Monday, April 14, 2014

Lots o Sewin

I like things that end in zero -- my blog is getting closer to a milestone in views.
I completed a small hippo last week -- all except adding his eyes. these are so fun to make, I have a few others in the works and hope to have another 2 or 3 complete this week.
Friday was the big lock in at Sewingly Yours and it was a blast as usual -- I did manage to get my triangles quilt put together with the aid of my buddy Rox and her mad ironing skills. 
I started working on more string blocks but didn't get any actually finished yet because I was working on several at once. 
So it was an evening of fun, laughter, eating and sewing -- a great time. I did buy a new book and am excited about doing a few different projects from it. 

Fat Quarter Shuffle by Annie's Quilting - 13 Fat Quarters Projects #141357
 Saturday was an exhausting one for me -- I decided it was time I traded the car in. We had it appraised about a month ago and had been looking heavily for a while but I find the whole process very over whelming and had given up until I saw a few new things at CarMax that I wanted to take a closer look at. We headed over there Saturday morning and in a few hours I was heading home with a new car. 
CarMax is a great experience because I suck at negotiating prices on things but my anxiety flared up so high that passing out was a real concern -- luckily I did not and only came out with a small case of hives. I am still adjusting to all the features that my other car was missing (remote entry, cruise, Bluetooth technology, xm radio) but I am loving these new amenities. This is also a good motivator in destashing more fabric and using what i have on hand to get me through the rest of the fabric fast. I will probably be putting some fabric on instagram in the next week because this will be my spending money for non essential fabric purchases maybe throughout the rest of the year if i decide to push the fast that long. 

Saturday evening I spent time in my craft room pulling out the fabrics that need to be put away properly -- you know how sometimes we just make a pile here or there with plans to put it up later or decide to not use fabrics that we have pulled so they sit to the side, apparently this had gotten out of control for me. 
So another task for this week is putting all this away -- good thing I'm off Friday. 

Yesterday I finally sat down and worked on actual projects for a short period and made some good progress. I trimmed the triangle quilt and had a super helpful photo assistant that tried wearing it as a hat. 
The wind was not being very cooperative so I finally got one decent shot of the top. 
It turns out there are 504 triangles in this quilt -- I think I have exactly enough yardage left over to make a backing. I love when that works out. Maybe I can baste this week? 

My other exciting progress is on the clam shell mini -- I got her quilted and am debating on binding. I am leaning toward the sketch fabric over the gold. I wanna get this completed so that I will take it to the guild meeting next week before shipping.
I tried my hand at paisleys for the quilting and I am generally happy with the outcome -- I can work to make them smaller next time and also not have bare spots (this was a directional issue at times and thread breaking at others). 

Looks like a busy week ahead but it's a long weekend so that means happy quilting for sure. 

I'm linking up over at SEWjo Saturday and she wants to know of an inexpensive and unconventional thing in my sewing room -- for me it's my thread catcher, AKA a soup mug.
linking up at Linky Tuesday


  1. Love your triangle quilt. I say the gray Binding.

  2. Wow you're so productive! Love that mini, I agree with the sketch binding :)

  3. That was fast :) The quilting looks great!

  4. I like the way you mixed the colors of your tiangles quilt. And those of the shells. Your projects are very cheerful. Quite pleasing to the eyes!

  5. Your triangle quilt top is awesome, just love those colors! As for the clam shell, I am going to respectfully disagree with the other two votes :) I think the bright binding will make those clam shells POP :) IMHO

  6. Gosh, you picked 2 perfect for the binding - I lean towards the orange too! Wow, busy busy!

  7. Whoa, girl, I didn't know that car thing gets the best of you. I will be happy to help here any way I can (it doesn't bother me because of the friend we have who helps.) Congrats on the new car AND hanging in there! And congrats on some super work. I LOVE your triangle quilt (your model is hilarious, LOL!) and your clamshell mini turned out great! The quilting looks nice with that design. You rock!

  8. Oh, and the binding vote, I think either would work... so would the green dot or turquoise TP dot print (my personal fave.)

  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE your triangle quilt!! so very pretty. I'm doing a table runner now to see if I can make a whole triangle quilt shortly after. And I love your mini clam shell, that grey looks wonderful for binding.

  10. Your triangle quilt is beautiful and also your little clamshell project! Congrats on the new car too! Thanks for sharing.
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  11. You sure have been busy! Sounds like you and your buddy, Rox had a wonderful time together. Your triangle quilt - GORGEOUS! That hippo is sew cute! Love the clam shell mini, too. I agree. Go with the grey!

  12. Love your triangle and clamshell quilts!