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Monday, April 24, 2017

Design Wall Monday

The mojo was missing most of the month but I think it's returned.
For a minute maybe.
The quilting is finally finished on Crabapples.
It didn't take too long to get it trimmed up and binding on.
I was going to take it to the beach to stitch the binding,
but I was sitting on the couch petting it so I grabbed the hand stitching box and started.

After the binding was finished, 
I had just a few minutes left of my audio book.
I grabbed my bin with Oklahoma Backroads and 
decided to make one block.
I need to get busy and get the rest of this kitted up.
I've been using the 4 patches for my leader/ender and 
think I need to see where I'm at with them.

The other day I watched a you tube video and the gal was making Chocolate Cherry Jam.
So I ordered the newest Ball canning book and bought some frozen cherries.
Here's a helpful tip,
Cherries are expensive,
3 little bags were $12!
When I chopped them up,
they equaled 3 cups.
I need 6 cups.
I made half a batch.
It's good, really good!
I'll buy cherries when they are fresh and make more.
Or find a new/cheaper source for frozen.

See what others are working on at Patchwork Times Design Wall Monday.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Design Wall Monday

We spent some time at the beach last week.
Finally, for the first time this year, we could dig clams on Long Beach.
Something about toxins, blah, blah, blah.
I love spending time at the beach!

My beach sewing project is Wild & Goosey.
I added these little blocks to my pile.
I've decided to just keep making the littles so I'll have a good variety 
when it's time to make them into bigs.
I need to add to my little fabric stash for the next trip.

I basted more gray hexies for the On The Road Quilt.
Half the blue rosettes are each surrounded by 12 gray hexies.
Then other half are surrounded by neutral scrappy pieced hexies.
I need to make more of those too.

I glue basted several more Mischief pieces.

Here is my new little sewing set up.
The kitchen table is too high or
my chair is too low. 
This is just right!

We are headed back next week.
Today I'm going to visit the other design wall blog posts that are linking to

Monday, April 10, 2017

Design Wall Monday

If you stole my quilting mojo,
would you please return it!
I'm having a heck of a time getting the Crabapples quilted.

Mostly is an arthritis issue. 
In my left pinkie finger, of all places!
It is so painful sometimes that I can't move the quilt around.
Then I remembered I had the Fabulous Fabric Glide from The Gypsy Quilter.
What a difference that made.
I'm hoping to finish this today!
I swear! Even get the binding on.

I needs to be finished so I can play!
I was one of the lucky 94 quilters that was able to buy The Easy Center Square ruler
when they became available on the Quiltville blog.
I just happened to read that blog post at the exact right time.

This beauty is right outside my living room window.
It's about 8 feet tall and loaded with buds.
I've spent the winter worried about it because there were so many buds so soon.
I'm hoping the rain goes away so I can enjoy this before the flowers all fade away.

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Monday, April 03, 2017

Design Wall Monday

There's no design wall happening here.
There is quilting and there is preparing for retreat.
Not just any retreat,
it's a retreat with Bonnie in 43 days!
A little.

I thought it would be fun to finish off as many Bonnie quilts as I can.
I, of course, had big plans but you know what happens to plans.
I'll get done what I can.
No pressure!

I will have my class projects kitted up and ready.
This is Midnight Flight ready to go.
The only problem I have now is that my bin is too small.
There is an easy solution.
I have lots of bins.

See what others have happening at 

Saturday, April 01, 2017

March UFO Progress & April UFO Plan

Well the March UFO Plan didn't exactly go as planned.
I didn't have enough leftover sashing fabric for piano keys.
I did have enough to make a fun pieced scrappy border though.
Some time early in the month, 
my quilting mojo went missing.
Pardon my folding creases as this had been folded (with seams to the inside)
and put back in her storage bin.
My mojo is back now so maybe the quilting will happen in April.
Or maybe not. 😉
Some UFO project is better than no progress. 
That's my story.

Judy L chose #1 for April.
My Millefiore!
I love this quilt so much.
I have great plans for her.
First is the border. 
This picture does not show the gray fill in pieces for the edges.
They are on there, I swear.
I can't believe I didn't take a picture of that!!

Here's my plan.
Press one edge at a time.
Remove those papers.
Applique it to the inner border of the same color.
After all four sides are finished,
attach the outer border.

The quilting plan and thread have been mapped out for months. 
That's going to be a big project
so prep work for quilting is all I plan to do this month.
I have to get other things ready for retreat in May.

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