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Major Orca Bay Progress

I started Orca Bay last year and my progress stalled around clue #6 before it was stuck into a tray until I picked it back up a week or so ago. Since the new mystery was starting so soon I wanted to try to make some progress before I started a new project, mostly to save space. This pattern can now be found in Bonnie Hunter’s book String Fling. I got a lot done in a week! Put the blocks together and finished sewing the rows together tonight. All I need now is to work on the pieced border and it’ll be ready to go to the longarmer. My Viking Topaz lost upper thread tension completely...
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My Fabric Picks for Easy Street

My room isn’t perfect yet but I had enough space cleaned off for me to pull fabric for Easy Street – the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt for this year. She had the very smart idea of pulling paint chips so everyone could accurately match fabrics for the mystery quilt even from far away! I’m a member of the Bonnie Hunter Easy Street Mystery Quilt Flickr Group – we’re sharing all of our photos there and discussing the project amongst each other. A whole bunch of the podcasters are doing the quilt which is really fun since last year there were only a few people that worked on Orca Bay. I didn’t have as much purple as...
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New Accuquilt Dies and Packing for Travel (bonus doggie pix)

A few weeks ago I bought some new Accuquilt Go! dies and didn’t get a chance to try them out until last night. We put on the latest episode of True Blood and I pulled out all my stuff. I love my rolling cart that all my Accuquilt Go! stuff sits in now! I found it at a yard sale for $15 and thought it was the perfect thing. I have a large bin of scraps behind the doors. The large pile of strips are 2.5″ and the small stack are just the 1.5″ ones that I cut (I didn’t do that many of that size). It was so fast and easy! I must have run...
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The Weekend Roundup & Movie Recommendation

Saturday the dogs woke up early (as usual) so I got out of bed around 7:15AM and took care of that before heading into the sewing room.  I straightened up a bit and then looked at things I needed to work on.  I ended up ironing out my Orca Bay wing units so they could be put into a plastic bag and neatly stacked with the other units I have finished.  I turned Pandora on on the laptop so I could iron to some music.  It was kind of relaxing. I continued cleaning and put away some fabrics that I’d purchased the last week that had come in.  I love my neutrals!  That shelf is starting...
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32 – In The Hoop, Christmas, BDSI Wrapup, Spring Cleaning

I completed an Anita Goodesign project in the hoop and made a cute table topper!  I’ll share my trials and tribulations with my embroidery machine. I received a few Christmas gifts Planning the Bargello quilt along Orca Bay progress Thinking ahead for 2012 goals Painting Creating a new ironing board top #NYSI BDSI Wrapup Basil update Bissell Poweredge Pet Edition  review
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Embroidery Machine Fun & Orca Bay Update

A few weeks ago we were down in Brandon where my sewing machine shop is and I stopped in to chat with Vicki – the lady that sold me my first Viking Sapphire – and of course I had to do some  shopping.  I looked at a few of the patterns available and decided to try this one out since it involved quilting and piecing in the hoop.  I think my first shot at it didn’t turn out so bad!Pattern: Anita Goodesign – Seeing Double It is the first project I’ve done using my embroidery machine.  I had several blunders along the way but figured out most of them.  It hangs on the wall in my sewing...
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Orca Bay Part 4 = Some Sewing Therapy

Basil on his favorite place in my sewing room! Yesterday it happened – Basil’s ACL ruptured. I was expecting it to happen as I’d been warned but I didn’t think it would happen this soon. I don’t know what he did or how he did it but that morning he was limping and his leg looked pretty bad. He couldn’t control it at all. I called the orthopedic surgeon and left them a message letting them know it looked like the ligament had torn completely hoping they’d be able to call me back on a Sunday. I got him comfortable and then we went out to run some quick errands we weren’t able to do on...
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Orca Bay Part 3 Progress

For the Orca Bay Mystery Quilt Part 3 – I was able to get 360 HST done yesterday! The foundation paper piecing method worked really well and I’m pleased with my units.  I got extras just in case a few don’t “measure up”.  All I have left to do is clip the dog ears off which will happen this week as I’m watching TV. Right now they all fit neatly in my little fabric bowl that I made.  I’m ending up with lots of fabrics being used that have musical notes on them so I’m considering the quilt name right now of “Whale Song” or “Orca Bay Whale Song”.  Something musical anyway. I’m sure my idea...
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Headcolds and Orca Bay

Last Tuesday I started feeling funny with an odd scratch in my throat but I hoped for the best and attributed it to allergies. Then Wednesday it got worse and finally Thursday it really set in. I managed to get through Thanksgiving lunch with the family before heading home and crashing on the couch for the night. All weekend I’ve been holed up here in my pajamas not feeling like doing very much. My cast iron teapot was pulled out and kept me company in my sewing room. I did get some sewing done when I felt up to sitting in my sewing chair. My big accomplishment was finishing Step 1 of Orca Bay! I can’t...
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