Things I’ve Made Since June

I’ve been making like crazy.  I just looked back and the last make I posted about was a scrappy triangle quilt in June.  But I have indeed had several more makes since then.

After that finish, I immediately made another scrappy triangle quilt. This one was for a cousin I promised a quilt to 3 years ago! I’m happy to say it has finally been gifted.  I had it quilted at Angela Walters shop, Quilting is My Therapy, which I’m thrilled to report is right around the corner from my house. No lie! Meanwhile, I’m all triangled out.

Apparently, I had the next several projects going simultaneously. It’s all a blur to me. 

I made a couple of I Heart America blocks I turned into pillows.  It’s a free pattern from @prettylittlequilts.  I practiced ruler quilting on both pillows.

I took a Which Quilt Block Are You quiz at Broadcloth Studio, IG: @broadclothstudio.  My results,  after taking the quiz twice and changing up 2 answers because I could’ve answered either way, yielded Jacob’s Ladder.  Since I’d never made a Jacob’s Ladder block, I ended up making a couple and laid them out in the Road to Arkansas variation and turned them into a wall hanging. I practiced ruler quilting on it as well and it now hangs in my sewing room.

I FINALLY started a quilt I’d been wanting to make for myself for at least one year;
Meadowland Quilt Pattern by Then Came June @thencamejune. It was was all the rave last year, and still is!  I had the perfect fabric bundle, a gift from a dear friend (Thanks GayLee!) and the perfect background fabric. And VOILA! It’s still just a flimsy. I want to quilt this myself but I’ll probably wait until I visit my friend Katy @katyquilts in Michigan so I can use her awesome longarm.

Another FINALLY is a paper-pieced diddy I got from a Fons and Porter Love of Quilting Magazine in 2012. This was way before I even knew how to paper-piece, but one I definitely wanted to make someday. It now graces the wall in my work office. I also had it quilted at Angela Walters shop, Quilting Is My Therapy. This pattern is called Balance Art.

And more recent finishes are…

a cute little zippered pouch to hold my earbuds and travel charger. It was inspired by Svetlana @sotakhandmade.  I LOVE all of her makes and her book, That Handmade Touch is on my bday/Christmas wishlist.

The Mini Maker Station by Nicole @lillyellastitchery.  It is a free pattern and was a Sew Along that started at the beginning of this month.

Another free pattern by Nicole, and a Sew Along this month is the Undercover Maker Mat.

And the most recent make, one which I’m currently working on is my very first Quilt of Valor. And I’m using my very own pattern, Straits and Arrows.  I wrote it a couple of years ago. It’s a very simple make (no matching seams!) that goes together very quickly! It is free for the taking by clicking on the link above or on the picture in the sidebar on my blog ->->->->.  I fell in love w/this red fabric, and I got it for next to nothing at an event hosted by The Sewing Labs. As soon as I laid on eyes on it I knew I’d make a QOV w/it.

I believe that’s all I’ve made since June. But I have a long, long list of things yet to make. I’m certain I’m not in this boat alone!

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time, God Bless and Happy Stitchin’!

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For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.- Colossians 1:13-14 NIV

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My Week Out of Office

I had an amazing week out of office a few weeks back! It was approximately 97% work-free and it was glorious!

It started with a 4 day/night visit w/my daughter and the grands.

And then it was total “me time”!

I slept in everyday. “Slept in” meaning I woke up whenever my eyes opened w/o an alarm.

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I took down the Christmas Tree and thoroughly cleaned my house for the first time since I moved in. I also caught up on my laundry.

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I took Moe to the park a couple of times.

I made beef and barley soup and had a friend over for dinner.

On another night, I met a different friend for dinner at Margarita’s.

I spent time in the sewing room and finally finished this Legendary quilt top for a friend and sent it and the pillow cover off to the quilter.

Then I did some selfish sewing. I had to make myself a Star Burst Tree Skirt! I saw it all over Instagram during the holidays. I used a modified version of this tutorial.  It’s QAYG (quilt as you go). I was able to finish the top and will soon finish, finish it differently than the tutorial suggests.

And while I did all that sewing, I finished three audio books.

For the last several years I’ve challenged myself to read more books than the year before. Last year my goal was 36 and thanks to me finally taking the time to figure out how to listen to audio-books, I finished the year with 47 reads! Yes, I count audio-books as reads!   My goal this year is 60.

I also got a deep tissue massage and a facial!  It was definitely time well spent and I’m very grateful for all of it!

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, Happy Stitchin’ and God Bless!

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Better one handful with rest than two handfuls with effort and a pursuit of the wind. Ecc 4:6

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Beautiful Randomness

I finally pulled my Merry Sparkle Punch WIP/UFO out and started working on it.

This is an old pic. It is not yet on my design wall again. I had less than 1/3 of it done when I put it away.

To be honest, since it’s a Christmas quilt I was going to push it back to later in the year, but I really want to get it to flimsy status ASAP.

I took it w/me to Saturday Sew, but didn’t get any stitches in as Viola, my traveling Featherweight, was acting up. So instead I cut the HSTs needed for my star points.

I was able to get several star points sewn later Saturday evening.

Then I noticed the bonus HSTs from my Two Hearts pillows, just sitting off to the side of my machine. I’d used them as leaders/enders, and since there were only 16 of them, I decided to sew them together.

As I put the mini on my design wall to take a pic, I realized I would soon have to clear off all that’s on there, to make room for my Merry Sparkle Punch layout.

But for a few more days, I will enjoy this beautiful randomness.

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Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalm‬ ‭139:23-24‬ ‭NIV