UFO Challenge Update

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From now until Bonnie Hunter’s new book comes out in September you’ll find me right here on Wednesdays sharing my progress on a UFO (unfinished project).  My hope is to get some finished so I won’t feel guilty sewing on new projects from her new book.  It’s not to late to join in the fun.  You can find my first post about it here.  You can see my listing of all my Bonnie Hunter UFOs here.

Last week I was working on getting more red square and neutral rectangles sewn together so I could keep progressing with my Texas Braid quilt….This week I started in sewing them on.

UGH.  Immediately I was frustrated.  I am working on braids that have the dark to the right side now.

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Adding on the neutral piece seems completely awkward.  Someone had written to me in the comment section that they had trouble with their quilt as they too felt awkward with the construction.  UGH.  I had all the other braid sewn so I wasn’t going to quilt but I sure didn’t like it.

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Then I got thinking…Rather than try to sew it like this….the awkward way,

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Sew it like this…. [Read more...]

Stash Report

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Goodies in the mail again.

No matter how many times it happens, it’s always fun.  Speaking of fun check out this box.

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I looked and looked for a note in the box but didn’t see one.  I’m guessing the note on the front of the package, “Enjoy creating, blog follower” was the note.  So cute.  It really brought a smile to my face.

Check out the contents of the box…Goodies Galore! [Read more...]

UFO Challenge Update

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From now until Bonnie Hunter’s new book comes out in September you’ll find me right here on Wednesdays sharing my progress on a UFO (unfinished project).  My hope is to get some finished so I won’t feel guilty sewing on new projects from her new book.  It’s not to late to join in the fun.  You can find my first post about it here.  You can see my listing of all my Bonnie Hunter UFOs here.

Did you see last Friday’s post?  I hope so.  I finished up Rick Rack Nines.

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If you missed that post you can see it here….

Now that I have a completed quilt I’m trying to ramp up and work on another….Any guesses on what it might be?   [Read more...]

Stash Report

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A bit ago Kalissa and I had a shopping day.

It was so fun.  We really needed an outing.  We laughed and laughed that she had become an old lady all in one day.
-she shopped for plants
-she bought hanging baskets
-we had lunch
-we went quilt shopping.

Yep.  You heard that last one right.  Kalissa -my final kid hold out as a non-quilter- went fabric shopping willingly.  I had wanted to stop at the quilt shop.  You know it’s likely been at least six month or more since I’ve shopped at a quilt shop.

I was on a mission.  I wanted to find something for the borders of my Star Struck quilt.  Of course I didn’t have the blocks or anything with me.  I didn’t intend on stopping there with Kalissa as she’s not into quilting.  She’s not against it but not a sew-er yet.  The day was going so great that I thought I’d mention stopping and if she was for it, we’d go..if not I’d skip it.

Well she said yes.

I was shocked.

There might be hope for her to be a quilter yet.  She does readily admit that she isn’t very patient to sew.  She wants fast results and quilting doesn’t give you them unless you buy a panel like this.

Cute..right??

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I love things A-B-C and she does too.  If you can see, the quilt was just a panel that was machine quilted and then bound.

I said, “Maybe you should make that for the baby”….she smiled.  She knew I was trying to sucker her into quilting.

I said, “I’ll pay for it and help you.”  She said well I’d want minke for the backing and it’s expensive.  I said I didn’t care.

Then she said, “Well it’s not really sewing.  All I would be doing is machine quilting.” I suggested she sew some solid square together and make a border of squares.  I also said it’s cute as is.

She smiled.  She knew I was trying to sucker her into quilting.  Then she said, “I could machine quilt it?”  I said, “Yes…I can help you.”

She smiled.  She knew I was trying to sucker her into quilting.  Then she said, “I think I want teal minke.  They don’t have any here.”

I smiled.  I said we could go shopping another day.

She smiled.   She knew I was trying to sucker her into quilting.  Then she said, “Okay.”

THEN I SMILED.  I smiled really big.  I might have just suckered her into quilting.

Then she said…”Hey, I like this quilting design on the quilt.  Can you do it?”  UGH.  I didn’t want that to be the deal breaker.  It was an ABC pantograph.  I don’t to pantographs.  I never have.  UGH.  I said, “No, how about I look into it.  We can try.”  Oh I hate learning something new.  UGH.

Well progress on getting her to sew was progress.  I’m not going to take a step backwards now.  I’d have to try to figure it all out.

While she was busy looking at baby things, I got my things….this was our take home…. [Read more...]