Tilting at Windmills

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I finished up my pre-stitching for the Betsy Morgan class.  I love the little windmill.  These two little panels stitched up pretty quick, which is good because my track record for pre-stitching hasn’t been so great.  I’m looking forward to this class in October.  
After finishing my pre-stitching Saturday night, I was a little adrift about what to work on next.  I really need to get back to And They Sinned.  And I’ve promised myself I am going to focus on AOTH, ATS and John Reed until they are finished.  (Of course Glory House was nowhere on that list!)  And now I’m really wanting to do some fall stitching.  But, I really should stick to the plan and finish some of these things that have been taking up space in my project basket closet.  
And speaking of new starts…I decided to sign up for the Tula Pink Sew Along hosted by Sew Sweetness.  I figured it was the perfect opportunity to get moving on my Kiss Kiss quilt made from Tula’s Parisville fabrics. 
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On Saturday, I busted out the rotary cutter and finished cutting out all of the fabric for the “spokes”.  That’s fifteen pieces from each of the ten fat quarters!  Once I finished with those, I moved on to fussy cutting my centerpieces from the Cameo fabric.  

Fussy Cutting Parisville Tula Pink
I managed to get three of the nine cut out before it was time to call it a day.  I’m looking forward to getting all my cutting done so that I can start sewing!  
And even though I’m just getting started on my very first Tula quilt, I’ve already started making plans for the next one.  Please take a look at the new purchase – from her most recent line (at least until Salt Water comes out!), The Birds and The Bees.  Love that squirrel!!
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I really should get back to my Kate Spain Christmas quilt if I hope to have it done for the holidays this year…  Sounds like I need to tackle some of the ongoing projects in my quilting pile too!
I am grateful for getting out of a rut.  

The Last Hurrah

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Since it’s been several weeks since my birthday, I figured I’d better wrap up the birthday posts for now.  I mean, once it rolls into the next month, you kind of have to stop celebrating, right?  Plus, with the weather this past weekend, it’s definitely feeling more like fall than summer to me.  And people are already asking me about Christmas!!!  Let’s not rush it!  Anyway, one of my sweet friends gifted me with this gorgeous bone dish, thimble, scissors, bird threadwinders and a skein of some stunning Gloriana silk!  I am so in love with this.  Please expect to see these goodies show up in many a blog photo from here on out!
And a couple of weeks ago was the EGA meeting.  For our program that night we did a beaded tube fob.  You can see my start below (accomplished with much help and some exclamations of “just give it to me and I’ll fix your mess”).
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It will be pretty if I ever finish it.  And at the meeting I was gifted with these amazingly beautiful earrings handmade by the same lovely lady that gifted me with the candy corn earrings.  Look how pretty these are…red and teal, one of my favorite color combos.
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On my actual birthday, I spent the morning up at the quilt shop cutting fabric for a new quilt.  It was exactly how I wanted to spend the big day.  And while I was there, I decided to pick up some fabric for another new quilt. This one.
Planted Seed Designs Tradewinds Quilt Pattern
So, I march over to a big display at the quilt shop with a sign that says “Lily Ashbury – Tradewinds”.  I pick out four bolts of fabric and have them cut.  I congratulate myself on the beautiful score.
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After I get home, I realize that the bottom two fabrics in this photo are not actually part of the Tradewinds line.  I think I can make them work, but boy that was an expensive mistake to make! Of course I assumed that the fabrics in the spot marked “Tradewinds” would actually be, oh I don’t know, Tradewinds.
And speaking of…the friend I discovered that quilt/fabric line with in July…she made me this spectacular pin cushion out of the Tradewinds fabric!  I am IN LOVE!  Plus, as a bonus, she brought me another fun pin cushion back from a quilt shop in Maui.  Look at that pineapple!!
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And from that photo that is all summer… to the photo below that is all fall…
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Another friend knit this great scarf for me.  The color of the yarn?  Zombie BBQ.  How awesome is that?!  And she gifted me with some nail polish from my new favorite brand (the color is Dosh).  Don’t you love how it matches my scarf?
Thut had to check it out…he approves.  (Notice his big boy collar!)
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And finally…there’s no better way to say goodbye to summer than to finish it off with, well…a finish!
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Chessie & Me’s Glory House with Belle Soie on 36ct Meadow Rue.
I am grateful for wonderful friends who inspire me.

 

The Last of Summer

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It hardly seems possible that Labor Day is now behind us and it’s September.  I’ve been working on a little project as sort of a last hurrah of summer.  It’s Chessie & Me’s Glory House.  Sweet little thing, isn’t it?
And you may be wondering what I’ve been up to, since I haven’t blogged in a bit?  Well, I had a birthday.  And my birthday was full of fun celebrations with friends and family.  You can see a little recap in photos over on the other blog here.  But I just had to share a few of the wonderful gifts I received.  
Sylvia made me this sweet stitching wallet.  I am in love with the Paris fabric!
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Here’s a peek at the inside…
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And she must have gotten tired of me bugging her about the fabulous fingerless gloves with owls on them that she made for her daughter a while back.  So she made some for me!!!!  I LOVE THEM! (And in case you’re wondering…I’m modeling them with my blue moon manicure in honor of the blue moon that was on August 31st).
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I was also treated to a day of wonderful food, laughter, stitching and a little Downton Abbey by some friends.  One of them stitched this sweet Needlework Press piece for me.  I am in love with the color thread she used.  
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A little closeup…
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I have lots more to show you, but I’m attempting to not overload you with photos!  So, here’s a quick peek at what I’ve been working on. I’ve found it difficult to settle in and stitch lately, but I’ve been working a little bit on my John Reed sampler.  I’m working my way across the top border.  I love love love how the AVAS silks are popping on that Confederate Grey linen.
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It’s been awhile since I showed you ATS too.  Not a lot of progress.  I stitched that strawberry band and have started on the alphabet.   
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Tuesday night I picked up the pre-stitching for a class I’m taking in October with Betsy Morgan. I’m excited about this one. 
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That’s it for me today.  I’ll post again soon with some other birthday pretties I received, a new quilt start, and hopefully some more stitching progress!  Thanks, as always, for stopping by.  I really appreciate it!
I am grateful for another amazing year.