Uneven Odds

This week, I hesitated posting! I thought to myself, I have hardly sewn. Two nights this week I worked overtime. One evening I mowed. One afternoon I got the car tags renewed (that was an experience!). And I thought my meager picture post, readers/subscribers would be less than enthused. And then I downloaded the photos to edit, and realized, I got a lot sewn! So my thoughts got in the way of evening the odds.

I present to you, this weeks 365 challenge blocks.

As these become more difficult, it is more difficult for me to schedule them into an evening. And I really don’t want to cut one night, and sew another. I may get confused! I mean the flying geese chevrons have 45 pieces! But I have worked on a solution, we will see how this goes in the coming week.

What is my solution? Well, yesterday a youtube channel I follow, called Daisy and Grace, posted a project pocket tutorial. And I had all the materials to make it so. And sew I did, LOL! I did not have the cute ribbon, but I did have fat quarters bundled in the fabric makers logo, so I used that on the first one. I substituted their poly for marine vinyl, and a quick project happened, one in which I can cut out a project, and sew it the next day.

I must say for those of us who do english paper piecing, this is genius!

Here is my first attempt, and pretty lack luster, but has value, and I will use it.

My daughter saw what I was making and wanted one. It was very late in the evening, and said in the morning you can pick your zipper color and then your matching fabric.

Her fabric picker is probably better than mine!

Because I used marine vinyl, I was able to skip the ribbon step, which I wish I would have done on the first one above. Here is hers:

She placed a bunch of hodge podge stuff in hers, but it held quite a bit. And if you have a larger zipper you could certainly make this the larger size with a larger zipper. For mine, I only have 7 inch zippers.

And at work, we have been wearing masks, for about a month. And I was tired of having to do a load of laundry mid-week to wash them, so I made several. Here are a few of those. I used an old tshirt I cut up for the ear straps. They are very comfortable. As long as my eyeglasses rest over the cloth, they do pretty good at not fogging.

I have ordered a gob of Spoonflower fabric with specific work related cloth to make for me and some coworkers. Spoonflower fabric is back logged by about 4 to 6 weeks due to the virus. I know a lot of online fabric shops have been slowed by this, I assume they are staggering shifts and therefore my order may get filled on a Friday night after UPS or whatever shipping service has ran. I also suspect, like at Christmas time that the shippers are extremely overwhelmed right now, which slows it down even more. And perhaps, the slow boat from china is the new norm LOL. Most things are made in China, and I do believe this is another hold up.

I am off to make my beef mix, and then transform that into tacos! One kitten (Firecracker), given away. So many more to go, but they are not yet quite old enough. I aim to be down to one cat, who will get fixed. She is such a sweetie.

For Father’s day, I gave away my On Ringo Lake. They are my Dad’s colors. I did not mean for it to happen that way, and it took me a while, but it was the right thing to do. My house is busting at it seams, and it is one less thing in it. I washed it up for him, and told him to use it. I hope he liked it.

This concludes another chapter in life, called the week. As it winds down, so am I, LOL. Be safe! And thank you for reading my blog!

One Bound, one to go!

I can finally say that #FrolicQuilt is finished!  Got out today and took pictures.  I found a fence, had a devil of a time getting it to stay.  A passer by said it was beautiful, I am as proud as a peacock!

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I chose the backing to use for binding, which was stripped floral fabric (very loud).  It adds to the already loud (smile).  It feels good to get this mystery done.

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Some star quilting showing nicely in the high sun, which by the way today is almost the perfect day.  Temps in the low 50s this morning (with the windows open left a nice chill in the house) highs in the low to mid 70s, and the house is warmed to the perfect temp.

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I finished it and then the next mystery starts, yeah Bonnie Hunter is starting another mystery.  Not sure if I am going to participate in this one, but I sure would like to do a red white and blue version of what she has in the mix.  It will be a medallion quilt.

A medallion quilt is on my bucket list.  The 365 quilt block challenge already is a medallion so, I will probably not participate.  Who knows what the future holds.

I am still binding the disappearing pinwheel basket quilt.  I think I am halfway done.  Will probably be able to finish it up tonight.

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I have the SewQuester Mystery Quilt pieces cut.  This was quite an undertaking.  The cutting itself was easy.  The digging through the stash not so much.

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After digging out completely of my one large 50 gallon tote, I found some very complimentary neutral, and the piece was large enough.  For those of you quilters not getting out for a fabric run, we all thank you.  Odds are you have something in your stash, you just have to do the archeology dig to find it.  🙂 Me included!  This was an all day chore of finding something in the too heavy tote to move to the room where I was working, laying it against fabrics, seeing if there was enough and putting in in a maybe pile.  But then the perfect piece presented itself at the bottom of the tote.  Even though I have no idea the direction this mystery will take, I am trusting my quilting gut.  And to keep my baggies straight I have either labeled them with a marker, or I have pinned the fabric to the cutting step instruction completed.  I have totally taken over the kitchen table with this, and am just waiting for clue 3 to present itself.

In reading of the cutting I have done, I suspect we will be making 4 patches with color and neutrals and trimming them with another neutral, and then the strips we will be sewing and cutting using the tube ruler (which I do not have, but will use my companion angle just the same).

Today has been a productive day, I made chocolate chip cookies!  They will probably be snarfed down within 24 hours.  It has been a very long time since these cookies have seen my oven.

Tonight it is chicken on the grill meat removed and then smothered in BBQ sauce making a nice sandwich.  Tomorrow it is supposed to rain.  I hope to quilt tomorrow. My machine is at my parents.  I would feel horrible if they got sick because of me.  If I quilt tomorrow, I will not go into the house, perhaps have a conversation through the high tech doorbell thing.  I will wipe down the stuff I touch with alcohol, yeah I have a quart of this stuff and have had it for a long time.

Normal things taken for granted before, are not really American now.  If you go to the grocery store, no more bags to bring in.  They make you wait in a line to enter the store, staying at 6 foot marked intervals by tape.  You no longer have your freedom to move about.  And please if you get out, do not cough on anyone or anything, you could be charged with a terroristic thread, a Felony!

I am proud of American’s for behaving themselves.  Crime is at an all time low.  I have not heard of rioting over consumables like water and toilet paper.  Polluted cities have cleaner air.  Perhaps this was natures way of resetting things and teaching us how to better protect the environment.

Make the most of this time, as we are writing history now.

Happy sewing, and thanks for reading my blog!

The Bar is gone!

The little sewing that I did manage this week was on frolic.  I have half of the bottom border to quilt and half of the last half row.

My mom fell yesterday and broke her shoulder/arm.  She has already done this to the other arm this year.  Ladies, quilting can be dangerous.  If you have a large hoard of fabric, when you decide to sift through it make sure you are not alone.  She fell off the step stool and could not get up.  Laid there from just before 11:00 to past 3:00.  And the ambulance driver asked her if she sewed alot, my mom’s reply was, “You Think?”.  So her and Dad visited the hospital.  For those of you who are oblivious, they are doing “crowd” control at the hospital.  Only 1 visitor and you are escorted, in some instances, you are escorted by police.  Not because of anything you or yours have done wrong.  I figure the hospital stuff is all made in China and they are controlling potential looting before it is a realization.

I am going to work the graveyard shift at work to minimize my contact with the 6000 other pea-tree dishes that I work with.

This blog may go silent for awhile.

Sunday, I took the belly bar off my quilting machine.  I was always floating tops and only using the leader to keep my quilts square.  Two hex head screws and now it resides on the garage floor.  This may make camera access at a better position, for future youtube quilting videos.

Before, the belly bar.

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After belly bar removal.

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In looking at this photo, the portion of this hanging down, only half of it is left.  I am almost there

I lack one side from having this bound.

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Because the weeks to come are so sketch, You may or may not see any progress on my blog.

I am looking at getting the “circle thingy” it is kind of a hartley fence for the quilting machine.  For those of you who do not know what this is, I am including a video that shows it.  Basically it is a gyro spiro-graph like attachment for the machine.

Mine will make spiral circles, if I get it.

Toodles, and thank you for reading my blog!

Let the Quilting of Frolic Commence!

My daffodils bloomed beautifully.  Their gnarled blooms almost look normal this year.

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And here are Mom’s daffodils.

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Been a productive week, this is going to be a big post.

I got the center medallion made, turned out great, and enjoyed the bigger pieces.  365 is on the back burner until further notice.  I will have no trouble of catching up as needed.

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Made a baby quilt, sewed two charm packs together and to make a long story short, I need to bind, tis almost ready.  Want to see a quilting video Free Motion?  Click the link to see the machine in action.  

It was nice to get this out of my stash, and to get rid of this dated dusty rose I reckon from the 1980s.  *Disclaimer* it has only been in my stash 2 years.  🙂

I sewed another jelly roll race, not pictured, and aim to have it done soon too!

Started another baby quilt, am still piecing this one and it will reveal itself as a top hopefully this weekend.  A gob of manic sewing!

And I got the itch to quilt.  Got it so bad, that I just pieced some backing.  It ended up being two pieces sewn at the selvages and then I was just short a few inches in length, so I added a strip of pink.  The backing is loud, but complimentary of the top.  Let the quilting of Frolic commence!!!

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I have uploaded videos of how I am quilting each design.  I have one for the borders, one for the star and one for the secondary block.  I am about halfway done, quilting a bit each night.

Here are the closeups of the ruler work and free motion.

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The Dallas Quilt Show commences this weekend.  I Have my ticket purchased, but am weary about going with all the COVID-19 speak.  I am not afraid of the flu, I am afraid of bringing it home to my loved ones.  I was planning for Sunday, still thinking.  I will re-evaluate the situation when the time is here, nothing to worry about now.   I want to pet pretty fabrics, and have a craving for replenishing the stash.    The weekend is almost here, and after a week of this dang daylight savings, my biological clock wants normalcy and to sleep a tad longer.

Overtime has been announced, so I suspect the crickets will be chirping in my next post as I will have nothing to show.  I will get something for your quilting eyes to feast themselves upon.  Until then, thanks for stopping in and reading my blog!

The Photo Op

Well another week has gone buy with a whooosh!

My goals from last week are met 100%!

  • Got the dream big panel bound and I opted for a scrappy binding from the leftovers of the homemade backing.dream big boundbinding
  • The weather permitted for a Frolic photo opportunity, say cheese!  You can tell spring is on its way.  While spreading this out, I Had to stop as I stepped in fire ants, they were running slow, but I still got bit.  I chose to wear my slip on sandals to just get out and snap these.  My foot feels itchy and on fire!  But, alas the picture is taken as wrinkly as can be LOL.frolicfull pic finished
  • The pot holder is bound, sorry no finished photobasket quilting
  • And I have worked about four of the 30 blocks I am behind for the 365 challenge.  Now that my sewing space is a bit more free, I will be starching some fabrics for this and using my scrap system called an old wooden clothes dryer to hang everything on and use as I need.  (it has worked for all the mystery quilts in the past)catching up

Last week I showed you some vintage fabric I picked up at the antique store.  I have done a little reading and asking others.  This is definitely block printed fabric.  There was an insurgence of this type of fabric back in the 30s during the discovery of the ancient Egyptian tombs.  Although this is not Egyptian, I believe this may be block printed in India.  All of this tells a story, just not sure what.  For a while I thought this was African, but it is too folk artsy for that.  I am still waiting for this to speak to me just a bit more so I can glean the right information from the right source.red fabric

Goals for the upcoming week:

  • I have been asked to commission a quilt for a coworker.  She will be supplying me with fabric and as soon as I get this will start piecing.
  • I will be working towards my TOGA swap blocks                       56C7A639-B457-4BC2-BCA8-0111BA734508
  • And I aim to start quilting this flower basket layoutI have trimmed all the edges and backing, ready to load.  Instead of doing custom work on this, I think I am just going to quilt a grid.  I will make my lockers on the machine do all the work.
  • And do some more catch up work on the 365 blocks all together

This is quite a lot for me to accomplish.  I find if I set goals I check them off one by one, it makes it less overwhelming and helps me see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Enjoy your weekend, and thank you for reading my blog!

DONE!!!!!!!!

It is 4:15 PM on Feb 9th, and……

I am done piecing Frolic together!!!!!

It has taken me three weeks to sew all 3400 pieces together.  They are now together forever.  As big as this project is/was, I am glad to move onto a smaller project with more instant gratification.  This just kept lingering, taking up space, preventing me from really working on anything else.

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Today is not the best day for photos.  Drizzly, dreary, and too damp with a chance of showers for most of the week.  A photo op will happen, but probably not before my next posting.

I will be working my 365 blocks as now I am over three weeks in the hole.  This will be a welcome sew time each day again.

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I have a skirt planned to make for my oldest daughter.  That will not take long.

In the meantime I will be dreaming about how to quilt Frolic.  It deserves a custom quilt job.  But I have spent enough time on it, I do not want to showcase the quilting, I want to showcase the piecing.  My mind will brainstorm until the right thought hits the cloth.

Yesterday, I wanted to quilt.  I went through my quilt pile and found an orphan block from this.

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I pastorally quilted this.  Made a basket with a lone flower and some leaves.  This was an excellent way to try quilting on for size with the orphan block.  I doubled the batting, and it will be placed on my Grandma’s vintage 40 inch 1951 stove that I use every day.  An extra large potholder it is!

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This is a disappearing pinwheel block.  All the raw edges in this are bias, hence the uneven edge, which is my fault for not blocking it correctly on the longarm.  I will make sure to avoid this in the life size version.

I visited some antique stores this week.  I love looking at the old textiles.  I came upon this.

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It was marked vintage red fabric.  When I picked it up and felt it, it did not have the vintage feel.  But I bought it anyway because I like it.  This looks to be block printed fabric.  But with block printing, usually it is the same block over and over.  This is not like that.  Each square repeats but at quite a distance.  It almost looks like vintage cheater cloth.  I really think this is old and handmade.  I figure it will bleed severely.  But it looks like it has already been washed by the frayed edges.  I will be doing a bit more research on this.  The color is right for it to be about a hundred years old.  Perhaps this is African fabric?  If anyone knows, please leave your wisdom in the comments section.

Yesterday was a glorious day spent with my son and my parents.  It doesn’t happen this way enough.  I should be ashamed and make this happen with greater frequency.  A good day spent quilting in the morning, antiquing in the afternoon, and eating a meal out with family.  Puts a little more gladness in the heart!

During the antiquing, I found a Fireking swirl jadeite bowl (my reproduction bowl broke a few years back and I have been looking for its replacement ever since, how I have missed that bowl!)

The bowl was purchased for a measly $25.  I thought it was a repro.  Got home, compared it to the known repro I have.  And I’ll be danged it is the real deal!  I paid more for the repro new at the dept. store than what I paid for it’s antique counterpart.  I am very happy.  But am a little afraid to use it, because I know it’s value.  I bought it to use as a popcorn bowl for our Friday nights (how the last one was broken).  But gosh, perhaps I will only use it for special occasions.

I am going to set some goals for the upcoming week:

  • Bind the potholder basket blockbasket quilting
  • Bind the Dream Big paneldreambig
  • Work on the 365 blocks that I am now three weeks behind on.
  • Make a skirt for my daughter

Life is full, this makes me happy!

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Frolic and Dreaming Big

My two halves are joined!  Two sides of HSTs are sewn together!  I am so ready to be done!

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This Frolic quilt top reminds my mom of Spring!  And boy howdy, here in Texas the skies are blue, not a cloud in sight, and highs are in the 70s.  Windows are open, fresh air is IN!  Because of the climate warming up, I was able to get in the garage for some quilting time.

I wish I could do this every day, it is most enjoyable.  On my frame is the orange dream big panel.  It has been 1/3 of the way quilted for a couple of weeks.

These are the first photos I showed a couple of weeks ago.  Today, it quilted!  I look forward to binding this one in the coming weeks.

I put a smiling sunny face in the center with rays radiating.  I rather like the child like appearance of this flower.

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I tried to do a different doodle in each petal.  I have no idea if I made that goal as some of this was rolled up in my previous quilting which happened and my memory fails me now.

I certainly got creative with what I put in each petal motif.

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Yes this is green grass….er weeds behind that come up every January and last through Feb in the yard.

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I actually spelled out “dream big” and “sun shine” in text on the petals.

Sun, moon, stars, even a pair of lips made their appearance.  I enjoyed this skill builder.  It really makes you think about what to doodle, and in using the petal shapes, made my brain go in certain directions.

Here is the backing.  I had just barely two pieces big enough but needed a tad extra.  So the orange print got added, rather than going and purchasing fabric.  It works!

This also has franken-batting as a layer.  I don’t stitch mine together like some, I just over lap a tad.  Tis fine.  And perfectly suited for small projects such as this.

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Looking at this, it looks kind of like candy corn, YUM!

This will make its appearance at the quilt hop in town and then gravitate to one of the children’s beds.  I know the last dream big purple panel I did was latched on to by my oldest daughter.  She sleeps with it every night, not that it is even big enough to cover her.  The more this panel gets washed, the more it becomes like old faded denim.  Where it is quilted reminds me of seams of well worn jeans.  Soft and comfy.

I am not going to set any goals for the coming week as work will be in the way.  If I get to stitch, it will be a productive week, if I don’t get to stitch, I will get to rest my weary feet.  Either way will be a win win!

Thanks for stopping in and reading my blog!

 

The Goal Is In Sight

Frolicking along, still LOL.  This last tidbit of construction is a doozy, taking a good amount of time.  Today I will work on half blocks.  I think I have used my seam ripper more with this quilt than all others combined!

Working towards a finish:

  • sew half blocks
  • sew sashings
  • sew sashings to blocks
  • sew blocks together
  • sew 2 half blocks to row of blocks
  • sew sashings to other sashings
  • attach sashings to row
  • And repeat many many times

Last week I had this laid out on the floor

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And then I had a corner!

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And then I had another row with the sashing unattached.

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And then I have two halves, which happened after I snapped this photo.  I am getting excited as I progress.  The quilt is saying cheese.  Interesting color combination I have, probably not the best, but I used up my stash and am happy with the black as it gives it an old timey feel.  I like eclectic and old timey.

I am seeing, as I progress, the saturation of the pinks and the blues/purples be so close together they get washed out.  But my quilt is not the only quilt affected.  I noticed some of Bonnie’s blocks are like that.  So, I am deeming it ok and am putting those blocks on the left.

I am told when looking at a quilt, you read it like a book starting very briefly on the left, but mostly you look at it dead center and your eyes carry you to the right.  So all the “ugly” blocks are staying on the left.  The next one I make, I will make sure that does not happen.  I have more “wisdom” now.  Each mystery teaches me something, this one especially.

I noticed when I joined 3 block row with 5 block row, one of my sashings was turned.  NOT FIXING IT.  I am feeling amish at the moment LOL.  The old saying goes the amish would purposely put a mistake in a quilt because they know god is perfect and man is not.  After watching “Oh God, you Devil” with George Burns playing God years and years ago, I formed my own opinion, God is probably closer to human.  George Burns pointed out several animals with the knee caps on backwards:  cows, horses, cats, dogs, etcetera.  That line always cracks me up and does make you wonder.  So I am going AMISH STYLE with this one.  If I catch the mistake before it is sewn into a row, I will fix it.  If I don’t, it will be perfectly imperfect!  These things used to bother me, but I let it go.  I so enjoy the process differently than years ago.

I have not worked on anything else since last Friday at my sewing table.  I do look forward to moving on!

Agenda for today is making Shake N Bake chicken drumsticks from scratch for supper.  Interested in the recipe?  It is offered free on my other blog thecookbookproject.wordpress.com. 

Click here for the shake and bake mix recipe.

….oh and of course I will be sewing too!

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!

 

Frolic is coming together!

#Frolicquilt by Bonnie Hunter is starting to resemble a quilt.  I got all the pinwheel blocks sewn.  This was marathon sewing Sat and Sun in between cooking and laundry and vacuuming.  Then this evening I had 7 to go, two of which lost parts LOL.  So I went through the scraps created and matched up and got those checked off the list.  The pastel part of the quilt I am really not liking, but, I am in love with the black aspect.  It really makes the secondary block pop.  I am liking the ease of this going together so well.  And I may just do this scrappy colorway for each block and revisit this again with a better color scheme.

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I am manic to get this done as it is taking up so much work space I cannot work the 365 blocks and am a few days behind.  Do you ever have creative episodes of manic sewing?  I am sew focused and enjoy those days when I am enabled!

The optical illusion of the central block with the chain-link white and black fabric has a neat looking floating out of block experience!

Sashing neutrals cut, tomorrow will be working towards cutting the blue squares.

That last reveal clue was a doozy.  Those of you sewing along, it is gonna take some time to get it done.

In social media I have read up on this quilt and lots of ladies have just dropped out because they did not follow instructions.  The key instruction is explained by putting the raspberry on top of the blue when cutting pieces for the flying geese wings and the central pinwheels.  If you failed to follow instructions this would not go together correctly, and it would not be a matter of just ripping and resewing, it would be getting all new strips of fabric and starting over.  I did struggle with remembering to place the raspberry strip on top right side down.  If you worked this in batiks, it would not be a problem, nor with solids or homespuns.  And on another note, the instructions were clear but took me several reads to comprehend, because I did not mark my clues by their number and I did not use the assigned color, it confused the situation that much more.

Perhaps this weekend will showcase a few rows of completion.  That is the goal I am aiming for.

TTFN (TA TA for Now!) and thanks for reading my blog!

Orange Dream Big!

A lot has been accomplished in the quilting dept this week.  I have kept up my 365 blocks.  I am certainly enjoying petting fabrics and taking my time trying to figure out what dark dark, goes with a medium dark, or a medium light LOL.  Continuing to crank one of these out per day.

I am even taking pleasure in spinning those seams!  Not all blocks end up with this, but it sure is enjoyable to see if you can make it pretty on the back too!

Here are a lot of the 365 block a day blocks together.  I looking forward to start sewing these together, but I have heard that does not occur until sometime in April.

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This is kind of sparkling, and as simple as some of these are, they are magnificent when paired with other blocks.  It is looking a bit more complicated, but if you just take it one piece at a time, and then one block at a time you do not get overwhelmed.

And Frolic was finally revealed yesterday.  I posted this two weeks ago, and I guessed right!

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With as much going on at the eye of my needle, I just had to get one of these stitched up, made a couple actually.  I worried about my quilt looking like an easter egg and being really washed out with pale colors.  Turns out my worry was for nothin’!

12 inch frolic block

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These go together so easy.  I still have a bit of cutting to do.  These will work themselves into blocks in the coming weeks.  I can’t wait to get this to top status!

Thursday, I was in a funk.  I was in a fowl mood, and no matter my thoughts they were negative.  I chose to not talk much to coworkers and decided before the morning was even halfway that I needed a good does of quilting at the big machine.  I made those arrangements and got going.  I had not a plan, and my improv free motion quilting, was just that FREEEEEE.  I felt so free doing this.  It made my mood improve.  Gosh, I just need to do this as much as possible.  A good dose of color each day is good for a quilters soul and keeps the blahs away!

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Fire flapping, fish scales stacking, flower swirls, feathers, lines, leafy vines, and a tad of meander, I just really needed this.  It has been three weeks since I stood at the machine.  I got the top half of the flower almost done.

And today I brought home 3 large bags of fabric!  FREEEEEEE!!!!  My bosses wife decided that the pile she thought she would get to, years have passed and the children are now older and it is just sitting there not getting used.  Gifted to me, I need to make her something, any of you have ideas?  More than a mug rug, less than a quilt.

So I have some lovely large pieces of fabric added to freshen up the old stash.

Truth be told, I would have loved to receive this before frolic, but it looks like now, I will not have to buy backing fabric.  I will be trying to work this into the stash drawers and totes over the weekend.  I had just worked the stash down to where I could rummage through without making a disaster area.  Back to the fabric disaster status, always ongoing LOL.  I’ll take it!

And sweet goodness has arrived, the weekend!  Batteries charging……

May your weekend be ever so charged!  Thank you for reading my blog!