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Another UFO down

checkmarkone more UFO done. ¬†ūüôā ¬†Lists work! ¬†If it’s on the list, it gets done. ¬†I know I’m a geek but it works for me.

This was a BOM that I purchased around 2001/2002. ¬†It’s a Marti Mitchell design. ¬†This photo is terrible. ¬†It is mostly yellow and green with a little blue and dark magenta thrown in for balance. ¬†The kit did not include the binding. ¬† ¬†I will be taking a swatch of the outside border with me to the quilt shop to see if I can find something to match it and look for considerations for backings. ¬† There was no room for error in this BOM. ¬† You got exactly the amount of fabric that you needed, no more, no less. ¬† Personally, I need that fudge factor. ¬†I am an early morning sewing room person and sometimes my coffee has not finished filling my veins with go juice when (silly me) attempts cutting. ¬† So, I admit, I do from time to time make colossal cutting mistakes. ¬† After I had completed the first month I noticed right away there was NO extra fabric. ¬†Sometimes that jinxes me. ¬†But I made it through this one only by being very careful with my cutting. ¬† Now the search is on for backing fabric and binding fabric. ¬†Then off to Vicky ¬†it goes for quilting. ¬† Can’t decide who is going to be getting this one. ¬†005

I have now chosen the next UFO to tackle. ¬† It is called Cat Nap and it is a pattern that was published in Quiltmaker Magazine May/June ’02 issue. ¬†It’s a baby quilt and hopefully won’t take too long to finish. ¬†This one I will quilt myself.

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Now that my September list is all caught up I am ready to start on one of the borders for my A Boy and A Girl Quilt.  I think I will work on the right hand side. I have given myself 2 weeks to get it prepped.  Woohooo.  No pressure.

I have been staying on top of Jen Kingwell’s Long Time Gone and have completed all 7 months of that BOM. ¬†Anxiously awaiting # 8.

I have prepped months 1 & 2 of Sue Garman’s Bed of Roses. ¬†I work on the hand applique on my lunch time so maybe this one will be completed in a year. ¬† It is nicely portable. ¬†Just one block already prepped and matching thread doesn’t take up much room in the tote.

I have discovered 60 weight cotton embroidery thread. ¬†It is as nice as silk thread to work with and slides through the fabric like butter. ¬†And to top it off it blends in beautifully and becomes invisible. ¬†Now it doesn’t get any better than that.

I have just received Month 3 but it is not on the calendar to prep until October. ¬† Besides, I am still doing the handwork on Month 1. ¬†Wouldn’t dream of getting ahead of myself.

Happy Stitches Everyone

Sissy Malone

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Winter Weather Advisory :(

Here we go again. ¬†Winter Weather Advisory for 1/4 to 1/2″ ice storm. ¬†The experts are already comparing this storm to the 2007 ice storm in this area.

I did not have power for 8 days. ¬†Yikes what a nightmare that was. ¬†I remember standing in the front yard and listening to trees crash in the woods. ¬†Devastation was everywhere. ¬†I also remember being able to see for miles due to tree tops no longer there. ¬† This is just crazy because last Saturday it was – 2 degrees here when I went to Saturday Sampler. ¬†Yesterday it was 73 degrees. ¬†What a yo-yo. ¬†Scary. ¬†The good news is I had already planned on taking Friday and Monday off work for vacation days. ¬†I had planned on spending that time in my sewing room. ¬†Now I am concerned I won’t have electricity. ¬†I have got to get my hand work ready to go or cutting the strips for 2016 Saturday Sampler. ¬†I would have thought I would have been better prepared but it seems not so much. ¬†Isn’t it amazing how much we rely on our conveniences, like electricity. ūüôā ¬†I certainly take them for granted.

So much for grousing about the weather. ¬†This is what is under my needle right now…..

I finished hand appliqueing the 7 Sisters block, the last block for the 2016 Saturday Sampler.  I can now start setting that quilt top together so it does not become a UFO.  009

I have a baby quilt for a friend to make this month.  The panels I ordered have arrived.  They are quite larger than I had anticipated so I am rethinking how I had planned on putting them together.  The back ground fabric I ordered did not disappoint.  It was exactly what I wanted.  Hopefully I will keep electricity and can blissfully sew while the weather is doing its thing.

Lastly,  there was an awesome full moon last night.  My camera is a good one but I do not know how to take nighttime photos, so here is the best I can do.  That little  white dot is the full moon that was beautiful.  The broken limb on the oak tree is a remnant of the ice storm from 2007.

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Unfortunately, I have not gotten the next 2 blocks of A Boy and A Girl prepped. ¬†Can’t get to that until 2016 Sat Sampler is completed and Baby Quilt completed. ¬†Let’s pray that this predicted storm is not so severe.

Be safe everyone and happy stitches.

Sissy

P.S.  I have been saddened this week with the passing of Sue Garman.  I so admired her work and the quilt patterns she designed.  I did finish one of her patterns Autumn Joy and plan on beginning my journey into the Baltimore Album realm in January 2018 with her pattern Friends of Baltimore.  Rest in peace we will miss you dearly.

 

 

 


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