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2015 Finish #4!

By the time I finished the binding it was too late to take a picture outside – will try to do that tomorrow. I put it on my bed and it just slightly hangs over the top of my king-sized mattress (it’s 88×88).  I’m so happy with how it turned out!

 

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I LOVE the daisies, and the blue thread was a perfect choice.

 

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Turns out that it is the PERFECT size for snuggling with a little someone special under!

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Binding Blues

For once I’m not feeling blue as I bind (my least favorite part of the process), but instead I’m seeing blue.  Lots and lots of blue because of the binding and the backing fabric.

Back of Trucks

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I was rather confident when a friend asked me what I was doing tonight and I said, ‘I’m going to cut all the extra ‘stuff’ off my super awesome trucks quilt and get the binding on it while I watch the Wild game…at least that’s the plan.’ And I was oh so close! I would have finished it tonight but I didn’t have the right color thread.  Bummer!  Now I’m watching the Wild and they’re not doing well which is another big bummer!

I should be able to make a quick run for thread tomorrow and then hopefully finish it up before Friday. I can’t believe I’m THIS close to my fourth finish of the year and it’s only April! I only finished two in all of 2014 so I’m pretty dang impressed with myself!

I really love this quilt and can’t wait to snuggle under it. It’s a big one (88×88) so I can snuggle WITH someone under it!

 

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Bee Blocks Sunday Stash

I had to do a bit of shopping this week because I didn’t have what I needed for my April bee blocks for the Promises Group at do. Good Stitches. Diane requested colors based on Sweetwater’s The Boat House, and I was happy to oblige! I have two Boat House layer cakes and no idea how to use them, and I think a quilt in those colors will be fantastic.  I don’t have anything in my stash in the same colors so off to the LQS I went. I didn’t have a ton of luck matching solids to the colors, so I ended up with two solids and four prints:

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Earlier this week I hit a shop about an hour from my house – Quilter’s Haven. It’s a very nice shop and I’ve bought something each time I’ve gone in, and this time was no exception. I found this fantastic VW bus FQ and a couple of other fabrics to coordinate with it (the bottom blue matches much better in person!):

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I also scored 4.25 yards of Lucy’s Crab Shack (Sweetwater, 2012) from their clearance section.  Can’t beat fabric at 50% off!

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I have a kit and two layer cakes in this print in my stash that I should REALLY put to use!  I do love this fabric!

Anywhoo….I actually made something with most of these fabrics I picked up this week, which isn’t usually the case!  This morning I made my bee blocks so I can send them off to Diane this week:

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And then I whipped up a cinch bag that I’m also going to be dropping in the mail this week to someone else:

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My original plan was to use the peach for the casings, but then I had the perfect amount of the bus fabric for those, so I changed the plan.  Then I figured I could use the peach for the drawstrings, but really couldn’t be bothered to make them so used some off-white ribbon instead.  I didn’t box the corners on this one because I really hate that, and don’t feel that it’s often necessary.

Hard to believe, but I used everything I bought except the Lucy’s Crab Shack, and that will go in the project box with the rest of the fabrics in that line until I get in the mood to get that project started.

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Easter Sunday Stash

It’s another lazy Sunday at our house. Kids outside playing, hubby building me a ‘quilters pressing board’ (those are the terms I searched on Google when trying to find photos to show him what I wanted). And I’m alternating between reading on the couch, making myself mochas (I’m on #3), and putting things away that have cluttered up the living room….yet again.

Hubby is building me a nice big rectangular board to fit on top of my regular ironing board. I just love how at retreats I can fit the whole WOF on the board. I’m excited to have one of my own at home.  He’s also going to re-cover my small one that he built for me a few years ago. The current one has water damage from an issue we had here at the house a couple of weeks ago and I won’t use it – it needs to be re-done.

I went to JoAnn to pick up some of the silver ironing board fabric and all they had was the quilted stuff, and I didn’t want that, so I began a search for something heavier – canvas, duck cloth, something. I found the HGTV fabric section with the upholstery fabric and knew I found what I wanted to use. They didn’t have anything that matched my sewing room, so I picked up this one:

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It looks like a quilt pattern to me. It’s ‘outdoor fabric’ and I think it will be great on my boards.

Have I mentioned that having a handy man has come in rather handy?  He’s pretty great!

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Also this week, I picked up my first ever fabric through Instagram’s #thegreatfabricdestash. It’s Super Heros by Michael Miller.

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At just over 3 yards it will be a perfect back to a ‘someday’ quilt.

That’s all for today. Happy Easter to all who celebrate it!

Linking up to Molli…of course!

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Mermaids!

DONE!

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I’m SO happy with this quilt.  From the fabric (Out to Sea by Sarah Jane Studios), to the quilting thread (a shimmery silver/grey) and design (perfect waves), and even the binding (which I managed to get on without too much of a fight), I just absolutely love it!!!

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And so does she! This was taken the night I finished it, being used as it’s intended purpose – the way it should be!  And the best part was waking her up the next morning, finding her all snuggled under it in her bed.  Perfect in many ways!

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And with this finish, I’ve officially passed my number of finished in 2014 (this is #3 for this year)!

AmandaJean is back, so I’m linking it up to her Friday Finish post.  Welcome back!

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Truckin’ Along

I quilted the Trucks quilt on Saturday, but I cannot bring myself to lay it out and cut off all the excess.  It’s 90×90 so you’ll understand why! It may be a weekend project.

It looks like such a mess!

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I chose this awesome turquoise thread for the quilting and I’m SO happy I did!  At first I was concerned that it would overpower the pink and red fabric but it compliments it perfectly.

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The binding is made and patiently waiting for me to put it on.  That’s going to be a chore, and I’m not looking forward to it!

 

On a side note, my husband just said to me, ‘I did the taxes last week and knocked that off of my to-do list.  What can you knock off of your list?  And quilt projects DON’T count!’

I have no answer for him!

Linking up to Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

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Sunday, lazy Sunday

I had help adding to my stash this week. Gretchen went back to SR Harris and picked me up these super cute Geekly Chic glasses by Riley Blake:

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She also picked up some Swinging Girls Sherbet Pips for herself and I asked if I could have 4.5″ just in case I need it for a pink baby quilt. I’ll consider it part of my stash temporarily. If the baby we’re waiting on is a girl, I’m totally adding these girls to the quilt.  Fingers crossed!

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I ordered a blogger’s bundle from Fat Quarter Shop this week – the first time I’ve ordered a bloggers bundle but I’ve considered it several times. I have no plans for it – just liked the prints!

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Yesterday Gretchen & I had a date with the longarm and I quilted two quilts – Meg’s Mermaids and Trucks. I’ll post about them soon. I was able to put the binding on Mermaids today, but Trucks still needs to be cleaned up – cut off extra the batting and backing material.

It’s Sunday so I’m linking up with Molli

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