Sunday, September 10, 2017

Puppies and Stuff

I will extend my sincere apologies right now to all my Stash Bee-mates whose blocks are late.  Moving really messed me up.  I got two out of three done in August but never got them in the mail.  I finally got the third one done today and will mail all three tomorrow.  And yes we are FINALLY moved in!

This first one of my bee blocks we were asked to make one of the puppy blocks originally from a 2015 Quiltalong from  Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.  Ann, our queen asked that we choose one of the patterns that reminded us of a dog that had meaning to us.  So I chose our favorite dog ever, who was a wedding present.


Her name was Jodie and she was our first pet before we ever had any children.  When she was a puppy, we had a back door that didn't latch very well and we started coming home finding her inside the house and the back door standing wide open.  Not good in the middle of summer with flies all over the place and the AC blasting away.  In one day, we were able to train her to shut the door after herself!  She was one special dog, and we miss her a lot.  We've been married for 27 years now and she's been gone for a while.  There hasn't been another one as special since.

My second bee block was for Mary Ann in Stash Bee Hive #6.

My third bee block was for Merrilee for the 2017 Bee Hive Swarm.  I consider this one a fail because even though she did ask for these colors, I didn't get the right values in the right places so I lost some of the star effect.  I gave her permission to operate on it if it needed to have surgery.

This week, I was able to finish Kenzi's quilt top!  But oops!  One of the fabrics wasn't quite as long as the others so I need to trim another inch or so off one side.  It ended up being quite a bit bigger that I was planning anyway, so no big deal.


Now I just need to wait for her to pick out what she would like on the back of it.  What kind of quilting do you think would look good with this particular pattern?  Did I already ask this question?  I can't remember!

My quilting room is a mess!  Lots of boxes still to unpack and get out of the way.  I need to get a design wall hung up and I think for now, I'm going to go with the ol' standby of tacking up a piece of batting.  That works quite well.  I'm not going to show any pictures of the house for a while until we get a little bit more organized.   I am sooo grateful to be in my own home now!

I'll close today's post with two pictures that make me happy.  The first is the view out our back patio (from our bedroom).  I get to see such beautiful sunsets out here.  Mmm.

And the second is finding a good sale on reader glasses that are actually cute!  Aren't these fun?

Well, I am hoping to get back into the groove of things and get some things done that I committed to doing!  I hope to have a few finishes to share one of these days!

Linking to:
Love, Laugh, Quilt
Cooking Up Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday

17 comments:

  1. reading glasses are so cute - but I don't need them - I do need glasses for everything else so always get an ordinary pair that I know I will always like and not tire of - I don't need any glasses for sewing at all - not even close up - I'm the odd one there. Looking forward to seeing your house photos when you get organized.

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  2. Love that you are getting back to some sewing! I would do an allover freehand design on the quilt, does she like big flowing feathers? Or the hook swirl I do so often?

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  3. Congrats on the move, and yay for being able to sew again! Love the story behind the puppy block, that's going to be a special quilt for Ann. I'm really into the Baptist Fan design right now and think that would look great on Kenzi's quilt. :)

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  4. Glad to hear that you are in your house! It seems like it all came together very quickly. You will have everything all put always and organized before you know it. Jodie, sounds like she was a sweet heart and how cool that she would shut the door when she came in :)

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  5. Hi Janice,
    Moving is a big deal, so I'm sure everyone is understanding. Really cute bee blocks - I love the orange one. And the puppy one is touching - that is amazing that she would shut the door behind her. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  6. All of your blocks are lovely! :) I hate when there is that one darn piece of fabric that is too short. I am working on a quilt and I accidentally made the backing like an inch too short, but because it was just a squares quilt I am just going to square it up at the end and it ends up being whatever size it ends up being. I think a paisley quilting would be lovely on that quilt. Something soft with lots of curves and not too dense. So glad that you are getting settled.

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  7. Congrats on your lovely finish, and in the middle of your move too, didn't you do well! On top of that you got your three bee blocks done, and that doggie has some work. I loved hearing about your favourite ever dog, I had a dog like that when I was sixteen, unfortunately she died very young but I have never forgot her. Beautiful view and wonderful sunset, I'm so glad you are finally in your forever home. Now I want PICS!!!

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  8. Hooray for being all moved in! Can't wait to see some inside shots :) I love that puppy block. Lorna's pattern is on my "to do" list one of these days...

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  9. You're in your house already? Amazing! Have fun settling in. Love your blocks, especially the doggie. I just put out a request for those doggie blocks to raise money for one of the pet relief agencies that helped out during Hurricane Harvey. I have one all cut out and ready to sew tomorrow morning. XO

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  10. Glad you were able to finally get moved in. The unpacking will get done eventually, though it never seems like it goes fast enough. Love the soft colors in Kenzi's quilt.

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  11. Love the reading glasses. A person can never have enough pairs as they do get lost. Love your view.

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  12. YAY!! I love Jodie, and I love the story. Thanks so much for making her for me and sharing her story. Glad the move is done.

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  13. I love that dog block, she's so pretty and such a great story too! I really like the orange fabric in the second block as well. Glad to hear you're in your house now. It must be great to have more room to move!

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  15. I'll be moving soon... so unsettling! I liked your pup story... jodie...
    LeeAnna

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  16. Your reading glasses are cute, the sunset is beautiful and I am sure that all the bee blocks will bring joy to the recipients. Hope you get your sewing room in order soon. I have a feeling that you will find forgotten projects/blocks in there. Something to look forward to :-D

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