What I’m Working On…

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Oh my…what I get myself into.

Every year I make a quilt for the Firemen’s Benefit that’s held the first Sunday in March.  Time has flown by and last week I found myself in a slight panic because not only did I realize that the benefit was just around the corner, I also realized I didn’t have a clue about what to make.  I started thinking more and more about it and looking through patterns and even trying to think of something on my own to make that would be nice but easy too.

Then I saw a link on Facebook to a Missouri Star Quilt Company video for the Checkered Lattice Quilt.  Find it here.  I watched it and thought that was it…Now for fabric.

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Again, with no time I decided I had to make it with something I had here.  Both Connie and Ila had sent me some firemen fabric so I found it and started debating on what to use.  I ended up with using Ila’s fabric.  I found other red fabric, white and black fabrics all donated by readers (how cool was that?!)  I started sewing.  Thursday and Friday of last week I was up early and sewed.  Then at nap time when all the kids were sleeping I was able to cut the pieces.  At night I was back upstairs and pressing.

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Stash Report

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I started working on a project.  I planned on telling you about it tomorrow.  Usually on Mondays I do a “what I’m working on” post.  Today, I have to “put the cart before the horse”.

I had to buy border fabric and I had to buy backing fabric.  This project has a deadline and I’m a little behind.

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I ended up picking this.  It will make a great border and I didn’t have time to shop for both fabric separately so this is going to be both the border and backing fabric.  It will work and actually even look pretty good so I’m going with it.

My deadline is March 5th at 8am that I have to have it finished.  It’s do-able but I need to keep trucking along with the project.

I found the fabric at Material Magic yesterday.  You might remember that I did a shop tour of the shop. You can find it here.  As the gal was checking me out she said that they got this fabric in thinking it would be great for Quilts of Valor.  I think they are right. It would.

It’s actually a backing fabric that’s 108″.  Perfect.  That’s going to speed up my finishing even more…no piecing a backing for this project…YAHOO!!  I’m off.  I want to get as much done on this as I can today.

To see other stash use or acquisitions, check out Patchwork Times.

Cross Stitch

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I’ve squeezed in a little cross stitch time here and there.  Not a lot but enough to keep me happy.

I really love this new (for me) system of storing my embroidery floss.  I had a big master ring set that had all the floss in it.  Then I would take the ones out that I’m using for a specific project and put them in a smaller ring set.

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I ended up finding my old floss storage system..I hated this method.

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and now it’s all in the new storage system.  I had to get another set of rings to hold another master set.

I have this one almost stitched….I just need to stitch the “L”.  I didn’t have that color so I was delayed.  Happily I had other projects to stitch while I waited to get to town.

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So…I stitched this.

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I have this one done too!

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What I am currently stitching is this one.

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It’s a Top

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So, my baby quilt is a top.

I went with scrap overload.  I added a scrappy white inner border and did a piano key around the outside.  The top is now pretty big.

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It’s more of quilt for a toddler than a baby and I’m happy with that.  For the most part, in my experience, parents don’t use baby quilts like they did when my kiddos were babies.  Without the borders this was only about 32″ wide.  I like baby quilts bigger.  Now it’s pretty big but that’s all okay in my world.

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I loaded this on the frame but didn’t get a chance to start quilting it yet.  I have a quilt with a deadline that is coming quickly.  March 5th is the local Fireman benefit.  I always make a quilt for it and I wanted to again this year.  You’ll have to stop by on Monday and see what I’m doing for that.  It’s not nearly as creative as this was.

Oh…before I go I want to send a HUGE shout out and thank you to Lisa Stacey.   Check out what she did for me. [Read more...]