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Peanuts

I don’t know if you noticed but in the last post there is a great picture of Kira standing in front of a bouncy castle.  There is no way to describe the squeals of joy, surprise and excitement on my girl’s face when she saw that castle all blown up.  It was the icing on her birthday cake for sure.

So of course I had to find a special way to thank the very generous lady who lent us the castle.  And here it is, her “thank you note “!  She is a huge fan of the Peanuts so guess what?  I made her a Peanuts mug rug!

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The look on her face when she opened the package was almost as good as the look on Kira’s face when she saw the castle.

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I had some Charlie Brown fabric in my stash that had all the main characters on a black background .  So I cut them out, appliqued them, and voila!

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And there is my favorite, on a star!

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The back is the best part, I think,  not to mention the mug rug shape.  “You block head…”, how could I not make it a square?

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I love it!!  And so did my friend!!

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Happiness is!!!  Thank you again Elise, you’re the best!

 

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Happy Mother’s Day everyone!!! I hope you are all having a wonderful day with those you love.  My day has honestly been pretty close to perfect!!  I awoke to breakfast in bed made by my darlings, hubby and baby girl.  Then as if God himself sent me a personal gift, Kira put herself down for a 2 1/2 hour nap.  During that precious time I finally got to finish a quilt!  And tonight, hubby is making my favorite for dinner, stuffed calamari!!!  HEAVEN!!  There is also one more thing that made today so special…

If any of you have been following my Facebook page you’ve seen the rainbow quilt I’ve been working on.  It has been a joy since the first stitch and I love everything about it!!

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It is bright, colorful and so full of life.  Very different from all the other quilts I’ve made.

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Just look at…I can’t stop!!

Here’s the back, which my dear friend Teri picked out for me.  I wanted something yellow to represent the sun and this jumped out at her.  It’s perfect!!

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Close up…

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A sun burst batik, could it be better…I’m thinking no!!!

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The binding fabric was also chosen for me and is the exact color of many a sunset in our back yard.

In order to really show off the fabrics I decided on simple line quilting (in the ditch).

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This quilt perfectly expresses all the joy, happiness and excitement I’m feeling these days.  And I can’t wait to give it to the owner but I’m going to have to wait about 4 1/2 more months…

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Yes, that’s me and yes that’s Kira kissing my belly which is currently filled with her baby brother/sister.

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The rainbow quilt wrapped around my almost 2 children!!  Happy Mother’s Day to me!!!

I’ve waited and waited to share this news and I couldn’t be happier to share it with you today.

Maybe now that the cat is out of the bag I can get back to posting.  All I’ve been working on is baby stuff.

Again Happy Mother’s Day!!!!

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5 Weeks and 6 Days

…since my last post! A sin, I know but there’s been lots brewing.

Here’s a little peek…

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More to come… Promise…

 

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Baby Blue

Do or teach?  That was my dilemma this week.  So I choose to do.  That was the only way I was going to get this baby quilt done in a week.  And what fun I had!!

Here’s the recap in pictures.  These were posted daily on my Facebook page, so I do apologize to those of you not on Facebook who missed it in the moment…

Here’s where thing stood on Monday.

Wednesday…Quilt top is done!

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All three layers basted and ready for quilting.  I realized that I didn’t have a generous amount of backing fabric so I just decided to use what I had and not worry so much about the rules.  Rule being…have at least 2 extra inches of fabric and batting on all sides of the quilt top.  Want to know something.  It all worked out and the quilting police didn’t show up!!

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Friday…All the quilting was done.  I decided to go with simple straight line quilt, where I outlined each block.  I love the way that looks, it serves it purpose to hold the quilt together and it’s fast.

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Friday night at 11:53pm.  Binding was completed!! A baby Irish chain quilt in 7 days.

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I went to bed right after taking this picture!!! I was honestly beat!!!

And here it is being held by my mum and Kira right before I left for the baby shower Saturday morning.

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I didn’t get to wash or label it but I told the moms-to-be not to wash it yet.  Let me add the finishing touches.  They more than got it!!

This much effort is more than worth it when the recipient really appreciates, respects and admires what you do.

And now the real truth behind this quilt.  I don’t know if you remember me mentioning that I’m making a queen size Irish chain quilt for a friend.  This was a practice run.  Practice my cutting (multiple layers of fabric), chain piecing, nesting seams…etc.  I have a lot more time to make that one but it’s a very big investment on many levels for both of us and of course near-perfection is my goal!  I loved making this quilt for so many reasons.

Can’t wait to start the next one!!!!

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Challenge

On Saturday I posted on Facebook that I was feeling overwhelmed.  All of a suddenly I have a baby quilt to finish by next Saturday, I’m taking a hand quilting class and have to prep materials by Thursday and $200 worth of fabric is arriving on my door step tomorrow to make an Irish Chain quilt for a very dear friend.  The last project is not a rush but know the fabric being here does at a measure of pressure.

That said, the challenge is can I accomplish the first two tasks on time while blogging and posting (on Facebook) about them.  I’m thinking yes!!!

All posts will be brief but will still document my progress, so here goes…

I started the cutting and piecing for this on Friday, posted the first block on Saturday and here is progress as of Sunday night.

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6 more blocks done.

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The rest of the fabric is prepped and ready to sew.

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My cheat sheet and “can’t live without them” rulers are at the ready.

Stay tuned!!  Class homework by Thursday and an Irish Chain Baby Quilt by Saturday…I can do this!!!

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Practice In Pink

It’s been said time and time again that in order to get really good at something you have to practice, practice, practice.  Well I have been and it’s paying off!!!  But even as you’re practicing make sure it is something you really love to do or it can be torture.  I’ve been practicing free motion quilting for years now and I’ve definitely got it on small projects but to do it on a large-scale is something entirely different.  Here’s my first BIG project! I’ve started and stopped this over the course of almost 2 years but it’s finally done.

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Stippling is one of my favorite forms of quilting and I can honestly say I thing I’ve got the hang of it!!!

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As you can see, Kira won’t let it out of her sight.  Thanks honey for braving the mosquitoes for my photo shoot!

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It’s approximately 50 x 60 and I can’t wait to snuggle up under it with my girl. Actually we could all fit under it!

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Sorry the first few pictures are a bit dark. I was chasing the fading light around the house.  There was no way I was taking these pictures at high noon in this heat!!!

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One of the reasons I love this quilt is I started quilting it, as I said, almost 2 years ago and I really got to see my progress as a quilter.

I went from this, eye lashes (as they are called),

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To this.

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Practice, practice, practice….

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For the binding I used a length of fabric from each square in the patchwork.

Even though I’m so happy this is finished I’m going to miss it!!! Is that strange?  I guess it’s liking finishing a good book.  You read the last page and think, now what…

Actually I’ve already got another quilt waiting for me.  In the meantime…All we need now is a crisp Autumn evening, some hot chocolate with marshmallows and the Sound of Music on TV…

Is it fall yet?

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Laundry, sweeping, moping, dusting, dishes, gardening, breakfast, lunch, dinner…the list goes on and on of all the things one does on a daily, weekly basis.  I’m one of those very rare people who feels a sort of compulsion to get those things done be settling down at my sewing machine or with yarn and needles.  It’s strange, I know.  Why not put those things off and get to the fun stuff first?  But I heard it in a movie called The Great Debaters, to paraphrase, Do what you have to do so you can do what you want to do.  I try very hard to live by that and it makes the “want to do” even sweeter.

With the help of my mother-in-law I’m in the process of purging, destashing and re-arranging my house.  We started last week and its effecting every aspect of my life, even my hobbies!  In the case of hobbies it’s all about finishing the old so I can start new.

Here’s one I started a few weeks ago.  I have no idea why it took so long to finish but here it is…my latest mug rug!

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This super fun to make!

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The original pattern is for a table runner made by Missouri Star Quilt Company in the Craftsy class, Quilting Quickly II

This mug rug version was on Pinterest and made with a mini charm pack (2.5″ square).  The fabric line is Posy by Aneela Hoey!!!! All of her fabric lines are beautiful but this one is my favorite so far.

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Those prints are just precious!!

All good things to those who work before they play…

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