Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A good nights sleep makes everything better...

After a good nights rest, I feel a lot better about our flooring project.  It's amazing what a little rest can do for your outlook on things! 

Today was a half day at the quilt shop, it was nice to get out of the house for a bit and play with fabric. 

I wore one of my Island Batik rayon scarves - I love how the yellow matches the print in my top!  I just want to buy all the colors of these!

We got these new ombre batiks in from Anthology fabrics.  So pretty!
When I got home I had to pick out some fabric to match this quilt.  I'm going to add a name to it for my customer who wanted it personalized.  I love how this one looks, it will be perfect for the lettering.  I print out the name in EQ8, then raw edge applique to the border.  This makes a super cute personalized baby quilt.

I basted a quilt, then got started cutting out a jacket that a customer needs for a Christmas gift.  Just a few more deadlines and I can enjoy some free sewing time.  Can't wait!



Monday, December 10, 2018

Regret or relief?

I'm not too sure whether I should be feeling relief right now or regret.  My husband and I are working on removing the old brown shag rug from our dining room (yes, I wore a dust mask!) and hope to get new laminate flooring installed.  Right now it looks pretty scary in there...do you know what's hiding under your carpet?  I do, and it's not very nice! 

It looks like there is a bit of water damage at the edge under the bar, so we may have to pull up some of the particle board there and replace it - we'll be consulting an expert for an opinion on that issue.  Also, the bar looks like it was built after the carpet was installed, so I am having a hard time trying to get the tack strips up on that side of the room as well.  At least we got the bulk of it done today.

I know it will all be worth it in the end, but right now I am tired and sore from working all day and wish it was over already, or that we had waited to start until after the holidays.  At least tomorrow I can finish the clean up and get my Christmas decorations up - any maybe then everything will feel better.  And I'll sew.  I need to sew!

I hope your Christmas preparations are going well!  This is last year's tree.  This year's will look the same as it's artificial!  

Sunday, December 09, 2018

What's Black and White and Red All Over?

A secret sewing project for Island Batik!  I can't show you yet, but I know you are going to love this quilt as much as I do - it's always fun to see a project that comes out even better than you think it is going to.

As a consolation I will show you a pretty picture of a project I did earlier this year:

This is the baby size version of my CityScape quilt pattern using fabric by Lewis & Irene.  Isn't it sweet?

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Saturday, December 08, 2018

Binding, and the rest of my list, finished!

I am happy to say that I managed to finish all 5 of the projects I wanted to get done this week.  I knew it was ambitious, but I needed to get these done, so I worked hard and got them all finished.
I love how this came out!


I don't think next week will be quite as busy, at least not on the quilting front - we are hoping to get a laminate floor installed in the dining room and I'm sure that will be quite a job.  First of all, out with the old brown shag carpet - Woohoo!  Which will also mean a lot of cleaning and moving things around.  I am excited to see how it changes the look of the room, I think it will brighten it up a lot. It's a crazy time of year to do this kind of a project, but the opportunity is too good to pass up, and it's something I've been wanting for a while.  Hopefully I can get the Christmas decorations up somehow in the midst of all the chaos because I'm hosting bunco on Friday!   Well, no matter what, it'll be a fun time with my friends.

One day at a time.  Tomorrow I get to work on one of my secret projects, I've been looking forward to it all week!  And I might just make some Christmas Cookies.  To keep up my strength, you know! 




Friday, December 07, 2018

Another quilt finished - almost!

I've been working away this week to get this quilt finished, now all I need to do is put the binding on!
The border fabric is from Spoonflower.  My customer wanted it to match the wall paper she bought from there.  I enjoyed finding fabric to coordinate with it and designing the blocks. 
The lighting wasn't great for the pictures, it looks so much prettier in person.
I quilted in in hearts and loops.  It's going to be a tablecloth in her dining area.  She's been waiting patiently for me to get this done, so I know she will be super happy! 

That's finish number four for the week. One more project to finish tomorrow, then some more secret sewing will begin! 

Linking up with Myra for Finished or not Friday



Thursday, December 06, 2018

Full Steam Ahead

That's me this week - there's a lot to do and I'm working at getting it all done!  Tonight is the guild meeting, so I figured I'd better write my blog post early for the 31 Day Blogging Challenge.

I also need to get my Christmas list started, my people always want to know what I want, and I can never think of anything until I am alone, then the ideas start to come.  Myra of Busy Hands Quilts wrote a great post on gifts for quilters, I would love any of the things she highlighted in it! Especially the sewing room lights.  She's also doing a giveaway for one of her patterns, so make sure you read the whole post!

I also really need a new ironing board cover, mine is looking pretty nasty these days.  I replaced my old iron because I didn't feel like it was getting hot enough - I guess not because the new one is awesome when I'm pressing my quilt blocks.  But it's also doing a number on my cover...which is actually pretty old, so it's time anyway. 

Today's prompt for #myyearinquilts on instagram is my favorite tool.  Hands down, this is it, and I've been giving it a workout lately.  I love my Olfa splash cutter!  What's your favorite sewing tool? 









Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Well, it's 10:30 at night and I almost forgot my blog post today!  I worked a half day at the quilt shop today, and spent the afternoon working on a project for a customer.  So far this week I've actually crossed three items off my list, just two more to go!

Plus one thing that wasn't even on my list - this pillow!  It was a custom request from my Etsy shop, and I love how it came out.  I adore the yo yos on the cream denim, they really pop!  And the texture is so fun! 

And now it's time to head for bed so I can keep working at that list tomorrow....