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WIP Weds, wk. 39 (I think)

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So what am I working on today?

Well, we have had a couple cooler nights lately and that means I will be needing long pants sooner than later.

I had purchased a couple pair of jeans shortly before shorts season arrived and was hoping that these things were going to shrink up a bit. Wrong! They are stone washed so have already been washed and treated and pounded on a rock. I hated how they fit in the waist and thighs and could not return them. I know I am a big girl but not all of me is big---and I don't need to look like I should be saddling up a horse with the width they give you in the thigh. SHEESH!

What did I really have to lose by attempting to alter them? But I couldn't quite reconcile it all with the waistband and tapering down the. I ended up taking the all apart and drawing a template off a pair of my old wrecked, beloved and had for 10 plus years pants. Cut them down to size and whipped most of it together yesterday but after a run to Walmart for some elasti…

#11 of 12

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Woohoo! Another of the Bird Brain santa blocks are completed as of a few minutes ago. No sewing the past few days but lots of stitching! Waiting at the hospital for 12 plus hours will do that.

I couldn't resist adding our names to the empty spot that was the "Nice" list. DJ said he wasn't so sure Skyler should be on there but I begged to differ, LOL.

DJ had a procedure on Wednesday. He is home now but things are not completely resolved. We should know more next week.

Tomorrow I'll get back to the "super secret project" but for today, #12 block, here I come!

done, done, done

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Last bit of binding finished a few minutes ago. I had left off last evening with just one long side to go with the hand finishing.

The top was pieced by my friend Judy, quilted by Becky in Oxford (AL). It is intended to be a fund raiser for a group that Judy supports as an auxiliary member. Judy favors the blended quilt look. I happened to be with her at Tiny Stitches in Marietta when she bough the fabric she used around the outside edges----a Jackie Robinson print, as I recall.

Try as I might to keep him off of a quilt that does not belong to me, Skyler insisted on giving it a kitty stamp of approval.

So what do I do tomorrow? Maybe back to the super secret project or borders on my two little calendar quilt-lets. I'll decide once I get done with errands which trips my fancy more.

I finished just in time to go make some pizza dough for our supper---------thx for stopping by and I hope you have had a wonderful weekend.

two down, one to go!

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woohoo! Strip Twist is finished up with days to spare. Looks pretty good if I do say so, LOL.

Of course, the little black and white quilt inspector had to give it his stamp of approval. So did DJ, apparently.

It is still pretty warm and muggy around here and no quilt is needed at this point---not when we still need ceiling fans at night. He can have it back after the quilt show.

That leaves the raffle quilt and I already have most of one short side done. Hopefully, this is all finished up by Monday at the latest.

one down, two to go

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Wooohoo! The hand finishing is done on one of the three large bed quilts that I have to bind. Betsy came by the quilt meeting with entry forms for the Gadsden quilt show scheduled for Sept. 24-25. I said that I would have two entries but would have to get those fingers flying to get them done in time. Lois, bless her, offered to help if I need her to. Now that is a friend! Counting the sleeve stitching I tallied up 400 inches of hand stitching. By the time I am done with all 3 quilts my fingers and wrists will be calling "uncle!"

Fortunately, the raffle quilt Judy asked me to bind is not needed till the end of the month. I had done most of the top edge of it at the meeting but realized that I needed to set it aside to concentrate on the two for the show. DJ is shaking his head and wondering how I get into these deadline projects---"you are treating it like a job" and "isn't this your hobby?" Sometimes a deadline is what it takes to make m…

0kay, one picture

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I had to laugh when one of my readers commented "not even a kitty picture" on my last (pictureless) post. So here you go, Jane.

This was taken a few months back but it could have been just yesterday. Skyler has developed a re-attraction to the highest spot in the house. DJ worries that he will fall asleep up there and forget the narrowness of the ledge. I worry more that he goes flying up there in manic kitty mode and is not a bit careful about getting up......or down..... at warp speed.

DJ also has visions of his predecessor Pippi throwing her ACL somehow by doing silly cat things and the pricey surgery that followed. That was a little unusual for a cat, we were told and expected more in small dogs.

But we love our wild boy anyway

no pictures, no posts

No, I did not fall off the face of the earth though you that have gotten used to seeing a Weds. post may think so.

Just working on a "super secret project" that I cannot show you. It encompasses some pieced, appliqued and embroidery elements so I am having fun with it. Today some more embroidery but come Monday, I will have to set it aside. I am guessing for about 10 days or so.

I was asked to bind a queen sized quilt that will be raffled as a fund raiser for a local concern for pay. I will do it for Judy even if binding is NOT my fav part of the process. I also picked up my niece's quilt from the long arm quilter a few days ago so that needs bound as well----at least that pile of binding is seamed if not pressed. Plus now that fall is approaching, that fall colored Strip Twist I did last year---last seen in THIS POST---is supposed to go on DJ's bed so I can have my "World Series" quilt back.

The World Series quilt? It is a Trip Around The World (or B…

ask and you shall receive.............

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Last week a casual conversation with my pals Pat andNormaled me to dig out this "I -Spy" quilt I started years ago to show them--circa 2001 or so would be my best guess.

It is from Ami Simms' Picture Play Quilts, the Hugs and Kisses variation. I don't know how much you can tell from the picture but the black hot wheel fabric forms a 3-dimensional knot when the rows of fabrics are joined. From the back it all looks like plain squares. Reminds a bit of making a more complicated 3-D bowtie block.

Now, all I said in our conversation was I would take a piece of teletubbies fabric that Pat had come across while she was looking for an elusive item. Well, she met and exceeded that one piece, LOL! Glad to help stash bust, Pat.

Today, a packet arrived. While I don't think I saw teletubbies, this is a nice haul, I'm telling you! If you click on her name above, you can read her account of this "transaction" and see a few of the fabrics she had included…

WIP Weds, wk #35

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A bit of stitching finished up last night--------

To the left is the untrimmed and un-bordered August and September blocks from Calendar Quilts and Stitcheries.

I was going to do fusible applique on that August block but changed my mind---obviously. I had scraps of WOW in the basket from Allison's t-shirt quilt and dug around in my stash till I found the "right" shade of yellow for the lemonade in the glass. Once seamed, the piece was easy to back with freezer paper to turn the edges. I appliqued it down in a traditional manner for a "zap" of color. There will be a lemon slice button sewn to the top of the glass. Both blocks get a running stitch border as well.

The schoolhouse block will also have buttons added once the quilt-let is layered to help anchor the layers. It calls for a small "Liberty" type bell to be added to the schoolhouse cupola and another small button on the door for a knob.

So, out comes Santa #11 again for a few stitches here a…