Serious Catch-up **UPDATED**

I have a great deal of catch-up to do today. I think it has been an entire month since I have posted. I could list a million reasons why but instead I think it’s more important to move forward (who knows maybe admissions will leak out as we move ahead **wink, wink**).

So, in the spirit of moving forward here is what is going on in Rhonda’s world:

1 – Let me start with the most important…Today is Sunday, March 1st…..which means today my girl turns 4…four, quatro, quatre, vier….no matter how I say it, she is growing up.

Here’s my girl being super silly the other day:

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2 – The cat did eventually get a name. I was so busy with snow storms, work and **oops, I wasn’t going to do that was I**. Ok, cat’s name. If you follow me on IG than you know she was dubbed Neuro. I know, its a strange name but it fits her to a Tee. She is the most Neurotic animal I have ever seen. For example, she will only eat food that is all the same shape, she scratches the outside of her litter box BEFORE and AFTER she uses it. That list could go on forever. She has many neurotic quirks. So, Neuro stuck. Of course, my husband rarely says it right (more to annoy me than anything) so I’m not sure she knows her name, but she knows her favorite room, my sewing room!

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3 – While visiting Miss Callee this month (I told you reasons would leak out) we decided I would wouldn’t go back for her birthday thereby making 2 trips to Michigan in about 2 weeks. Instead husband, daughter and I are meeting son, daughter-in-law and Callee about half way in just a couple weeks and spending a couple days. I can’t tell you how excited I am. All my kids (well, the birthed ones) in one place! Such fun.

The reason I am telling you this is because I have 2 dresses to make for Callee (Happy Birthday) and hopefully one for me (if time allows). I am using this fabric for Callee’s:

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They are knits from Girl Charlee. Now that I have my serger I am not afraid to work with knits. The feather print has some significance for Callee and I but she probably won’t remember it. Her and I found a feather once while on a walk. We saved it and petted it and she thought it was the coolest thing (I think she was around 2). I will never forget that moment so when I seen that fabric and her mom expressed interest in it I was sold. BTW, I don’t think I ever showed y’all the dress I made her for Christmas….

Callees christmas dress 2014

It’s made with Tula Pink Bumble Fabric that I purchased at Quilter’s Square and MadebyRae’s Charlie Tunic Pattern with the Dress Add On. I adore her patterns and have made a couple of them but own several. I will get around to the others eventually. She loves her “Bug Dress”. The one thing I will say about making Callee clothes….I wish she were closer so I could fit her BEFORE they are done. I had to make adjustments on this so she didn’t get it until February (when I went back to see her). BUT I did give her mom a measuring tape so hopefully we can avoid this issue in the future.

4 – Another big piece of new is I FINALLY HAVE A FINISH….

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I realize I am not showing much and that is because I can’t just yet. I need to finish the other 3 before I show them off. This is #1 of the Hero Quilts. I am sewing the binding on #2 and just about the start quilting #3. I NEED to finish these quilts for my own mental well being. I am sick to death of them!!!!

5 -In more news…. I have started a couple more quilts….UGH!!! I just couldn’t help myself. Hello, my name is Rhonda and I have a chronic starting problem!!!

I started a QAL with Melissa Corry at Happy Quilting. It’s called the Irish Chain Twist QAL and I am really enjoying myself. It is simple and the steps are minimal. Here are a few pics of my steps:

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Neuro doesn’t always make my sewing easier. But she does make life more fun!

 

I have also started a  Stereo Quilt by Jaybird Quilts. This one is for my spare room and while the bed is queen size I decided to make the quilt in King so you just have to throw it on there without much thought. The pieces are all cut, BUT just taking my time. Too many quilts….not enough time!  **UPDATED A COUPLE HOURS LATER – apparently I already told y’all about this but eh – such is my poor feeble memory**

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I have more to say but I think I am going to stretch some of this out for other days. I mean there is such a thing as information overload. This is simply what I feel y’all have missed.

Plus, I have a question that I don’t want to get lost in the mix so I will go and type up a couple more posts and schedule those…Hopefully I can keep this going. UGH!

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#swoon2013 – part 2

I am 2/3 of the way in my block progress. Well that is what I thought back when I wrote #swoon2013 – Part 1. Back then, I thought I needed 30 blocks – 6 rows of 5 blocks. Now that I have 20 blocks done I am not so sure – more on that in a minute. For now let’s look at my 20 blocks:

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The top 10 are the last ones I made, the bottom 10 are the first ones I made.

I have laid the blocks back out on my bed to see where we are. Here they are laid out on my bed:

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You will notice I have one of the blocks tucked around a pillow. This is the way I will make my bed so I needed to make sure there was enough to tuck. After all this I am thinking I only need 5 rows of 5 blocks, instead of the 6 rows of 5 blocks like I originally thought.

So….now I only need to make 5 more blocks!! Woo Hoo! I will be adding a bit of Gracie Girl to the mix of fabric as well.

I have a question for all of you, my readers….

When making the bed, there will be room for either 2 king pillows or 3 regular pillows. BUT due to my husband’s need to build a fort while he is sleeping, we have 3 king and 3 regular pillows. Which brings me to my question….

How do I incorporate those extra pillows into my bed ensemble without it being overwhelming? Know this….my husband is NOT going to take off any frou frou covers before bed!

Can’t wait to hear your ideas!!

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Myrtle

I have been a bit amazed by how quickly some of these UFOs have come together….and here’s another one.

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I started Myrtle, the Mystery Quilt, in early 2011. It was a mystery quilt by Sheila of Bluepatch Quilting.  I did not finish all the blocks but the parts I did complete were so much fun. Sheila is a talented quilter and very good at writing tutorials. Seems I recall rumor of Sheila turning the mystery quilt into a pattern but I can’t find it anywhere (if anyone knows where it is, please tell me so I can link to it). UPDATE: Sheila indeed is selling her pattern in her Etsy Shop!

myrtle side

The quilting on this is something I have been wanting to try for quite some time. This quilt has some serious saggy bits so it was quite the struggle to quilt. My larger circle arcs are a bit scary up close but babies don’t look at that sort of thing!!

myrtle front up close

I did machine binding again but I think I was (a) too tired – it was late and I wanted to get her in the wash and (b) I rushed a bit because I was tired and wanted to finish. BUT I am still pleased with the binding.

myrtle front

myrtle back

Oh and I actually got a decent roll picture so I will include one this time:

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Here’s her deets:

Quilt Stats

Name: Myrtle the Mystery Quilt
Made for: Some unsuspecting baby somewhere
Fabric: Who even knows?!
Thread: Quilting – Star Machine Quilting Thread Variegated in Black Pinstripes
Batting: Warm & Natural 100% Cotton
Size: 45″ x 55″
Quilting: bulleye(ish)
Pattern: Mystery Stars by BluePatch Quilter
 
EDITED TO ADD: This is part of my Q3 2013 Finish A Long Plan of Attack and therefore I am linking up as a Q3 2013 finish.

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#swoon2013 – part 1

I am 1/3 of the way in my block progress. Well that is what I think as of right now. I think I need 30 blocks – 6 rows of 5 blocks. With sashing and all I think that will be plenty. We will see. I think when you see the following pictures you will agree.

First let’s talk about the fabric I am using. I am using all of Lori Holt‘s lines. From my knowledge I am using everything she has ever created in fabric form. I have the following lines: Sew Cherry, Daisy Cottage, Bake Sale, Millie’s Closet, and Polka Dot Stitches. I hope to add Gracie Girl in as soon as it comes out which is supposed to be in August. I love that all her lines work so well together.

Here are the 10 blocks all together:

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They are playing well together don’t  you think? I am crossing lines in the blocks and you can’t even tell. here is a prime example of that:

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This blocks has Sew Cherry (the floral) and Millie’s Closet in it. So lovely!!

Here are all the blocks laid out on my bed:

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See how I think a 6 x 5 layout will work? What do you think? Well, plenty more blocks to sew but I think they will have to wait until next month as I have a ton more planned for this month….

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A Couple Monthly’s – July

I have completed a couple of July’s monthlys – Modern Stitching Bee & Sugar Block Club. My other monthly doesn’t come in until later in the month.

Here is the July Sugar Block Club block…

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It is a lovely block but I have to say it didn’t come out to size it was supposed to but I gave that battle up a long time ago with these blocks. I will sash them creatively when all is said and done. I am not sure what happened with this one because my PP bits weren’t even close to the size of the inside block…oh well!

This month’s queen for Modern Stitching Bee is none other than the lovely Mrs. Sew and Sow aka Nicky! Her quilt is going to be A.MA.ZING!! She has requested we all send her half a hexie mixed with pieced and solid triangles. The pieced triangles had y-seams so I was a bit concerned…much easier than I thought!

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The pieced triangles are from the book, Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers.

This is two more ticks off my July….wait till you see my WhiteBoard this week!!!

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Large Dresden Wall Hanging

It has been a few years….you think I am exaggerating but I am not! Here is proof! Oh yeah….I chose the fabric for this finish 2 1/2 years ago!

Well regardless….it is done!!!

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Before I could finish it I had to rip out a ton of quilting I had done it quite some time ago. I am so glad I took the time to do that! I took a different approach this time and it looks MUCH better! You can see the quilting much better from the back…

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My first thought was to use it as a table topper.

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But then I remembered my sewing room was curtain-less! I moved the curtains I made for my sewing room to my kitchen. So….

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Love it!!

**Edited to add**

Quilt Stats

Name: Large Dresden (ever so creative 😉
Made for: Me
Fabric: Hugs & Kisses by Linda Lum DeBono and Unknown white on white on front, backing is Cheap Talk by Connecting Threads
Thread: Pieced with CT Essential Thread Taupe, quilted with a Star Variegated Orange in bobbin and CT Essentials Thread White on top
Batting: Warm & Natural 100 % Cotton
Size: 30″ square
Quilting: Followed the dresdens to form a star then followed circles and tiny border

I have another finish (or two) for you tomorrow! Oh and Amazing Grace is almost done…I am stitching the binding down **my favorite part – NOT**!!

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Lettered Tea Cozy & Teabag Pouch #PatchworkPlease **GIVEAWAY**

Here we are at week 3 of the  Zakka Along 2.0 :: Patchwork Please. You can find details either in the link above or in theFlickr Group.

This week there are two projects: the Lettered Tea Cozy and the Tea Bag Pouch. I made the Lettered Tea Cozy even though I don’t use a ceramic teapot. Hopefully you will find that very pleasing at the end of this post (do you smell a giveaway?). It was quite straightforward to make, although I still find myself struggling with the author’s wording at times. I wonder if that is simply a culture thing? I have to say they aren’t so confusing that I feel I need clarification just enough to cause to me to pause & think (maybe this  is a good thing!! Hehehe). Regardless, I am enjoying myself!!!

The Tea Bag Pouch is ever so useful for me. I always have tea bags & equal in my purse. This pouch makes for a great place to keep them both. I will say that I wish the design had called for elastic instead of ribbon for the closure – ribbon doesn’t seem very sturdy. BUT again…its preference!!!

Here are my finished projects….

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Well, how you would like to win my tea cozy? I did add some jumbo ric rac on the bottom instead of lace as I didn’t have any lace (and maybe it is hiding a sin or two)….

I am going to create several ways you can obtain entries to the this giveaway. The choices are yours. You can enter as many times as you want…

  1. Follow me in one of my button on the top right side of my blog or let me know you already do (7 options).
  2. Follow me on Instagram or share this giveaway on IG (be sure to flag @gapquilter).
  3. Be a new subscriber to my podcast on iTunes.
  4. Leave a new review in iTunes.
  5. Pin one of my pictures (be sure to flag @gapquilter).

There you have up to five different entries. If you made the tea cozy yourself and wish to win this one as a gift I am ok with that!  I will leave this giveaway open for 10 days…closing it on 6/30 at midnight EST! Open to all my followers – regardless of your location!

Have a great day y’all and good luck!!

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I Need Your Help!

Recently I shared my Sugar Block Club blocks. This BOM is hosted by Amy at Stitchery Dickory Dock. She is a very talented quilter but beyond that she has her hands full with her family. She is a mother of four – two girls and a set of identical twins – and to top it all off they recently moved! Oh and did I mention, she is cute as a button herself?!?! Well, she is! I don’t know how she finds the energy to get dressed every day, let alone sew anything!

I am giving you a bit of a background because Amy is currently running a giveaway for those of us that are participating in the BOM – actually two giveaways in one. One is a random draw and the other is for the block with the most “likes”. This is where I need your help. I need you to go to this link… HERE … and look for the block labeled QiTG June, then click “like”. Simple no? Well, it would much simpler if I could just show you a picture of my block and you look for that but for whatever reason my linky picture didn’t work! But I will show you June’s block just for squats & giggles….

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Thank you, in advance, for helping a girl out. I would like to tell you to click on your favorite but that wouldn’t guarantee me a win so let’s not go there.

Oh, and before I forget, I have something for Lisa C who sent me a spectacular package….

There was a piece in there I don’t have so a great big thank you!!!

Well, that is all for today….please go click for me and check out Amy’s blog. She has some great Tutorials, Patterns, and inspiration. Oh and she was behind the 2012 Craftsy BOM. I think you will also enjoy the giveaway post!!!

Ta for now!

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Towels #PatchworkPlease

As you know, I am playing along with the Zakka Along 2.0 :: Patchwork Please. You can find details either in the link above or in theFlickr Group.

This week’s project is the Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Towels. This project was quite straight forward but I made it even more simple with my supplies. A couple weeks ago I was at the Wal-Mart and bought some new kitchen rugs from the clearance shelf. You might recall my “rug matches pedicure” post on IG. Right next to the rugs were some matching dishtowels. I used one of those and a couple of Dollar Store dishtowels I had on hand. This kept me from having to bind them! BONUS!!!

Here are three of them (the tan ones photograph funny)….

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Lunch
Lunch
Dinner
Dinner
Breakfast
Breakfast

In case you are curious, I took the pictures on my porch swing….

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After all the pictures were taken I put “lunch” out for display….

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Don’t they play well together?

This makes me want to paint my kitchen right now!!! BUT I first must decide if I plan on staying here….LOL

Next week we are making a Lettered Tea Cozy….that will certainly end up being a gift or maybe a giveaway (hmmmm).

BTW, are you Zakka Along-ing?

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Sugar Block Club blocks

I don’t think I have ever focused an entire post on my Sugar Block Club blocks so I thought it a good idea to do so.

Back in December I decided to use some of the hoarded much loved fabric I have on hand instead of buying anything new. After a gander through my extensive stash I came across a FQ bundle of Hometown by Sweetwater. It is one of my many favorites. Instead of a white background I decided to use black and it has proven to be quite the dramatic touch. Here is my fabric selection laid out waiting for my first block:

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Here are the individual blocks with the month in which they were stitched captioned under them:

May
May
March
March
June
June
January
January
February
February
April
April

Each month there is a recipe that goes along with the block pattern but I have only tried one of them as I have been on a diet and doing quite well I might add (I am not only at my goal weight but a bit under it).

The most challenging block was certainly February as it was a bit fussy to get the points to match up (of course they didn’t all match exactly in the end but close enough for me). But my favorite block so far is May. I realize there are some points that don’t match but that block seems to have shadows and just seems quite “wow”.

I am really loving this BOM and I may even make a sweet sometime soon seeming as how I am doing well with the weight loss. Since we are halfway through I think it is okay to look at the first six blocks all together:

Jan-June

I recently posted this pic on Instagram and stated I need to back off the red and some disagreed but I still thing I need to add a bit more of the yellow for balance reasons. and maybe a bit of the multicolor prints.

What do y’all think…more yellow & multi color prints or does it seem balanced already?

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