!

Linking up to Molli Sparkles: Sunday Stash again today.

 

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Retreat Weekend Sunday Stash

Ahhhhh….retreat weekend….and I got so much done!  No, really!

I arrived at retreat on Friday morning with everything except the outer sashing cut for The Pink One’s mermaid quilt.  I blogged about the finish here.  Yes, I said FINISH!  Yee Haw!

Saturday I pressed and cut 17 or so FQs and lots of yardage of Twice as Nice by Riley Blake Designs that I picked this up over the summer at Millie P’s in Anoka, MN.  (LOVE that shop!)  I knew I wanted to do something with big blocks to showcase the red trucks – they’re the best part of the fabric. After an exhaustive Pinterest search (yeah, right), I found a great tutorial by Amy at Diary of a Quilter for a Fast Four Patch. When I showed it to Gretchen, she said ‘that will be quick’, and I agreed.  Well, it wasn’t super duper quick, but I did manage to get most of my 4-patches sewn together on Saturday night and all of my strips sewn together today before I left the retreat.  I even managed to get two rows sewn together tonight while the kids were showering tonight.

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This is going to be another big quilt!  I adjusted the layout from Amy’s tute to fit the # of FQs and yardage I had.  This is 11×11 blocks square – will be 88×88 when finished. I was kind of thinking I might add a 2″ border, but I’m not 100% sure about that right now.  I do like a border to pull everything together and frame it nicely.

Seriously…how stinkin’ cute is this fabric???  Gah!  I can’t stand it, I love it so much!  The ladies at the retreat kept asking who it was for.  ME!  Duh!

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And that brings me to the subject of the blog post – Retreat Fabric.  I wasn’t going to do it, I swear.  I even told my husband there was nothing I wanted/needed. I looked at the fabric the LQS took to the retread and I didn’t see anything I had to have. I honestly thought I was going to leave without buying any, and that would be a first for me.  But on Saturday night after they put a portion of the fabric on sale for 50% off, Gretchen decided it was time to spend my money.  (I call her ‘The Enabler’…she has no problem shopping with my money!) Here’s what Gretchen picked out for me:

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Pearl Bracelets for the back of my ‘Bloom Bloom Pow’ WIP quilt, and these super fun astronauts that glow in the dark!  I have 6 yards of Pearl Bracelets and 7.25 of the astronauts.  Gretchen insisted that one of us buy the astronauts – she had used them as the back of a super cute baby quilt. I totally stole this pic from her Flickr stream!  :) Here’s her front, and she used the glow in the dark astronauts on the back.

Pow Wow Quilt- Outer Space Fabric by Camelot Cottons

 

I have no clue what I’ll do with the astronauts – they may live in my stash for quite a while, but they were a good deal at 50% off and I’m in no hurry to use them.

I can’t believe that I finished a top and have another almost complete after the retreat.  That’s never happened to me before! I finished two quilts total in 2014, and so far in 2015 I have one completely finished, one that needs a binding, and three tops done (two are awaiting borders).  How’s that for improvement from year-to-year?

And because I didn’t do it at the retreat at all, I’m hanging out here, cruising the blogs, and drinking my wine.  I can’t believe that for the 2nd year in a row I brought home a full bottle of wine!  That’s so unlike me!

It’s Sunday Stash Day, so I’m linking up to Molli!

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Friday (Start and) Finish

Subtitle:  My Love/Hate Relationship With Sashing

It’s retreat weekend and I had big plans for the weekend, and so far I’m on track!

It’s 1am and I’m DONE for the day, as you can well imagine.  The photos are not spectacular by any means, but I completed a top! I arrived with the fabric for it all cut (except some of the sashing) and got right to work.

Here’s the finished top:
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There are four different block versions in the quilt, here is ‘A':

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There was a fair amount of ripping and I’m blaming the sashing.  I gotta admit – I love how it looks, but I hate adding it to my quilts!

This quilt was intended for The Pink One, but I think I’m going to keep it for myself.  Ok, who am I kidding?  Of course she’s going to claim it as her own.  But maybe she’ll let me use it from time to time!

Quilt Pattern:  Rooty Scoot Scoot by Deena Rutter
Fabric: Out to Sea by Sarah Jane Studios

Because I haven’t gone to sleep yet, it’s still Friday to me, so I’m linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts – Finish it Friday.

PS – Have I mentioned that I’m supposed to be in Puerto Rico right this very second, but it was retreat weekend and I had already signed up and paid, so I chose to stay in Minnesota instead?  Here’s yet another example of me not making the best decisions!  But I am having a good time at retreat and I’ve got this great finish (so far), so I’m OK with this crazy decision to stay home!

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B&W Log Cabin – So Close!

This one’s going to be a beast! Here are blocks 30 of 36 on my design wall….it’s not tall enough for all 6 rows.  This is a ‘Quilt in a Day’ quilt, and it can probably be done, but this one is the ‘Square Queen’ size and will finish at about 88×88 once I add the border and it took me longer than one day! I’m going with a solid black border to pull it all together.

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Edited….I looked and looked at the first layout and I liked it, but I don’t think it was what I was really going for.  So the kids & I switched it up a bit and added the final row on the floor for the ‘full’ effect.  What do you think? I didn’t set up the studio lights so it’s not fantastic, but you see where I’m going with this….

 
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I hate to say this, but I’m second-guessing my choice of backing fabric.  Right now I have this 108″ backing:

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I’m doubting it for a couple of reasons….one is that a fellow blogger commented about how much it bled when she washed it.  Her comment made me think about pre-washing – something I don’t do with quilting fabric. I don’t want to have a pre-washed back and not pre-washed top….I’m kinda stuck.

I also can’t decide if the circles is too busy for a back for this top.  There’s a lot going on with the top fabrics and I just don’t know if I should add more craziness to be back.

Fellow blogging peeps, I need help……what do I do about the back?

 

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Super Bowl Sunday Stash

It’s Super Bowl Sunday but we won’t be watching the game today. My husband is a Green Bay Packers fan, but doesn’t watch the games because he’s superstitious – he thinks they’ll lose if he watches them! We don’t ‘do’ Super Bowl Parties – we tend to stay close to home and do our own thing for the game.

We had an opportunity to use Mother-In-Law’s timeshare this week in the Wisconsin Dells, and had a nice little 3-day getaway that we really needed. We took the kids out of school for a couple of days and spent some quality time together and had a really good time.  I passed up heading to a quilt shop 20 or so miles from the resort we were staying at – I napped instead!

On the way home, we stopped at a favorite shop – Olive Juice Quilts – and I picked up a couple of things.  ‘Nautical Map’ from Sarah Jane’s ‘Out to Sea’ line. I don’t know exactly what I’ll do with it. I bought a kit for The Pink One with ‘Out to Sea’ fabrics the last time I stopped at Olive Juice, but this print wasn’t in it. I may incorporate it into the quilt, I may make a pillow, I may not do anything with it at all….who knows?
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I also purchased ‘Glow Friends’ from Sarah Jane’s ‘Wee Wander’ collection today. It will be the binding on another quilt for The Pink One.

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Silly me, I let The Pink One come into the shop with me, and she decided that we needed to shop for fabric for Parker’s quilt. (Parker is a neighbor friend.) I kept telling her that I didn’t know that we were making a quilt for Parker, but she didn’t care…she kept wanting to pick out fabrics, so I relented and let her pick out two fat quarters. I hate to admit it, but I think she has as much of an ‘eye’ for what goes together as I do!
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Olive Juice was having a big sale today, but I managed to only buy a few things. They were offering 10 free FQs with the purchase of 20 but I just couldn’t bring myself to spend the time to pick out 30 FQs!  Sometimes you just gotta pass on a sale!

Linking up with Molli today!

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