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January 21, 2022
Working on a UFO from Espritpatch

 It is still early in the year so I'm still trying to stay focused. First project I've picked up to work on is a very old UFO (>10 years). I started this paper pieced Storm at Sea at the time I used to attend a local quilting group (i.e. before I had 3 children!). 

It's all been packed ever since, not quite sure why as it was a rather small project. Anyway since I listed it on my UFO list for this year and I knew where to find it (always a bonus!), it got some ...

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November 5, 2021
Next? Stormy Weather Ahead! from Quilt Obsession

This block was done in March. Of. 2010. That’s right – 2010. That was when the first block of Stormy Seas was sewn, although I just watermarked it now. And the project is still not finished!

These 25 blocks were finished by 2012, and there it appears to have sat until 2018 when a handful more blocks were finished. Blocks like these ones:

And these:

And these blocks as well:

That was September 2018, well over three years ago. Now there are only ten blocks left to make. Each envelope in this box has all the pieces needed for one ...

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November 1, 2021
Island Batik November Challenge & Blog Hop from Sew Preeti Quilts

Welcome to Day One of the Island Batik's November 2021 Blog Hop - Storm at Sea.


The November Challenge for Island Batik required that we make a Storm at Sea quilt, lap size or larger, using the Summer 2021 Fabric bundle. I received the collection Bellingham Bay - designed by Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design.

Bellingham Bay

Those of you who know me know that these are not my favorite colors. I find them dark and depressing.  Guess this was an added dimension to the challenge.  

I turned to EQ8 to mock-up the color combinations to come up with a ...

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September 14, 2021
Stormy from Jean Swenson


Stormy
September 2021

I try not to have too many UFOs, but this one became an unfinished project last year, during the pandemic. With the rush on cotton fabric for making face masks, it became increasingly difficult to sometimes get fabric, let alone trying to find more of a specific fabric. I needed less than a 1/4 yard of one of the outlying darker blues, but could not find it anywhere. Even as the pressures on cotton fabric eased over the last several months, I still had no luck finding what was needed.

After sitting in a drawer for ...

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December 30, 2020
Best of Life in Pieces 2020 from Life In Pieces

For the 6th year I'm linking up with Meadow Mist Designs "Best of" linky party.


It's a chance to look back at the "best" or most favorite posts on my blog this year.

1.  Most views (1579): Just A Bit of Stitching Stuff

Rainbow Binding for Twinkle Stars

I'm not sure why this one got so many views.  I guess one of the labels popped up as a result during a common Google search?  Though the rainbow binding for Twinkle Stars is pretty cool. 

2. Most comments (35): 10 Years At Life in Pieces


Hard to believe ...

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November 6, 2020
PHD in 2020 Progress from Life In Pieces

Just two months left in 2020.  The end of the year always just flies by it seems.  As it's a new month it's time to take stock of the progress towards my 2020 PHD (projects half done)


The tracking sheet has been updated again this month, but this time in the right direction. 


There's another check mark in the finished column. Storm at Sea is finished and has been much appreciated as the new quilt on our bed. 

Storm at Sea (Streams)
Paper Piecing Class by Carrie Randell (Quilter's Hideaway)

Storm at Sea is finish number ...

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October 26, 2020
Fourth Finally Finished from Life In Pieces

It's always a bit surprising how quickly we can slide from the cooler days of fall in early October to the miserably cold days of late October. Parts of the state will get freezing rain tonight, we'll just get the cold and wet weather.  It's a good thing the October One Monthly Goal got done early in the week.  

The binding on Storm at Sea was finished last Monday.  But photos didn't happen till yesterday.  Here's the finished quilt. 

 Storm at Sea (Streams)
Paper Piecing Class by Carrie Randell (Quilter's Hideaway)
Started:  March 9 ...

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October 18, 2020
Stitching Stuff: Week 42 of 2020 from Life In Pieces

 The work week wasn't horrible, but getting back to the office on Monday after a few days of vacation wasn't fun.  Thankfully, only one late night to play catch up.  So it didn't greatly affect my ability to work in my 15 minutes every day this week. How did you do at finding a few minutes to stitch each day this week?

It was a good week for stitching, there was about an hour of stitching most nights. 

  • 15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
  • 15 minute days/October = 17/17 days
  • 15 minute days/2020 = 261 ...

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October 13, 2020
To Do Tuesday for Week of 10/13/2020 from Life In Pieces

The first day back at work after a week of vacation is always hectic and full.  I was glad to see the end of the work day.  It's going to be a long week, with lots to catch up on. That may affect how much time I have to work on the to do list this week. Even with the away time last week, it wasn't too hard work through last week's to dos. 

Weekly To Do List for 10/6/2020

  • Red, White, Blue Stars: Continue sashing blocks
  • Moreword Mystery: Start October blocks
  • Unity: Make HSTs ...

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October 12, 2020
Storm, Stars and Unity from Life In Pieces

 It's back to work this morning after a week off. I'm expecting a pretty rough day and a long week.  That's usually the price for taking the week off.  Still it was nice to have some time to relax and recharge a bit. Hand stitching the binding for the Storm at Sea quilt fit in with the sit and soak it up agenda for the week. 


I've turned two corners so far, so not quite half way finished. 

We were home for most of the weekend, so I did get in some good sewing room time ...

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October 11, 2020
Stitching Stuff: Week 41 of 2020 from Life In Pieces

 We spent this last week hiking and just hanging out together.  We both had vacation that needed to be used, so we rented a cottage in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and socially distanced somewhere else for a few days. That may seem risky, but at least Eureka Springs has mandatory mask rules. We don't have that here at home.  I took plenty of hand stitching to work on while we were away. It wasn't hard to find at least 15 minutes to make a bit of progress on that front.  How did you do at finding at least 15 ...

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October 6, 2020
To Do Tuesday for Week of 10/6/2020 from Life In Pieces

Even with a nothing but stitching day over the weekend, I didn't get to everything on last week's to do list.  So it's not just having the time to stitch, but the priority you put on each project.  Checking off three out of the four is still a pretty good week.  

Weekly To Do List for 9/29/2020

  • Storm at Sea: Make binding
  • Red, White & Blue Stars: begin sashing blocks
  • Unity: Make HSTs and blocks for Step 4
  • Morewood Mystery: Start October clue - no progress
I really wanted to get the binding stitched onto Storm at ...

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October 5, 2020
Nothing But Stitching from Life In Pieces

 Weekend's have been busy lately with yard work and family stuff, consequently my sewing room time has been pretty curtailed.  I made up for it this weekend.  Saturday was a nothing but sewing day and Sunday afternoon was reserved for more of the same. 

First thing on the list was to finish off the Halloween face masks requested by the Scientist in Training.

Mask pattern from Laundry Basket Quilts 

The SIT requested one more chemistry themed mask and the butterfly mask is for me. The spider web masks are for me and the SIT, while the skeleton is for ...

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October 3, 2020
Stitching Along from Life In Pieces

 I was definitely ready for Saturday to get here.  The plan is for a nothing but stitching day to celebrate the end of the work week and the beginning of October.  Just three months left in 2020. Though I will be glad to see the end of this year, there's not much time left to finish my 2020 PHD. 


There is an update to my tracking spreadsheet, but it's not a new check mark in the finished column.  



The Morewood Mystery quilt September clue had me cutting into the fabric to make last months blocks.  I count a ...

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September 29, 2020
To Do Tuesday for 9/29/2020 from Life In Pieces

Checking off my to do list at work took priority this last week.  End of year reviews are coming up, so it's time to finish off what's left of the 2020 goals.  Not much different with what I'm doing with my 2020 quilting ambitions.  Even though there were some long work days last week, I still managed to check off all the items on last week's to do list. 

  • Red, White and Blue Stars: Decide on sashing fabric
  • Morewood Mystery: Finish September clue blocks
  • Unity: Make HSTs and blocks for step 4
  • 2019 Christmas Mystery: Mail ...

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September 21, 2020
Just Odds and Ends Sewing from Life In Pieces

 There was good progress this week, but it's the kind of progress that's not very photogenic.  For example, the payment for quilting on Storm at Sea got mailed last week, so I should see it back here ready to trim and bind by the end of the week.  Along the same lines, I finished the final pressing and clean up of the 2019 Christmas Mystery Quilt.  

2019 Christmas Mystery designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)


The top is now all folded up and boxed up for shipment to Trudy for quilting.  Not exciting photographically, but it's ...

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September 3, 2020
Momentum from Life In Pieces

 What a week!  I'll be glad to see the end of this one.  My Guy is finally feeling much better and thankfully his test came back negative. Thank you for all the moral support and crossed fingers. I'm really looking forward to the holiday weekend. A few days off work will be nice. After this week, a sewing only day is definitely in the cards.  I should decide on my September One Monthly Goal before then.  


Next up on the 2020 Quilt plan is Daisy Chain.  

Daisy Chain Mystery
2019 Little Bunny Quilts Mystery
by Alison of Honey ...

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August 31, 2020
Backs and Borders Part II from Life In Pieces

The weekend was a bit of a mixed bag.  We got to see the Scientist in Training on Friday, but then My Guy got to feeling bad on Saturday.  So we spend a quiet day at home on Sunday. He's still not feeling great and has a fever. With the current guidelines at work, he has to see the doctor and I have to work from home till he's cleared. 

It was a pretty good weekend in the sewing room.  I finished my August One Monthly Goal.  


Storm at Sea was cleaned up, boxed up and shipped out ...

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August 25, 2020
To Do Tuesday for the Week of 8/25/2020 from Life In Pieces

 I'm not sure what happened to the last week.  It's already Tuesday again and time for a new to do list.  Except there isn't much new on this week's list as I didn't finish much from last week's list. 

  • Storm at Sea: Finish prepping quilt top for quilting
  • Christmas Mystery: Make backing - progress
  • Daisy Chain: Decide on borders
  • Unity: Finish Step 3, make HSTs for step 4 - progress
I did finish getting Storm at Sea cleaned up and pressed.  That pretty much dominated last week's sewing time.  Which is why there aren't ...

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August 24, 2020
Random Stitchy Stuff from Life In Pieces

The weather has been beautiful.  Typically we've had a couple of weeks of scorching hot days by this time.   But that didn't happen this year. It's also been a lot wetter than normal, everything is still green. Normally the fields and yards are mostly brown by this point in the summer.  There is a downside to all this lovely weather, the allergens are a lot higher than normal. So my sinuses haven't been happy.  Thankfully I'm not miserable, I'm just not operating at 100%.  

In spite of the the allergy issues, I did get ...

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