Windmill blocks

All my windmill blocks are made and the rail fence quilt is trimmed and ready for binding. I’ll need to study this one a bit and move a block or two around I think before I start assembling it.

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My laundry is even done … just in time to pack again. Can’t wait to see all my littles ones on Saturday but especially Mo! They change so fast at this age — it’s hard to believe that she will be 1 in a few weeks and I haven’t seen her since July.

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Precut fun

I’ve been talking about needing to use up some of these Jelly Rolls and I’ve got a ton of Fat Quarters too so we were talking on HeartStrings and decided that 2019 will be the year of the precut. Stephanie will choose a precut each month and we’ll make a quilt using that one (using another kind of precut is OK too) and we’ll see how many of these we use up because I don’t know if you’re like me but my precuts look so pretty, they tend to sit on the shelves for a long time!

Can you believe there are just 7 weeks left in the year?!! It’s time to think about what I want to finish up before January rolls around … but first, I decided I deserved a treat and started a new quilt today.

It’s based on this vintage quilt that I saw on eBay.

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I’m still working with my pile of grays so I debated what background to use …. light, medium, dark?!

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I decided on the medium, mottled gray – we’ll see how it goes.

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And as far as goals for the end of the year go … this is what I have so far

  • Trim and bind the Patriotic Rail Fence
  • Make windmill blocks, assemble top
  • Load and quilt Maureen’s stocking quilt
  • Finish making the green/brown flock of geese blocks and assemble that top
  • finish knitting the Yowza shawl

I’m traveling twice before the end of the year and we have company the week of Christmas so I’m going to start with this list and if I finish it all up…I’ll add to it.

Timers

I would rather be knitting or starting a new quilt today but I’ve got too much to accomplish to even think about it. I’m such a procrastinator and usually I can drag out the assembly of a top or unpacking from a trip for days and even weeks but my goals help keep me on track and so do timers especially on a day like today when I don’t want to do any of it!!

I’m setting my timer in 30 minute segments and going from unpacking to assembling to laundry to walking Finn. Progress has been made all around but it’s most evident in the HeartStrings quilt – the last blocks were trimmed and I’ve got the top partially assembled. Next I’ll start assembling the big blocks into rows.

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And while it doesn’t look like it, a lot of progress has been made unpacking but there’s still so much to be gone through and organized before it’s done.

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I’m hoping to get the patriotic rail fence top loaded on the longarm today too. I always underestimate how long it’s going to take me to recover from a trip but I did get through the 5 weeks of mail that had accumulated on Monday, and I did get a massage yesterday too.

 

Compromise

I have so much to do before we leave Saturday but I couldn’t stand the idea of not finishing the set of 48 HeartStrings blocks so I managed to squeeze in a couple hours of sewing before packing up the machine for Maine. I still have to trim the last 16 blocks but they’re all pieced!

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I ran around like crazy all day and now I just have to pack my suitcase and hope that Keith can fit it all in the car. Finn and his stuff take up a lot of space!!

One of the things I’m loving is my new Apple Watch. It has several significant upgrades from my series 2 watch and I’m loving arranging all my little complications … for some reason, that’s the term used for the icons on the watch face. Date, time, activity, timer, temp, workout, and heart rate all at a glance. I got lots of credit today for all my running around which is good because I’ve been way too sedentary the last couple months.

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Playing in my strings

I’m still sewing along with my HeartStrings group and pulled out my string bin today to make a set of HeartStrings blocks.

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I’m not doing any sorting or themed blocks … just sewing what I pick up. They may not look like much yet,  but I always love the look of our scrappy HeartStrings quilts.

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Off the design wall

I try never to take a quilt off the design wall until the top is done but the green and brown Flock of Geese quilt is at an awkward stage … not far along for me to finish up quickly and I’m going to be sewing along with my HeartStrings group next week so I decided to take it down today.

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Monday I found these fabrics while I was digging around in one of my bins and decided I’d make another more coordinated Happy Block quilt.

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Maybe I just need to work on quick projects for a while – I’m making good progress on these blocks and it will make a cute donation quilt!

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On my design wall

I’ve been busy but managed to get some Flock of Geese blocks up on the design wall. I’ve sewn up all the ones I’ve cut so I need to get the fabric back out and cut some more. It looks kind of dull but I’m hoping it will all turn out OK

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I also pieced a back for the hourglass quilt so that ones ready to load on the longarm.