Monday, July 27, 2015

Star Trellis Quilt...a FINISH!


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You know what they say about best laid plans, right?  They don't always go the way you think they will.  I started this quilt at a retreat back in January...and I knew shortly after that I would be giving it as a gift in August.  Plenty of time...right????  Well, of course I had other projects and deadlines and I had "time" left to finish this one.  

Before I knew it, it was time to pack up and move across country and the quilt wasn't anywhere near completion.  BUT...we were moving in our travel trailer and in fact would be living in it for a few weeks between moves.  I've set up my sewing machine in the camper before...I could do it again. 

 The plan was to get the top all together while in our temporary "home" and have it ready to quilt after getting settled in Virginia.  I did get all the blocks assembled, but have you ever tried to assemble a queen size quilt in a 16 foot trailer.  hmmm...not really going to happen, in my opinion.  I'm sure there is someone that made it work, but it just wasn't working for me.  So I packed away the couple of partial rows I had attempted to sew together, plus all the blocks and knew I'd have to get right on it after unpacking and setting up the house.  Suuuurrrrre....

Now it's July and I'm on a real time crunch...the top went together in an afternoon...next day, I added the borders, made the backing and the binding.  I'm thinking...Yeah, I'm golden!!  

We had set up the longarm a week or two before, but I hadn't turned it on until a few days after I finished the top.  I loaded a practice quilt...and it wasn't stitching right.  Ugh.  Luckily, hubby is the detail guy when it comes to setting up the longarm and when he got home from work, he realized the encoders weren't engaged properly.   After he set them right...it was stitching like a dream!  Whew...big relief, to say the least.

Anyway...after a few starts and stops, I'm happy to say, it's finished.  I will still add a label, but I was so excited to get a picture of this guy out in our new backyard this afternoon.  

Is it wrong to love the back as much as the front?  I used leftover block parts for the back....

I've had this red in my stash for years...it's pretty, but it just doesn't play well with other reds, so it's not been my favorite.  For some reason, I had two large (over a yard) pieces of it.  I was so thrilled to see how well it worked for the binding and backing.  I used up all but about 5" of that red and the rest was cut up and put in my 1.5" strip bin.

I'm glad to have this one checked off the UFO list!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle
Friday, July 24, 2015

Feline Friday

The kitties had no problem making themselves at home in the new house.  This was Chloe's first move, and it didn't phase her one bit.  We've been lucky to have cats that don't get stressed out with these big moves.


She is the queen of the house, for sure.  I walked in the door the other day to find this.  I think she'd been sleeping, and when she heard the door, she sat up.  I need to decide on a centerpiece for this table, but this is not it!  She knows she's not allowed on counters and tables!

We have a backyard full of squirrels and birds, so this is her favorite spot (if I'm downstairs).  She keeps watch over the yard, or naps.  Mostly naps.

Goofy face....


Smokey doesn't seem to get much camera time since Chloe is such a ham and always doing photo worthy antics.  Smokey sleeps...a lot.  But he's a love bug and is happy to just lay low.

I'm linking up with Sarah Did It for Feline Friday...go check it out!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hello from Virginia!

I'm here!  I'm here!  I don't know if anyone noticed I was gone or not...but here I am!  It's been a little over two months since my last post!  It took me a bit longer than I expected to unpack and feel settled here in Virginia...but now that the house is done and every-single-box is finally gone, I'm feeling a little more like this is "home."  Truth be told, I wasn't over the moon about moving back to the east coast, so I think I had a bit of a chip on my shoulder when we first arrived, but it's growing on me.  We live in a wonderful neighborhood...have access to every store or restaurant I could ever think of and we are closer to our kids...what more could I ask for?!  We're getting in to our new routines and schedules...so life goes on.

I'm sure I probably have some handwork or -something- that I accomplished during the blog break/move, but I really cannot remember what I've shown or not shown...so I'll just start fresh!  :)  I thought I'd start with my sewing room...I love it!  I also realized I've dropped a few dollars at Ikea to furnish this room.  :)  The sewing table and cutting table are new...and I love that I can face "out" in the room.  I don't have my back to the door or the TV.  It's the little things....
This is the view from the door.

Another view from the other side...forgive the pile 'o stuff under the cutting table...last few things to sort and put away.

Another Ikea purchase...it's so much easier to access my fabric in these drawers than the rubbermaid bins they were in before.

Still have plenty of bins for my scraps and projects!

I inherited this TV from another room in the house...it's a bit big for this room, but it'll work!

Across the hall is another bedroom with my longarm...fits great and will get the job done!
I'm working on a big project with a deadline, so I'll be back very soon with pictures!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle