2017 Q1 Finish-A-Long, Finish #6

This was a big one, but I did it! First quilt for my own bed after 11 years of quilting. I am not a fan of doing king sized I decided, but I am a fan of how they look in the end.

Splendid Sampler is complete!! This is made with all Marcia Derse fabrics except two small pieces.

I am so happy to have the binding done. I used a new method by machine and love it. I’ll talk about that another day.

Pancho glad I’m done too.

Last 4 Blocks Splendid Sampler Complete – Block 88, 91 ,99, 100

I am so happy to have these done. Now I am starting to piece the top together. Hoping to have the top done by tomorrow. I am pretty happy with being on time finishing this when at 50 blocks I was on 20. I am so excited to use this on my new king size bed since it will be large enough.

Here are the final 4 blocks:

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Block 88 Love is the Answer by Pat Wys. I personalized it and put the year and my name instead of Love-Peace-Joy.

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Block 91 Gran’s Button Jar by Lynette Anderson. This was the toughest one for me to finish. I love the way hand embroidery looks when I finish it, but it is hard for me to start it. I’m also just learning it so I don’t like my quality, but I am learning to accept everything about myself including my imperfections.

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Block 99 Four Corner Spinwheel by Kimberly Einmo

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Block 100 Centred by Kate Spain

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These are all the print outs of all the blocks plus the bonus blocks. Yep, probably would have been cheaper to buy the book! :p This was a fun and tiring process. I am so thankful for the two great people who put this all together. I can’t imagine how exhausted they are completing this project.  Now I’m off to piece the top together.

Splendid Sampler Blocks 31, 75, 95, 96, 97, 98, and Bonus Block One Million Pillowcase Challenge

These are the newest blocks I have finished this past week.

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Block 31 Blossoming by Jenny Reynolds. This is only my 3rd try at hand embroidery.

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Block 75 Stitch Crazy by Kathy Schmitz. My 2nd try at hand embroidery.

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Block 95 Sunshine by Kim Niedzwiecki

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Block 96 In the Sunshine by Cheryl Arkison

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Block 97 First Purse by Di Murphy

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Block 98 Fleur di Lei by Lynn Harris

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Bonus Block from American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge.

I only have left the two hand applique blocks, Gran’s Button Jar and Love is the Answer and the two blocks to be released this week.

The only two blocks that I am choosing not to make are Block 20 Nature’s Walk and Block 36 Inchy Hexagon Club. Otherwise I also pieced all the Bonus Blocks except the paid ones. This has been a fun experience, but I can’t wait to have this top completed.

Here is my buddy that was assisting me through the hand embroidery. He wasn’t making it easy…

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Splendid Sampler Block 72-81, 94, Bonus Block Back-to-school, 28, & 22

This past week I have very SLOWLY been working on catching up on those splendid sampler blocks that I had pre-cut with my mom here. I finished the following blocks:

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Block 22 Goose on the Loose by Amy Udall Smart

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Block 28 Stitching Fashion by Charise Randell

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Block 72 Full Star by Victoria Findlay Wolfe

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Block 73 +Love by Jennifer Albaugh

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Block 74 Button Basket by Karen Soltys

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Block 76 Little Things by Jacquelynne Steves

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Block 77 Prism by Sara Lawson

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Block 78 Jersey by Carrie Nelson

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Block 79 Spool of Inspirational Threads by Melanie Barrett

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Block 80 Heartstring Star by Elizabeth Dackson

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Block 81 With Love From by Cat Demack

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Block 94 Skyscrapers by Stacey Lowe

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Bonus Block – Back to School by Melissa Corry Design

Splendid Sampler Catchup

I am being good. I swear! I am in a lot of pain today, but I stayed on the couch decently well. Luckily cutting blocks  kept me there. I was catching up on the 25-30 splendid sampler blocks I was behind on. I took a picture of the finished blocks and the ones I have cut and are ready for piecing today. (See helper one, Nico, on the back of the couch).

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Once I am done with these, I have 9 more to cut, then I have to piece them all. Once I piece them all I will have 103 quilt blocks. I plan on completing 7 more for a total of 110. I also cut the pieces for the 110 alternate blocks. Thanks to Texas Quilting for the idea (https://texasquilting.org/).

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That will make this officially the largest quilt I have ever made. Luckily we just bought a king size bed therefore this will be a great use for this huge quilt. Without a border it will be 120in x 132in wowsers and all of it made from Marcia Derse fabrics both old and new.

And here is helper #2 (Pancho): “I’m helping mama!” He is being such a brat since he lost his play partner. He doesn’t have anyone to get his energy out anymore 😦

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I don’t remember the last few days too well so I’m sorry if this is a repeat, but last week Friday I had hurnia surgery and we have to put our 4 year old beautiful, pesky, amazing Bengal baby, Enzo, down. He had a cancerous tumor on his heart and we didn’t even know it until the last week. We thought all the human food we were feeding him was possibly giving him diabetes so we took him in. Not the end result we were expecting. 😦

Here is a glorious memory of him 🙂 Luckily he was a very loved kitty and had a great life. We took well over 150 photos of him and keep finding more every day. Like this one:

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We also have tons of videos of him too. Here he is helping mommy cut strips for this quilt.

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!

Even More Splendid Sampler

Yesterday and today I finished the following blocks:

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Block 60 – Hearts and Flowers by Fiona Ransley. My first attempt at Embroidery.

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Bonus Block – Earth Day by Cheryl Arkison

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Block 42 – Pencils by Jane Davidson

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Block 65 – Stripe and Flowers by Siobhan Rogers

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Block 66 – Happy Thoughts by Vanessa Goertzen

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Block 67 – Bobbin Chase by Scott Hansen

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Block 27 – Sewing Machine by Pat Sloan

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Block 68 – Wild Rose by Pat Sloan

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Block 17 – Family Stars by Kimberly Jolly

AND MY MISTAKE! Be sure to trial a new product prior to using is for something very noticable. I tried this “wash away” paper to make my 2nd embroidery block only to discover it doesn’t wash away very well.

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Now I’m back to using my tweezers. You can see I already did this on one of the stars and started in on the red petals. At least I can salvage my work. *cry*

On another note, I have less than 10 blocks to catch up and two of those blocks are already cut, just not pieced. See you all again next weekend!

More Splendid Sampler Catchup

I am trialing 4 – 10 hour days at work so I had a bonus day off today. In my bonus day I cleaned the laundry room and litter boxes, took a 3-hour nap due to this cold that is apparently trying to take over my body and what do you know, caught up on more splendid sampler blocks.

I am really enjoying this 2-block of the week challenge that is pushing outside my box, but I will be glad when this is over. My goal of 2017 is to stop starting new projects. I need to join one of those blogs that has a WIP/UFO challenge. I keep making quilt tops and then just never finishing them. It isn’t that I don’t like my long arm, but it isn’t in the room with all my other fun items and I’m always so excited to start something new. Also, I used to do client quilts so when I finished a top for myself it went into a pile so now I am uber behind!

Anyhow, on to the blocks I finished today. I now have 58 finished blocks. I figured out yesterday that my final goal is 110 blocks. The 100 blocks plus 10 bonus blocks. Right now I am headed to 111 blocks (due to finishing 10 bonus blocks) so I need to drop a future block.

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Block 38 Vintage Flower Basket by Pam Vieira McGinnis

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Block 25 Sunday Best by Anne Sutton

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Block 32 Constant Needle by Laurie Simpson

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Block 29 Scrappy Heart by Christa Watson ( I don’t like the lack of enough contrast with the background, but I figured with 109 other blocks, who cares or is going to notice?).

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Block 30 Simple Surprises by Amy Ellis

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Block 21 Sweet Candy by Kris Thurgood

If this quilt doesn’t accomplish anything else it has accomplished at least one thing. It has accomplished teaching me to stop being so competitive with myself. This isn’t a competition quilt and it doesn’t have to be perfect. Stop stressing yourself, this is supposed to be fun! (And I have started listening!)

September 18 Splendid Sampler Catchup

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Block 26 Dreaming of Dresdens by Jane Davidson

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Block 51 Bee Happy by Katja Marek. I didn’t english paper piece this one, but used regular paper piecing. Therefore I skipped the tail for one less Y seam. I may still add the honeycomb, but not right now.

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Block 61 Traveler by Pat Sloan

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Block 62 Hens and Chicks by Heidi Kaisand

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Block 63 The Icing on the Cake by Kim Christopherson

That is all for today 🙂 I have now completed 52. I am quickly catching up, now.