Making Some Progress…

…but this one is a bit of a monster!

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I’m about a quarter of the way to the finish line with the quilting at this point – and I’m not doing anything fancy.

In the meantime, to give myself a break from hours of machine quilting, I finished off another little Alzheimer Touch Quilt to donate to our local Alzheimer Society.

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I just have to find time to take this little quilt over to the AS office along with the one finished previously – sad to say it’s still sitting here for almost exactly one year since the finish (gasp!) and waiting to be delivered, too. There are another two ATQ tops that I will likely finish up in the next week or so as well and they will all go over together.

And finally, a few co-workers were kind enough to invite me along to a chalk painting class one evening this week. Chalk paint seems to be extremely popular right now and it was fun to learn about some techniques while creating a little picture frame “chalk board.”

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Some of the brushes worked better than others – I was trying for a “distressed” look with the lighter blue using a dry brush technique but wasn’t getting any of the lighter paint on the piece. When I pushed harder, I got too much – hmmmm…..

Never-the-less, I would try chalk painting again – and I consider this project a double success since The Husband asked if I needed him to pick up milk when he saw it on the dining room table the next morning :).

Happy Friday!

L

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Owl Love Finish

The Owl Love quilt is finished! And it’s the first finish of 2016!

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You might remember the Giraffe Love quilt from a while ago (like a year and a half ago now!). For the Owl Love quilt, I used the same pattern from the original Quilt Junction kit and some very cute owls as the focus fabric (Debbie Mumm Cute Critters Owl Toss Grey – which I also found at Quilt Junction a year later during the July Shop Hop 2015).

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This one is for a little one who is just in the planning stages – sending out good vibes to the parents-to-be :).

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The back is made up of leftovers from the strip sets, the remaining owl fabric and some stashed charcoal grey Kona cotton solid, which I also used to bind the finished quilt.

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Getting used to the new camera, but still have to deal with the poor lighting (always a problem at this time of year!). I tried to brighten them a little bit but the key is definitely getting outside for a photo earlier in the day and I’m disappointed that these pics don’t do this cheerful little quilt justice. Looking forward to the longer, brighter days ahead!

Linking up with Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts for the first time in 2016.

Happy January Friday!

L

 

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Owl be finished…

…by next week (probably) – but in the meantime, here’s a peak (and my first attempt with the new camera – I have some learning to accomplish, but I’m liking the results better already):

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The tea pot is a genuine “brown betty” – a Christmas gift from The Husband to replace a favourite pot broken in the last move.

There are several WIPs going, but between running short of backing fabric for the B&W (+Purple) blocks, and not having the right colour thread for the owls, no finishes yet. Soon, though – very soon….

Happy Friday!

L

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Hello 2016!

Goodbye iPhone…

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Hello better photos! At least in theory – I still have to do some reading to find out how to best use the new Nikon but I am definitely anticipating better photos in 2016 :).

And speaking of 2016, you may have noticed I’ve had a long holiday break so now it’s time to get back to work on projects for the new year. I’m not doing a year end round up – it’s obvious to me that I didn’t end up with as many finishes (or post as regularly) as I would have liked in 2015, mainly due to lots of travel for work, so the goal is really to get back on track, post every Friday and finish up as many projects as possible!

You might also remember the Grandpa project from 2013/2014 – it’s been a year since grandma passed, too and the Grandma project of 2016 is about to begin.

And when considering beginning and finishing projects, there’s always the great sewing room clean up of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (and 2017, 2018 … ).

Hope Santa was good to you, too!

L

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And then there were…

Well, sadly, at 25 still not enough blocks…

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But getting closer to the 36 needed all the time (possibly 39 if I decide to sew a few extra for the back).

This one is a way-back project that was promised to a friend’s daughter as a wedding gift an embarrassing five years ago (that’s right – I said five). I happen to know it’s been five years because I just received a Christmas card from them that mentioned they just celebrated their fifth anniversary – you might be surprised that they are still sending me cards :). In my defence, we were moving at the time and the sewing room had been packed up, but it’s still taken longer to get back to this project than it really should have.

The request was for something black and white and king size. This is definitely larger than my normal comfort zone, and as you probably know, I have difficulty sticking with the monochromatic colour scheme – so I couldn’t resist throwing a little bit of purple in the mix (the “bride’s” favourite colour as a little girl). With a few days off over the next couple of weeks for the holidays, I’m almost positive that I can check this one off my list before it becomes 6 years!

And by this time next week, Santa will have visited and turkey dinner will be complete – so I hope you all have a wonderful holiday no matter what the tradition in your home!

L

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Another Little Baby Quilt

I thought I would be done with baby quilts for a while, but it turns out that another coworker is expecting in February. I’m trying to get ahead of the curve and back to the plan to have one boy themed baby quilt and one girl themed baby quilt on hand for gift giving. This week, the baby girl quilt was finished.

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I really like the colours (the pink and grey combo is a classic and the turquoise adds just a bit of pop) and wish they showed better – I may try for another outside picture in the morning, but this was the best I could do in the hotel room after finishing stitching down the binding so my apologies for the poor photography.

Here’s the back:

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I also really like the pink, grey and white striped binding – for the life of me, I cannot remember where I found this material! It’s possible it was from the November shopping trip to Erie, PA, but I’m just not sure anymore. Still, I do like the effect – this is the first time I’ve tried using a striped binding so I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out.

I’m ready for a girl – and starting on another little quilt for a boy.

Linking up to Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts.

Happy Friday!

L

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Tiny Minion Finish

During a recent visit to Jacksonville, FL, I found Cinnamon’s Quilt Shop, a very pretty little quilt shop that I will have to visit again sometime in the near future. (I usually try to take a photo of the shop as well, but forgot this time for some reason – next time I will make sure to get a quick snap!) Never-the-less, when I spied this Minion rug mug kit, I knew I had to grab it.

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It was fast and easy and just right for a quick pick-me-up for a friend and co-worker who loves Minions. Here it is with a happy face mug for scale.

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That’s all that got finished this week, but no matter how small it’s still a finish. And while technically now Saturday, not too late to link up to Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts!

Happy first weekend of December!

L

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