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Keeping busy

Thanks to the Modern Patchwork magazine, I finished this reflected wedges table runner without any major glitches.  And I actually enjoyed doing the binding!

I’m also doing a little celebrating this week – I finally finished the edits on my book Just Breathe over the weekend and sent it to an editor friend.   Just Breathe is my favorite story yet; I can’t wait to see what readers think of it!

Now it’s time to dig into some fresh projects… a new manuscript, a colorful lap quilt, and a few pillows and blankets for my boys’ bedrooms.  Plenty to keep me busy!    What are you keeping busy with these days?

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Patchwork

It amazes me that all of these triangles and strips are going to join together to make one cohesive piece.  It kind of reminds me of my manuscript… I’m nearly finished with the edits but find that I am going back and doing some patchwork.  I’m stuffing  new strips of words here and colorful paragraphs there, trying to make it flow as smoothly as possible.

Slow and steady it’s all coming together, both the manuscript and this sewing project.  Though, I’m pretty sure I’ll be showing you the final result of this colorful kitchen runner long before you’ll see my novel.  😉

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Lessons learned

“Measure twice, cut once.”  This saying is most often used in the construction business, but I’m finding it a handy piece of advice when sewing as well.  I finally finished my pink table runner – and built up quite a list of lessons learned in the process of making it!   Here are a few of the big ones:

Be consistent with seam sizes.  Wow, is it ever hard to match up triangles and squares when they’re different sizes.

Those pins in the cute little pin cushions are actually quite useful.  I should use them a LOT more.  It’s amazing how much fabric shifts when a person is only holding it together with her fingers.  *sigh*

Binding is not for the ill-prepared.  It’s worth the time and effort to do some research or take a class on the process.  And it will save a lot of headaches!

Even though this pink little beauty gave me some trouble, I had a great time working on it!  I really learned a lot and can’t wait to try something new.  I think the funniest part of the whole project was when I showed it to my husband and boys this evening.  All three of them tilted their heads in the same direction (remember the earlier lesson I learned about consistent seams?  Yeah… makes the runner curve a bit…) and smiled politely.  “Looks beautiful!” they cheered together.

Gotta love my boys.  😉

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Sunkissed

I’ve been overwhelmed by boy stuff lately.   Race cars and grease, Transformer toys and dirt – you name the boy toy (or sound or smell) and that’s what you’ll find around here.

I needed a pink pick-me-up.

I’ve been hoarding a charm pack (Moda’s Sunkissed by Sweetwater) for ages and decided it was time to make a quilted runner out of it.  The fabric is so girly and fun… exactly what I needed!

I still have the backing and binding to finish, but that will be the easy part of this project.   This was my first attempt at sewing triangles, and lucky for me, you can’t see too much of the stitching in the pictures.   Let’s just say I gave it a lot of… character.   When you lay it flat on a table, one end curves to the right.

I have no idea how I did that…

Originally I was planning to put this on the kitchen table.  But now that I’ve sewn it together and see how girly it is, I’m going to use it as a runner for my bedroom dresser.  I don’t even want to try to put pink on the table in front of 3 boys – imagine the eye-rolling and whining!