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My week in a nutshell and FSNI results

Ok.  So I forgot it was Friday and I forgot it was the Friday for the Friday Night Sew-In.  It has been a whirlwind rollercoaster ride the past 6 days.  Six days ago I found out my Mom has a brain and lung tumor and was having emergency brain surgery to remove the tumor.  Her health is very good aside from this.  The Head of Neurology was going to do the surgery and assured my parents he has removed hundreds of these types and that there was an almost perfect success rate.I decided I needed to make her a quilt.  I had some jelly rolls so I thought a simple lap size line quilt would be perfect.  The Mr. convinced me to make it big.  I didn’t have enough backing for a large quilt, so I rushed off to Walmart and purchased a 300 thread count flat king sheet.  I got this far prior to the surgery.  Its sitting on my queen size bed.  It will be approximately 65 x 80 inches or thereabout.

Mom had her surgery on Wednesday. I was and still am in shock.  Stunned. Scared.  It’s not something that is easy to process and I can’t imagine how it has been for her.  Lucikly, the tumor was not in her brain.  Only pushing against it.  The surgery took 1 hour and 45 minutes in total.  Twenty-four hours after the surgery, she was up walking and climbing stairs.  Assisted by her Physio Therapist of course, but mobile so fast.  Mom wa discharged today.  Discharged 48 hours after having brain surgery.  I am in awe at the level of care she received and how great she is doing.  She has definately exceeded my expectations.  My mom is my hero.  The strongest person I know.   Tonight, I managed to free motion half the quilt.  I wanted to present it to her tomorrow.  She knows about.  She will just have to wait another couple days for me to complete it.

I love you mom!

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It’s Friday, Friday, Friday…

It’s been a while since I have blogged or participated in the Friday Night Sew-In, but that is exactly what I am going to do tonight.  I have been on a sewing slump.  Too much fabric and not enough ideas or motivation and a large mending and scrap cutting pile begging for my attention.  Last night I tackled them and got all my scraps cut and mending mended.  Tonight, I have many things I could do.  I could finish the picnic blanket quilt top I started over a year ago or finish a half made sling bag.  I have some fabric to “try” and make doggie boots for the winter and a greatful tester to try them out since I don’t have a dog.  I am also looking at making some small Christmas gifts, and I have a lovely pattern named “This and That” that I won from Wedding Dress Blue back in July.  I also have a friend on Facebook that has designed a simple yet beautiful quilt who is providing me with measurements.

So, it’s time to shut the computer off and head home from work to have some quality time with the sewing machine.

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FSNI Results: My Quilt is finally done

I participated in the Friday Night Sew In this afternoon.  I had a wisdom tooth pulled yesterday and wanted to sew while I had energy and before I took my evening pain killers, so I sewed mid afternoon.

I had started this quilt in December 2010 as my first quilt and before I started blogging or buying insane amounts of fabric.  Before I really knew how to quilt.  I made some errors first time around but that taught me not to do them on all the subsequent quilts I have made and sold or gifted.  It has been sitting in the closet for months begging to be completed.  Always on the back of my mind.  I might have finished it earlier if not for the kitchen painting and tiling and deck staining that has been occupying my time.

But I am one who hates to leave a project unfinished no matter how long ago I started it.  I had finished free motion quilting it on Wednesday night and all that was left was to trim and bind.  Not a whole lot of work, but it my current condition, I am amazed I got it done.

Pardon the cat climbing under the left corner.

And ignore the lump from the cat hiding under the quilt.

And ignore the cat at the bottom of the quilt trying to climb it.


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The Big Quilt Project – Results

Well, I did it!  I completed the Big Quilt Project with a couple days to spare.  These were for my 3 neices and 2 nephews for their Christmas gifts this year instead of the typical gift card or envelope of money that normally gets spent on the most useless and mundane items that a child between 13-21 can get their hands on.  The kids loved their quilts and have something that will last quite a long time!

Here they are!

For Nikki:








For Ashley:








For Mackenzie:








For Thomas:








And last but not least, this one was for Christopher:









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Friday Night Sew-In

What?  How did I start my Friday Night Sew-In without registering?  How did I miss that?

So, here is what I plan on doing/have partially done.

Press the backing and quilt top.  Sandwich and pin together.  I would love to sew, but that might not happen tonight.

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Friday Night Sew-In

I am participating in the Friday Night Sew-In today and it couldn’t have come at a better time.  I have two quilts that need the 2 backing pieces sewn together and then they need to be sandwiched and pinned and FMQ’d.  I also have the fifth and final quilt to the Big Quilt Project that needs to be started.  The fabric is on the cutting board and the pattern is simple.  Alternating 3 inch blocks.  Simple.  Very nice results and quilt easy to get results as I am sewing 5 x 3.5 strips of fabric together, then cutting into the blocks.  I will probably  even get assistance from my little helper!

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Big Quilt Project – I need your help!

I am working on the 4th quilt of my Big Quilt Project where 5-7 quilts need to be completed by Christmas and I really need your assistance.  I bought these 3 fabrics and they looked great in the fabric store but now I am not sure.  I decided on a design and now I am triple guessing myself.

Here is the original design.  I don’t like it so much.







Here is an alternate option.  Not so bad.







And another one.  I think this might be my favourite.







And a final one.  I like this one too.  Perhaps this could be the 5th quilt I need to make.







Both of these quilts are for men.  What do you think?


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Friday Night Sew-In Results – Quilt #4

Tonight, of all the projects I have on the go, I began a new quilt!  This is quilt # 4 of my Big Quilt Project where I need to have 5-7 quilts completed by Christmas.  Quilts 1 & 2 are completed and # 3 needs to be sandwiched, but I did not feel like doing that tonight.

I began by cutting a lot of 6.25 inch squares then I cut them into quarters.








After this was done, I sewed them together to get half squares.  Then ironed them.  Then sewed each half together to get 42 5.25 inch (I think) squares.  I remembered tonight how much I hate ironing things but am glad I am starting to make progress on this one finally.  The fabric has been taunting me for 3 weeks.






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Friday Night Sew-In

I am participating in the Friday Night Sew-In as soon as I get home from work.

Tonight, I will either sandwich and begin quilting the Splash, begin working on a new quilt that is part of the Big Quilt Project or perhaps work on a secret project but then I can’t tell you about it until the recipient receives it.  I am glad hockey season is upon us now.  It keeps the Mr. occupied and gives me more sewing time!

Happy sewing tonight!

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WIP Wednesday

I’m back with my weekly WIP.

Here is my list.  I feel as though I have made some decent progress.  I am still hopeful that I will get the 5 quilts done by Christmas and I have booked a day off work (I have 14 days to take this year still) to dedicate to sewing.  It will be a happy day!

  • Quilt 1 – Splash – Fabric has been cut for the border and will be sewn on in the next couple days.  Still need to cut the back  but since it is a solid and the same colour as the border, this will be fast.
  • Quilt 2 – The Un-named Enigma.  I cannot figure out a name for this one.  The border is sewn on and i need to do the backing, then pin and FMQ.  Can anyone help with a name?
  • Quilt 3 – Sophisti-Pink  – This one is almost all done.  It just needs the binding and then a wash and dry!
  • Quilt 4 – Bought the fabric at 50% off!  Score!!  I bought soo much that I can actually make 2 with this colour.  It’s a blue and white gingham with a matching solid blue.  YAY!
  • Quilt 5 – same fabric – different pattern as #4 perhaps
  • Kitty Quilts
  • Covered Kitty Bed
  • Quilt 6 – if time permits before Christmas
  • Quilt 7 – if time permits before Christmas
  • Beach Bag
  • Wallet
  • Sleep masks

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