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!

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

 

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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!

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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:

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Close-up on one of the blocks:  

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

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The Drought’s Over

It had been a few months since I last bought fabric, but that dry spell is clearly over. I ordered backing fabrics for a couple of current projects:

Backing and Binding for my Triple Barn Star top.

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The backing for my bee blocks quilt:
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A colleague and her family had a fabric sale this weekend.  Her mother passed away at the end of last year and she had a GIANT stash. They had a 3-day sale and they could very well have another one…and another one.  The Pink One and I went toward the end of the sale today and I picked up these.  The red skulls are going to my neighbor Polly – she’ll make something awesome out of them!  There are 2 white prints I’m going to use in a few little projects that I’ve been stashing for.

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Pink and purple – not a fantastic photo of the colors, but The Pink One wanted them for a ‘blanket for my babies’.

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Last Sunday I posted a block I made for my next project. I needed an off-white for the sashing and borders, which I didn’t have and neither of my LQS had the solid I was looking for. Hubby was at his mom’s house last week in the middle of Wisconsin, and the shop near her house had what I needed so he picked it up and brought it home for me yesterday.  I’m hoping to finish the top this week.  Is it just me, or does it always seem like adding sashing takes FOREVER?

Linking up for my second week in a row to Molli.  This might be a trend!

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Project Progress

At last I’ve finally made some progress on one project I’ve had in the works for a while – I started my own Hazel Hedgehog for my office over a month ago and I was finally able to finish her today.  I finished the top about 6 weeks ago, but I’ve been gone or busy every single weekend since then up until this weekend, so I was finally able to make the back, quilt, and bind her this weekend.  For some reason I really struggled with the binding, but after some re-working, I finally got her finished.  Nowhere near perfect (she’s not being judged at the fair, after all), but I’m OK with that.

Here she is, in all her glory…
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I just gotta say…I LOVE her glasses.  I wonder why…  
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I’m so glad she’s finally done!!  

Because it’s been so long since I’ve sewn, it’s also been a long time since I bought any fabric, but that streak ended this weekend.  I need to make a project tote for my swap partner for Glamp Stitchalot in November, and I finally found something I *hope* my partner will love, based on the information I know about her…   Untitled I finally found a tote pattern I like (I’m skeered of them, to be honest!) – it was a tutorial from Jenny Doan of Missouri Quilt Company and Crafty Gemini and I’m pretty sure I can make it!  I ordered the In-R-Form stabilizer and thanks to Amazon Prime, it will be here tomorrow (WooHoo!).

 

I’m excited to start this bag, and I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve ever said that!   In other news – I decided I should start a new quilt with a very hard deadline in about 8 weeks.  Can’t say a whole lot about it, but I can give you a peek of the tester block I made today. The blocks will be no problem to whip up. I’ve already pressed all 36 fat quarters, just need to find an off-white solid for the sashing.  Too bad pure white won’t work – I have about 15 yards of that in my stash!    Untitled

More on this (I hope) in the coming weeks!

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Sunday Stash & More

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Sunday Stash post, or any post for that matter!  I’ve been slowly accumulating new fabric for my giant Hazel Hedgehog wallhanging and I finally have exactly what I need…

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I decided to take a pic of The Pink One (fresh out of the shower) in front of this mega Hazel to give my non-quilty friends an idea of the size of it. Just a picture of it doesn’t do it justice!

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The fabrics I added to my stash for this: Paradiso – Kate Spain, Kona Regatta (body), Kona Cloud (face). The grey and black were in my stash already.  I was so busy that I forgot to take pics of it before I started cutting. Hubby and I went on a little road trip for our anniversary a few weeks ago and along the way we stopped at a few quilt shops in Minnesota.  We stopped at Country Fabrics and Quilting, Mother Originals Quilt Shop, Colorz Quilt Shop/Cherrywood Fabrics, and the obligatory stop at Millie P’s on the way home.  My hubby is so great – I pulled out my phone while we were in Millie P’s and showed him a picture of fabric I was looking for (Paradiso) and he found it in under 5 minutes!

Hazel isn’t quite finished yet – she still needs her glasses, which I’m not looking forward to adding. Applique is not a strength of mine, and I find that it takes me a while to do it, but she won’t be complete without it!

This summer has been so busy – it’s out of control!  We decided to cancel our plans this weekend which allowed me the time to piece this entire Hazel and I’m so glad I was able to do it! I’m looking forward to finishing her up and hanging her in my office.

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Queen Bee

I’ve been in the Promises Circle at do.Good Stitches for a year, and I’m the leader for the month of July. Our group takes June ‘off’, so I posted the July block I’m planning on early.  I chose something simple and quick because summer is crazy at our house and I’m guessing it’s the same with the other ladies as well.

My color inspiration:
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Alyssa at Pile O’ Fabric pulled the perfect fabrics for my  bundle…
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And here are my finished blocks…

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Can’t wait to see what everyone sends!

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Sunday Stash, Wisconsin Road Trip Edition

We went to ‘Star Wars Night’ at the Milwaukee Brewer’s baseball game with some friends on Saturday, and on our way ‘home’ (ok, yes, it was 15 miles in the opposite direction), we stopped at a couple of quilt shops.  The first one had moved but the info on google hadn’t been updated, so sadly I missed out on that one.  The next one we went to was a nice little surprise.  It is Patched Works and they have a lot of ‘my style’ fabric…lots of Sweetwater (all of Holly’s Tree Farm, some leftover Elementary), and tons and tons of solids.  Like every darn color you can imagine.

I picked up this great Kate Spain print and a couple of solids for the Hazel I’m going to put in my cubicle at work.  They cut fat quarters of the blues for me which is always a nice surprise – my LQS won’t cut FQs.  After we were back on the road, I realized that I bought enough of the solids for a ‘regular’ sized Hazel, not for the super-sized version, so I’ll have to decide if I want to go big or just do the small one.
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They also have this big selection of comic book fabric – Betty Boop, Pokemon, Archie (Archie!!!  We had to explain that one to the kids), lots of Star Wars, and Super Heroes.

I was elsewhere in the store and my husband came to find me holding this bolt and told me I had to buy some…
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Wonder Woman is ‘my’ superhero. I have her on my keychain, a little stuffed one on my desk at work, and I’m seriously contemplating a tattoo.  So yeah, I totally bought a yard of it.  Along with some Pokemon fabric for The Blue One.  He has requested a pillowcase.
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They also had ‘Gretchen’s’ fabric – lots of Tula and some Ghastlies, and I spied the Tula ribbon as well.

I’m glad we stopped at that shop today. My husband is pretty great and very indulgent when it comes to my quilt shop side trips!  Thank goodness for him!

Happy week, everyone!

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