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The Granddaughter’s Housewarming Present

Mister’s granddaughter, who I proudly claim as my granddaughter too (even though she’s actually old enough to be my daughter… Or rather, I’m young enough to be her mother. Nevermind, that’s probably a story for another day. Or not. Annnyyyyyywayyyyy). She turned 18 in November and graduated from high school shortly thereafter.  6 months early! This granddaughter is a highly motivated, independent and smart young woman. And she is taking charge of life and planning/organizing/living it well.

While we have enjoyed watching her grow up these past few years that she has lived near us, we recently had the privilege of being invited to her first “this is my own place” for a housewarming party.  And I immediately decided to make her a set of four placemats and napkins.

Placemats & Napkins

Placemats & Napkins

I only had about three days to decide on a pattern, buy fabric, and get everything made.  On Tuesday night I discovered Elizabeth Hartman’s Color Block Placemats + Napkins sew along on Sew Mama Sew.  On Wednesday we had errands to run, shopping to do, and appointments to attend to, so I all I was able to get done that day was a run to Hobby Lobby to pick up the fabrics, and then pre-wash and iron them that evening.

Hobby Lobby fabrics

Hobby Lobby fabrics

I am NOT a fan of the Hobby Lobby material.  But I did not have time to order any from my usual shops, so I had to make do.  They had some nice looking fabrics in colors that the granddaughter mentioned she liked (darker neutrals and neutrals), so I picked them up and hoped for the best.  I also found some Kona in the Sand color there, and added that to the bundle as well.  There is such an obvious difference in the quality of fabric that after I assembled the placemats I fused some Pellon SF101 to the back just to add some sturdiness to them.

Napkin

Napkin

The first day of sewing I was able to get all the fabrics cut, and the napkins done.  The second day I pieced the placemats, quilted them and completely finished the binding on two of them.  On the third day (the day of the party) I finished handsewing the binding to the back of the placemats.  I actually had about 4 hours to spare… which seems to be the norm for me. *sigh*  One day I’ll do better at planning ahead!

Quilting on the reverse side of the placemat.  Also, I remembered to add my personalized label!

Quilting on the reverse side of the placemat. Also, I remembered to add my personalized label!

I think the granddaughter liked the placemat/napkin set.  It looks fancier than I wanted, and I had to tell her that they were meant to be used. Hopefully she’ll use them! I actually like this pattern so much that I may make some for the house here.  I also may make them for some Christmas presents too.

Way to go, granddaughter!! We are so proud of you and so happy for you!

“Gramma C”

 


To-Do Tuesday: 2-11-14

To Do Tuesday button I’ve decided to start doing a blog post on every Tuesday that notes my current “To-Do” list.  I even made an image to go with each post.  I’m pretty proud of it, as simple as it is, given my mediocre skills with Gimp. As in, I have none. I have a main To-Do page that encompasses the major projects I am planning on getting done throughout the year.  That list is just not enough. I have felt a little overwhelmed recently with all the blocks and projects I am trying to get done every week and/or month.  The Riley Blake Challenge quilt (yes, I am STILL working on that) has really needed to be my sole focus for the past few weeks, but I have put a few other projects first. Since I am really getting serious about the RBC quilt, I am now behind on a few things.  In order to clear my mind of the constant nagging, I think a list here will help me get rid of the brain clutter and help me focus on the current project at hand. Here’s current list of To-Do’s for this week:

  • Finish Quilting Riley Blake Challenge Quilt Done Feb 12th
  • Bind, wash & enter RBC quilt on the finished entries post Done Feb 13th
  • Make Modern InstaBee block for bnpiper Done Feb 16th
  • Make Feb 4th Vintage Quilt Revival blocks Done Feb 17th
  • Fix Skillbuilder Ruler block Done Feb 17th
  • Make February Sugar Block Club block: Got pieces cut out and ready to sew
  • Make January Bag of the Month
  • Make February Bag of the Month

I was considering turning the above image into a coded button for sharing and making a linky party if anyone is interested in noting their To-Do’s every Tuesday along with me?  I am not a big blog, so I don’t have a big readership to give your blog more exposure… but it might be fun to have an accountability partner(s) of sorts?  Let me know if this sounds like something you’d be interested in.  Otherwise… Happy sewing and have fun getting your To-Do list crossed off!

On Edit: Since I’ve had one commenter interested in linking up (YAY!), I’ll go ahead and add a linky party!  So, I suppose I should add a rule, or two.

Rules:

  1. Grab the blog button and add it to your To-Do Tuesday blog post.
  2. Add your link below to your To-Do Tuesday blog post.
  3. Visit at least one to two other blogs and leave a nice comment! (Hopefully I’ll get one or two other blogs to link up to make this rule possible…LOL)

That’s it!  Let’s have fun getting our to-do lists done! (Totally didn’t mean to rhyme that…) Linky below.

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Sunday Stash #4: #thegreatfabricdestash

Instagram has been a great way of connecting with other quilters/sewists/sewers/people-who-sew (choose your preferred title, ya’ll). It was also amazing to watch unfold on instagram what would pretty much be considered a massive virtual swap-meet of people needing to destash. And I was able to snag some fabrics I have been really pining over.

I really just started sewing in the last two years, and ended up missing most of the releases of Tula Pink’s fabric lines. So I was glad to snag some prints from her Parisville line. I literally squealed when I opened the package and saw the fabrics. They are so much more gorgeous in real life than in any picture I’ve seen them in.

Beautiful, beautiful Parisville

Beautiful, beautiful Parisville

The other fabrics I managed to get in thegreatdestash was this fat quarter bundle of Melody Miller Typewriter fabric. I wasn’t in the quilting/sewing world when this line was released, but fell in love with it as soon as I saw other people post pictures of projects made with the fabrics. I bought this bundle from Gina_Pina on instagram, and she even added some lovely scraps and a Melody Miller Typewriter sticker to the bundle. Thanks, Gina Pina… I absolutely love these fabrics!

I drool every time I look at these Melody Miller Typewriter fabrics

I drool every time I look at these Melody Miller Typewriter fabrics

I didn’t go crazy during the destash, but I did get some of two fabric lines that I have been loving on from afar. And I’m very pleased with that!

*sigh*

*sigh*

Linking up with the ever fabulous and always inspirational, Molli Sparkles Kate Quilts.

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Vintage Quilt Revival: Week 2 Blocks

Finally got my blocks done this week for the Vintage Quilt Revival.  I got them finished just under the wire! Whew!

I worked on a quilting plan for my challenge project this week and got the quilt top marked up for it.  I decided to finish my VQR blocks today, rather than starting the quilting on the challenge quilt and getting behind on these blocks.

Classic Mosaic block

Classic Mosaic block

These blocks are lot of fun to make.  I am loving the Modern Solids 2 fabrics, and especially using the grey in the blocks. My husband even says, “Oh… That’s a nice one!” with every single block I make.  

Window Pane block

Window Pane block

Really enjoying this block-along, and glad I’m able to keep up with the two-blocks-per-week pace!

Linking up with Sukie — Don’t you know who I am?

Vintage Quilt Revival Block Along