Get it done! ~ Summer Moon BOM

11.18.2019

Summer Moon was a block of the month I started last April. I was super excited to make this one! I dove right in and cut everything out. I got it all organized and wrote extensive notes on post-it notes in the book. I quickly sewed the first two months blocks and then...

I was over it...

I'm not the only one who does this, right?? 🤷‍♀️ 



 The setup for Summer Moon's block of the month program has you make 3 different blocks in 3 different sizes. So actually, there were 9 blocks to make in a month. This was part of the reason I stalled. I was overwhelmed to the point where I seriously considered scrapping it altogether. If I hadn't had all the pieces already cut out, I probably would have. Instead, I set it aside until I was ready to tackle it again. 



Last week, I decided to test the waters and make one block in all three sizes. It went together fairly painlessly and I gained my confidence back. I made a few more, and a few more after that. Several days later, they were all finished. Really! It took far less time to finish that I thought! I find it to be true about a lot of things, the actual job takes far less time than what I think it will. I overthink about far too many things and psych myself out. 



Now that the blocks were finished the next step was to get them all framed. The cleverness of how this quilt is assembled is what made me want to make it in the first place. And, now I was really loving this project again and excited to see them completed.


I don't even mind that I lost a few points on some of the stars. 


And here they all are!!


Until I am ready to baste and quilt it, I am leaving the blocks unassembled.  


As a reward, I am going to break open the Vintage Holiday fat quarter bundle 
to make a quick and easy Christmas quilt.🎄😄 No overthinking allowed!



iMac ~ Retired

11.15.2019

 iMac is now retired...

For the past 10 years, my iMac has never given me any trouble. None. The only thing wrong with it is  it's outdated and hasn't been able to be updated since 2015. When I bought my MacBook Pro 4 years ago, it became my main machine, while my iMac was mainly used for streaming TV shows while I sewed. For the last couple of years that had become a frustrating endeavor. Nothing was clear and often the computer would freeze. Time for a change...


Now I have a Roku stick to stream Netflix and Amazon Prime on a Sony monitor. It has made watching TV a much better experience. 


I am not ready to fully let the iMac go. It can still do computer things, it just can't do heavy graphics, so it got moved to the upstairs office. 

And speaking of retirement...

I retired in July. It seemed silly to make a fuss when I had only been working for 5 years and part-time, at that, so I never mentioned it. That's the reason why I have been able to get so much sewing done lately. I miss the ladies and the creative energy from the shop, but I am so happy to be home again. My days are filled with keeping the home, sewing, and Bible studies with my church friends. 

I am content, happy...
and grateful.

Fig Tree and a Rainbow

11.12.2019

Fig Tree is done and ready to be enjoyed!! I think it looks pretty laying on the grass with the colorful leaves. 


I quilted it with orange silk thread on the front and Aurifil orange thread on the back. 


I also finished the 25 patch rainbow quilt I made last February and got it out of the to-do pile and into the done. 


My to-do pile is really small now! I feel far less overwhelmed and more ready to tackle the Summer Moon BOM, the Zuma Shimmer quilt and maybe start a Christmas quilt out of Vintage Holiday now that Christmas is around the corner! 

How are you all doing with your to-do projects? 


Sweet Pea

11.04.2019

I am back with another finish of sorts. Not only was my goal to finish the tops that I had finished piecing, but to finish the projects that have been cut out and partially pieced. This one falls in the latter category. This project also meets another goal of mine which is to make a top with the patterns I have purchased over the years but have never been used. Fortunately, I don't have too many of those because I am not a pattern or quilt book collector. I am very picky about what ones I buy. 

Last April I chose Sweet Pea by The Pattern Basket pattern to showcase my stash of Lecien's Flower Sugar fabric. I had the blocks all cut out and sorted. All I needed to do was sew. I took a couple of weeks to do a few here and there between my other finishes. 


Gotta love my design floor! *wink*


I love the bright and happy colors!


I decided to not add the final border that the pattern calls for, so it finishes at 48" x 57".  A very nice baby size quilt or lap quilt. 


I have it basted and ready for quilting, but I don't know how I will quilt it yet, so I am going to let it sit for a while. In the meantime, I want to go through my patterns that haven't been used yet and see which one catches my attention. 

Thank you all for your encouragement! Have a happy week! 

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