Saturday, December 10, 2016

Another Week of Sewing and ....

In between everything else, I got rows sewn together this week on a Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt. These are the 8.5” improv blocks that I made all year, and this quilt will include the colors of blue, green, teal and purple. I have an identical quilt planned (but maybe with a white or other color sashing) for the orange, yellow, red and pink blocks. They are a low priority until the Christmas quilts are done (more about that below), but I wanted to show you this for now. The backing will be random FQs in the colors of the quilt. It’ll help me clean out some of my orphaned fabric. It should finish at about 72x72”.


Great news! The living room will be finished up this weekend!  Here is a picture of it after last weekend after the cabinetry and mantel, etc was installed - but before both our cousin/contractor Jeff and my DH Bruce worked on it Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. Jeff finished up the crown molding and baseboard trims, caulking, etc. Bruce finished up all the electrical and media wiring. Now the cabinet doors and drawers can go on/in.


This weekend they will add the can lights in the ceiling, mount the door hardware and the TV. And then the big clean-up. The furniture (except the backordered leather couch and ottoman) will arrive on Monday. And work will continue down the hallway and into the back bedroom with the hardwood floors and baseboards, so there will still be some baseboards and boxes of flooring lying around (where the leather couch will eventually go, on the right side of the picture) until it’s all installed.

But at least I will be able to have seating and do some decorating in the living room! I ran around doing errands yesterday, and one stop was JoAnn Fabrics to get some updated floral decorations for my outdoor wreath. Now, if I can just find the heavy duty magnet that attaches it to our steel front door, I’ll be set!

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This week I managed to get a lot of basting and quilting done. Cousin Kim came over and we basted the Cozy Christmas quilt and November Rain. I was able to finish quilting the Big Game Quilt (designed by Emily Herrick for Pattern Jam) for my SIL Mike.


The panel was purchased last year, and I added the two borders and the backing. It is quilted with straight lines only to keep the masculine feel. The batting is the same as always - The Warm Co.’s Warm and Plush 100% cotton. I like the little bit of extra loft it gives. (I buy it online from JoAnn by the 25-yard bolt when they have free shipping or a great sale).  Anyway, it measures 62x74”.


And here is Cozy Christmas Quilt finished. This is NOT the official post for this quilt finish; I will do a separate one soon to comply with the Finish Along rules.

All I have left to finish for Christmas gift-giving is the wavy-line quilting (and binding) of November Rain for my son Ryan, and the basting/quilting of Kitty Quilt #3. Should be a easy to finish by next weekend. And that will leave me two weeks to finish up another Rainbow Scrap Quilt (maybe the vintage sheet rainbows?) by year-end. Or maybe the Let it Snow quilt I cut out this week (oops!) (wink) that you can see here on Heather Mulder Peterson’s Pinterest.  I will also be focusing on finishing up the other RSC quilts over December and January, so stay tuned for those.

Linking up to Rainbow Scrap Challenge Scrappy Saturday.

Cathy maroon

13 comments :

Ariane said...

These both turned out beautifully!

verpa said...

I like your imrove scrap quilt. I tried something similar, but mine turned into a king of UFO :)

Sally Trude said...

Holy Smokes! You're getting so much going on there is steam rising off of your blog. And your living room is looking beautiful. You can let your cats out of the closet now.

katie z. said...

I love your scrappy blocks! You're getting so much done, its flabbergasting.

gayle said...

Hot and cold scrappy quilts! Beautiful!
Love the other quilts, too. And happy that your living room is getting back to normal!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your living room is looking so beautiful! I bet you are excited to get things back to as "normal" as possible, especially for Christmas. I really like the quilt for your SIL. Didn't realize it was a panel! You have so many great projects going on, I really enjoy your detailed posts and all the pictures!

Renee said...

You have been so productive! Your quilts are all beautiful. I love, love, love your Cozy Christmas. Beautiful. And your living room looks amazing!

PaulaB quilts said...

Your living room looks great. You will love the storage and the mounted TV, especially when you,can sit and relax with some quilting. Great finishes. The stippling on the baby quilt does a lot for it. Congrats on some fine finishes.

Angie said...

Congrats on all your finishes! I'm in awe of the number of quilts you've finished for Christmas gifts! The living room is going to look wonderful - can't wait to see the "after" picture!! (I'm determined to get new cabinets in my kitchen in 2017, so you're inspiring me to press onward!)

The Joyful Quilter said...

These two turned out GREAT! Looking forward to seeing Ryan's quilt and the living room.

Pamela Kellogg said...

Wow Cathy!!! Gorgeous things to see today! Your quilts are just as beautiful as your crazy quilts!!!!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

You must be hugely relieved to know your living room is going to be done in time for Christmas! Nice quilts - as always. I know they will be treasured by the people you made them for.

June D said...

Great projects! Next year I think I'll try smaller blocks for RSC too, then I'll easily be able to do more than one block each month. Your three color blocks are stunning together. The deer quilt is great! And it's a panel of fabric? I'll have to check on that. Your star frames are great way to show off the special work you did in the middles! Glad I came by to see. Thanks for sharing!