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Summer is upon us

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And what a strange one it's been, but I'm hardly alone in that! My earlier quarantine productivity level has dropped, and I find myself spending more time in the evening just cuddling with the family, watching some TV, and relaxing.  I'm trying not to beat myself up about it.  My work usually slacks off a bit during the summer, but not this year.  I'm in zoom meetings for a lot of each day, and I don't have much down time during the day.  
I finished the quilting on Mom's quilt.  It went more quickly than I expected, and I think she likes how it turned out.  I did have a bit of fun with it!  



I did one customer quilt as well. It was a bit of a beast.  Large, with VERY wavy borders and some really imprecise piecing.  I did what she asked for as far as design in the middle, but I wasn't liking it very much as it was being quilted.  I think once it was off the frame and the border was done it was better, and she liked it, so that's done. 


I did a couple of mi…

Quarantine Quilting

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I'm pretty pleased - the ONLY thing left on my actual UFO list was a mini I started for a swap, then my original partner dropped out and I switched projects.  I offered it up on Insta this morning and will be sending it and a box packed full of scraps (and a baby quilt kit I purchased for a kid that's now three) off to someone who would like them!  









I haven't been quite as productive as I would like, although I'm spending lots of time just hanging with the kids in the evenings.  Seeing as how they have no interactions with anyone else during the day while I'm working, I'm not going to feel at all bad about any perceived lack of productivity on my part.  




While I'm tempted to start piecing something new, for now the only new project is a commission quilt.  


Need pictures:

Classic Meets Modern
Frond kit - Birds of Paradise
Angela Walters BOM
Beetle Adventures (mini)
Magic Spark sample x3

Recent Finishes:

Rainbow rectangles 
Rainbow rectangle mini
Nova Mini Quilt - black S…

Quartine Quilting

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The quilting continues! Getting some charity projects loaded and quickly done. 

I don't think this will be a charity quilt, but I don't know where it's going.



Some bigger changes to the list.

Need pictures:

Classic Meets Modern
Frond kit - Birds of Paradise
Angela Walters BOM
Beetle Adventures (mini)
Magic Spark sample x3

Recent Finishes:

Rainbow rectangle mini
Nova Mini Quilt - black

Piecing:

Percolate - 3.5/10 rows complete 
Moda Love quilt - center finished, need to add borders
Ombre tumblers (leader and ender)
Quilter's Patch (now at Mom's!) 
Farmer's Wife
Starline

Needs Binding

Rainbow rectangles 
Mantle Runner 
Blossoms (Lea?)
Fat Quarter Star (Lea?)
Four Square
Layer Cake #3


On the Longarm



Top Completed, Waiting for Quilting

Moda Building Blocks
Prism Star
Mantle runner 
Nova Mini Quilt - white
Patchwork Sky
Mango Parfait
Rhombus dance
Fabulous Flowers
Lucky Star mini


Planning

Modern Owls
Aurora Borealis
Weaving project
Elizabeth Hartman Sampler
BWQS Mini

UFO's

QAD Flight Effects (mini)

April is cancelled

It does seem like we'll be social distancing for a while!  It's somewhat nice to not have meetings to go to three and four days a week, but even someone as introverted as me does start to miss it a bit!  Technology to the rescue, though.  I video chatted with Aunt Bev last night, which isn't something I normally would have done (why not?? I ask myself!) and that was a lovely chat.  We're trying to video chat with my parents regularly, too.

I am making more progress, although I'm working a heck of a lot more than I would like!  I think it's going to slow down as we get into the new normal, but for the past two weeks I've spent hours, literally, each day in video conferences. 

And trying to keep up some sort of school with the kids is challenging.  Hubby is finally home some, although his company is being less than stellar about everything. 

I finished one customer quilt, a wall hanging.  Since I had the time I did a lot of detail work.  I hope she likes it, …

Social Distancing Plans

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As we look to make the transition to spending a lot of time at home - how to keep myself busy and calm.

Rainbow Rectangles is still on the longarm.  After two false starts, a change of thread color and a completely different quilting design, it's reached the point of mostly done.  I plan to have it off today at the latest, then Natalie gets her turn.  Next up I'll load one of the customer quilts and get it going.

Rhombus Dance is coming together, so I'm hoping to have it pieced this week as well.  I hope I have enough of the background fabric; we'll see and I guess I'll improvise if I don't.  Mango Parfait is in the works indoors, and I'll continue on that.  It should go relatively quickly as well, although I think I'm going to need more green fabric.  Maybe I'll stop by JoAnn's on the way home and pick up some fat quarters.

I will knock out those binding projects this week, too.  Dad asked me for quilt to donate to Grandma's church for thei…

The comfort of crafting

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At times like this I'm very glad I have things to keep my hands busy.


Diary of a Quilter posted this, and it is ever so true, especially now.  I'm just waiting for my kids' school to make the call to cancel school for the next four weeks.  Luckily I have a lot of flexibility in my own job, so between that and my kids being old enough to not burn down the house, we'll get by.  I know a lot of other people are not so lucky.


QuiltCon and beyond

Once again, QuiltCon was an amazing time and I came away inspired.  It was a busy week afterwards so I didn't get into the sewing room much, but the inspiration is still there, and I'm determined to submit an entry into QuiltCon for next year. 

I did well at not buying fabric while there, but I did break down and buy several patterns.  So I'll figure out where and if they fit into the overall plan!

I took Blossom off of the UFO list, pieced it together and quilted it up for the SNICU unit.  One of my guild mates volunteered to bind, thank goodness!  Four Square is also in progress and I'll do a quick and easy quilting plan on it as well. 

Need pictures:

Classic Meets Modern
Frond kit - Birds of Paradise
Angela Walters BOM
Beetle Adventures (mini)
Magic Spark sample x3

Recent Finishes:


Piecing:

Percolate
Moda Love quilt - center finished, need to add borders
Ombre tumblers (leader and ender)
Rhombus dance
Mango Parfait
Needs Binding

A New View
Rainbow rectangle mini
Nova Mini Quilt - bl…