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Kisses Bee Modern December, originally uploaded by Indie House.

This block and I don’t quite get along… It definitely needs some more ironing but I’m calling it a day. The task for December was to make a kiss block and a hug block. I love the saturated reds and purples, although I would never have the guts to try them myself.

I knew I wanted to make the “X” from triangles in a zig zag formation but I had trouble getting from concept to execution. I like the end result but I was too worn out to attempt the hug block. Maybe next weekend…

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CIMG1760, originally uploaded by Indie House.

I finally finished the binding this week while everyone else was helping to cook Thanskgiving dinner 😉 I’m glad to finally get this one done and in it’s receipients hands. It went home with her to Colorado and will most likely be claimed by her cats as she as she arrives.

The prints are two different colorways of Lizzy Dish combined with a cream kona cotton. I saw this fabric when it first came out and couldn’t get it out of my head. I bought it and when I saw it all together I thought I had made a huge mistake but the cream solid really helps it balance out and sing. I LOVE it now! With this one done I can start working on my Red Letter Day quilt :).

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red letter day plus-sign quilt, originally uploaded by arajane.

Having not sewn in months I started wonder if and when I would feel motivated to create something new. I was happy to finish my bee blocks and I’ll be estatic to finally have Bob’s quilt done (sometime in the next couple days…) but I wondered when I would feel the urge to make something else. Not, mind you, that I don’t have a stack of “in progress” quilts to work on. I do it’s just they all need more fabric or more blocks or both. Once I order some new dark blue solids I can finish the back of my Bee Modern quilt but first I need to order the fabric… My single girl quilt is about 15 fabrics away from the point where I can start cutting. I ordered about 15 yards of fabric last night and I’m hoping that at least 3 or 4 will end up coordinating when I put them next to the rest of the fabric I’ve already chosen. I’m still waiting on a couple blocks for my Snip Sew Send quilt and then I’m sure I’ll still need to make some of my own blocks to make it queen sized, then I have to decide on the back. I have (I hope) all the fabrics and the pattern to make a quilt from Lantern Bloom but I’m just not inspired to work on it right now.

So what am I going to do? Make, or at least start, on a completely different quilt of course! I saw the photo above and fell in love. I have many of those fabrics and ordered a couple more to add to the mix. I also plan on ordering some kona cottons and maybe some shot cottons and then make a whirly gig quilt like this one. I think the fun pattern is the perfect complement to the Lizzy House prints. I don’t have anyone in mind for this quilt and I’m not sure what size I will make it. It seems like a good baby quilt but I think I’ll go ahead and make it twin sized if I have enough fabric. That way I can keep it and use it if I decide I can’t give it up.

J. and I are going to Va for the holidays so nothing will get done this week but by the time I get back the fabric I ordered should have arrived and I can get started this weekend. I can’t wait!

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jons wedding 141, originally uploaded by Indie House.

So I moved, disappeared from blogging, fell behind on my quilting bees, didn’t get birthday presents done on time and the list goes on and on. And why pray tell did this happen? Because when it comes to moving and then unpacking I’m a little (okay a lot) OCD (obsessive, compulsive). I usually unpack within days of moving, maybe a week or two at most get all the photos on the walls etc. But this move has defeated me… We moved from a 1,500 square foot house with a 500 square foot basement into an 800 square foot apartment. Trying to make everything fit and be functional is like a 1,000 piece puzzle where all the pieces look alike.

I’m still not done and don’t know when I will be… but I knew I needed to get over it and get some other stuff done. Last weekend I set up my sewing space, such as it is for now. I ran out of time to actually getting any sewing done so that was my goal for today.

My new sewing space

It isn’t very pretty but nothing in our apartment is very pretty right now, but I’ll have to deal with all that when I figure out how to get everything to fit!

In the meantime it’s functional and I was able to catch up on all of my quilting bee blocks and it only took seven hours to do it.

Snip Sew Send November

These were the first blocks I did and they are simply squares within squares. I figured I should warm up on something simple since I haven’t sewn since early September.

Next up were these wonky stars. I adore these stars and the gorgeous fabric that I got to use on them.

Bee Modern November

Bee Modern November

While I was on a star kick I knocked out my Snip Sew Send block for September (and yes I’m hanging my head in shame as I type this). I knew what I wanted to do as soon as I got the fabric but I thought I would be able to get this done immediately after I moved. Needless to say that didn’t happen…

Snip Sew Send September

The last blocks of the day were for Bee Modern October. They are going to be part of a baby quilt and I adore the muted blue, greens, and greys.

Bee Modern October Tree

Bee Modern October

It took all day and I still didn’t the binding made and sewn on for a birthday quilt that should have been gifted in August but I should be able to get that done tomorrow. I feel great getting all this done and look forward to getting them out of my hands and into the mail first thing Monday morning!

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