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Mom’s Visit, A Quilt Show and A Wedding

 

Mom came up for her annual visit early in the month and stayed for a whole week this time, Sunday to Sunday.  We did some shopping and pampering of her (chiropractic visit, massage at the spa, hair cut, pedicure).  By then it was only Tuesday!

Then we did an in-house shopping day – she went fabric shopping in my stash.  At some point in the last year I had picked up a fat quarter pack that just had mom written all over it.    Pinks, yellows, and greens with floral motifs are her thing.  She wanted to make a quilt like one of the ones I have of two-inch strips.  It would need a border, backing and binding, perhaps sashing.    I knew I had the perfect fabric for both backing and border.  Pulled those out and there was certainly enough of both.  I didn’t think I had the right green for the binding then realized I did.  It had been one of the options for the Candy Pop quilt.  Over Wednesday and Thursday, there was plotting, planning, cutting and sewing.  She loves using my old Featherweight.  It does make the most beautiful straight stitch.

Friday was the start of MPQG’s annual Quilt Show.  So many beautiful quilts and creativity.  Some of my favorites are pictured here in the slide show.

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We also visited their “Garage Sale” room in the back where the fabric is sold by weight at $0.25 per pound. “Danger, Will Robinson!”

Saturday is a kitty care day for Leo and I at AFRP. Mom came down with us for our two hour shift to play with the kitties. As the town’s Good Ole Days festival was in full swing, we left early in attempt to fin parking. Luck was with us that day, and a spot opened very near to where we needed to be. Between playing and loving on the kitties, mom visited the rescue’s supporting thrift shop next door and found some goodies. I went by to check on her and talk with Deb there. On my way out, I told Deb that if the Necci was still there the next day, I would take it home.

With new fabric and seeing all those quilts, mom was determined to get hers done. She kept going into the wee hours but finally had to call it a night. The only thing left was the binding. I handed her the thread and folded up the nearly done quilt then tucked it into a pillowcase to keep it clean. She packed it to take it home to finish.

We got her to the airport the next day despite crazy traffic, especially for a Sunday and got back in time to spend an hour at Good Ole Days before it closed until next year. Leo ran into a friend and they went on some ides together. Then we were both wiped out.

Oh, and the Necci was still there and did come home with me.

I have only been able to see if the motor ran, but have not spent any more time than that. The whirlwind was not yet over. Work kept me bsy the next four days on top of needing to pack. We were driving down to LA on Friday as my daughter was getting married on Saturday. Necessary work things were done Friday morning, then we all loaded into the car and headed south. My timing was awful as we hit rush hour traffic in Santa Barbara, Venture and Thousand Oaks/ Agoura. We grabbed dinner at Tommy’s and headed up to the folks. Unpacking the fancy clothes revealed a missing shirt that required a last minute dash to the mall before the shops closed. Saturday was the wedding and reception.

Welcome to the family, Jon. You’re in trouble now!

The following week saw another business trip and physical evidence of over doing plus allergies. But I’ve recovered mostly and hoping things slow down just a little. The most creative I’ve been able to manage is coloring in a coloring book.

Oh, and I almost forgot. Mom did finish the quilt! On Friday before we arrived! I think it turned out lovely!

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Candy Pop Quilt Complete

Here is the Candy Pop Quilt all done! It is machine quilted using my Singer 401A and a wide zig zag style stitch.  Took a bit of a short cut and folded the backing over as the binding as I just loved the fabric.  20180318_112312

And here it is hanging on the new to me quilt rack.
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The Baa’s Have It (aka Mystery WIP)

The mystery quilt was packed up and shipped off in November, not directly to its intended recipient but to a nearby family member who was in on the surprise. Jane had agreed to properly wrap it and deliver to Beth for Christmas. Since it has been received, I can share full pictures.

The Baa's Have It quilt

Baa Quilt Close Up of quilting

This is my own design. I looked long and hard for fabric that had sheep that was not meant for a nursery and finally found just what I wanted on eQuilter.com. I ended up sourcing all the cuts from them that I needed, and as I tend to do, overbought slightly, but that meant oopsies weren’t causing stress. The batting is Warm & Natural Cotton batting. This I buy off the bolt when I have those 50% off coupons from Joann’s and get several yards of the largest width available. The woolly sheep shapes are all appliqued onto the black and red checkered background (one is actually reversed applique). The quilting was all done by hand using variegated perle cotton in sizes 16, 12 and 8 and selections of red/black or white/black cuts. The size 16 is a Presencia Finca thread and the 12 and 8 are Valdani – all sourced from Needle in a Haystack.

Visual Recap of the process:

And somewhere in my many files there’s a photo of the matching pillow. I will add it to the port when I finally come across it.

(Five minutes later) I found the pillow pic!

The Baa's Have It Pillow

The Baa’s Have It Pillow

 

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Mystery WIP Progress Pic 10

All the quilting and binding are done and it even got packaged and shipped off.  Here is a shot of the back.  I hand quilted using three sizes of perle cotton: 8, 12, and 16.  The size 16 is a variegated black/ grey/ white from Finca.  The size 8 and 12 were also variegated in black/ red and black / grey/ white from Valdani.

The fabric was all sourced via eQuilter.com
The perle cotton was all source via Needle in a Haystack.

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I will share the front once it has reached its intended recipient!

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Candy Pop Quilt Progress Pic 3

I have all the sashing on and the rows together! I was going to put a border on but love the way it looks as it is. So that makes another top done! The fabric I was going to use for the border is now going to be the backing. I’m toying with a couple different ideas for the border.

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Candy Pop Quilt Progress Pic 2

All nine rows are assembled with blocks and sashing. Now to cut the sashing that goes between the rows. Once that is done and all stitched together, I will move on to the borders.

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Glittery Flutterbys Progress Pic 3

The quilt top is done!

For now it is tucked away until stacking. I am also waiting to hear in whether otlr not the fabric I want for the backing will be reordered. I can source it elsewhere but would rather not.

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