Fifth Quilt: The Peaceful Planet

On August 12th I started the Peaceful Planet Quilt with the intention of giving it as a gift to my niece for her birthday. She was to visit from Washington as a birthday gift from her mom and my plan was to have it done by then.

Everything came together pretty smoothly. I used a simple jelly-roll to sew together all the strips and made a long quilt top with simple borders and a yellow binding. The colors were all green and blue and soft with a very serene nature theme to it.

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I ALMOST made my goal! I was super close to finishing it when she arrived for her visit, then I hit a snag. I was using a needle that wasn’t conducive to sewing through so many layers. This was something I had no clue about! But Lisa over at Lisa in Port Hope popped by and left me a wonderful comment and a link to give me some insight into needles. I had NO CLUE about needle size and the different types! Talk about learning something new everyday, this was news to me.

I ended up finishing my quilt binding with whatever needle I had left and just took it slow to make sure I didn’t snap this one because I have no others left. And you can bet your sweet tushies that I’ll be buying new ones but this time with more information and knowledge about the types of needles I need!

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This quilt got finished up pretty late in the evening but I can’t express how happy I was to have it done and in record time! This one was finished in 3 weeks, rather than 3 months. Or even 3 years! I tend to let projects languish and hang around while I move onto other things. Because this blanket was meant as a gift and I’ve been on a kick with the finishing of things, I really had the spark to get things done.

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I’m super excited to send this gift up to Spokane to my sweet niece who got to see the almost finished project and loved it even then. It couldn’t go to a more loving and sweet girl! And I told her, when things get tough, she can wrap herself up in it and think peaceful thoughts and remember her trip to California!

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The finished product!

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Ok so now to think over this whole process and find a few good points and some learning points.

The good:

  • Sticking with a project from beginning to completion and finishing in record time.
  • The quilt top itself is beautiful and the colors are well organized.
  • Love the color combination of the light blues and greens bordered by the darker star fabric and bound with the clean yellow.
  • The forethought of making extra binding which saved me time.
  • Sticking with a simple top and not trying to get all fancy.
  • Taking my time, not rushing through the steps, and not jumping ahead.
  • PRESSING! I really did make it a point to press the seams opens and to take the time to press in between steps.

The Bad:

  • Basting. I need to improve this area because I rush through it and then things get all wonky.
  • Measuring. I still skip this step in places and that caused some unsightly issues with the back of the quilt.
  • Using the correct needle size! This is new to me and now that I have some stuff to read about it, I’m going to bone up and learn how to choose my needles.
  • Alignment. Instead of aligning the strips from the center and then squaring things off, I lined up one side and the whole thing kinda went crooked. If I had lined up the strips from the centers and pieced them together, I think I would have had a straight top.
  • Quilting. I didn’t do enough to anchor the layers together. Next time I’ll make more of a effort to tie down or quilt the top better.
  • Binding. This is still an issue for me. It’s so 50/50. Sometimes it goes well and I adore my mitered corners, and other times I suck at it. This time? It sucked!


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Weekend Update: Arrrgh!!!

Arrgh, we be pirates, ahoy!!!

Well, sort of.

So our weeks are kinda blah. I work and my son goes to school. Then we go home, battle through homework and laundry while trying to fit in some time to go to the gym or for my son to fly around on his little scooter with the neighbor kids.

Then it’s bed time with a story, lots of kisses and tons of hugs. After that, I retreat to my room to sew or read.

For those reading nights

Or neither. Sometimes I just zone out to the gentle glow of my computer screen while I read blogs or Facebook with friends.

Then Friday comes and the countdown is on! From Friday night till late Sunday we are GO GO GO! Never stopping and constantly busy!! This weekend was like any other, with plans and dates up the wahzoo.

First was a brunch at Goofy’s Kitchen in the Disneyland Hotel. My grandmother was recovering from a surgery around the time of my son’s birthday in February so we celebrated this weekend with a brunch and characters followed by a movie.

The rush and the whirl of the crowd at Downtown Disney kinda got the The Guy and me ready for the rest of the evening jostling through bodies in some LA clubs for a friend’s birthday celebration. Man do those little clubs get very warm, very fast!

Luckily, Sunday’s plans were later in the afternoon so we started up slow and took our time starting our day. There is nothing like a slow Sunday morning when breakfast is a main concern and pajamas are the main attire. Especially when spent with the G-Unit in their beautiful yard on a warm morning. Ahhh…bliss.

In the afternoon we had a first time event for all of us. Joining our very good friends, The Guy, my son and I went to a Pirate Show for lunch. Since then, it’s been nothing but pirates. Even pirate costumes.

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Today was the beginning of my week vacation. Or better yet, our staycation since I booked us up with lots of appointments so we couldn’t get away this time around. Next time I take a week off, I’ll manage to make some time to get away.

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I did manage to get in some baking, another hobby of mine. Today we tried strawberry vanilla muffins. They are heavenly! And, like I had thought no sewing has been done. Because I knew this would happen, I participated in my first Friday Night Sew-In and got some big progress under my belt on Jake’s quilt. So I don’t feel so bad that I haven’t touched any sewing since then.

Now to hop around the blog-o-sphere and visit some fellow FNSI friends and see how they did Friday night.