Hard Weekend, Mentally

This weekend was very difficult for me. I was super depressed. I kept pacing the house feeling like something was wrong. My anxiety was high and I was exhausted. This is why I don’t like fall. I love the color changes and the smell, but not the winter blues. I even tried quilting on Saturday and then cut a few things too small pulled out a bunch of pieces and spent 1 hour with nothing achieved. This didn’t help me. SO I just slept… and slept… and slept some more. I did get myself to work on my EPP a bit. I almost have the star row around my rosette complete. I’m a little further than this picture shows. I’m loving these colors together!

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Then today I decided at 7:30am I needed to stop sleeping and needed to actually get something done to get out of this slump. So I took a shower, ate breakfast and went up to my quilt room. AND I ACCOMPLISHED THINGS! YAY! Now I feel 100x better. I even made fajitas for dinner!

The Splendid Sampler blocks I completed!

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Block 71 – First Stitch by Kerry Green: I did a completely different color combination that was just calling out to me.

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Block 70 – Bows by Jane Davidson: I used up the last of my background on this one. Luckily it is super busy because I had a piece a few pieces together to have enough to finish the block.

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Block 69 – Full Circle by Holly DeGroot: This one took me the longest to piece. I feel like I am looking out a submarine window for some reason.

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Block 64 – Rising Star by Kathy Brown

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Bonus Block – October Pumpkin by Pat Sloan

The I did my October Aurifil Designer of the Month block.

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Chip off the Old Block by Kathy Brown: I was happy to have large squares to use this beautiful blue fabric in.

Here are all my blocks for this year thus far:

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It is amazing how as you add in more blocks they start all working together. There was a few I was worried about before since they are all random scraps, but they are all starting to fit in. I think I will be using medium to dark grey for the sashing. I am hoping that will help bring the black into it. We will see.

Then my phone saw this beautiful view and I just had to take a picture! Splendid Sampler blocks on the design wall with Marcia Derse fabrics and Aurifil Designer of the month blocks on the floor. My idea of a sexy room!

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Tomorrow, back to work. The drywallers are starting to work on our basement tomorrow so *fingers crossed* by Christmas my quilting stuff and I will be in the daylight basement!

Birthday Weekend 

Saturday, Sept 10 I worked on the new Splendid Sampler block.

Hearts & Flowers by Fiona Ransley. This is an embroidery block. I decided to add in a little applique and embroidery the rest when I get the threat to did so. 

Then I packed everything up for my class on Sunday. I look a class by Deb Karasik called Batik Wheels. 

The fabrics are all going to be my hand died fabrics that I made at AQS. 

Monday and Tuesday I spent at my Grandma’s funeral with family. Here is my family. About 5 cousins are missing, but everyone else is there. 

My mom is in the teal. I am two down on the left (when looking at the photo, her right) with half my head shaved.  Saying “I’m the one wearing back” wouldn’t help. Grandma was buried at the Mennonite Church near Fayette, Ohio, USA. 

I visited my Great Grandma and Grandpa while I was there. 

Also during the trip to stay calm while talking to all the family I pieced part of another rosette in my La Passacaglia quilt. 

The stars around it will have more orange to bring it back in. 

EPP Update

I got my first rosette complete in my La Passacaglia quilt. I have most of the pieces cut and pasted for the second rosette. I’ll have to take a picture of that one later. 

I also finished the edges of the applique on a few Splendid Sampler blocks. I think I finally found my favorite stitch choice to finish the edges of raw edge applique. 

That is all for today. Until next time! 

Weekend Catchup – A Little of This, A Little of That

This weekend I got a lot accomplished. I took my husband for Lasik eye surgery on Friday morning so I had the rest of the day to quilt. We also had nothing else planned for this weekend (thank goodness). The next two weekends we will have company. Summers fly by so quickly!

So this weekend I worked on 3 projects. The first was a few of the Splendid Sampler blocks. I am catching up on my longarm quilting so I will be able to catch up on my splendid sampler blocks. I finish the following blocks this weekend.

These blocks just needed to appliqued. I finished them by machine appliqueing. I used the raw edge method.

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Block 14: Flying High

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Bonus Block: Just For You

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Bonus Block: Easter

The next couple of blocks I picked out the fabrics and pieced them together.

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Block 35: The Wishful Garden

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Block 34: Lemonade

Then I worked on my La Passacaglia rosette. I was piecing it during my husband’s 3 hour surgery visit. I got the next layer on and it is becoming real. I’m starting to put together the stars for the next ring, now.

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Last, but not least, I finished my red and white wall quilt. I called it Freedom because when I look at it I feel peaceful and relaxed and well, free. The pattern is of my own design. The tree is made of 1/2″ finished half square triangles. I used a tree from the Primitive Gatherings Little Gatherings book. The flying geese are came from Pieces and Press Blog and I reused the paper pieced pattern. The quilting inspiration came from quiltingismytherapy.com’s blog.

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The little guy that you can’t see too well in this photo is a little kitten.He is trying to reach the elephant.