Twilighter and Mid-Summer Check in

Saturday night was the Rockville Twilighter Race, the target race for my 8K program.  Last year it was stormy and the race was not run.  The previous year it was brutally hot.  This year…perfect…cool and breezy.  It was such a lovely easy affair…2,000 runners…7 minutes from home…easy parking…warm up with my group.  Our wonderful coaches really helped me out at the end when I really wanted just to slow down.  I did really well for me… my pace was almost a minute faster than the best race pace I have ever had.  My daughter ran also…although quite a bit faster than me!

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And now on to the Mid-summer Check-in… here is my big wanna do list that I posted at the start of the summer…let’s see how I am doing!

-  Carol’s Convertible purse  DONE!

-  June Heal block DONE!…July DONE! DSC_0202and August too but don’t have the info for that yet

-  Finish the second Sunkissed Blockapalooza quilt top DONE!

-  Quilt and bind the  second Sunkissed Blockapalooza quilt top – quilting yes…binding no

-  Make a Flirting the Issue skirt

-  Make the Sorbetto top by Collette patterns that I have started the muslin for

-  Quilt my Supernova quilt

-  Make another For Pinks Sake pink block for Life Sew Crafty DONE!pink block #2

-  Finish…oh, really start and finish the Michael Miller challenge – almost done…just the binding to go.DSC_0206

-  Put together the Summer Sampler blocks

-  Make a back for the Allison Glass Feathers quilt

-  Put together the Quilt Around the World II blocks.

Hmmm…lots of DONEs so some progress, but still lots of work to be done.  I have a few more weeks at home so I hope that I can attack a few more of these.  Stay tuned!

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They are selling school supplies!!!!

The ads in today’s paper were full of ads for school supplies!  Egads!  Do you know what that means?  Before I turn around twice my luxurious summer will be over.  I better get going on my “Wanna-do” list.  Here goes…

-  My pieces for heal@do.good.stitches for July…3×5 monochromatic blocks.  I am not surprised that I had that many reds in my stash…but orange?  I am surprised that I have that much.  It is truly starting to grow on me.  Ready to mail tomorrow :)DSC_0203

-  Mug Rug Revival…It took me a while to get started, but I feel that I am on a roll now…I have lots of extra fabric around it and will trim as I figure out where I am going with this…quilting and embroidery.DSC_0201

-  And finally, the MQG Michael Miller Challenge…it is becoming a skinny quilt or a table runner.  Some type of border is next and then some quilting.  Oh, and something about the center circles.  As I look at this pic I am confident that it looks better for real.  The due date is July 25 so I need to get going.DSC_0199

Progress is progress and I am moving in the right direction, hopefully faster than they are selling those school supplies!

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Finish Along Third Quarter Goals

FAL-2014-ButtonI am already a few weeks into my summer, and I get to revise my ” wanna-do” list.  My start of summer list had lots of things…then I find that somehow I get side-tracked.  Now I am in a bit more of a let’s get real place.  Here is what I hope to accomplish by the beginning of October…

-  Finish the MQG Michael Miller Challenge.  I had a bear of at time trying a new paper pieced pattern, and eventually bailed and went more in the Dresden plate direction.  Here is where I am now with it…DSC_0192

-  Quilt and bind the second Sunkissed Blockapalooza quilt.  The front and back are both made….time to quilt and bind.Sunkissed #2

-  Quilt the Supernova quilt.  I have gotten pretty friendly with my walking foot, so straight lines it will be!borderless supernova

-  Finish the Sashiko panel – I had forgotten about this, and then had trouble finding it.  The top is put together…I find Sashiko a bit addictive :)  Now I need to give it some substance with minimal quilting and bind it with a sleeve so I can hang it.  Sashiko panel both bordersWish me luck!  In reality if these are not done by the time I leave for vacation mid-August, the chances that they get done are pretty low.  Keeping fingers crossed!

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WIP Wednesday

Another week….what have I done?  Well, I had so much fun with the first Lickety Split bag, that I made another one, just for me.  On this one I made the handles just a bit longer so that when they are tied the bag is long enough to be a cross body bag which I prefer to just on the shoulder.  And, again, I had the fabric and lining set aside from way long ago, and added a ponytail holder and button as a closure.Lickety Split Bag #2

Next up was to work on my Michael Miller Challenge for the Modern quilt Guild.  Two years ago I saw this block on Flickr and just loved it…so I got the book with the pattern and did nothing with it until this week.  My idea was to make 3 of the flower blocks and then make it into a table runner.  I started and got this far DSC_0180 and then discovered a problem…I did not know how to sew the next piece in.  DSC_0181

After sewing in piece 5, you need to sew piece 6 as an angled line, and I don’t know how to do that.  I guess that I could make 5,6,and 7 as unit and then put it in, which means that I need to be awful careful about lining it up, but is there another way?  Suggestions please!

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ALYOF July Goal

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It’s that time again…goal setting.  I don’t set many sewing goals during the school year, but for summer….I have a huge list.  So, I love that some folks have made it easier for me to cut it down to size…into manageable chunks.  My June goal was to make a quilt top from orphan blocks from Blockapalooza.  Well, the top is done…what is next?  Naturally the back and quilting.  I have vowed not to buy any fabric to finish this quilt, so the back and binding will be pieced.  So, here it is…my July goal…to make a back, quilt and bind this quilt top.Sunkissed #2

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ALYOF June finish!

Once I finished up with school I worked on a bunch of other things… but yesterday I got going on finishing my June goal which was to complete another small quilt top from the Sunkissed blocks and fabric that I had from the my derailed Blockapalooza quilt.  Although I stopped periodically to sketch out some possibilities, really I was winging it.  There are lots of bias edges that I was not particularly careful about, but I hope to massage them into submission during quilting ,which will be my July goal.  Yay!  One more thing completed from my summer checklist!  Go me!Sunkissed #2

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Working right along…

So, what do I have to show for my first week of summer?  A week that had 5 doctor’s appointments, not all for me, but I had to go to them anyway?  A surprise was a sewing day with from friends from DCMQG and another from the NeedleChasers Guild.  They were going to make Carol’s Convertible Purse, so I said that I was in too.  First I had to make my own quilted fabric.  You use both the “front” and the “back”, but I considered this Kaffe Fassett print to be the front and a Riley Blake dots for the back and used the pattern as a guideline for my quilting.quilted fabric

Next up, constructing the front which had two outside pockets and back that has a zipper pocket.bag front

 

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Here is the line up of our 4 partial purses by the end of the day…bag lineup  I got a bit further at home adding the tabs for the handle, but still have a bit more to do.  Maybe today :)strapless bag

I looked at the calendar and saw that I needed to start and finish my June block for heal@ do.good.stitches.  We were to make quarter cabin blocks in red, white and blue.  This was fun to make and fit the bill!  June heal

Next up, I have been planning for ages to make a Lickety Split bag, a pattern from Made by Rae.  KT and I had picked out fabric a looong time ago, so it was high time that I made it.  Here she is modeling it at the handover – pardon the poor lighting in the restaurant.  Lickety split 1Can you see the little elastic (actually a  pony tail holder) and the button closure that I added?  Also, I wanted to see how small it could be when folded up, especially since we live in the land where you pay for bags for any purchases so we are always carrying an extra bag. Don’t get me wrong, that is a good thing, but one that we had to adjust to!  This picture also is a much better sense of the colors in the fabricDSC_0172

And, since it is getting close to the end of the month, I had better get going on my goal – finishing another small quilt top from the Sunkissed line   The center panel is done but the side pieces are just hanging out seeing how they like being there.Sunkissed panel

Linking up with WIP Wednesday – go and see what fabulous stuff people are working on!

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