Sunkissed #2

I am definitely making some headway on my “Wanna-do” list.  Finishing up this piece serves as double duty for A Lovely Year of Finishes as my July goal (#15 on the link up ) and the Littlest Thistle’s Finish Along 2014 for my third quarter goal.  I have written several times about making something with the already made Sunkissed Blockapalooza blocks.  Here is the second of what I expect to be three quilts from this aborted project.  The first one used some of the yellow and green blocks.  Believe it or not, the soft colors actually grew on me.  I have now completed the second one.  This one was based on blocks that had the cheddar gold color, a color I still am not fond of.  Here it is…


I kept my promise that I would not buy any more fabric for this, so the back is also pieced and the binding scrappy.



One of my favorite easy places for taking pictures is the bridge by the pond behind my house.  Look who came to greet me…turtleWhat can I say…I am easily amused and a turtle sticking his nose above the water to investigate does it every time!


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Ta Da! Modern Quilt Guild Challenge

I had not signed up for the other fabric challenges from the MQG, but loved seeing what my guild members made for the last one, so when this was offered I went for it.  I figured that it ended after school ended, so I certainly would have time to finish.  And then the deadline was extended..some bonus time!  So, you might ask why I am finishing at the last moment…good question.  This project had a bit of a slow start.  I tried to use a certain pattern, but that was a fail.  DSC_0181I showed it to lots of people, and the consensus was that it was doable, but not how the pattern was written.  Where were the pattern testers for this published pattern?  It sort of bothers me that I actually purchased the book just for this pattern.  I kept my same basic idea and shifted to using a wedge ruler to make the petals.  Far from perfect, but much better.  Three circles set into another Michael Miller fabric – Helen’s Garden by Tamara Kate…DSC_0199

Next I fussy cut centers for the circles and hand-stitched them down.DSC_0205

Using the same blue print fabric for the back I set about quilting…I really like variegated thread for I used King Tut 985 and went at it with my walking foot.DSC_0222

Thanks to Heather I had a bit of fabric that I could use for a narrow binding.  It actually was done a few days ago but I was waiting for a great day for pictures, which today is.  So, ta da!DSC_0217




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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!

Linking up at WIP Wednesday…Check out all of the fabulous work being done!


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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!

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.  Be inspired by all of the wonderful work going on!


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ALYOF July Goal


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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